Education Specialist

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th January, 2020

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.

For every child, good education…

The work of the Education Team in Programme Division in UNICEF Headquarters focuses on the development of global partnerships and public goods, and the provision of technical support to country offices. These efforts form part of UNICEF's contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 4. The overarching aim is to ensure every child learns regardless of gender, geographic location, language, socio-economic status, or disability.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall direction of the Senior Adviser Education Economist, you will be responsible for supporting the implementation of UNICEF Strategic Plan and UNICEF Global Education Strategy by preparing education economics analysis, developing and implementing analytical and costing tools and providing guidance for supporting cost-effective and equitable education programmes and policies.

More specifically, you will:

  • Produce education economic analysis, country and thematic briefs and support the elaboration of costing model and analytical tools.
  • Support the implementation and expansion of initiative aiming at improving Education Monitoring Information Systems (such as, but not limited to, the Out-of-School initiative and Data Must Speak) and measurement of learnings.
  • Support the results-reporting of the Education Section, including quality assurance of strategic monitoring questions and production of effective analytical reports and other relevant documentation to build evidence base advocacy for policy development and effective education interventions related to education and equity.
  • Develop global position/statements based on statistical and economic analysis and submit timely progress/status reports for management, board, donors, budget reviews as well as programme monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide technical support to Regional Offices and Country Offices in the development and use of analytical tools and interventions to support improved learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, standard setting and advocacy.
  • Develop and/or introduce methodologies for the development of data collection and information system for monitoring, tracking performance and reporting on results for equitable outcomes;
  • Support the identification, preparation, and appraisal of projects to ensure equity components and cost-effectiveness.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Education, Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics, Mathematics, Social Sciences, or other filed relevant to the position.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience at the national and international levels in education, economic analysis, education programme costing or education cost effective analysis and or a related field is required.
  • Good understanding of the overall global development context, including issues such as: poverty, conflict, and the impact of these factors on education and vice-versa; and inter-sectoral approaches to address such issues in collaboration with other sectors (including Social Policy, Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH, Health and Communications within UNICEF).
  • Good knowledge of global developments in education and international engagement strategies, including the application of the equity lens and human rights perspectives to programming.
  • Good ability to support policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programmes and policy discussions around equity and learning with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in relevant areas.
  • Good education sector planning knowledge/ability, including the range of modalities for delivering education, linkages between different sub-sectors (e.g. ECD, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Inclusive Education), cost-effectiveness and efficiency issues, key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.
  • Good education and policy sector analysis capacity, including understanding of the core education data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of equity, determinants of student access and learning, budget, cost and financing, education system management, political economy and application to education policy and strategic planning.
  • Good ability to support engagement with partners (e.g. Sector Wide Approaches, Global Partnership for Education, Education in Emergency Clusters, Education Provider Forums, Delivering as One, Inter-sectoral partnerships such as in ECD), as well as networking with other key partners.
  • Good understanding of gender and inequity issues in relation to education and development and the application of gender / equity analysis to policy and planning in education.
  • Good understanding of policies and strategies to address issues related to resilience: risk analysis and risk management, education in conflict situations, natural disasters
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.


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