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UN Education Specialist Job in Nairobi Kenya

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Kenya Country Office, Nairobi

Vacancy Announcement: Education Specialist – NO-C

Temporary Appointment (TA)

Duration: 9 Months

Duty Station: Nairobi

Date of Issue: 30 August, 2013

Closing Date: 13 September, 2013

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Temporary Appointment position in the Education and Young People’s Section, UNICEF Kenya Country Office.

Purpose of the Post: 

Under the supervision of the Chief of Education and Young people, the incumbent will co-ordinate the program activities and support the delivery of program strategies.


Education is a centrepiece of Kenya’s national development priorities.

The Kenyan government, along with development partners, is committed to meeting key international education commitments and conventions, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Jomtien World Declaration on Education for All (EFA), the Dakar Framework for Action, and the Millennium Development Goals – specifically MDG 2 (achieving universal primary education) and MDG 3 (promoting gender equality).

Kenya as a country has achieved its MDGs target with proactive legislation and policy frameworks. However there are significant gender and geographic disparities with example of nomadic counties which have less than 50% Gross Enrolment Ratios compared to national rates which are over 100%. 

To address this gaps in access to quality education, UNICEF Kenya Education and Young People Program is currently works with Government of Kenya and other key partners to expand education opportunities for most vulnerable groups’ of boys and girls in nomadic communities.

This program also seeks to strengthen national and sub-national systems, policy frameworks and implementation capacity of key partners to improve access to quality basic education and skills development for marginalized children and youth (including in emergencies).

Recently and within the framework of EYP’s priorities, UNICEF received funding support for Department for International Development (DFID-UK) has provided UNICEF with funding to fast track the closure of this regional and gender disparities affecting nomadic communities with direct county level interventions as well as national level systems development.

The program will strengthen National and sub-national systems and policy frameworks and implementation capacity strengthened to improve access to quality basic education and skills development for marginalised children and youth, including in emergencies and within eight nomadic counties.

Scope of Work

The work will involve working closely key sectors within UNICEF, line ministries and DFID to achieve the project’s envisaged results.

Within UNICEF, the specialist will work closely WASH, Communication for Development (C4D), Social Policy and Monitoring and Evaluation, Supply and Logistics and Protection as well as the relevant field office of Garissa and Turkana.

Specific Responsibilities

Specifically, the specialist will;

a) will ensure overall programme planning, implementation, setting standards for risk management, monitoring and evaluation are undertaken with supervision from the program manager who will dedicate 30% of her/his time to the project. 

b) Organize and coordinate inter-sectoral program implementation, contribute to work plan development, budget development and administer release of project funds to partners. The specialist will work on deadlines and outputs in liaison with all other UNICEF sections such as WASH, Communication for Development (C4D), Social Policy and Monitoring and Evaluation, Supply and Logistics Section, and Protection.

c) The specialist will organize, follow up and draft reports on meetings of key government counterparts including (MoE, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation).

d) Develop and share timely donor reports, input into annual reports, human interest stories as requested by both donor and UNICEF.

e) Support EYP program with donor funds tracking, consolidated report writing and management for all result areas, and implementation of the Section’s and KCO’s risk management strategies.

  • Able to undertake strategic thinking and translate this into practice
  • Able to work with due sensitivity in a multi-cultural environment and virtual or/and dispersed teams
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Able to build partnerships and network effectively and to influence and inspire others including the membership, governments, other agencies, and own peers, staff, and partners
  • Focused on quality and standards, results, and accountability
  • Teamwork and trust-building for inclusive and participatory youth programs;
  • Proactive approach to finding creative and constructive solutions to difficult issues
  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills; Good computer skills and
  • Ability to devote full-time to this assignment and meet deadlines;

Required Qualifications:

Education: An Advanced University degree in Education and/or social sciences.

  • Five-Eight (5-8) years relevant professional work experience in education programme planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting. 
  • Proven experience in fundraising and funds management.
  • Knowledge and experience on nomadic education an added advantage.


Core Competencies: 
  • Communication;
  • Drive for Result;
  • Working With People

Functional Competencies:
  • Leading and Supervising;
  • Formulating Strategies & Concepts;
  • Analyzing ;
  • Applying Technical Expertise and
  • Relating and Networking

Language: Fluency in English. Knowledge of Kiswahili desirable but not required.

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their curriculum vitae (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/2013-018.” in the email subject.

Interested candidates should also complete the Personal History (P11) form, which can be downloaded from the UNICEF Kenya website ( ).

“Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply”

Zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse 

UNICEF is a smoke-free environment

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