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Chief Education CDI

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, empowerment

The best investment for a child’s future is to invest in the early years of their lives, through education. But in Senegal, many children miss out on this vital opportunity. Only 17 percent are enrolled in pre-schools nationally, with large gaps between rural and urban children.

Though Senegal has improved access to basic education considerably over the past 20 years, 4 in 10 children do not complete primary education, and only 37 percent complete a full cycle of basic education.

To meet Programme strategies and results, the office will need committed and creative professionals who want to make a lasting difference for Senegalese children.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, the Chief is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of education programs/projects from policy development, and strategic planning of education sector reforms to the delivery of results to strengthen national education systems through innovative evidence-based solutions to improve learning outcomes, universal access to and equitable and inclusive primary/early childhood education and renewed involvement in secondary education and skills development, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society. S/he leads a group of professional and support staff to develop and manage the education programme in the country. S/he also ensures strong multisectoral collaborations with other sections and sectors.

As an advocate for children, you will have the following duties/tasks:

  • Managerial leadership
  • Program development and planning
  • Program management, monitoring, and quality control of results
  • Advisory services and technical support
  • Advocacy, networking, and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building

NB: Priority will be given to all the eligible UNICEF Staff participating in 2022 Mobility Exercise and Staff on Abolished post

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have:


An Advanced University Degree in education, economics, psychology, and sociology. Another social science field is required.

Work Experience and Requirements

Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required.

Language Proficiency

Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability.

The core competencies required for this post are:

  • Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

View our competency framework at

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

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Application close: Dec 16 2022 Greenwich Standard Time


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  • Date d'expiration: 3 janvier 2023
  • Emplacement: Anywhere
  • Titre d'emploi: Chief Education

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