Egypt: Senior Education Advisor, Cairo, Egypt- post no. 00106511, TA, Internationals Only

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Egypt
Closing date: 16 May 2018

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.

Purpose for the job:

The purpose of the assignment is to provide technical guidance and direction on strategic planning, coordination and formulation of activities under the above addressed sub-sectoral areas, but not limited to, to strengthen UNICEF services toward improved quality of education, particularly for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society. S/he is expected to lead a group of professional and support staff to develop and manage the education programme in the country and conduct strategic dialogue with government partners such as MOETE and MOYS as well as other key development partners including the EU, USAID, The World Bank, UK/DFID, JICA, etc.

How can you make a difference?

Advisory services and technical support

  • Provide technical advice to key senior government officials (MOETE, MOF, MOYS, MOCIT, etc.), UN system (incl. IMF/The World Bank) and other development partners (esp. USAID, UKAID, JICA, Swiss, etc.) on strategies and best practices to influence approaches/policies and to support social/economic/political/legal development planning, implementation and delivery of results on education programs and related issues especially in relation to:
  • Education 2.0 and its activities linkages with The World Bank’s project, Teachers First Initiative, new assessment system, updated curriculum, etc. on the methods of how to deliver associated works;
  • Strategic discussions on ways to help children in poor and rural areas under Education 2.0, including community-based schools and associated teacher training in line with changes in public schools under the new education system;
  • Technical insight and guidance to the MOETE on persevering HR challenges, e.g. insufficient number of teachers, quality of teachers, quality of supervisors and governorate level education administrations, etc. (macro-level discussions);
  • Strategic advocacy and scale-up of inclusive education for children with minor disabilities in 2018 declared as the Year of People with Disabilities;
  • Systemic approach to Youth & Adolescent interventions building on existing good practices yet under a systemic approach rather than small-scale project approach for building a robust institutional capacity in this area including ways to establish partnerships with private sectors that promote practical experiences to nurture Life Skills;
  • Collective approach by the government and partners on how to scale-up Early Childhood Care and Education (both quantity and quality), especially to coordinate activities with the upcoming interventions through The World Bank’s loan;
  • Agreed actions among partners for responding to education in emergencies for children on the move – not only refugees but also Egyptian migrants;
  • Participate in strategic discussions to influence policy and agenda setting for combating all forms of discrimination against children by advising on and advocating strategies and approaches to promote universal access to and equitable and inclusive education for children in the country; and
  • Coordinate/ensure the availability of technical experts (with Regional Office/HQ) to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming/project processes.
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organizations, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities, leverage funds, to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on education programs;
  • As a co-chair of the Education Development Partnership Group (DPG), take the lead in the coordination effort among all related stakeholders together with USAID; and
  • Strategize with Private Partnerships Team for establishing partnership/alliances with private sectors (through efficient mechanism rather than small individual agreement with each company) for sustainable results and support fund raising for UNICEF and Country Office programs on education;
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Provide technical guidance for generating knowledge products for inclusive education in 2018 declared as the Year of People with Disabilities, including production of UNICEF State of Inclusive Education Report 2018 (summary of UNICEF’s experiences since 2008);
  • Provide technical input on innovative ways to utilize ICT in education especially toward an MOU to be established with the Ministry of Communication, Information & Technology for assisting children with disabilities;
  • Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable education programs/projects initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services, especially to scale-up cross-sectoral activities including ECD, C4D, and violence in schools;
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices on education and management. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned; and
  • Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programs/projects.
  • Program development and planning

  • Provide technical guidance for developing new proposals, considering cross-sectoral interventions (C4D, Child Protection, Social Protection, etc.) to maximize the on-the-ground impact as well as UNICEF’s strategic policy and strategies;
  • Keep abreast of national/regional/international development priorities on education to leverage UNICEF position and competencies with donors, national governments, communities and constituents to advocate/promote education initiatives and policies;
  • Collaborate with national/global colleagues/partners/allies to develop partnerships framework to address specific needs and to leverage resources for enhancing education programs/projects. Ensure synergy, integration, coherence, and harmonization of programs/projects with UNICEF Strategic Plans and priorities, donors’ development strategies/policies, national priorities/competencies and UN System development interventions/initiatives

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

    Education: An Advanced University Degree in education, economics, psychology, sociology or other social science field is required;


  • Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in sector strategy, programme planning, management, and/or research in education at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required;
  • Familiarity with emergency response is an asset;
  • Language requirement: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language especially Arabic 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.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

  • Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
  • UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
  • The technical competencies required for this post are.

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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.


    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.

    How to apply:

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