Senior Adviser (Education), P-5, Education Cannot Wait, Programme Division, NYHQ, #99921

New York City | Washington D.C

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Job organizational context

Participants of the Oslo Summit for Education Development, held in July 2015, agreed that a dedicated fund or new modality would be established to address the disruption of education and learning in emergencies and protracted crises. Following this, Education Cannot Wait – a Fund for Education in Emergencies ("the Fund") was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. Hosted and administered within UNICEF, the interim Secretariat is responsible for implementing the day to day work of the Fund under the direction of the High Level Steering Group.

Purpose of the Position

The Senior Adviser (Education) will serve as an expert adviser to the Secretariat and partners on strategies, policies, and approaches to achieve concrete and sustainable results in education in emergencies and protracted crises. The Senior Adviser (Education) will be expected to possess experience of the Fund's overall functional priorities but in particular; planning, response and capacity related functions. The Senior Adviser (Education) will also bring the best of sector knowledge, evidence, and lessons learned to the administration of the grant financing windows, as well as building working relationships with technical specialists in other agencies.

Key Expected Results

Education leadership on ECW partnerships, investments & grants, in order to maximise education results:

  • Provides technical expertise in education systems and humanitarian support in order to provide advice on ECW strategic priorities, partnerships, investments and grants;
  • Supports the development of a strategic plan and results framework for ECW, aligned with ECW functions and grant making operations;
  • Helps to identify potential investments that could have a catalytic impact on strengthening or improving education responses, or monitoring results;
  • Identifies and manages a roster of qualified experts/institutions as required to support the quality assurance of technical proposals;
  • Represents ECW in key events and strategic discussions to influence policy discussions and agenda setting on education in crisis; advocates for education related interventions and policies to strengthen the provision of quality education in crisis affected contexts;
  • Stays up to date with emerging evidence, best practice, key partners and national/regional/international priorities on education in emergencies.
  • Reviews, analyses and synthesizes as needed quantitative and qualitative evidence from studies, evaluations or reviews relating to national education policies, plans and priorities supported by ECW and partners engaged in providing education opportunities for affected children and youth;
  • Facilitates and supports the sharing of lessons and best practice.
  • Facilitate collaborative education planning and responses:

  • Works with partners to support and strengthen collaborative and robust approaches to needs assessments and joint planning for education in sudden-onset, protracted and complex crises, paying particular attention to embedding system strengthening into humanitarian responses, and emergency preparedness into sector planning;
  • Identifies opportunities where ECW could support the efforts of national/regional and international partners to strengthen coordination, reduce fragmentation and jointly monitor results.
  • Technical guidance to grant recipients:

  • Provide impartial technical advice and guidance to facilitate the preparation of grant applications and related documentation and to ensure alignment of activities with the overall ECW mission and strategic plan;
  • Collaborate with grant recipients throughout all stages of education programming to provide or enable technical support for program preparation, implementation and monitoring for results.
  • Support efforts to mobilize resources for ECW and monitor ECW results:

  • Supports overall efforts to mobilise resources for ECW, including through the identification of specific interventions suitable for matched, innovative or private sector financing;
  • Contributes to the development of the annual Results Report, including data collection, assurance and analysis;
  • Supports engagement with key donors and partners.
  • Contribute to the overall management of the ECW Secretariat:

  • Supports the overall management of the ECW Secretariat, including acting on behalf of the Director, if requested;
  • Contributes to the efficient coordination of the work of the Secretariat, and the delivery of the Secretariat's work plan, including supporting the work of other staff members as required;
  • Contributes to the preparation and submission of progress reports and decision papers to the High Level Steering Group.
  • Provide technical support, guidance and tools for the proposed transferring of related activities to a permanent host.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in economics, statistics, finance, education, social sciences, public administration, or other related fields is required.
  • A minimum of (10) ten years of progressively responsible experience at the national and internal levels in public finance, finance, planning, costing, management and results reporting/M&E in education, humanitarian and development action, or a related technical field(s) is required.
  • Prior experience in developing countries and crisis affected contexts is required.
  • Prior experience in education program development and management and humanitarian response in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Prior experience working with diverse stakeholder groups or multi-stakeholder partnerships is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.
  • Other technical competencies include:

  • In depth understanding of the overall global development context, including issues such as: poverty, conflict, and the impact of these factors on education and vice-versa; and inter-sectoral approaches to address such issues in collaboration with other sectors.
  • Strong ability to support policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programmes and policy discussions around equity and learning with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in the following areas: child development, curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, supplies, quality assurance, etc.
  • Strong education sector planning knowledge/ability, including the range of modalities for delivering education, linkages between different sub-sectors (e.g. ECD, Primary, Secondary, Inclusive Education), cost-effectiveness and efficiency issues, key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.
  • Strong education and policy sector analysis capacity, including understanding of the core education data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of equity, determinants of student access and learning, budget, cost and financing, education system management, political economy and application to education policy and strategic planning.
  • Rigorous programme management in education, including programme design, costing, monitoring and evaluation (including areas like classroom assessment, standardized learning assessment, examinations, impact evaluation) and reporting.
  • Strong ability to support engagement with partners (e.g. Sector Wide Approaches, Global Partnership for Education, Education in Emergency Clusters, Education Provider Forums, Inter-sectoral partnerships such as in ECD), as well as networking with other key partners.
  • Strong understanding of gender and inequity issues in relation to education and development and the application of gender / equity analysis to policy and planning in education.
  • Competencies of the successful candidate:

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication – Level III
  • Working with People – Level III
  • Drive for Results – Level III
  • Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising – Level III
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level III
  • Analyzing – Level III
  • Relating and Networking – Level III
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level III
  • Persuading and Influencing – Level II
  • To view our competency framework, please clickhere.

    This new initiative will be hosted at UNICEF Headquarters in New York for its initial launch period of one year. If the appointment is extended beyond the first year, the incumbent might be relocated to another duty station (exact location to be determined).

    A process to identify and transfer Education Cannot Wait to a permanent host will be undertaken after the first year and any transfer of the position holder to a permanent host will be subject to negotiation with the position holder and permanent host.

    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.

    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

    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: New York City | Washington D.C
    • Grade: Mid/Senior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Development Cooperation
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-19

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