Education Specialist P3 TA ( JICA), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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Application deadline 2 months ago: Friday 23 Apr 2021


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. More about P-3 contracts and their salaries.

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, a smile !

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child at all times, focusing on equity and emphasizing the needs of the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism.

The CPD 2018-2020 of the Burkina Faso CO was developed in 2017. The nature and scope of activities led to the staffing structure of the CO and of the education section.

However, since the start of the CPD, the situation has quite dramatically changed with the mounting insecurity in the Sahel region and later on the Northern region and Eastern region. Especially the education sector was badly hit by this and several hundreds of schools now closed.

In 2020, Burkina Faso will receive a GPE (Global Partnership for Education) grant for emergencies and UNICEF has been designated by the LEG (local education group) as a grant agency for this grant.

Therefore, through these ToRs, the UNICEF Burkina Faso CO want to recruit an education officer P3 on a TA contract to manage the GPE grant.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of the Education Specialist (Access to Education) and the Chief Education, the Education Specialist assists in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project “Construction of lower-secondary schools in Centre and Centre-Sud regions in Burkina Faso” financed by Japan (hereafter JICA project) within the education section in Ouagadougou.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities

1. Assists national educational authorities and provides technical advice, guidance and direction to government officials and other partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the JICA project within the education programme and sector at the regional, district and community levels.

2. Contributes to the programme management and evaluation through periodic meetings, individually and with other sectoral team members. Ensures information is exchanged and experience shared with other colleagues. Identifies new strategies and means of action to accelerate/improve service delivery and programme requirements and objectives achievement.

3. Undertakes field visits for programme monitoring and evaluation as well as conduct periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Proposes and/or undertakes required action on operational procedures affecting project implementation and management.

4. Participates in the development of the section work plan and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives. Prepares project status reports for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc. Ensures the accurate and timely input of project information and the issuance of status reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

5. Assists national educational authorities and the education team to develop the 2nd phase of the project including construction and equipment of lower-secondary schools and lower-secondary vocational training centres.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master) in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology and / or construction / architecture, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national or regional level in education or economic and social development programme management. Project management of larger education projects and/or public infrastructure construction projects is an asset.
  • Essential professional knowledge of education/basic education programs and/or economic and social development programs.
  • Essential Technical Knowledge of theories, principles, and methods in areas of education, secondary education, vocational training, economics, social sciences.
  • Fluency in French and English required. Knowledge of English, Japanese and/ or another UN language is considered an asset.


Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)

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 technical knowledge required for this post are:

  • Essential professional knowledge of Education/Basic Education programs.
  • Essential Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in areas of: Education, Education in emergencies, Primary Education, OOSC and non-formal education, Economics, Social Sciences.

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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