Senior Education Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Senior Education Consultant, Foundational Learning will work under the Operational Supervision of the Head of Education Division ESTI, African Union Commission, and guidance of the UNICEF Representative to the African Union and UNECA. His/her function is to provide advice and technical assistance to Department of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation (ESTI) towards integration of FLN in CESA 16-25, and effective investment of AU Member States in foundational learning and numeracy, leading to increase acquisition of good learning outcomes, and reduction of learning poverty.

Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks:

  • In coordination with Global Coalition, UNESCO GEMR, PAL, ADEA and other key partners to the AUC, lead the design of an FLN strategy as part of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) currently under review and an accompanying roadmap and advocacy campaign strategy
  • Design tangible programs in FLN to address the literacy and numeracy outcomes and demonstrate them in at least each region in Africa
  • Work with the Education Division, ESTI to develop a Policy Guideline and tools for AU Member States on foundational Learning. Organize AU policy advocacy events to raise awareness and generate actions to advance FLN in AU member States, and work with the AUC to mobilize AU Member States to translate FLN commitments into action
  • Advise on effective mainstreaming of FLN across all AU education portfolio, Girls Education, TVET, and early learning
  • Be part of the delegation to represent the AU in various FLN platforms and events on the continent and beyond, draft relevant report for implementation and undertake any other assignment related to the education portfolio as deemed appropriate by the Head of Education Division, Department of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation, AUC.
  • Facilitate FLN Advocacy Hub and other partners to ensure an aligned approach to FLN during the AU Year of Education and promote countries with promising FNL practices for profiling and cross learning  
  • Generate, maintain, and disseminate data and knowledge on implementation of FLN in AU Member States (Statistics dashboard, case studies, research papers and facilitate in convening data driven decision making
  • Organize capacity building events for AU Member States on FLN including webinars, workshops, exchange visits and track impact brought by the capacity building
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in  Education, Economics, Social Sciences, or another relevant technical field
  • A minimum of 8 [Eight] years of relevant professional experience in Education Policy and Program planning in a continental context.
  • Prior experience working with the African Union or any other African continental organization in a considerable advantage,
  • Track records in scientific research in the Education sector or another social science field especially in foundational learning in a great asset
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.