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Education Officer  


PNUD Cameroun





Job Description

Agency: UNICEF

Title: Education Officer

Job ID: 10615

Practice Area - Job Family: Basic Social Service

Vacancy End Date: 28/06/2017 (Midnight New York, USA)

Duty Station: Maroua, Cameroon

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 1 year(s) experience

Languages Required: French, English

Grade: GP

Vacancy Type: National UN Youth Volunteer

Posting Type: External   

Bureau: Africa

Contract Duration: 11 months

Education Officer - National Youth Volunteer (Only for cameroonians )


UNICEF is an international children’s humanitarian agency created by a UN charter in 1946. The organization has presence in over 190 countries and working in the domains of Health, Education, Water and sanitation, Child Protection, HIV and AIDS, and Nutrition. UNICEF operates in both humanitarian and development contexts in addressing the needs of children and women, especially girls and the most vulnerable.

UNICEF’s presence in Cameroon dates as far back as 1975. It has been operating in the areas of Education, Health Water and Sanitation, Nutrition, HIV and AIDs and Child protection. Its approach is a mix of upstream and downstream. While its efforts upstream are focused on advocating and lobbying for favourable budgetary conditions for children and women, and the formulation of policies for the promotion of their growth and development. On the downstream side, UNICEF Cameroon focuses on capacity building for stakeholders, service delivery, and partnership building for improved services for children and women.

In alignment with the Government’s priority, the Education programme in Cameroon is focused on the support to Government at providing access to quality basic education for all children especially girls and the most vulnerable. The aim is to improve learning outcomes for children at the end of the primary education cycle. There are four main outputs that anchor the main outcome of the programme. These are: 1) Communities within the education zones of interventions enrol their children, especially girls and other vulnerable ones and actively contribute to their retention in school; 2) Improved pedagogical practices and child friendly schools in the education zones of interventions; 3) Education sector better resourced and prepared to respond to education in emergencies in conformity with existing norms and standards and ; 4) Education sector monitoring and coordination mechanisms strengthened.The UNICEF Education programme supports specific direct interventions in four regions designated by the Government of Cameroon as zones of priority for education. These are the Adamawa, East, Far North and North. Within these four regions, eight districts have been selected in 2015 for education direct intervention focus areas. The main activities supported in these districts include capacity building for teachers and inspectors, supply of teaching and learning materials for children affected by conflicts in the Central African Republic and Nigeria, Monitoring and supervision, community mobilization and sensitization, the construction of additional classrooms in existing schools as well as semi-permanent structures for children learning and protection especially in the refugee sites/camps.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Education Specialist based in Maroua, the UN Youth Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

A. Programme Implementation and Management

  • Supports in the implementation of Education programme activities in the Adamawa and East regions;
  • Assists in the implementation of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and USAID funded humanitarian projects in the Adamawa and East regions;
  • Assists conduct regular monthly monitoring visits to project sites;
  • Participates in all meetings concerning education with Government and NGO partners;
  • Contributes and provides support for the monthly regional sector coordination meetings;
  • Contributes to education (emergency and development) projects monitoring through data collection in targeted communities, with frequent field visits;

B. Documentation, Reporting and Knowledge Management

  • Contributes to collect data/findings for documentation of best practices and lessons learned;Assists in documentation of project and human interest stories for donor visibility;
  • Supports programme officer compile monthly and quarterly reports;
  • Contributes field level inputs for donor reporting and annual reports;Participates in refugees, IDPs and Host Communities education needs assessment missions and reporting.

C. Innovation and capacity building:

  • Contributes to apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practice to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation, monitoring and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Participates in the assessment, institutionalization and sharing of best practices and knowledge learned, both in development and emergency interventions.
  • Contributes to capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education programs/projects;

Furthermore, UN Youth Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthens their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assists with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Youth Volunteers;
  • Promotes or advises local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.


  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated commitment, Knowledge in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; good degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
  • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organization-al rules and regulations.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Communication: Good spoken and written communication skills, capacity to share information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 1 year of progressively responsible relevant experience in the field of education or project implementation and management;
  • Knowledge in the area of education in emergencies response required, including monitoring and evaluation, supply management and partnership coordination will be an advantage;
  • Resourcefulness, flexibility, and the ability to prioritise large amounts of work while under pressure
  • Politically and culturally sensitive, awareness of gender issues, with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy;
  • A minimum of 1 year experience with either the UN and/or NGO.


All interested candidates are invited to apply online through the following link:

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