Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Job Posting with UNICEF South Sudan

Temporary Appointment: Education Specialist (Emergencies), P-3 (IEEES)
UNICEF South Sudan
Juba, South Sudan
25 April 2018


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.


For every child, a champion

Since the current conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013, over 1.7 million people have been displaced within South Sudan (with 53.4% estimated to be children).  An additional 717,302 people have sought refuge in neighboring countries (UN OCHA and UNHCR, July 2016).  As a result, an estimated 838,600 children between the ages of 3-18 years have not had access to basic services, including education and approximately half of them have been forced out of school since December 2013.  A new outbreak of violence in Juba and other parts of the country in July 2016 caused a further increase in drop-out rates as well as a decrease in enrolment rates to primary school. 

The ongoing crisis has aggravated an already difficult education situation in South Sudan, with low rates of enrolment, limited participation of girls in schooling and poor school infrastructure. It is estimated more than 70 per cent are out of school, the highest proportion in the world. Nearly one in every three schools in affected areas has been destroyed, damaged, occupied or closed. To date, 38 schools are reportedly still being used for military purposes. Though all children who have been displaced are vulnerable, adolescent girls are particularly at risk of gender-based violence, harassment, abuse, and early and forced marriage due to disruption of education and poverty, as parents marry them off as an economic coping mechanism. Adolescent boys and young men remain vulnerable to participation in dangerous activities and recruitment into armed groups. Provision of safe and protective learning spaces, trained and committed teachers, and basic education materials is essential to meet the immediate needs of children and adolescents.


How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is continuing to implement its Education in Emergency (EiE) response in South Sudan and is using the Back-to-Learning (BTL) platforms to ensure that out-of-school children and adolescents have access to learning opportunities in both formal and non-formal systems nationwide. Given this scale-up and the multi-year funding available, additional support has been proposed and required within the EiE unit in the Education Section to support and strengthen the implementation and monitoring of the BTL partnerships and projects, especially in increasingly conflict-affected areas, to reach targeted most vulnerable children.

The Integrated Essential Emergency Education Services (IEEES) project will build on the results achieved and lessons learned through the EEP. The IEEES project is designed to increase the retention rates of the most vulnerable boys and girls in schools by providing sustained learning opportunities and aims to improve the learning outcomes, level of protection, resilience and recovery of an additional 300,000 girls and boys (38 per cent of which will be girls) living amidst violent conflict. The long-term goal of the project is to improve resilience and to support the recovery of South Sudanese children, adolescents and their families through linkages with other sectors and the provision of psychosocial support.

Under the supervision of the Education Specialist (P4) in South Sudan Country Office, contribute to the planning, implementation and monitoring of the EIE programme in all former 10 states. The s/m will be responsible for the following:

  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and monitoring of Education activities for formal and out of school children and adolescents in regular schools, hard to reach areas and protection of civilian sites.
  • Ensure that the education interventions are planned, implemented and monitored in a timely manner in collaboration with education team and partners.
  • Follow up and ensure that strategies are put in place to provide access to quality learning opportunities for out of school children and adolescents.
  • Develop and liaise the development of Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with the field officers and ensure its quality assurance.
  • Manage implementing partners with inputs from State colleagues in terms of implementation on the ground.
  • Attend various platforms as alternate education emergency focal person at Juba level.
  • Conduct field visits to ensure effective implementation.
  • Carry out OIC task whenever requires.


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

Only those persons who satisfy the following requirements will be considered as potential candidates:

  • A minimum of five years of progressively, responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning and management in education
  • Proven extensive, professional experience and expertise in the areas of education and or related areas, preferably with conflict-affected or post-conflict and sector planning programme experience for other national/international agencies or development organizations
  • Experience in or exposure to quality data collection efforts, research and analysis, analytical writing, and delivering support services at community level
  •  Experience in complex emergencies/conflict-affected contexts strongly preferred
  • Advanced university degree in social sciences (sociology, psychology, education, peace building, international and development studies or other related technical field). * A first level university degree with relevant combination of academic qualifications and professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Familiarity with South Sudan national development priorities and challenges is desirable


  • Minimum of 5 years of significant experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of education programmes.
  • Experience in emergency contexts, preferably as UN or NGO at both community and middle management level.
  • Experience in emergency and post emergency situations, knowledge of emergency response issues and policies

Knowledge and Skills

  • Understanding of community mobilization processes, application and good practices
  • Prior training and direct programming experience in EiE
  • Coordination and facilitation
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Good computer skills

Other requirements

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • The incumbent is expected to perform the above functions under difficult working conditions in conflict affected areas, related to office accommodation, procedures, workload, mobility, and institutional and personal safety. There is limited access to health care and recreational facilities, and this is compounded by long working hours and potentially stressful conditions. 


For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The technical competencies required for this post are:

i) Core Values (Required) 

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Integrity 

ii) Core Competencies (Required) 

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

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ] 
  • Analyzing [ III] 
  • Relating and Networking [ II ] 
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ] 
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]


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