Education Specialist (EiE), P4, TA, 364 Days, Gaza, State of Palestine

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This is a P-4 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 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 90,970 USD and 117,287 USD.

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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, education

UNICEF in the State of Palestine works to uphold the rights of children to access services and protection, from early childhood through adolescence. Our objective is to ensure that every child in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, irrespective of background or circumstance, has an equal chance to fulfil their potential. We are working for every child and young person in the State of Palestine.

The Education Specialist (EiE) will be based in Gaza Field Office and reports to the Gaza Chief of Field Office who is at level 4 and in close collaboration with the Chief Education for Development at Level 4. He/she will be accountable for designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the components of the Education and Adolescent Programme related to Education in Emergencies (including Disaster Risk Reduction, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Resilience). The Specialist reports to the Gaza Chief Field Office (CFO) who is at Level 4.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance and direction of the Chief of Gaza Field Office and in consultation with the Chief, Education for Development, the Specialist supports the Chief in managing the Education in Emergencies and the Education response plan for the Gaza Strip, contributing to knowledge development/innovation and developing and preparing education in emergencies programs/projects. The Specialist provides authoritative technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of results on strengthening the education in emergencies systems to improve learning outcomes, promote universal access to and equitable and inclusive primary/early childhood education to meet the education in emergencies needs, especially for children who are in humanitarian situation, marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

The Specialist contributes to achievement of concrete and sustainable programs/projects results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

1. Management and advisory support to the Chief

  • Provide advice to the Chief in establishing the annual work plan including developing strategies and determining priorities/targets and performance measurements for the education in emergencies component of the Education and Adolescent programme for the Gaza Strip. Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results for the education in emergencies in the Gaza Strip are achieved according to schedule and performance standards and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
  • Provide technical assistance/advice to colleagues in the Section on all aspects of programming and implementation for the education in emergencies to ensure integrated programming with other sections and enable colleagues to achieve program/performance objectives.
  • Provide advice to the chief of section in providing quality assurance for proposals, donor reports and management of strategic partnerships for the education in emergencies programme

2. Program development and planning

  • Plan and/or provide technical assistance and operational support to the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence-based data on education in Emergencies issues are available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education in Emergencies and to set program priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans.
  • Keep abreast of national/regional/international development priorities on education in emergencies to enhance program management and delivery.
  • Participate in education cluster meetings and any other strategic program discussion on the planning of education in emergencies programs/projects. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal related to education in emergencies 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, Gaza response plans, Education Cluster and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the Education in emergencies programme using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required programme documents with implementing partners for program review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete planned results for the Education in emergencies programme.
  • Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of the education in emergencies programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

3. Program management, monitoring and quality control of results

  • Plan and/or collaborate with monitoring and evaluation initiatives to establish benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN cluster system indicators, to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in education in emergencies programs.
  • Participate in rapid assessment exercises, major monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with implementing partners and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare/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.
  • Monitor programs/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Plan, monitor and control the use of program resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) certifying/verifying compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Submit/prepare program/project reports related to education in emergencies to donors and other partners to keep them informed on program progress and critical issues.

4. Advisory services and technical support

  • Provide technical advice to key government officials, NGO, implementing partners, Education cluster partners, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on education in emergencies and other related issues to support program development planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Coordinate/ensure the availability of technical experts (with Regional Office/HQ) to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming/project processes.
  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence policy and agenda setting for combating poverty and all forms of discrimination against women/children by advising on and advocating strategies and approaches to promote universal access to and equitable and inclusive education for children in the Gaza Strip with a focus on the humanitarian affected children.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials on education in emergencies for management use, information and consideration.
  • Participate in the Gaza Strip discussions on education emergency preparedness, programming and contingency planning to ensure proactive and appropriate response are in place to meet onset of emergencies nationally or other designated locations.

5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on education.
  • Prepare communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances for sustainable results and support fund raising for UNICEF and Country Office education programmes and emergency interventions.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on education in emergencies and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UN planning process in the humanitarian planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues OCHA, UN clusters planning and preparation of programs/projects including emergency preparedness.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable education in emergencies programs/projects initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services and promoting the HDN.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting-edge practices on education in emergencies management and information systems. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
  • Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education in emergencies and related programs/projects.

For more information on the specific technical expertise needed, kindly visit the below JD.

Education Specialist (EiE) P4 - Gaza- 127136.pdf

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


An Advanced University Degree in education, economics, psychology, sociology or other social science field is required.


Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in Education in emergencies programme planning, management, and/or research in education at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Experience working in the UN system agency or UN organisation is an asset. Familiarity with emergency response is a must.

Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic or another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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