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Consultant (Strategy), Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Hosted Fund, REMOTE, 4 months, Req:571256

Remote | Remote - Based

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Remote | Remote - Based
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: Closed

We are seeking an experienced strategist who comes with a deep understanding of EOF's operating environment. They will need to quickly surface key unanswered questions, then curate working sessions with the internal team to align on answers. After this, the consultant will 'hold the pen' on drafting the strategy, ensuring this process is managed to maintain alignment, engagement and support.

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 

There are few greater challenges faced by the global community than the twin crises of learning poverty and youth unemployment. In response, the Education Commission (chaired by Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education) and the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen) came together with our founding CEO (Her Excellency Dr.) Amel Karboul to create EOF. We aim to improve the education and employment outcomes of 10 million children and youth, by supporting governments to utilize a range of innovative finance instruments at scale, including outcomes funds and other results-based financing (RBF) instruments.

EOF is backed by a range of world leaders who support us to shape our approach and achieve our ambitious aims, as well as leaders in education and impact investing:

EOF supports improvements in the quality of education and skills programs, with a special focus on girls and underserved populations, including those in the hardest to reach rural areas. It measures (and pays for) what matters – both core skills like literacy and numeracy, but also critical 21st Century skills such as socio-emotional skills, ICT skills, and other broader fundamentals of a quality education. It helps close the persistent gap between the skills needed by employers and those attained by today's youth.

For all the above, EOF pays primarily on the basis of the results achieved, ensuring that taxpayer-funded domestic resources, aid, and philanthropic funds are only used to pay for what works. This is a game-changing way to finance results in education, focusing attention and realigning systems on the most challenging but most important measure of a program's performance: whether it is improving lives.

Together with our supporters, we believe this is the early stages of a much larger movement, with huge potential to increase learning outcomes for children and youth around the world, though improved aid effectiveness and government spending.

Since our inception in 2018, EOF has:

  • Partnered with governments in Ghana and Sierra Leone to establish the two largest outcomes funds to date in developing countries, mobilising ~$50M for these programs.
  • Established itself as a leading global player in RBF, and the only dedicated center of expertise for RBF in education and skills.
  • Become the first outcomes fund hosted by the United Nations within UNICEF, as a scalable platform to partner with governments around the world.
  • Established a major partnership with the LEGO Foundation, to develop a scale portfolio of RBF programs in early childhood across a diverse range of countries, as well as to amplify the movement and ecosystem of partners around this approach.
  • Had our innovative approach featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, FT, Economist, Brookings, and more.
  • Built our institutional capacity to contract and implement large-scale outcomes funds more efficiently and effectively than historic impact bonds.
  • Established a strong culture of performance and an active focus on ongoing professional development for all our team.

How can you make a difference?


The Consultant (Strategy) requires an experienced strategist who comes with a deep understanding of EOF's operating environment. They will need to quickly surface key unanswered questions, then curate working sessions with the internal team to align on answers. After this, the consultant will 'hold the pen' on drafting the strategy, ensuring this process is managed to maintain alignment, engagement and support.

This strategy development exercise is envisaged to have a relatively limited scope and to focus on EOF’s direct and indirect impact as an organisation. It will need a clear articulation of how and where we focus, and how we balance competing priorities to reach shorter term milestones in a manner that enable our longer-term objectives. The resultant 'strategy document' must be suitable and useful for both internal and external audiences, and must clearly articulate EOF's guiding policy over the next 5 years.

The deliverables below will serve as a starting point for this assignment; however, upon consultation and mutual agreement between EOF's Chief Operating Officer and the successful candidate, this may be modified to best support this process.




Estimated number of working days

Deadline/ timeline

Deliverable 1:
Define and help to answer key questions about EOF’s strategy (2025-30) and positioning in the sector, in consultation with EOF’s leadership team. The final product should be a 5-10-page document.
a. Develop a deep understanding of EOF and the key questions to answer to underpin long-term strategy development (guided by inputs from EOF’s Chief Operating Officer) through analysis documents and curated conversations the EOF team,
b. Design and curate strategy workshops and/or working sessions within EOF to surface answers and/or align on clear positions in response to findings in (a).
c. Summarise findings from (a) and (b) to present to EOF team.
d. Make clear recommendations around EOF strategy and positioning to the EOF leadership team and Executive Committee.
12 By the end of June 2024
Deliverable 2:
Draft EOF’s 2025-30 strategy, in collaboration with EOF’s team. The final product will be a 15–25-page written document, for internal and external publication.
a. Lead an iterative process to draft EOF’s 2025-2030 organizational strategy, supported by an EOF strategy task force and EOF’s leadership team.
b.  Manage engagement with the EOF strategy task force, leadership team, and EOF’s Executive Committee (in partnership with EOF’s COO) to ensure alignment and buy-in to the long-term vision.
c. The final product will be a 15–25-page written document, for internal and external publication. We do not expect the Consultant (Strategy) to do the design or copy-editing work on the final product.
10 By the end of July 2024

 Total estimated working days - 22

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

  • An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: international relations, political science, communications, international development, education, public policy, economics, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant professional experience, including significant tenure (5+ years) at a senior level (Executive Director, Head of Function, etc.) within the global education sector.
  • Proven track record in leading strategy development processes in international education across international organizations (UN Agencies, International NGOs, Global Funds, etc.).
  • Comprehensive experience and a deep understanding of the multilateral and global education financing architecture (inclusive of, but not limited to, UNICEF, Education Cannot Wait, Global Partnership for Education, EOF, the World Bank).
  • Experience in 1) international education financing and 2) the application of innovative financing tools and mechanisms within international development.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

 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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be accepted.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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