Education Specialist, P-3, Temporary Appointment, Buea Cameroon, 364days( With possible Extension), Spécialiste de l’éducation, P-3, nomination temporaire, Buea Cameroun, 364 jours (avec prolongation possible)UNICEF

Education Specialist, P-3, Temporary Appointment, Buea Cameroon, 364days( With possible Extension), Spécialiste de l’éducation, P-3, nomination temporaire, Buea Cameroun, 364 jours (avec prolongation possible), UNICEF

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job no: 549745

Contract type: Temporary Appointment

Duty Station: Buea

Level: P-3

Location: Cameroon

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, Education!

UNICEF has been working in Cameroon since 1975 to allow women and children to fully realize their rights to development without restriction, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF provides financial and technical support to Cameroon across seven areas to fully realize the rights of women and children. These areas include Health, HIV/AIDS, Water-sanitation-Hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection, and social inclusion. UNICEF focuses mainly on children and the most vulnerable and excluded families. Cameroon’s 2020 population is estimated at 26,545,863 people according to UN data. The population is young and generates strong socioeconomic demand. In rural areas, limited access to basic social services and the effects of climate change led to household impoverishment and severe child deprivations. The task is immense but not insurmountable; it requires the energy of all stakeholders in Cameroon and out of Cameroon: also, women, men, youth and children, government, technical and financial partners, donors, civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians, communities. Everyone is invited to take part in the struggle to meet the challenges that lie ahead. Together, we will act for Cameroon, a country that summarizes the challenges and hopes of Africa.

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Purpose of Assignment & Justification:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office (Buea), and in close collaboration with the Field Operations and Education Sections, the Education Specialist will lead the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Education Program, including the humanitarian response, in the South West and North-West regions.

Major duties and responsibilities:

The Education Specialist will lead the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the education programme and the education in emergency response related to the North-West and South-West crisis. Based on UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in emergencies, and the INEE Minimum Standards for education in emergencies, the Education Specialist will carry out the following functions:

Strategic advice and program management

Provide technical support to plan, and conduct EiE assessments in the South-West, North-West (SW/NW), and Western (Littoral and Ouest) IDP hosting regions, including in synergy with other sectors.

Propose strategic and operational guidance to the Field Operations and Education Departments to enhance the UNICEF emergency response in education in the (SW/NW) and Western regions, including through the action of other sectors;

Identify key emerging humanitarian issues, needs, and risks;

Monitor and provide technical assistance for the Back to School in SW/NW/Western regions, particularly aspects related to COVID-19 prevention, risk prevention, and quality education (formal education). Provide technical assistance to the Radio Education program and Accelerated Education planning and other alternative platforms for educating children affected by the Anglophone crisis (non-formal learning)

Monitor the EiE response, keep track of key indicators (e.g. Humanitarian Performance Monitoring – HPM indicators), and provide timely and accurate information to the Field Operations and Education Departments;

Assure correct financial utilization in partnership with NGOs

Support monitoring of affected populations in the Littoral and West regions;

Actively contribute to the writing of Education funding concept notes and proposals.


Ensure that Partnership Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) are developed, reviewed, finalized, and followed up (including budget and expenditure monitoring);

Provide technical support to UNICEF implementing partners, including NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in developing and implementing the EiE response;

Monitor partnerships, implementation, and reporting in accordance with objectives and deliverables set out in the PCAs;

Follow up other partnerships as appropriate

Coordination (internal and external coordination)

Participate in UNICEF technical coordination meetings at the centralized (Yaoundé, when applicable) and decentralized levels (as applicable);

Ensure that key information (e.g. strategic and emerging issues, needs) is shared in a timely and concise manner with the Field Operations and Education Departments, as well as with all other relevant departments (e.g. Protection, Health, and WASH departments);

Participate and represent UNICEF in the decentralized coordination Education fora (e.g. governmental fora, EiE working group meetings, OCHA meetings as applicable);

In accordance with humanitarian principles and UNICEF’s mandate, ensure that UNICEF Education programs and positions are progressively understood and accepted by parties to the conflict and communities, working with Field Operations colleagues to develop acceptance strategies.

Act as OIC of the Education Cluster Coordinator

Field support (support implementation of strategies, reporting)

Work with the UNICEF Education Section, Field Operations, Education Cluster Coordinator, UN, and NGO partners to develop, implement and monitor advocacy and engagement strategies in relation to protecting education from attack.

Support the Field Office in fulfilling UNICEF’s responsibilities and mandates in relation to leading efforts to resolve obstacles to education

Carry out other relevant duties that may be assigned by the Education and Field Operations Departments generally and in response to unforeseen emergencies.

Provide weekly and monthly situation reports on the humanitarian response activities.

The Education Specialist is expected to support capacity building/representational/oversight missions.

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


Advanced University degree (Master) in Education or related subject areas such as Social Work, Psychology, Law, Sociology, Child Development, Project management, and/or relevant field experience.


A minimum of 5 years of experience with UNICEF and/or other relevant actors and programming in Education in Emergencies.


Fluency in English (oral and written), knowledge of French is an asset.


The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

Works Collaboratively with others (1)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

Drives to achieve impactful results (1)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (1) are required.


Knowledge of UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children (CCC) in humanitarian action, key international standards such as the INEE, as well as the humanitarian cluster approach

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For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

To view our competency framework, please visit 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.

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 are requested to upload a copy of their master’s degree

Advertised: 04 Apr 2022 W. Central Africa Standard Time

Deadline: 13 Apr 2022 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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