Education Officer (Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting), UNOPS IICA

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Country: Denmark
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 23 Dec 2020

Education is an integral part of protection for persons of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over 50 percent of whom are children below 18 years of age. The Education Section in UNHCR’s Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS) provides operational support, policy direction, and strategic guidance to field operations. The provision and expansion of access to quality education for refugees is among the protection priorities for UNHCR.

UNHCR seeks to increase and enhance access to equitable quality education through leveraging innovative programming, with specific initiatives focused on addressing gaps in secondary education through a variety of approaches, including targeted programmatic and advocacy support through the Secondary Education and Youth Initiative, building a broad evidence base for the success factors for transition from primary to secondary education and retention, convening an inter-agency Secondary Education Working Group to document and share good practices, as well as maximizing the use of connected education.

UNHCR is committed to the importance of evaluation and its role in supporting organizational accountability, learning and the continual improvement of UNHCR’s performance in addressing the protection, assistance and solutions needs of refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced people (IDP) and other persons of concern. To ensure that UNHCR is a trusted partner and leader in refugee education, UNHCR must be able to produce and widely disseminate impact reporting.

The position

The incumbent will measure progress in secondary and connected education towards the achievements of the strategic objectives of Refugee Education 2030: A Strategy for Refugee Inclusion. S/he will work closely with the Education Officer (Data & Statistics), the Secondary Education and Connected Education teams to respond to requests from Regional Bureaus and country operations and assist with establishing both theories of change for new programmes and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks linked to global, regional and/or national indicator frameworks and through informing annual country planning. This role will also assist in building evidence for greater investments into secondary, by monitoring progress of current programming through remote support and field visits, tracking programme milestones, assisting implementers to respond to unintended outcomes, and supporting the analysis of overall trends and impacts of new initiatives. S/he will support the HEA M&E Officer in integrating lessons on good M&E practices and designs learned from Secondary and Connected education programmes and from the Humanitarian Education Accelerator, into the work of the UNHCR Education Section.

The role will also be responsible for reporting of overall programme impact in secondary and connected education along with individual impact stories that will be used for both internal and external audiences. This will include reporting on the Instant Network Schools and other Connected Education programmes, reporting on the Secondary and Youth Education Initiative and on emerging programmes. Lastly, the incumbent will play an important role in building capacity with UNHCR staff and partners on M&E. This is particularly important for generating a stronger evidence base for boosting enrolment in secondary education.

Duties and responsibilities

Working in close collaboration with Regional Bureaus and country operations, the incumbent will:

  • Ensure that the progress and results of UNHCR's secondary and connected education programmes are monitored, communicated and reported on in a timely, efficient and results-based manner enabling multi-year results monitoring.

  • Develop guidance and training material to support M&E in secondary and connected education in the field.

  • Manage M&E for the Instant Network Schools programme and the Secondary and Youth Education Initiative.

  • Monitor and report on progress and results internally and externally.

  • Support UNHCR’s overall internal monitoring and results-based management efforts in education and regularly measure progress towards UNHCR’s standards and strategic priorities.

  • Identify potential risks or challenges emerging from monitoring information and ensure information is shared in a timely and comprehensive manner with the Senior Education Officer and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Provide M&E support and capacity building in particular to education officers and education focal points in Headquarter and Regional Bureaus to enhance their remote support and advice to country.

  • Conduct field assessments with specific M&E related objectives through desk reviews and country missions as appropriate.

  • Support the country teams to develop working relationships with relevant Ministry and Government contacts to ensure monitoring and evaluation frameworks align with national frameworks and education sector plans, indicators and priorities.

  • Provide support for externally commissioned assessments including the Instant Network Schools outcome evaluation, working with UNHCR Evaluation Service.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Theory of Change and M&E frameworks for secondary and connected education developed in at least 3 programme countries

  • Technical monitoring field visit to 1 country (if possible with the COVID-19 travel restrictions)

  • Guidance and training material developed to support M&E in secondary and connected education

  • Oversee the commissioning of the Instant Network Schools external evaluation, including supporting the baseline collection.

  • Biannual and ad hoc reporting on the Instant Network Schools, Kolibri Fly Programme, and other connected education programme and the Secondary and Youth Education Initiative.

  • Produce board 2 briefings Vodafone Foundation

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

a. Education

· Undergraduate degree in social sciences or related field plus minimum 6 years of professional experience in monitoring and evaluation, programme or project management, results-based management or applied research, out of which 2 years in the field. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.

b. Work Experience

§ Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation approaches in humanitarian settings and/or development settings, including monitoring of results-based management.

§ Prior experience in working on Secondary Education programming and connected / blended learning programmes is preferred.

§ Experience with refugee, IDP and/or vulnerable populations,

§ Experience supporting or evaluating Connected Education programmes,

c. Key Competencies

· English Language, knowledge of French or Arabic will be an added asset.

· Advanced interpersonal skills: he/she must be able to relate well with others, dictate responsibilities, offer support and constructive feedback;

· Strong organizational and communication skills;

· Exceptional abilities in multi-tasking effectively, managing own workload and balance competing priorities, reporting lines and deadlines;

· Must have excellent problem-solving skills.

· S/he must be able to adeptly and quickly solve problems as they come up;

· Solid writing and reporting skills with a robust understanding of project management cycle and programme management in complex emergencies.


The successful candidate will be working at Copenhagen Headquarters, Denmark.


The UNOPS Individual Contractor assignment is until 31 December 2021, starting on 01 February 2021, working 100% (full-time)

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation, Personal History Form (PHF) and CV to indicating DRS/2020/028; First Name/Last Name, Education Officer (Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting) in the subject of the email.

Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form / Supplementary Sheet.

Applications without PHF Form will not be considered.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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