Education Specialist Consultant

UN Children's Fund, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st October, 2019

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.

Specific Tasks

Under the direct supervision of the Education Specialist UNICEF Mekelle, and day-to-day operational supervision by the Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR Sub-Office, Shire Operation, the Education Consultant is responsible for the following key areas:

Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration

  • Serve as coordination focal point for UNHCR/UNICEF in Tigray Regional States, within the refugee education sector in the Regional State of Tigray. This position will work closely across all related UN and non-UN actors in the pursuit of the implementation of the refugee pledges by the Ethiopian government in the framework of the CRRF and implement the National Comprehensive Refugee Response Strategy
  • Facilitate partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, in order to improve the efficiency of data collection and utilisation, coordinated sector planning and implementation of programme interventions. Provide technical assistance and advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported
  • Strengthen coordination and alignment between UNHCR, UNICEF, regional bureaus, zonal administration, refugee hosting Woredas and ARRA within Shire to facilitate CRRF and NCRRS implementation across refugees and host communities.
  • In close collaboration with the protection teams, social service delivery actors, and partners, ensure the integration of the CRRF approach throughout UNHCR and partners, including emergency/refugee camp operations in the field
  • Support UNHCR and UNICEF’s catalytic role to enable the integration of Education systems in the operational area and promote peaceful coexistence
  • Represent UNICEF and UNHCR vision’s core values, mission, vision and strategy with refugee and host communities, partners and government entities
  • Jointly develop and monitor the implementation of Partnership Cooperation Agreements within the education sector, including through common partnership review processes
  • In collaboration with other partners and actors, map current institutional response capacities, including the maintenance of education sector specific ‘5W’s
  • Support to partners in CRRF coordination consultation, and partnership dialogue

Program Development

  • Proactively engage with related actors on the compilation of education sector data to ensure that UNHCR, UNICEF and other partners and actors are able to undertake programme designing in an evidence-based manner
  • Contribute to the identification of critical intervention points and measures in inclusive education by administering a consistent and transparent monitoring system
  • Analyse regional level socio-political-economic trends and their implications for ongoing programmes and projects
  • Draft or prepare programme work plans as required and propose adjustments/changes in work plans as appropriate
  • Propose program recommendations for inclusion in formal programme documentation, and new approaches, methods and practices
  • Ensure cross cutting themes (child protection, gender, disability, SRGBV, children on the move, adolescents) are integrated into refugee program planning and implementation
  • Identify and analyze education and child development gaps in the operational area and report to the immediate supervisor for consideration
  • Facilitate the development of education funding proposals ensuring alignment of proposals with contextual analysis and evidence based programme design
  • Contribute to the designing of education interventions based on the outcomes of assessments ensuring an explicit focus on education sector quality issues and learning outcomes

Programme Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitor and assess programme implementation under the education pledge and the refugee education programme
  • Prepare and share regular programme updates highlighting progress, opportunities and bottlenecks
  • Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports;
  • Prepare, review and provide inputs for humanitarian Situation Reports (SitReps)
  • Participate in team review processes of results and programme progress and/or project evaluation when and as requested

Capacity Building and Sustainability

  • Proactively engage with established Pledge/CRRF structures and government authorities and support them in the field of education. Identify issues, progress, opportunity and challenges and in raising them to the CRRF governing structures
  • Provide education partners and authorities with technical assistance and support in planning and organizing training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability
  • Promote and maintain the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of government and partners by identifying partnerships and providing continuous support, coordination and collaboration for sustainability

Communication, Knowledge Management and Advocacy

  • Generate human interest stories, document best practices, lessons learnt and challenges to generate materials for strategic direction in CRRF/integration of education services
  • Analyze programme related issues and policies from a children's rights perspective and advocacy at the community and family levels
  • Participate in and promote the common organization goals of UNICEF and UNHCR through active advocacy and communication
  • Assist with the implementation of research studies by providing technical support and overall management to ensure coordination and field-level implementation
  • Support knowledge management on CRRF/nclusive education through providing professional assistance in data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in strategic discussions on best practices and lessons learned

Expected Background, Experience and Competencies

  • An advanced university degree in Education or a related technical field with at least 5 years of experience and demonstrated ability in education sector project management in humanitarian and/or development contexts required
  • Strong analytical skills using diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative information from a wide range of sources required
  • Ability to demonstrate, apply and share technical knowledge to partners and government counterparts
  • Demonstrated application of innovative approaches to education policy reform, research and practice, especially for improving access and quality
  • Demonstrated experience in leading assessment activities and of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating education programs
  • Experience in applying relevant inter-agency humanitarian frameworks and standards in education in emergencies (e.g. INEE Minimum Standards) preferred.
  • Excellent coordination skills and ability to work effectively with other UN agencies, NGO partners, and government
  • Excellent interpersonal and team work skills in order to achieve collective results
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Tigrinya as a second working language
  • Good knowledge of computer applications


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