UNICEF Education Specialist Job-September 2015


Job Description

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Kenya Country Office

Vacancy Announcement: “KCO/EDU/2015-036

Duty Station: Dadaab

Education Specialist, NO-C

Post #90621

Open to Kenya Nationals Only

Date of Issue: 25 September 2015

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above position in UNICEF Kenya, to be based in Dadaab.

Purpose of the Post: Under overall guidance of Chief of Field Operations and Emergency, and technical support from the Chief of Education, assist in the management of the Dadaab Field Office and development, design, planning, implementation and management of the Education programme in the five Dadaab Refugee Camps.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Represent UNICEF at the Dadaab level in all matters related to UNICEF’s programme planning and implementation, resource management, supply prepositioning, distribution and use of supplies are adequately managed for the refugees and host community.

Provide leadership, guidance and supervision of the Dadaab Field Office staff, and ensure staff safety and security is given paramount importance.

2. Technical Leadership in education sector
Analyzes, evaluates data and information on trends in the education sector in Dedaab and provides evidence based information to county government, and Nairobi office in order to increase access to quality ECDE, Primary and alternative Basic Education for refugees and host communities groups of children.
Identifies relevant interventions and capacity building needs including trainings for key education stakeholders required to expand access and increase enrolment for children in Pre-primary and primary schooling in formal and non-formal settings in selected Counties.
Contributes to the situation analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input, using gender disaggregated data and analysis.
3. Programming and Management
Be rresponsible for overall development and establishment of the Field Office work plans, monitoring compliance, and providing support and guidance to ensure objectives are met.
4. Coordination:
Interact with other UN agencies especially UNHCR, Government and other partners, NGO’s, and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme implementation in Dadaab.
Follow up on implementation of recommendations and agreements if any.
Provide technical support, orientation and guidance to implementing partners and government officials on appropriate technical and institutional capacity-building measures to achieve programme goals and expand coverage of services in the refugee camps.
5. Field Monitoring and reporting:
Conduct field assessment visits in the refugee camps and in the host community for evaluating programme effectiveness, identifying bottlenecks and instituting remedial measures.
Ensure timely preparation and submission of progress/status reports required from the Field Office for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis and assessment, annual reports.
6. Resource Mobilization:
Identify possible donors and maintain close liaison with the Nairobi Office for fundraising for the refugee operation and ensure visibility as well communication for partners is done on timely manner.
Required qualifications, competencies, technical background and experience


  • An Advanced University Degree in education, economics, psychology, sociology or other social science field is required.


  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in education and related areas at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language 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 [I]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
Analyzing [III]
Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
Relating and Networking [II]
Applying Technical Expertise [III]

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 – 036” in the email subject. Closing Date: 08 October 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.