National Decentralized Education Sector Coordination Consultant, Erbil

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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

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this assignment is to provide support to the decentralized education sector coordination and implementation of plans.


Iraq is recovering from a prolonged period of conflict and sluggish economic growth which have impacted the country’s development trajectory. With one of the fastest growing populations in the region, projected to reach 45M by 2050, Iraq’s children represent around 48% of the population, and youth (15-24 years) a further 20%. The changing demographic makes investment in the development and participation of children and young people even more imperative.

UNICEF will continue to partner with Ministry of Education to leverage opportunities to advocate and embed these interventions to support improved education services delivery - be those in traditional classroom settings or supporting new form of open and flexible learning - to all children, particularly the most vulnerable and excluded, in all part of the country. This includes assisting realize the ambitions of the new national education strategy (2020-2030); Early Childhood Development Strategy; supporting central and decentralized Education Sector Coordination; community based participatory management via School Management Committees and the transition to a sector approach in collaboration with education cluster.

UNICEF is also supporting building systems and capacities of MoE at national and sub-national levels as part of building the education sector. This includes capacity building for risk informed education planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring, education information management systems, monitoring learning outcomes, teacher training, life skills education and social cohesion, mobilizing young people and communities to ensure equitable quality education for all children and adolescents.


  • Annual Sector Coordination Workplan (by end May)
  • 10 Monthly Education Sector coordination status reports (end May, 2021 to end February 2022)
  • 1 Final Education Sector Coordination Status and Analysis Report (end Mar, 2022)
  • Monitoring Data reports twice annually for each GESCG and the NESGC ( by end October 2021, by end March 2022).
  • GESCG and NESCG meetings including working groups documentation including minutes.

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

  • An advanced degree in education or related fields
  • Fluency in English and Arabic and Kurdish (desirable).
  • Skills, knowledge and experience of:
  • sector coordination
  • data analysis
  • facilitation skills
  • secretariat/administrative skills
  • education stakeholders
  • established relationships with partners and government

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.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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