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Education Specialist, NOC, Temp Appt (364 days), Lubumbashi DRC (Open to DRC nationals only)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Lubumbashi
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-08

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.

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, an access to quality education

The UNICEF programme is implemented in the provinces of Haut-Katanga, Lualaba et du Haut-Lomami.  The local context is relatively stable and calls for a developmental response to children’s deprivations.  The region is characterized by a prominent mining industry which highly influences the life of neighboring communities and conditions of children’s development.  Despite a booming private sector, the MICS indicators are low and the main problematics affecting children are malnutrition, workforce in dangerous conditions, street children, early marriage and emergency such as cholera and measles.  To address those problematics, UNICEF proposes a five parts integrated response: Access to quality basic social services, community of youth mobilization, cash transfer and management, engagement with the private sector and management of protection cases.  In each of these responses, the Education programme has a key role to play.  For the next few years, the Education programme is expected to step on priority activities such as case management, reduction of violence toward children, youth participation, registration with Civil Status Office, school health, income generating  activities, digital learning, Generation Unlimited, engagement with the private sector, etc.  While reaching a large territory, the Education interventions are prioritized toward 10 zones where UNICEF and its partners deliver in an integrated manner in order to maximize the impacts for children.

How can you make a difference?

Download File Job Description - Education Specialist Level 3_Lubumbashi.pdf

Under the guidance and the supervision of the Chief of Field Office, the Education Specialist supports the Education programme and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programme. The Education Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education programme to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society:

  • Support to programme development and planning;
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results;
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation;
  • Networking and partnership building;
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required: Education, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, or another relevant technical field;
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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

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.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework 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.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government 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.

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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.