Kenya: Education Specialist (Early Learning), P-4, 6-month Temporary Appointment, ESARO, Nairobi, Kenya

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 21 Jul 2017

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.For every child, an education

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UNICEF Strategic Plan, UNICEF ESARO has prioritized Early Learning and aims to support ESA countries to scale up access to quality early learning services for girls and boys aged 3 to 6 years, especially the most vulnerable. Significant progress has been achieved since 2014 to raise the profile of Early Learning. Using knowledge from other regional initiatives and rigorous empirical evidence, ESARO has been able to demonstrate technical leadership in the area of ECD and Early Learning and has leveraged strategic partners such as UNESCO (SDG 4), Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), African Early Childhood Network (AfECN), Hilton Foundation among others. Since 2014, when only two countries in the region had early learning enrolments over 50%, by 2017, four (4) countries – Angola, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania – have attained the 50% target and increasingly ESARO is called upon to provide technical support to COs and Ministries of Education to expand access to Early Learning.

As one of the focus areas of the Quality Education and Learning Regional Priority, the Regional Office aims to support COs to scale up cost effective models for early learning and pre-primary education in urban and rural settings, with a focus on children with disabilities and other disadvantaged children. This includes developing relevant, gender-equitable and effective curricula and pedagogic models; improving the quality of classroom environments; enhancing the quality of teaching; linking education and health systems for better school health; creating school and community systems to improve the transition from pre-primary to early primary education; and implementing early learning models in emergencies.

The inclusion of early learning and school readiness in education sector plans is strategic to ensure domestic budget commitment with a minimum of at least 5% allocation for early learning. In addition ESARO will work with C4D to promote the importance of early learning among families and communities.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Regional Education Advisor, the TA Early Learning Specialist will perform the following tasks within the specified duration of the contract:

1.Coordinate overall ESARO support to Early Learning through convening meetings where appropriate, and participating in programme meetings across programme sections with relevant programmes including Gender and C4D whilst coordinating ESARO guidance on integrated planning for Early Learning to COs.

2.Provide specific support to Early Learning through provision of technical knowledge leadership and TA to COs in programme design, curriculum, assessment, standards, capacity development and quality assurance.

3.Leverage support for increased investment in Early Learning through strengthened strategic alliances and partnerships, raising its profile on the agenda of major forums and providing outcome specific, high quality and timely reporting on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

4.Provide technical and managerial support COs in the development of Early Learning policies, and Early Learning planning, implementation and M&E, including management of multi-country programmes that require ESARO support.

5.Plan, monitor and report on Early Learning activities, including fund management and donor reporting, taking necessary actions for the optimal use of programme funds.

To qualify as anadvocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in any of the following: Social Sciences, Education, Public Health, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in social development, management, monitoring and evaluation including specific experience in Early Learning.

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency 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…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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