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International Individual contractor - Education Advisor- , Beijing, China (6 months, office-based)

Beijing (China)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Beijing (China)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-18

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UNICEF China is looking for an Education and development expert to provide expert support to the Education Section in the management, coordination and monitoring of Education programs for a period of 6 months.

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 in China promotes policies and laws that better deliver on children's rights. We have about 100 staff members working with the Government of China and other partners to ensure that the benefits of the country's development reach the most impoverished children. And we share what we learn with others.

The Education Section works with the Government of China and our partners, communities and parents, to provide the country’s most disadvantaged children with learning opportunities that will change their lives. We help to strengthen China’s education system, so that it addresses the needs of the most excluded and vulnerable children, including those with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and rural and urban poor, while ensuring that girls and boys have the same opportunities. We also promote nurturing environments that ensure that children develop into well-rounded individuals, by meeting their physical, cognitive, creative and social and emotional needs.

The 2015-2025 education program also embraces key strategic shifts and will have a renewed focus on upstream engagement and policy work. It will strategically focus on evidence generation and research, policy analysis, advocacy for children’s rights and adaptation of international evidence to China’s context. There will also be a shift from child-friendly schools to child-friendly education systems, scaling-up of adolescent programs, particularly integrating life skills into the secondary technical and vocation education & training (TVET) reform process and expanding alternative learning pathways for out-of-school adolescents.

To learn more about what we do, please visit

How can you make a difference?

The Education and development expert will provide expert support the Education section on range of issues for 6 months. The individual contractor will provide backstopping support and will focus on supporting the education team in the management, coordination and monitoring of the planned program activities for the consultancy period.

The main tasks of this consultancy are:

1. Provide overall support to the Education Section by coordinating the work of the section and supporting colleagues and cross-sectoral task force teams in achieving and documenting results of the agreed work plan 2021-22.

2. Provide management input to the Education Section (meetings, notes, correspondence, etc.)     

3. Support the knowledge management plan of the Education section and provide technical inputs to key knowledge products/resources, especially the evaluation of the Child Friend School project.

 The expected deliverables are:

  • Inputs to finalize the Knowledge Management products including the Minister of Education MoE/ UNICEF 40 years of partnership and the Early Childhood Education (ECE) policy brief any other as and when required.
  • Inputs for the Evaluation of the Child Friend Schools (support evaluability, background papers, ToR and the process).
  • Inputs for the baseline study. (STEM/Life Skills)
  • support to the 2021 Country Office Annual Report (COAR) compilation, Result Assessment Module (RAM) reporting and revision of 2022 workplans and budget adjustment.
  • Participate and provide inputs to the Task Force meeting (Adolescents, Gender and Child Friendly City/Community Initiative-CFCI)

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

  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education at the international level is required.
  • Experience working in China is considered as a strong asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN organization or international organization is considered as an asset.
  • Good written and oral English skills is required. Knowledge of Mandarin is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Enter Disciplines one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field ]


To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.



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.

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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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