Education Specialist, Basra, Iraq

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Iraq

Field location: Basra, Iraq

Office: UNICEF Basra, Iraq

Closing date: Sunday, 7 June 2020

Education Specialist, P-3, Basra, Iraq, # 112356

Job no: 531650

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Iraq Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Iraq

Department/Office: Zone Office South, Basrah, Iraq

Categories: P-3

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 full 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

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.

In Iraq, education sector faces some persistent challenges which are mainly due to the prolonged cycles of conflict in the country and multiple waves of internally displaced that people have hampered progress. The 2018 MICS findings show that overall, although access to education remains high at primary school level with net enrolment at 91.6 per cent, other indicators show persistent challenges to make education equitably accessible at all levels of schooling and for all groups of children. Access to quality education remains a challenge for children affected by conflict. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO 2019) there are 2.6 million children who require support to access education. Resources for education are inadequate and many schools need to be built and rehabilitated to overcome the issue of overcrowded classrooms and multiple shifts.

Beyond the immediate issue of improving access to education, Iraq needs to improve the quality of education provision and ensure it is relevant to differing needs of learners and demands of the society and economy. Teachers lack capacity and are not motivated, and children are dropping out before they complete basic education. Only 44 per cent complete primary education and 35 per cent do not complete at all and many children do not transition to secondary school with Net Enrolment Rate (NER) of 41.4 per cent in 2014. The reasons for drop out are many but in constructing the education system the psychosocial needs of children, most of whom have grown up faced with unabated insecurity, has to be given serious consideration in order to keep such children in school and performing well.

The government of Iraq has expressed its interest in pursuing the transformational objectives of Sustainable Development Goal, ensuring inclusive, equitable and quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Building on the work of the humanitarian response and previous and ongoing development action, the focus is on the development of institutional and professional capacity of the Ministry of Education to respond to the challenges of achieving inclusive, equitable and quality education. While rebuilding the education system in Iraq is a long-term developmental agenda, it is critical, at this important moment, to lay grounds by building the capacity on MoE including at the decentralized governorate level to enhance the quality of education services delivery.

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How can you make a difference?

As the Education Specialist under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Field Office: You will support the development and preparation of the Education programme be responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programmes in the South Field Office. It will include programming to address education in emergencies, better preparedness and considering humanitarian-development nexus. Also, you will be responsible for providing technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education programmes/projects to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society. Furthermore, you will contribute to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Support to programme development and planning

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

Technical and operational support to programme implementation

Networking and partnership building

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have..

Education: An advanced university degree 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

Experience: A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required. Experience in programming for education in humanitarian or complex emergencies/fragile context, and programming for humanitarian-development transition. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate ..

The competencies required for this post are: Core Values



Tags basic education complex emergencies education in emergencies humanitarian response internally displaced knowledge management primary education programme implementation programme management programme planning psychosocial quality education sustainable development




Core competencies

Communication (II)

Working with people (II)

Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

Leading and supervising (I)

Formulating strategies and concepts (II)

Analyzing (III)

Relating and networking (II)

Deciding and Initiating action (II)

Applying technical expertise (III)

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Candidates found suitable in this selection process but not appointed to this post will be retained in UNICEF Iraq’s talent group for a period of 36 months for future similar career opportunities

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Advertised: May 18 2020 Arabic Standard Time Application close: Jun 07 2020 Arabic Standard Time