Job Opportunity for Education for Development Specialist (Skills and Career Guidance) at UNICEF in Delhi

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About the job

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For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE…

Under the supervision of Chief Yuwah, the Education for Development Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Education/Skilling (or a sector of) programmes and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programmes/projects and partnerships 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 and skilling programmes/projects to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society. The Specialist recruited here will provide overall expert technical advice and operational support to YuWaah at UNICEF, for the thematic area of “Skills for life and livelihood” and is primarily responsible to support solutions/innovations to scale with partners. 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

How can you make a difference?

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

Major Roles And Responsibilities

  • Technical guidance and support
  • Partnerships and Networking
  • Innovation and capacity building
  • Advocacy & Communications, and Knowledge Management

Technical guidance and support

  • Help supervisor set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Support co-creation and validation of solutions with stakeholders and potential solution providers.
  • In cooperation with key stakeholders (YuWaah Secretariat, UNICEF ICO teams, government, private, CSO partners) and accordance with YuWaah India Theory of Change, develop strategy and implementation plans
  • Prepare annual workplans and budgets for thematic area “Skills for life and livelihood”
  • Provide technical guidance for identifying key partnerships opportunities for “Skills for life and livelihood”
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic materials for YuWaah advocacy purposes
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy
  • Operationalization of the taskforce and working group, including support to the finalization of membership and distribution of roles and responsibilities

Partnerships and Networking

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, 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 & skilling programmes.
  • Support development of programmatic and strategic relationships with existing and potential partners including the state government, private sector, NGOs/CSOs, other partners and implementing contractors., optimizing their contribution to YuWaah.
  • Support enhancing relationships with existing and potential contributors for catalytic funding and with non-traditional donors, including on innovative financing modalities and leverage financing
  • Coordinate information exchange and synergies between flagship initiatives of career guidance and 21st century skills with YuWaah partners
  • Actively monitor key partnerships through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant team members for timely resolution.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
  • 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.

Innovation and capacity building

  • Apply/introduce innovative approaches to enhance career guidance and promotion of 21st century skills for young people, for the delivery of concrete and sustainable results
  • Research and suggest on best international practices to be explored for possible adaption in India
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use.
  • 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.

Advocacy & Communications And Knowledge Management

  • Support in drafting of public advocacy materials, human interest stories, social media material as applicable.
  • Support development of lessons learned, review of successful and unsuccessful experiences and share observations/findings so that best practices benefit YuWaah’s implementation and strategy.
  • Support YuWaah India partners in perspective-building on “Skills for life and livelihood”
  • 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…


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

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and / or international levels in programme/project planning and implementation, with a particular emphasis on education, skilling/training and equity.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.


Fluency in English & Hindi (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.


  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan, develop, implement, monitor evaluate and report on programmes in the areas indicated above, and to transfer knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to develop partnerships and to network in the areas of education, skills, youth engagement and employment.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
  • Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills, excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work

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

UNICEF Competencies Required For This Post Are…

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships [ 1]
  • Demonstrates Self and Ethical Awareness [ 1]
  • Drive to Achieve Impactful Results [ 1 ]
  • Innovates and Embraces Changes [ 1 ]
  • Works Collaboratively with Others [ 1 ]
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically [ 1 ]
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity [ 1 ]

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.


  • This position is based in New Delhi (India). The vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only.
  • This is a Temporary Appointment and the selected applicant will have a 364 days Temporary Appointment contract.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  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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