UNICEF Education Specialist (Adolescents) Jobs in Ethiopia

UNICEF Education Specialist (Adolescents) Jobs in Ethiopia


  • 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.

  • 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, education

    How can you make a difference?

  • Under the overall guidance and direction of the Chief, Education, the Education Specialist (Adolescents) will provide technical advice in the designing and scaling up of Ethiopia’s programming on BETE (integrated education and child protection programming) with an emphasis on its pillar 3, foundational skills through alternative education modalities, promotion of girls education and skills for employment and transitions to the workplace, and ensuring the meaningful participation of adolescents in these efforts.

  • The Specialist will bring an understanding of existing evidence and multi sectoral interventions in, girls’ education and adolescent skills development and employability, including social inclusion through civic engagement, and apply a participatory and consultative process to the development of products and programmes.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Programme development and planning on BETE, skills development and adolescent programmes

  • Provide technical oversight for the implementation and monitoring of the BETE approach (integrated education and child protection programme), with a special focus on pillar three, skills development.

  • Participate in strategic discussions, meetings and other international/national meetings and workshops to provide evidence-based papers and inputs on alternative education, girls education, adolescents and skills development in forcibly displaced contexts, with relevant participation to influence policy and agenda setting across development and humanitarian contexts.

  • Identify potential entry points for UNICEF to collaborate with technical agencies to equip marginalized adolescents and young people with skills to succeed in life, livelihoods and work (e.g. alternative pathways, accelerated learning, second chance education, innovative approaches to secondary, blended learning) and cross sectoral links with adolescent needs in other sectors.

  • Provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Education on skills as they undertake the General Education curriculum reform.

  • Advise the Chief on the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the education programmes to ensure that current and comprehensive data on education issues is available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy, advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education programmes.

  • Advise the Chief in setting priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.

    Programme management, monitoring and quality control of results

  • Plan and collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the BETE approach, with a special focus on girls’ education, adolescent development and skills development.

  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.

  • Manage the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.

  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

    Advisory services and technical support

  • Provide technical advice to key government officials, NGO’s, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on education and other related issues to support programme development planning, implementation and delivery of results.

  • Lead the Adolescent and Gender Group (AGG) within UNICEF ECO and share lessons on adolescent programming.

  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence
    policy and agenda setting for combating poverty and all forms of discrimination against women/children by advising on and advocating strategies and approaches to promote universal access to quality, equitable and inclusive education for children in the country.

  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration.

    Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organizations, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on education.

  • Convene, leverage partnerships, engage various stakeholders including private partners and young people to co-create and scale up innovative or proven solutions related to alternative education and skills building.

  • Work with UNICEF colleagues both at the global, regional and country levels from various sections including education, social inclusion, child protection and adolescent development to design and improve programming on skills development and adolescent development to identify proposed strategies and interventions.

  • Strengthen understanding and advocacy priorities to address the vulnerabilities of adolescents as IDPs, refugees and mixed-migrants in coordination with the refugee and migration programme specialist and work closely with education and child protection teams to support UNICEF’s engagement and leadership in this area.

  • Lead UNICEF efforts on rolling out the Generations Unlimited Initiative.

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.

  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in in programme planning, implementation, management, and/or evaluation of education and training programmes in a low or middle-income country context.

  • Understanding of the evidence base on alternative education, girls’ education, youth employment, including skills for employability.

  • Strong programme design skills, including capacity to prepare logical, coherent and consistent documents including evidence, theories of change/results frameworks, log frames and budgets.

  • Evaluation and/or research skills an asset, including use of mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative).

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members in various locations and from different disciplines, including remotely writing and revising proposal documents.

  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and other human relation skills, as well as effective strong leadership and convening ability in an environment dealing with other UN agencies (particularly UNHCR, ILO, the World Bank and IFC), governmental officials, NGO counterparts, donors and other important partners.

  • Strong organizational and networking skills is required.

  • Experience working across issues of displacement, and the humanitarian and development nexus an advantage.

  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an 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.

  • For every Child, you demonstrate...

    Core Values

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability.

    Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness.

  • Works Collaboratively with others.

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships.

  • Innovates and Embraces Change.

  • Thinks and Acts Strategically.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Education Specialist (Adolescents) Jobs in Ethiopia


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