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Education Officer, (NO-1), Ciudad de México, México, #553697 [Temp Appointment] - MATERNITY LEAVE COVER

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Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Mexico City
Location: Mexico
Categories: Education

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, love

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Mexico is a country of origin, transit, and destination for migrant children from the countries of northern Central America, seeking safety and opportunity in Mexico or the United States. These are children fleeing from gang-related and gender-based violence, organized crime, extortion, poverty and limited access to education and social services. They have been repeatedly exposed to threats, intimidation, and insecurity in a lawless environment. Many also want to be reunited with their families who reside in the United States.

How can you make a difference?

To support the Ministry of Education (MoE), UNICEF Mexico signed a work plan 2019-2024 with the Undersecretariat for Upper Secondary Education (Subsecretaría de Educación Media Superior, SEMS) that includes various lines of action to provide technical assistance to improve access to quality education and skills for life in students in upper secondary education. The core of the actions has been focused on three specific objectives:

I. Recover foundational skills using digital solutions for education

II. Strengthen life skills

III. Promote the participation of adolescent women in STEM disciplines

The Education Officer reports to the Chief Education for close guidance and supervision and will work in collaboration with the UNV expert in UNICEF digital education.

The Education Officer is accountable of providing professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the education programmes/projects through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting technical programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development and formulation of the Education Programme within the Country Programme.  


I. Recover foundational skills using digital solutions for education

1. Implementation of remedial courses using the Learning Passport and piloting the offline version. Second consecutive year of implementation.

Learning Passport is a platform developed by Microsoft that have been used, in collaboration with the Coordinación Sectorial de Fortalecimiento Académico (COSFAC) from SEMS and the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV) to implement 12 remedial courses for students. During the 2021-2022 school year, almost 60,000 students used the courses nationwide. This activity will continue for the 2022-2023 school year. The main responsibilities are:

- Coordinate teacher training in the use of the platform with the support of CINVESTAV and COSFAC.

- Supervise that CINVESTAV loads and updates content and evaluations on the Learning Passport platform, prior to the beginning of the use of the courses by the students.

- Provide CINVESTAV with the list of teachers to participate, which are granted by COSFAC.

- Supervise the proper functioning of the technical support service that CINVESTAV provides to participating schools.

- Supervise the delivery of indicator reports that are generated weekly for COSFAC to observe progress.

- Follow up on programmatic, administrative processes and receipt of deliverables from CINVESTAV.

- Coordinate weekly follow-up meetings with CINVESTAV.

- Continue with optimal and timely communication with COSFAC.

- Manage the supply of offline devices for the schools participating in the pilot.

- Supervise the deployment and implementation of the offline pilot.

- Report progress of the offline pilot to UNICEF headquarters and COSFAC.

- Carry out field visits for follow-up and supervision

2. Implementation of a platform to strengthen mathematical skills in first-year upper-secondary school students using the MatematIA platform. Second consecutive year of implementation.

MatematIA is a platform developed by UNICEF Mexico where, in collaboration with the Colegios de Estudios Científicos y Tecnológicos (CECYTE), mathematics content aligned to the official lower and upper-secondary curriculum was developed to help strengthen mathematical skills in the transition from lower to upper-secondary. During the 2021-2022 school year, almost 24,000 students used the courses nationwide. This activity will continue for the 2022-2023 school year. The main responsibilities are:

- Coordinate the teacher training in the use of the platform with the support of Pixframe, the developer of the platform, and CECYTE.

- Supervise that Pixframe loads and updates the new content and new applications in MatematIA, prior to the beginning of the use of the platform by the students.

- Provide Pixframe with the list of teachers to participate, which are granted by CECYTE.

- Follow up on programmatic, administrative processes and receipt of Pixframe deliverables.

- Continue with optimal and timely communication with CECYTE.

- Carry out field visits for follow-up and supervision

- Supervise the evaluation that will be carried out with the support of consultants hired by UNICEF.

3. Development and launch of the innovation diploma course for teachers. Initial phase, in design and launch phase.

In addition to the actions described in numbers 2 and 3, together with a Higher Education Institution (HEI) and UNICEF, a 120-hour course will be developed to train EMS teachers on issues of pedagogical innovation and the use of technology and digital solutions for education. The main responsibilities are:

- Review deliverables of the content development of the course in close communication with COSFAC.

- Supervise that the training is given in a timely manner as agreed with the contracted HEI.

- Follow up on programmatic and administrative processes.

II. Strengthen life skills

4. Preparation of educational materials regarding skills for life in dual education. Initial phase, in design phase and beginning of implementation.

A life skills framework focused on dual education was developed. The framework, built under a consultative process, will serve as input to generate digital educational materials that are used in the educational platform used by the students enrolled in dual education. We will work with an implementing partner for the design and development of the content. The main responsibilities are:

- Review deliverables of educational content development in close communication with COSFAC.

- Supervise that the upload of materials is in accordance with the needs and agreements established with COSFAC.

- Support the dissemination of the strategy with the business sector that participates in the dual model.

- Follow up on programmatic and administrative processes.

5. Design of a peer training model on digital citizenship and cybersecurity issues (in collaboration with the area of ​​adolescent development of UNICEF). Second year of monitoring the strategy.

In 2021, work was done on training teachers, fathers and mothers in digital citizenship and cybersecurity topics. The strategy was focused on teachers and families of students from CONALEP and Colegio de Bachilleres in Chiapas. This year, the strategy is extended to work directly with students from these same subsystems, in a peer-to-peer training model that allows them to develop skills and generate community projects that foster a culture of prevention of violence on networks and digital citizenship. In this strategy, we work together with the A Favor de lo Mejor Association, who are in charge of the design and training of students in the peer-to-peer training model. This project is carried out in coordination with the adolescent development area of ​​UNICEF Mexico. The main responsibilities are:

- Support the review of the development of educational content.

- Support the supervision of face-to-face and virtual training that will be given to students.

- Coordinate communication with the educational authorities involved, CONALEP and the Colegio de Bachilleres in Chiapas.

6. Translation of manuals on life skills for secondary level (in collaboration with the Undersecretariat for Basic Education) Initial phase

Within the framework of the curricular review of the Undersecretariat for Basic Education (Subsecretaría de Educación Básica, SEB), the translation of 12 practical manuals for the development of life skills at the secondary level is being carried out. It is intended that these materials be disseminated and used during the following school year 2022-2023. The main responsibilities are:

- Supervise that the translations of the materials are aligned to the original versions.

- Coordinate with the editorial committee the corresponding revisions so that the material is approved under UNICEF standards.

- Support SEB to define the implementation strategy of the manuals.

III. Promote the participation of adolescent women in STEM disciplines

7. STEM bootcamps for teenage girls. First year of implementation.

In collaboration with the organization, Crack the Code (CTC), 5 face-to-face bootcamps with virtual follow-up are implemented in Chiapas, Chihuahua, Estado de México, Baja California and Guerrero to promote the participation and involvement of female adolescents in STEM disciplines. This activity will be coordinated with teachers training in STEM education topics with a gender approach. The main responsibilities are:

- Follow up on virtual sessions

- Facilitate communication between CTC and UNICEF and government counterparts to follow up on the initiative.

- Coordinate the camps that will be replicated in November 2022.

- Follow up on administrative and programmatic processes

- Field missions to carry out supervision visits.

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Education Officer to programme preparation, planning and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to improve learning outcomes and universal access to quality, equitable and inclusive education.

Success in education programmes and projects in turn contribute to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.

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

Education: A university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology, or another relevant technical field. 


• A minimum of one year of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
• Experience in the design and implementation of programs and projects related to upper secondary education, development of skills for life and employment of adolescents, and educational innovation with the use of digital technology.

The following experiences are not required but will be considered an asset: 
• Experience working with the Undersecretary of Upper Secondary Education (SEMS).
• Proven knowledge of upper secondary education in Mexico.
• General experience in content development and instructional design.
• General knowledge of the design and development of evaluations of large-scale educational projects.


  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
  • A proficient level of English is required, but complete fluency is preferred.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) (Nurtures, leads and manages people).

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Candidates must be citizens of Mexico to be considered eligible for this post.
  • This is a maternity leave cover assignment and the estimated duration is until march 2023.  

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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