Education Specialist

UNICEF, Mexico

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th May, 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.

And we never give up.

For every child,

Mexico is prone to natural hazards including hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes and volcano eruptions; yet there is limited preparedness of the education sector for major natural disasters, for which a new emergency could lead to loss of children and teachers' lives and impede access to education for thousands of students.A strong component of disaster risk reduction in schools needs to be further developed with national and state civil protection and educational authorities considering the pillars of Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRES). UNICEF Mexico is working with these national and state authorities to promote Comprehensive School Safety (CSS), alongside actions on WASH in schools, given that water and sanitation is one of the education sector's vulnerability in disaster events. Furthermore, recognizing that climate change could exacerbate disaster risk, UNICEF Mexico is also working with climate change education alongside disaster risk reduction. The Education Specialist (Emergencies) (P3) will ensure that DRR, school safety, WASH in schools and climate change adaptation underline the Country Programme's outcome on education and should contribute to Mexico's fulfillment of SDG 4 on Quality Education and the National Development Plan Axis 2 on well-being, which includes access to education.

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Chief, Education the Education in Emergencies Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change portfolio. And is responsible for designing, managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education in emergency, Education in emergencies, Disaster Risk Reducion (DRR), WASH and Climate Change programmes/projects within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change programmes/projects to improve equitable and inclusive education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

The Education Specialist (Emergencies) will work closely with the federal and state authorities, , UN agencies and NGOs involved in the sector to strengthen coordination in assessments, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the education in emergencies, DRR, climate change and WASH responses in affected areas.

The Education Specialist (Emergencies) contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

How can you make a difference?

Support to programme development and planning

  • Support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change to ensure that current and comprehensive data on above mentioned issues is available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy, advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education programmes.
  • Conduct rapid assessments and analyses, taking into account the approach and tools agreed by the government and/or cluster members.
  • Help supervisor set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans in education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and climate change. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Formulate, design and prepare programme proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Programme and coherence/integration with the UN United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) , regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change sectors using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector on education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change programmes.
  • Develop systems for needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation based on commonly agreed indicators, and effective information sharing between partners, including other relevant clusters and their leads.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in programme management.
  • Identify, document and share lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits and surveys, and exchange information with stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners and donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF humanitarian policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change and related issues to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely and appropriate support throughout the programming process.
  • Participate in education programme meetings including programme development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information, advice and support Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use.

Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, donors, and academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on education programmes.
  • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund raising for education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change programs.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency discussions on education and related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNSDCF planning and preparation of programmes/projects ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNSDCF process in development planning and agenda setting.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in education in emergencies, DRR, WASH and Climate Change management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programmes/projects.

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

  • Education:An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology, social sciences, biology or another relevant technical field.


  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in education (some of which should have been in emergency countries).
  • Work experience in education programming in an upper-middle income country context is an asset.
  • Knowledge in disaster risk reduction is a requirement and work experience on comprehensive school safety is an asset.
  • Work experience in integrating WASH and climate change in education is an asset.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the region and the duty station is an asset.
  • Relevant experience in UNICEF or a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.


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