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UN Education Specialist Job in Nairobi Kenya

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Kenya Country Office

Vacancy Announcement

Duty Station: Nairobi

Post: Education Specialist (ECDE), NO-C

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Post# 82818

Date of Issue: 24 September 2014

Closing Date: 07 October 2014

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position of Education Specialist, Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) in UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO).

Purpose of the Post: Under overall guidance of Chief of Education, assist in the development, design, planning, implementation and management of the Early Childhood Development Education programme for Education within the Country Programme of Cooperation.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Technical Leadership in ECDE: Provide technical leadership, guidance and direction for ECDE programme management and evaluation of the programme through periodic meetings, individually and in groups with the various sectoral team members.  
  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve programme requirements and objectives.
  • Programming and Management of Programme: Be responsible for overall development and establishment of workplan, monitoring compliance, and providing support and guidance to ensure objectives are met.
  • Coordination: Interact with Government and other partners, NGO's, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme implementation, to follow up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.  
  • Provide technical support, orientation and guidance to government officials, technicians and partners on appropriate technical and institutional capacity-building measures to achieve programme goals and expand coverage of services.
  • Field Monitoring: Conduct field assessment visits for evaluating programme effectiveness, identifying problems and instituting remedial measures.
  • Support the Section chief for the management of the section programme
  • Resource Mobilization: Identify major donor for ECDE project. Prepare project proposal for ECDE projects
  • Monitoring: Monitor the overall planning and disbursement of programme funds for (sector), ensuring they are properly administered, liquidated, and utilized in accordance with the Plan of Action and programme budget allotment.
  • Reporting: Ensure timely preparation and submission of progress/status reports required for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis and assessment, annual reports, etc.
Required Qualifications:
  • Advanced University Degree in Education or social sciences as related technical field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme Planning and management in related field with emphasis on strategic planning.
  • Fluency in English and another UN working language required.
  • Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
i) Core Values (Required)
  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Integrity    
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  • Communication [Level II] 
  • Working with People [Level II]      
  • Drive for Results [Level II]  
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  • Leading and Supervising    [Level I]                      
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [Level II]
  • Analysing   [Level III] 
  • Relating and Networking [Level II]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [Level II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [Level III]
How to Apply

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curriculum vitae, P-11 form, (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation Reports), to:

The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address:

Please indicate Reference No. “KCO/EDUC/2014-062” in the email subject.

“Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”
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