UNHCR Education Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

UNHCR Education Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

  • The Education Officer will support the roll-out of Refugee Education 2030, the Refugee Education Strategy, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which calls on States and relevant Stakeholders to contribute resources and expertise to expand and enhance the quality and inclusiveness of national education systems to facilitate access by refugee and host community children and youth to primary, secondary and tertiary education.

  • Providing inclusive and equitable quality education is central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Education Officer will ensure UNHCR¿s programming is in line with the SDGs.


  • Translate global education objectives and strategic directions into regional or national guidance, strategies and priorities, in collaboration with the Education Section in HQ, to ensure coherence with UNHCR¿s education policy and strategy.

  • Engage, promote and foster partnerships/collaboration with education stakeholders and bodies within the AoR, in line with the GCR.

  • Provide technical advice and support on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions, in line with UNHCR education policy and regional priorities, including through remote support and field missions.

  • Support and provide technical advice to senior management and Policy and Development staff allowing for advocacy activities with States and international organisations on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions, including on engaging in national planning processes, such as the development of SDG4 plans at national/regional levels and ensuring inclusion of refugee, returnee, asylum seeking, internally displaced and stateless children and youth in SDG4 plans and Education Sector Analyses and Plans.

  • Participate in (regional) humanitarian and development sector working groups to support that all refugee education support programming at country level is extended, amplified and reported against sector development goals and humanitarian partners and funding serves system strengthening.

  • Assist Bureaux and Country Office(s) to elaborate and implement strategies to address issues related to education access, quality and data, in cooperation with other UN agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, WFP, etc.) and other key education stakeholders.

  • Undertake direct dialogue with Country Office(s) on the implementation of education programmes in line with strategic directions, integrated with SDG4 and Education Sector Plans, including with Ministries of Education/Higher Education, education partners and coordination networks (Global Partnership for Education, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and Local Education Groups, etc.).

  • Foster inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others, and provide specialist advice for other sectors, to ensure that they fully integrate education related concerns in their planning.

  • Monitor implementation of education programmes within the AoR and provide guidance on orientation.

  • Support and monitor the implementation of Global Refugee Forum pledges within the AoR.

  • Assist in the planning and coordination of UNHCR¿s role concerning education, represent
    UNHCR at (regional) consultations, and represent UNHCR¿s education strategy and policy to other UN bodies, NGOs, interlocutors, institutions and organisations within the AoR.

  • Identify training needs and train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics.

  • Support the development and dissemination of relevant tools to support UNHCR staff and partners in Country Office(s).

  • Support active exchange of information and that best practices are identified, documented and disseminated both within the AoR and beyond.

  • Join joint assessment missions in emergencies to minimise the time refugee children and youth spend out of education (ideally a maximum of three months after arrival).

  • Prepare, co-ordinate and oversee drafting of education input in key internal and external documents and reports.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • For P3/NOC - 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Relevant Job Experience


  • 4 years of experience in progressively responsible functions in education.

  • Demonstrated work experience in education programmes.

  • Field experience in education programme implementation and coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts.

  • Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other line Ministries.

  • Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination.

  • Excellent analytical skills and drafting skills.

  • Strong communications/presentations skills.

  • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision.


  • Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes.

  • Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards.

  • Experience in the area of child protection.

  • Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration. **

    Functional Skills

  • PR-Education
  • Administration/Programme/Coordination/Techniques

  • PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

  • PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization

  • PR-Community Services-Social Surveys/Assessment

  • PR-Community Services-Social Work/Counselling

  • PR-INEE (International Network for Education in Emergencies) standards and implementation

  • PR-Child Protection/Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • PR-Refugee Education programmes

  • TR-Training/Coaching/Facilitation

  • IT-MS Office Applications
    (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk are essential) *

    Language Requirements

  • For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

  • For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

  • This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level.

  • The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position.

  • Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Education Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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