UN Children’s Fund in Ethiopia Job Vacancy for Education Specialist

The Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Coordinator will hold primary responsibility for coordinating implementation of the Education Cannot Wait programme results. S/he will manage the initiative’s work whilst contributing to broader knowledge development/innovation. The ECW Coordinator will provide technical guidance and operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the delivery of results in refugee and host community settings. In line with the programme’s commitment to strengthen existing education sector systems and enhance existing coordination mechanisms, the ECW Coordinator will work closely with the programme oversight partners (MoE, ARRA, UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF) and seek their guidance for programme delivery as required.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Coordination and advisory support on delivery of the Education Cannot Wait initiative
  • Establish and maintain an efficient mechanism at federal and regional levels to ensure strong multi-partner (humanitarian and development partners) ownership, based on strong consultation processes.
  • Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to programme schedule and performance standards. Report to appropriate coordination structures critical issues for timely action.
  • Provide technical assistance/advice on all aspects of refugee education programming and implementation to enable implementing partners to achieve programme/performance objectives.
  • Programme development and planning
  • Provide technical assistance and operational support to the preparation/design and revision of the ECW programme. Propose programme strategies, design and implementation plans.
  • Keep abreast of national/regional/international development priorities on education in refugee and host community settings to enhance programme management and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of education in refugee and host community settings. Formulate, design and prepare interventions, ensuring alignment with Government of Ethiopia regional strategies and national priorities as well as ECW principles.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans using results-based planning (RBM) terminology and methodology and risk- informed programming approaches (RIPA). Prepare required documentation for programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners, to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/ competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results for learning.
  • Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programme with other sector initiatives and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
  • Programme coordination, monitoring and quality control of results
  • Plan and oversee monitoring and evaluation initiatives of the Education Cannot Wait programme to establish achievable benchmarks and performance indicators. Assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in education programmes.
  • Organise programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programme and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve programme goals.
  • Monitor interventions to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Plan, monitor and control the use of program resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) certifying/verifying compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Submit/prepare programme reports to ECW secretariat and other partners to keep them informed on program progress and critical issues.
  • Advisory services and technical support
  • Provide technical advice to key government officials, NGO, UN system and other sector partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on education in refugee and host community settings and other related issues to support programme development planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Coordinate/ensure the availability of technical experts to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming/project processes.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for information and consideration.
  • Participate in country discussions on education emergency preparedness, programming and contingency planning to ensure proactive and appropriate response are in place to meet onset of emergencies nationally or other designated locations.
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy federal/regional government bodies, bilateral and multi-lateral Development Partners, NGOs, civil society organisations, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on education.
  • Prepare communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness and establish partnership/alliances for sustainable results.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions and planning on education in refugee and host community settings and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF/Government/UNHCR planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues planning and preparation of programmes/projects including emergency preparedness and response.
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for refugee education initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
  • To engage with the global ECW secretariat, providing regular feedback on the opportunities and challenges being faced in-country as a means of strengthening the broader ECW structure.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices on education management and information systems. Institutionalise and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
  • Organise/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable and long term results on education for refugees and host communities.

Educational Qualifications and Experience Required


  • An Advanced University Degree in education is required.


  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education at the international level, some of which should be in a developing country context. Experience implementing multi-partner education programmes in protracted conflict or fragile settings will be considered an asset.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

Professional Competencies

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and initiating action (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (III)

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 organisation.


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. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=504570

Closing date: 25 May 2017