Education Specialist (P-3), Fixed-Term, Vientiane, Lao PDR, EAPRO

Closing date: 14 April 2019


Job no: 521099
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Lao,Peo.Dem.Rep
Categories: Education, P-3

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,

As integral part of the Country Programme 2017-2021, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and UNICEF in Lao PDR have agreed on MoES-UNICEF Education Programme 2017-2021, which aims that by 2021, children, especially most disadvantaged and in hard-to-reach areas, have access to quality early childhood education and basic education services, and complete the basic education cycle with improved learning outcomes.

In order to achieve the outcome, the Education Programme is composed of the two outputs, which are: 1) Early Childhood Education (ECE) and 2) Basic Education. Those outputs are supported by cross-cutting system strengthening in the areas of education sector planning, financing and management, as well as monitoring and evaluation (M&E), both at national and sub-national level. This will contribute to advancing result-based management (RBM) and evidence-based policy analysis and advocacy in the sector.

Whilst UNICEF support both upstream work and downstream work in the sector, and strengthening the linkage of the two, UNICEF places its strategic focus particularly on sub-national level capacity building for evidence-based sector planning and management at provincial and district level, which is in line with the ongoing government’s efforts for decentralization. By strengthening sub-national level capacity in sector planning, financing and management, it aims to achieve improved equitable resource allocation, effectiveness and efficiency at provincial and district level, and through which to enable prioritized and targeted interventions for better and more equitable results for children.

In this context, the Lao PDR CO is looking for an experienced Education Specialist at P3 level to work in the areas of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Quality Assurance (QA) of the sector programming as well as sub-national level capacity building.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Chief, Education (Level 4), the Specialist supports the development, preparation and implementation of the new EU-funded Complementary Technical Support programme and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programmes/projects within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education programmes/projects to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

The Specialist contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Support to M&E and QA of the new EU-funded Complementary Technical Support programme:

  • Provide support in M&E and QA throughout the planning, implementation, monitoring, review and reporting processes of the EU-funded Complementary Support programme.
  • Provide managerial and technical support to the Complementary Support programme in ensuring rigorous M&E and documentation is made on time.
  • Provide managerial and technical support to the Complementary Support programme in QA in compliance to UNICEF and EU’s requirements. 
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the sector and the Complementary Support programme using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
  • Help supervisor set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
  • Networking and partnership building:

  • Support sustaining and enhancing effective close working partnerships with EU, relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, other development partners and donors, and academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on education programmes.
  • Based on the communication and visibility (C&V) plan agreed with EU, in coordination with the supervisor and Chief of Education, implement the C&V plan to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund raising for education programmes, including particularly the EU-funded Complementary Support programme.

Programme management, monitoring and reporting the delivery of results:

  • Participate in strategic programme discussion on the planning of education programmes. Formulate, design and prepare programme proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Programme and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Plan and collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector on education programmes.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in programme management.
  • Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits and surveys, and exchange information with stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

Technical and operational support to programme implementation:

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners and donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on education and related issues to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely and appropriate support throughout the programming process.
  • Participate in education programme meetings including programme development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in education management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programmes/projects.

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

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology, or another relevant technical field.


  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
  • Experience working in M&E in education
  • Experience in working in the planning and implementation of EU-funded education programmes is considered as strong asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country, especially in South East Asia, is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Advertised: 04 Apr 2019 SE Asia Standard Time
Applications close: 14 Apr 2019 11:55 PM SE Asia Standard Time