UN Children's Fund Consultancy contract- Education Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

UN Children's Fund Consultancy contract- Education Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Closing date: 24 Jul 2019

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.

  • Provide technical assistance and advice, negotiation, advocacy and promotion of area level goals, leading to agreement on practicable and priority actions to be supported

  • 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
  • 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;

    Capacity Building and Sustainability

  • Proactively engage with established Pledge/CRRF structures and government authorities and support them in the field of education.

    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
  • 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 Deliverable**




  • Assess needs of partners to plan, implement and monitor (inclusive) education programmes and develop and implement a capacity building plan to address the gaps and/or needs identified

  • Provide technical support to partners to conduct rapid needs assessment and capacity assessment of partners to undertake evidence based planning and timely response to emergency neeeds

  • Technical assistance to UNHCR and UNICEF partners in and across refugee and host communities as it relates to education

  • Review policies, procedures and practices and ensure these are known to target host community and refugee children and partners both in and out of camp

  • Advocate for integration of refugee education into regional and local levels (REB-led inspections, standards assessments, school improvement plans/school grants in refugee schools)


  • Develop refugee education project monitoring plan in line with UNHCR’s programme cycle, as well as workplan(s) for interventions (refugee and host communities) with partners by end of August 2019 with a focus on education

  • Conduct a capacity need assessment and develop a capacity building plan for education sector partners, including host community authorities as relevant by October 2019, and provision of various training interventions with a timebound reporting on the results of those initiatives

  • Support the development of joint Woreda education plans in order to promote integration of refugee and host community national systems by end of
    ber 2019


  • Conduct monthly monitoring visits to at least 50% of the education facilities in the operational area to assess progress of implementation and achievement of results

  • Conduct monthly visits to UNICEF/UNHCR sector partners to assess progress, identify and address and/or refer challenges as required

  • Submit monthly program updates highlighting progress against targets, opportunities and challenges to both UNHCR and UNICEF

  • Convene and update partners and other relevant stakeholders on progress, challenges and partnerships on education and other UNICEF and UNHCR interventions


  • Review and analyse education data collection and reporting (including enrolment data), including to assess the constraints and progress in relation to integration of education services

  • Document and share best practices, challenges and lessons learnt with UNHCR and UNICEF and other stakeholders using existing fora

  • Provide progress reports on the annual Joint Action Plan (JAP) between UNICEF and UNHCR

  • Organise quarterly monitoring of education activities (including cross-sectoral school-based interventions) in targeted refugee schools and settlements (ARRA/MoE-led, partners-led)

    Expected Background, Experience and Competencies

  • 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

    Terms of Consultancy Contract

  • The Consultant will be deployed to UNHCR Sub Office in Shire, providing support to education facilities in camp locations and Woreda education offices in Tigray
  • The Consultant is expected to undertake regular day missions to surrounding refugee camps and woredas to carry out necessary activities, with a physical office base in Shire. Issuance of DSA will be in accordance with existing UN policies
  • The Consultant is expected to adhere to mandatory office hours within UNHCR from 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Thursday and 8:30am-2:00pm on Fridays
  • While this Consultant will not benefit from paid time off, a compressed working schedule may be possible, in which the consultant works extended hours for 9 weeks and benefits from the 10th week off

    Payment Modality

  • Payment for this Consultancy will be on a monthly basis upon submission of a monthy progress report

  • 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, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

    UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. **

    How to Apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

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