Education Officer

United Nations Children's Fund

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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.
Under the supervision of the Gender Programme Coordinator, the Education Officer provides professional technical, operational, and administrative assistance with specific focus on the safe learning and gender equality components of the education programme.

More specifically, the Education Officer will support the Gender Programme Specialist in the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of key deliverables in the areas of addressing harmful gender norms (including ending child marriage, female genital mutilation and supporting pregnant/young mothers) and SRGBV, and will provide gender expertise within the whole programme cycle, fostering a multi-sectoral approach.
Summary of Key Functions/Responsibilities:
  • Support to programme development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, gender, sociology or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible work experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
  • Relevant professional experience in implementing interventions related to prevention and response of SRGBV, social and behavioral change to end harmful gender norms (including ending child marriage, female genital mutilation and supporting pregnant/young mothers), gender equality, support to MoE/Govt. to ensure national policies and legislative frameworks embed violence prevention and response, in education sector planning, budgeting, reporting, and monitoring.
  • Experience in working with the government.
  • Good computer skills, including excel, internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Krio is encouraged.