Job Opportunity: Resilience Focused Progamme Design Consultant, Lilongwe, Malawi

Job no: 494424
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: United States of America
Categories: Education, P-4

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position
The Education Specialist will be part of the Evidence building, Research and Advocacy (ERA) Hub of the Education Section and will report to and work under the direct supervision of the Senior Education Adviser (Economist) responsible for the ERA team. The Education Specialist will also work in close collaboration with the other hubs of the Education section, with other sections and divisions of UNICEF HQ, Regional and Country Offices, staff of other UN Agencies, and Government officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors ensuring successful UNICEF education programme implementation.

The Education Specialist will provide expertise, direct field support and capacity building in the areas of education monitoring and evaluation, equity focused and results-based programming and reporting, and education sector analysis including on girls’ education and secondary education.

Key Expected Results

1.  Build capacity and provide support to HQ, RO and CO education teams for equity focused and results-based monitoring and programming, including support related to Results-Based Management (RBM) and Monitoring Results for Equity Systems (MoRES) initiatives, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Development of guidance and training/orientation as part of corporate and HQ education efforts with regard to RBM and MoRES.
  • Capacity building and support to HQ, RO and CO education staff and Ministries of education to design and monitor equity-based education programmes, including development and monitoring of Theory of Changes with an equity-based, results-based perspective and in line with the UNICEF Strategic Plan and with the corporate guidance on RBM (including on Programme Strategy Notes as part of Country Programming).
  • Review and quality assurance of draft country programme documents (including Programme Strategy Notes) and results framework.

2.  Produce and support the preparation of analytical pieces at global and country levels, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Production of global level analytical pieces and analytical tools with an emphasis on equity and cost effectiveness/value for money analysis
  • Support to the production/review of analytical pieces at regional and country level (e.g. education sector analysis) with an emphasis on equity and cost effectiveness/value for money analysis
  • Capacity building of RO/CO and Ministries of Education staff in education system/policy analysis, costing and evaluation and education.

3.  Support data and results reporting improvement, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Support to the establishment of education data and information systems for increased Education Section accountability and better monitoring of organizational progress.
  • Contribution to the analysis and checking of data quality and information support to the preparation of progress reports (e.g. Annual Results Report for education), including monitoring and reporting indicators by gender.
  • Preparation of UNICEF HQ Education section-led methodological notes.

4.  Support the implementation/monitoring of the UNICEF Gender Action Plan and evidence-building on girls’ education and secondary education, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Technical guidance on planning and results monitoring of the Gender Action Plan and girls’ education and secondary education
  • Technical support to the identification of country needs, results monitoring, and evaluation processes at country level in relation to girls’ education and secondary education.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education Background:

Advanced university degree in Social Science, with a major focus on statistics or economics.

Work Experience:

Eight years of progressively professional work experience at national and international levels in fields relevant to Education programmes and including experience in education economics and/or education Monitoring and Evaluation. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.


Fluency in English and a second UN language

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication – Level II
  • Working with people – Level II
  • Drive for results – Level II

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising  Level I
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level II
  • Analyzing – Level III
  • Relating and Networking – Level II
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Level II
  • Applying Technical Expertise – Level III

Technical Knowledge

  • Good understanding of the overall global development context, including issues such as: poverty, conflict, and the impact of these factors on education and vice-versa; and inter-sectoral approaches to address such issues in collaboration with other sectors (including Social Policy,Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH, Health and Communications within UNICEF).
  • Good knowledge of global developments in education and international engagement strategies, including the application of the equity lens and human rights perspectives to programming.
  • Good ability to support policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programmes and policy discussions around equity and learning with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in relevant areas.
  • Good education sector planning knowledge/ability, including the range of modalities for delivering education, linkages between different sub-sectors (e.g. ECD, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Inclusive Education), cost-effectiveness and efficiency issues, key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.
  • Good education and policy sector analysis capacity, including understanding of the core education data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of equity, determinants of student access and learning, budget, cost and financing, education system management, political economy and application to education policy and strategic planning.
  • Good ability to support engagement with partners (e.g. Sector Wide Approaches, Global Partnership for Education, Education in Emergency Clusters, Education Provider Forums, Delivering as One, Inter-sectoral partnerships such as in ECD), as well as networking with other key partners.
  • Good understanding of gender and inequity issues in relation to education and development and the application of gender / equity analysis to policy and planning in education.
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel and of a statistical package software.

To view our competency framework, please click here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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Job Opportunity: Resilience Focused Progamme Design Consultant, Lilongwe, Malawi