UNICEF Education Officer Job in Kenya-September 2015


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Kenya Country Office

Vacancy Announcement: KCO/EDU/2015-037
Duty Station: Garissa
Education Officer, NO-B

Fixed Term Appointment

Open to Kenya Nationals Only
Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above position Appointment in the UNICEF Kenya Country Office.

Purpose of the Post: Under the general supervision of the Chief of Field Office (NOD) based in Garissa, and in close technical collaboration with the Chief of Education, responsible accountable for professional technical contribution to education programmes/projects design, planning, administration, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis and progress reporting.

Commitment for enhancement of gender-sensitive teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals and strategy focusing on Nomadic, Emergency Education/DRR, CFS, OOSC and children with special needs.
Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Programme/Project Management

  • Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective Education programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, including gender disaggregation at county and sub county level.
  • Work with the county and sub-county/district counterparts from all relevant inter-sectoral departments as well as communities to design and develop annual work plans for the assigned county and sub-county within education programs.

2. Project Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation follow-on activities with various implementing partners, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance and Education project status.
  • Undertake regular field visits to project counties and sub counties to monitor UNICEF supply and cash assistance.
  • Provide technical assistance to counties and sub-counties counterparts in the implementation of all activities planned by Education section in the assigned counties.
  • Support Operationalization and expansion of Child Friendly School (CFS) School including measuring learning achievements, OOSC strategy.
  • Support in conducting periodic project implementation reviews with district officials, CBOs, and NGO’s and prepare relevant reports and draft recommendations for changes in the district work plan as required.

3. Work Plan and Project Documentation

  • Mobilize all district level stakeholders and facilitate stronger partnership for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of fully costed education strategic plan for the counties of North-Eastern and upper Eastern region.
  • Analyze collected data and information and prepare progress reports including monitoring and reporting disintegrated indicators.
  • Support County to use GIS linked EMIS for planning and monitoring Education project work plans.
  • Assist in identification of required supplies and equipment.
  • Support public education campaigns for creating greater awareness on educating girls and on the responsibilities of parent & communities in providing quality education to all children.
  • Provide support for consultation with partners as required on planning and implementation of strategies related to OOSC, CFS, girl’s education etc.

4. Project Implementation Information and Data

  • Initiate systematic follow-up actions for timely liquidation of Cash Assistance to counties.
  • Evaluate and analyze financial and supply reports to ensure appropriateness of documentation, expenditure on project activities are within allotments.
  • Report to supervisor/section head the outcome of review.
  • Provide monthly briefs on progress and on emergencies as needed.
  • Follow up on queries, including with and by partners, or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.
  • Assist County level Education counterparts in developing overall capacity and in conducting rapid assessment at the time of emergencies, contribute to the development of appropriate responses, facilitate distribution of and monitoring end use of emergency education supplies.
  • Update regularly the Emergency Focal Point/Officer (Project Officer, Primary Education) on situation in areas of risk or affected and ensure smooth coordination of responses.

5. Knowledge Sharing

  • Document good practices and draft relevant section(s) of program report for donors, for management and for annual report.
  • Contribute towards the preparation of the Situation Analysis by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapter(s) of the Analysis.
  • Contribute to programme implementation annual report and evaluate against established programme objectives and contribute to work annual plans.
  • Prepare tables, graphs and other statistical data as required by Basic Education and Learning Outcome section.
  • Compile Education project implementation training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with donors and media.

Required qualifications, competencies, technical background and experience


  • University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Education; Primary Education, Economics, Social Sciences, or a field(s) relevant to international development assistance


  • Two years of professional work experience at national and international levels relevant Education programmes.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.
  • Background in Emergency programme an asset.


  • Fluency in English and Swahili required.
  • Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset
  • Core Values
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

Communication [ II ]
Working with People[ II ]
Drive for Results [ II ]
Functional Competencies:
Leading and Supervising [II]
Analyzing [II]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]
Learning and Researching [II]
Applying Technical Expertise [III]
Planning and Organizing [II]

How to Apply

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curriculum vitae, P-11 form (CLICK HERE to download) – (Internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:
The Human Resources Manager UNICEF Kenya Country Office Email address: [email protected]
Please indicate: Reference No. “KCO/EDU/2015/037” in the email subject.

Closing Date: 18 September 2015
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from Kenyan nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
Regret letters will only be sent to shortlisted candidates.