Education Specialist (P-3), Temporary Appointment, #112986, Gaziantep, Turkey, 6 months (530056)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020

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, Education

The Education Specialist will be based in Gaziantep, Turkey under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Education P4 based in Gaziantep. The Education Specialist will facilitate the harmonization of a package of education response to improve response quality by providing professional technical, operational and administrative support throughout the programming process for education programmes/projects. Expected activities range from programme planning and development planning to delivery of results, including programme monitoring, evaluating and reporting.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Chief, Education, the Education Specialist will ensure the delivery of a harmonized package (guidelines) of education response for North West Syria that will lead to the improvement of quality of education intervention within UNICEF responses to ensure that children acquire the necessary skills to continue their learning and are prepared to transit to adulthood. Capacity-building work plans will be rolled out to ensure that NGOs are prepared to apply the guidelines produced through the Education Cluster. This package will then be applied by NGOs and regular UNICEF staff will monitor the rollout and support NGOs in its implementation.

1.Support to programme development and planning:

Support development of program documents for the improved delivery of self-learning program (SLP) targeting out-of-school children through partnerships with NGOs. Help supervisor set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans of SLP. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency, and delivery.

2. Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results

Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to improve monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the education sector on education programmes. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with partners and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

Follow up on TPM action points raised from the field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results. Provide technical guidance and operational support to NGO partners, through a harmonized package of education response to improve response quality by reviewing and assessing different approaches used by partners around PSS, teacher training, early childhood education, provision of learning spaces/centers and alternative education (SLP, remedial education, catch up classes, literacy, and numeracy, etc.)

4. Networking and partnership building

Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant counterparts, partners, donors, and other sectors through active networking, advocacy, and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on SLP and education programmes. Prepare communication and information materials for UNICEF programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fundraising for education programmes.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of UNICEF partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results. Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in education management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.

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

An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology, or another relevant technical field. A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required. Experience working in a developing country and in Education in Emergency is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Experiences with Syria cross border is considered an asset. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

Leading and supervising (I) Formulating strategies and concepts (II) Analyzing (III) Relating and networking (II) Deciding and initiating action (III) Applying technical expertise (III)

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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 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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

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