Education Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st September, 2018

Job Description

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 Sierra Leone as the designated Grant Agent for the recently approved Global Partnership for Education, will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the $17.2 million-dollar grant in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Basic and Senior Secondary (MBSSE). In line with the Education Sector Plan 2018 – 2020 the approved programme focuses on improving access to equitable and quality education.

How can you make a difference?

  • Formulate, design plans, ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of programme implementation, ensure monitoring mechanisms in place to track progress of targets and ensures supplies are ordered and distributed in a timely manner.

Key expected results

  • Effective delivery of GPE programme
  • Contributes to GPE processes for improved overall programme implementation.
  • Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of the education Programme implementation.
  • Promote the quality of rights-based education programming.

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

  • Advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Education; Primary Education, or Social Sciences fields relevant to international development assistance. Some demonstrative capacity to identify and monitor gender inequalities, as well as develop and implement gender mainstreaming in programmes.*
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in fields relevant to education programmes (with a minimum of three years in an international emergency and/or early-recovery context).
  • Fluency in English, verbal and written.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.

A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

Leading and Supervising [I]

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
  • Analyzing [III]
  • Relating and Networking [II]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [III]

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.


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