Education Specialist (Quality & Learning), Dakar

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Senegal

City: Dakar, Senegal

Office: UNICEF Dakar

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Sunday, 30 August 2020

Education Specialist (Quality & Learning), P4, WCARO, Dakar Senegal #22110

Job no: 532355

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Senegal Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal

School/Unit: Regional Services Div (WCAR), Dakar

Department/Office: Reg Serv - Prog Section, WCARO

Categories: Education

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, an 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. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life  in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions  her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens  addressing inequity  not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job

Under the guidance of the Regional Education Adviser and working as a member of the larger Education Section and in collaboration with other Sections, the Education Specialist is accountable for the development, design planning, implementation and management of the Education program within her/his area of responsibility, in collaboration with other programmers and sectors, governments, and other key partners. The Education Specialist provides expert advice, advocacy, analysis and technical support to the West and Central Africa Regional Office (RO) and Country Offices (CO) at all stage of programming, on policies, programs and operational strategies, to facilitate the management and delivery of results on strengthening national education systems to improve learning outcomes for children, with a particular focus on Quality and Learning. The Education Specialist contributes to knowledge development and innovation and supports the Regional Adviser in managing the section.

The incumbent contributes to the achievement of concrete and sustainable programs/projects results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

1. Programme planning, development and management

2. Technical assistance

3. Programme oversight and quality assurance

4. Knowledge management and intellectual leadership

5. Strategic representation, advocacy and partnerships

6. Communication, resources mobilization and donor reporting

The P4 Quality Education Specialist will be responsible for providing expert technical leadership and support to the 24 countries to innovate and implement the acceleration of quality learning improvements within the framework of the global and regional education priorities. This will require the following: Technical expertise and relevant experience to support countries assist governments in the conceptualization, design and implementation of foundational literacy and numeracy learning competencies for children in the early years of primary

Technical expertise and experience in developing lifeskills-based learning packages and teaching methodologies within the multi-sectoral package of interventions for adolescents to empower adolescent girls to prevent early and unwanted pregnancies so as to remain in school. Capacity to apply existing health, nutrition and hygiene education knowledge and pedagogical skills to help countries in the Sahel and beyond to integrate these in national curricula is also required.

Technical expertise and experience in developing and integrating economic livelihoods skills development in curricula for in-school and out of school alternative adolescent education programmes

Technical Expertise in designing systems for the monitoring out learning outcomes and experience in supporting countries develop and apply cost-effective methodologies and tools for the monitoring of quality learning outcomes. This includes capacity to help countries analyze learning outcomes data to be able to use the evidence to influence policies and plans.

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

Education: Advanced university degree in Education, Social Sciences or related technical field

Experience: A minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience at the national and international levels in quality education development, management, monitoring and evaluation, relevant experience on gender issues.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and French (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese and / or Spanish is an added advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate :

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

Leading and supervising (I)

Formulating strategies/concepts (II)

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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 all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination.

All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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

Advertised: Aug 10 2020 Greenwich Standard Time Application close: Aug 30 2020 Greenwich Standard Time