Education Officer
Job Description
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Job ID 12906
Practice Area - Job Family Basic Social Service - EDUCATION
Vacancy End Date 06/06/2018 (Midnight Nairobi, EA)
Duty Station Nairobi, Kenya
Education & Work Experience G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience
Languages Required: English
  Desired: Swahili
Grade GP  
Vacancy Type National Regular UN Volunteer
Posting Type External
Bureau National Nations Volunteer
Contract Duration 12 Months
This recruitment will be handled by UN Africa, Nairobi Kenya after Shortlisting by Eridika Limited.  A candidate could be deployed to other locations outside Nairobi.  This position is open for Kenyan nationals only as well as legal residents in the country or territory with the status of refugee/status of being stateless

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programmeis the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.

Organizational Context/Project

The programme component contributes to the UNDAF outcomes that aim to increase access to basic services (outcome 1) mitigate the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS (outcome 3) and enhance institutional and technical capacity for disaster management (outcome 6, 7 and 8).

The programme also contributes to the MDG and EFA goals of universal primary education and gender equity by 2015.

The Education programme focuses on three result areas: Early Childhood Education, Primary Education and Complementary Education. This programme component also manages the Youth and Life skills education in schools.  The overall goal of the Education and Youth Programme is to contribute to the realization of the rights of all Kenyan children and youth to quality basic education, with specific targets of achieving gender parity in primary and secondary education by 2005 and towards gender equality by 2015.  The main thrust of the programme is on the access, retention quality and completion of quality education, with focus on girls and other disadvantaged groups of children, including orphans, street children, child labour, and children with special needs, in eleven selected arid and semi-arid districts and urban informal settlements.

The Education and Youth Programme uses a three-pronged approach. These include support to: national level policy and partnership-building activities for national coverage; activities focused on selected school clusters to develop context-specific and replicable approaches to improve girls’ education and education quality, and life-skills education to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission among children, youth and teachers in target districts; and broad efforts in advocacy, partnership building and programme development.

The overall strategy focuses on fulfilling the rights of girls to education at all levels, to achieving progress towards the education of all children. Specific strategies used include capacity strengthening for improved planning, management and service delivery; catalytic support to interventions designed to improve all facets of quality education; advocacy to build up consensus for maintaining quality early childhood, primary and complementary education development, girls’ education and HIV/AIDS prevention; programme communication to create awareness at all levels of the importance of Early Childhood Education; promotion of multi-sectoral approaches (in particular, water and sanitation, health, nutrition and child protection); and partnership-building for improving education as a collective responsibility.  Particular attention will be attached to a “whole school” approach through establishing and operational zing the “School Cluster” as a means of both a) improving the quality of learners’ content, teaching/learning processes, teaching/learning environment and learning assessment and b) strengthening delivery systems.

Living Conditions

The incumbent will find his/her own housing arrangements in Nairobi. Nairobi is a mod-ern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services are available locally at rea-sonable cost. The city is at a high altitude, with sunny days and cooler nights. There is a short rainy season before Christmas, and longer rains fall from March to May. Novem-ber to February is generally warm. No need for central heating, however warm clothes are necessary during the rainy season. There are several transportation options in Nai-robi, including taxis, buses, mini-buses, and mobile applications for transport. Public healthcare in Nairobi is generally subpar, but there are private healthcare options that are of better quality. The city is widely connected through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both UN HABITAT and UNEP, and as the UN Regional Hub for the East and Horn of Africa region. Security is an issue in Nairobi, with incidents of car-jacking and theft not uncommon. Safety and security in Nairobi varies depending on different neighborhoods, and it is important to become familiarized with safety recommendations for the city. Telecommunication system in Nairobi is gen-erally sufficient. Internet access is generally reliable. There are fairly frequent power cuts, however most of the shared compounds have generators. Water supply can also be an issue as Kenya often experiences drought. In these situations expats may need to supplement their water supply by buying in water tankers.  Kenyans are wonderfully friendly and tolerant to visitors. English is the first language spoken here, though most Kenyans are trilingual, using tribal languages and Kiswahili.

Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers

A 12- month contract; with subsequent contract extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of Ksh 76,779 of payment is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service.

 Duties and Responsibilities

 Under the direct supervision of the Education Specialist  the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective education programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, including gender disaggregation; provide support for sharing the information with relevant partners.
  • Support in preparing programme strategies and budgets for review by the supervisor. Provide evidence based inputs in development of proposal for fund raising.
  • Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through monitoring and follow up activities with various implementing partners. Support in planning and monitoring flow of supply and non-supply assistance to different project.
  • Analyze collected data and information and prepare progress reports including monitoring and reporting indicators by gender. Assist in providing inputs in developing strategy notes on education issues as part of Country Programme Recommendation.
  • Documentation of project processes and best practices. Support in record keeping and organising meetings. Compile training and orientation material. Record keeping of relevant evaluation, reviews and periodic meeting with government counterparts and other partners. Develop effective communication system with field office.
  • Collaborate with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management; and provide support for orientation and training of all implementing partners to UNICEF financial and supply policies and procedures.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output


  • Proving to be a good team player and support Kenya UNICEF Education section to achieve its goals as planned. Completing the work and deliverables as per agreed timeline.
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.



Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Integrity 

Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [II] 
  • Working with People   [I]      
  • Drive for Results   [I]

Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]
  • Analyzing   [II] 
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]
  • Learning and Researching [II] 
  • Planning and Organizing [II]

  Required Skills and Experience

  • University Degree in Education or social sciences as related technical field. Additional Diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education preferred
  • Two (2) years progressively, responsible work experience in programme design, administration, monitoring and evaluation in area of education.
  • UN experience will be an added advantage
  • Computer profiency is required
  • Proven writing skills in english


United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.


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