DFID Kenya Education Adviser Jobs

DFID Kenya Education Adviser Jobs

DFID Kenya is seeking an experienced and motivated Education Adviser to take up a stretching role within an exciting team and set of education and youth programmes.

The post will provide ample opportunity to exercise leadership in the education sector, working closely with government, donors and other partners, as DFID Kenya’s lead interlocutor and adviser on Education and Youth in Kenya.


Kenya has the fastest growing economy in East Africa but inequality is also growing. An
estimated 46% of the population live below the poverty line and poverty is particularly
concentrated in the north and north-eastern counties.

The population is currently projected
to increase from around 47 million in 2015 to around 97 million by 2050.

This will place increasing pressure on health and education services, infrastructure, water resources, food security and job creation as well as potentially increasing the risk of political instability and

Over the last fifteen years, the Government of Kenya has invested significantly in developing
and educating its young population. Approximately 25% of the national budget currently goes to the education sector in Kenya and high-level commitment exists.

Access to basic education increased dramatically with the introduction of Universal Primary Education (UPE) in 2003 with progress also in secondary education.

Gross enrolment rates and completion rates in both primary and secondary school expected to use up to date evidence to support and initiate best practice, provide strong technical leadership and policy advice across a wide range of subject areas, and ensure quality control of and learning from our work in education.

You will need to show strong experience of engaging internationally, to be adaptable to working in a complex political context and ability to work closely with other advisory and programme team colleagues.

The Education Adviser will:

  • Provide strategic and technical leadership in education for DFID Kenya. This will include
    strategic and technical leadership, working with the team leader in key education sector policy engagement, particularly around girls’ education and reducing inequalities across Kenya by gender and geography.
  • Provide strategic education advice and inputs into the wider DFID country team. This will
    include strong linkages with our support for devolution, social protection, health and
    humanitarian programming, with a particular focus on the arid and semi-arid lands.
  • Develop relationships with the Ministry of Education, donor partners and civil society
    organisations seeking to strengthen the education sector.
  • Provide inputs to strategy and policy development within the country education sector;
    DFID country office and DFID centrally. This will also include close working with the FCO on
    the Campaign for 12 years of Quality Education for Girls globally and in Kenya specifically.
  • Collaborate closely with the GEC Fund Manager (PwC) to ensure that GEC programming is
    aligned with DFIDK and GoK priorities and that the latter are informed by the lessons learned
    from the GEC.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Education Adviser based in Kampala, support the Fund
    Manager to make programme decisions in relation to the GEC.
  • Contribute to delivery of the UK government’s Africa Strategy – with a particular focus on
    the demographic dividend strand - by providing technical support to both the Kenyan
    government and the British High Commission in Kenya.
  • Contribute to corporate requirements for correspondence, briefings, reporting and
  • Support DFID’s broader objectives in education and keep technical competencies up to
    date through allocating 10% of time to support other DFID programmes and maintaining individual professional development.
  • Provide advisory support to DFID’s youth-related programmes and research projects and lead a cross-office approach to youth inclusion that ensures young people and their views are represented in programme and policy design and review.
  • Support the UK’s engagement with government officials through the Kenya National
    Youth Strategy – including influencing key government and external stakeholders on matters
    relating to youth.
  • Liaise with youth leads across DFID, including the Children, Youth and Education team in
    the UK and youth leads across
    East Africa, to ensure best practice and key information is shared both ways, and regularly monitor and review DFID’s youth centrally managed programmes that are operating in Kenya.

    Behaviours we are looking for:

  • Commitment to performance excellence, including through own learning and development, and confident assumption of responsibility for assigned tasks and
  • Commitment to work positively, collaboratively, transparently and accountably, but
    flexibly and adaptively as needed.
  • Commitment to lesson learning within and across teams and with DFID central departments.
  • Commitment to building and maintaining an inclusive work environment that supports all staff to ‘be their best’

    Skills and Knowledge Required:

    Candidates should be able to demonstrate the following technical and civil service
    international competencies:

  • Technical Competences - top


    In this job, this means…

    Education systems development (P2)

  • Knowledge based on experience of education service delivery in Kenya, including understanding of education systems, political economy and development challenges.
  • Experience and ability to identify opportunities to influence key stakeholders including GoK and the multilaterals and others, and to contribute to programme monitoring, reviews and evaluations.
  • Education policy (P1) Knowledge and application of education policy relevant to Kenya.
  • Monitor education trends especially among the
    poorest. Provide analysis and recommendations to support improvements in education policy. Strong technical knowledge on key areas of girl’s education, learning outcomes, and aid instruments.
  • Equity in education (P4) Knowledge of underlying socio, economic, cultural and political determinants of education outcomes and ability to apply this knowledge in practice. Good understanding of the
    links between education, social protection, humanitarian, labour market participation, nutrition and health.

    Global education

  • context (P3)

  • Knowledge of the structures, policy and approaches of key
  • stakeholders in the education sector in Kenya including the
  • Ministry of Education, multilaterals, other donors, NGOs and
  • the private sector. Ability to work effectively and influentially with a range of partners and to identify opportunities to leverage UK expertise.
    Civil service international competencies

    In this job, this means…

  • Making effective decisions Help ensure that DFID programme spends on education is strategic, effective and helps deliver value for money.
  • Leading and communicating Be a confident and articulate DFID voice when engaging with colleagues and partners.
  • Take responsibility for leading specific work streams and in securing commitment from others on key issues.
  • Collaborating and partnering Build strong relationships with colleagues in DFID, across
    HMG and with external partners (Government, NGOs,
    private sector) to support key objectives and programme delivery.
  • Seeing the big picture Understand the complex and interlinked challenges faced by Kenya and reflect this in the UK’s education sector
    development work.

    Qualification and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in education related subject
  • At least 5 years’ experience in related field
    DFID is committed to equal opportunities in its staffing policy and does not discriminate
    on the grounds of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Selection will
    be on merit.

    How to apply

  • The candidate must complete and send the application form to
    AfricaHRHubRecruit@DFID.GOV.UK with a copy of their most recent CV. The subject
    line MUST read “KEN/008”.
  • Failure to follow the outlined procedure might result in the application not being considered. The closing date for the vacancy has been extended to midnight 14th October 2018.
  • If no response has been received after 2 weeks from closing date, consider the application as unsuccessful.
  • If you experience any problems with your application, request the application pack
    from the same email address listed above.

  • For more information and job application details, see; DFID Kenya Education Adviser Jobs

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