UNHCR Senior Education Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

UNHCR Senior Education Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

  • The Senior Education officer will oversee and 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 Senior Education Officer will ensure UNHCR¿s programming is in line with the SDGs.

  • Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the GCR into impactful results, including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Senior Education Officer, with support from the Education Section in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), will provide technical support to UNHCR Country Office(s) and partners to advocate for and implement the objectives of Refugee Education 2030:

  • Promote equitable and sustainable inclusion in national education systems for refugees, asylum seekers, returnees, stateless
    and internally displaced persons.

  • Foster safe enabling environments that support learning.

  • Enable learners to use their education toward sustainable futures.

  • The incumbent will provide leadership and technical support for UNHCR regarding education, and advocate on all issues related to education programmes and strategic directions. S/he will maintain close contact with Country Office(s) on the overall education policy direction of UNHCR and on the adaptation of UNHCR Refugee Education 2030 to individual country contexts, as well as providing technical support (on early childhood, learning achievement, primary education, accelerated education, secondary education, non-formal education, scholarships and tertiary education, education in emergencies, etc.) to all staff, including senior management, as well as to those representing education issues on behalf of UNHCR.


  • Translate global education objectives and strategic directions into regional or national guidance, strategies and priorities.

  • 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 and ensure 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 and ensure 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.

  • Coordinate 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.

  • Develop and disseminate relevant tools to support UNHCR staff and partners in Country Office(s).

  • Ensure 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 P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

  • Education; Social Sciences;
    or other relevant field.
    (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Relevant Job Experience


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

  • Demonstrated work experience in education programmes.

  • Field experience in education programme management, 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-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

  • *TR-Training/Coaching/Facilitation

  • *UN-UN Systems and Processes

  • *IT-MS Office Applications

  • PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization

  • PR-Community Services-Social Surveys/Assessment

  • MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation

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

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

  • PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response
    (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.

    How to Apply

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

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