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Education Officer, NOA, Fixed Term, Mogadishu (CSR), Somalia, #0057032, (Somali national only)

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Mogadishu
Level: NO-1
Location: Somalia
Categories: Education

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For every child, Education

UNICEF Somalia | UNICEF Somalia

How can you make a difference? 

The purpose of the post is to get a dedicated officer close to the project sites and support implementation of UNICEF Education programme in Mogadishu - BRA, to closely facilitate program implementation, monitoring and coordination with BRA. The position will directly report to UNICEF Central South Regions (CSR) Office Education Head of Section and will provide support to UNICEF staff based in Mogadishu in coordination with the programs in Banadir. Additionally, the Education Officer will be responsible for monitoring, coordinating, and providing technical support to the implementing partners active in BRA and Hirshabelle. The Education officer will be responsible for data collection, knowledge management, supervision, monitoring, facilitating humanitarian need assessment and reporting. S/he will be working closely with the government, UN, I/NGO partners, and communities concerned with the projects. Furthermore, the officer will support and coordinate with the Education Cluster in the region and actively participate in all education meetings and report on these to the UNICEF Central South Zonal Office Head of Education and formulation of the Education Programme within the Central South Regions Programmes.

The Education Officer will also participate in all educational activities carried out in BRA and Hirshabelle, including needs assessments, cluster meetings, and Education in Emergencies (EiE) meetings. The officer will also support local authorities in coordinating with education partners, ensuring that the implementation of educational initiatives is aligned with the specific needs and contexts of these districts in BRA and Hirshabelle.

Key function, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks

Support to programme development and planning 

  • Education program design, planning, monitoring, data analysis, and progress reporting in BRA.
  • Contribute to the development and tracking of BRA and Hirshabelle State Education Program Rolling Work Plan (RWP)
  • Contribute to the development of an Education Program Emergency Response Plan for the South & Central regions, with a particular focus on BRA and Hirshabelle State.
  • Engage in results monitoring, including data analysis and tracking the performance of the Education Program within the BRA and Hirshabelle State RWP.
  • Conduct effective and regular monitoring of the education projects implemented by UNICEF partners in BRA and Hirshabelle State provide regular weekly updates and monthly progress reports to the UNICEF CSR (Central South Region) Head of Education Section.
  • The Education Officer will provide technical support to partners in BRA and Hirshabelle State build their capacity to ensure the quality and timely implementation of all projects in the region.
  • Support the preparation and implementation of Mid-year and End-year reviews with BRA and Hirshabelle State and CSO partners in Banadir.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.

  •  Facilitation of joint Education Programmes as well as all projects that are emergency related:
  • Facilitate all activities related to the implementation of education programmes delivered in BRA and Hirshabelle State.
  • Contribute to strengthening cross sectoral convergence and integration with other sections internally and externally with other UN Agencies (i.e., WFP).
  • S/he will pay attention to visibility of the UNICEF.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to collect, analyze, and share information on implementation issues.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews, and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow-up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • Prepare draft inputs for programme/donor reporting.

Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks, and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Support the functioning of Education Sub-Cluster/sector coordination activities.
  • Contribute to development of the Education Program Emergency Response Plan for the FMS.
  • The Education Officer will provide support to all emergency projects and their implementation.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices on education in emergencies related support for programme implementation, operations, and delivery of results.
  • Collect and verify weekly and monthly data from UNICEF implementing partners for reporting on Education in Emergency Programming and other UNICEF education projects.
  • Conduct education needs assessments and education situation analyses as may be required to start a new programme or project in Banadir.

 Networking and partnership-building

  •  Actively participate in various meetings of partners in BRA and Hirshabelle State such as Education Cluster Meetings, Education Sector Coordination meetings, and other relevant meetings.
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build the capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on education programmes.
  • Support BRA Education and Ministry of Education Hirshabelle State to coordinate education partners working in the region.
  • Be UNICEF focal point for humanitarian education, education cluster, and education component of Resilience Initiative in BRA and Hirshabelle State.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Provide support in identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Research, benchmark, and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity-building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders.

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

Minimum requirements: -

  • Education: A university degree, preferably in Education or a related technical field relevant to UNICEF programmes.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one year of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required. Previous experience with project management and M&E is desirable.
  • Language: Fluency in English and Somalia is required, and other UN language is an language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

The 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  

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Female and candidates with specific needs are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

UNICEF only considers Higher education qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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