Education Specialist

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This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Education Section Chief and in regular consultation with Education Officers, the Operations and Cross-sectoral team, the Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Education program/s and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programs/projects within the country program. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education programs/ pro jects to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

In particular, s/he is to provide technical support and quality assurance to contribute to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF's Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

How can you make a difference?

Key expected results

  1. Support to programs/ pro jects development and planning
  2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Technical and operational support to program implement at ion
  4. Networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks:

  1. S****upport t****o program/project development and planning
  • Support the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis for the education programs/projects and/or sector to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on education issues are available to guide UNICEFs' strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education programs and to set priorities, strategies, design and implemented ion plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic program discussion on the planning of education programs/projects. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal for the sector, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF' s Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the sector/s using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with intern al and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/ competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
  1. Prog****ram m****ana****g****eme****nt, mon****ito****ring and del****ivery of results
  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector on education programs.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
    • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
    • Actively monitor programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/ stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
    • Monitor and verify the optimum/appropriate use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
    • Prepare regular/mandated program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep t hem informed of program progress.
  1. Technical and operational support to program implementation
    • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterpart s, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners/donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on education and related issues to support program management, implementation and delivery of results.
    • Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Reg ion al Office/HQ to ensure timely/ appropriate support throughout the programming/projects process.
    • Participate in education program meetings including program development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
    • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
  2. Networking and partnership buil****din****g
    • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange know ledge/ expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on education programs.
    • Prepare communication and information materials for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for education programs.
    • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in the local Education Partners Group and appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on education and related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of programs/projects ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting.
  3. Innovation****, know****l****ed****ge man****agement and capacity building
  • Apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practice to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best practices in education management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable program s and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programs/projects.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education

    • An Advanced University Degree (Master) in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.

    Work Experience

    • A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in programme planning, management in education and related areas at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required.
    • Experience in working on systems strengthening, capacity development and innovation.
    • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.

    Language requirements

  • Fluency in French and working knowledge of English (written and oral) is required.
  • Knowledge of local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

    For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are...

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (11)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functi****onal Competencies

  • Leading and supervising (1)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Relating and networking (II) Deciding and Initiating action (I)
  • Applying technical expertise (11)

Techn****ical Competencies

  • Some understanding of the overall global deve****lopment context, including issues such as: poverty, conflict and the impact of these factors on education and vice-versa; and inter-sectoral approaches to address such issues in collaboration with other sectors including Social Policy, Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH, Health and Communications within UNICEF).
  • S****om****e knowledg****e of glob****al development****s i****n edu****ca****tion and international engagement strategies, including the application of the equity lens and human rights perspectives to programming.
  • Some ability to support policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programmes and policy discussions around equity and learn in g with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in relevant areas.
  • Som****e e****d****uc****at****i****on sector p****l****anning knowl****e****dge/abilit****y, including the range of modalities for delivering education, linkages between different sub sectors (e.g ECO Primary, Inclusive Education) cost-effectiveness and efficiency issues key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.
  • So****m****e edu****c****ation an****d po****l****icy s****e****ctor an****a****ly****s****i****s capac****it****y, including understanding of the core education data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of equity, determinants of student access and learning, budget, cost and financing, education system management, political economy and application to education policy and strategic planning.

  • Some prog****r****amm****e man****ag****em****en****t i****n e****duc****a****tion, including programme design, costing, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

  • S****om****e abil****it****y to s****upport engag****em****ent wi****t****h p****a****rtn****e****r****s (e.g. Sector Wide Approaches, Global Partnership for Education, Education in Emergency Clusters, Education Provider Forums, Delivering as One, Inter-sectoral partnerships such as in ECD), as well as networking with other key partners.
  • So****m****e un****de****rstand****i****ng of g****ender a****nd inequ****i****t****y i****ss****u****es in relation to education and development and the application of gender/ equity analysis to policy and planning in education.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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