Education Officer

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Thadeua Road thadeua Village Sisattanak District Vientiane Capital


Vacancy Announcement:

Education Officer, Level: NOB, IMIS No. 107142 (Lao Nationals Only)

UNICEF Vientiane, Lao PDR

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. If you are a committed, creative Lao citizen and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading child rights organization. UNICEF would like to hear from you.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, requires an experienced and qualified Lao National to fill the position of Education Officer, at NOB level to be based in UNICEF Country Office in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Education Specialist, the Education Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance to the new EU-funded Complementary Technical Support programme within the Education Programme from development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting.

1. Support to programme development and planning the new EU-funded Complementary Technical Support programme:

  • Contribute to the preparation and updating of the situation analysis for the development, design and management of education related programmes/projects. Research and report on development trends (economic, social, health etc.) and data for use in programme development, management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results.
  • Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of education and other related information for development planning and goal setting.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluation of results

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues.
  • Suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare draft inputs for programme/donor reporting.

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation:

  • Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on education related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.

4. Networking and partnership building:

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on education programmes.
  • Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and alliances, and support fund raising for education programmes.
  • Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings and events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of education programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Contribute to identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Research and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Qualifications and experience:

Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
  • 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.

Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and Lao language is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or other

local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

Please go to this link for online applications:


Closing date: Wednesday, 19th December 2018

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Only-Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Thadeua Road thadeua Village Sisattanak District Vientiane Capital

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Email : sdouangdara@unicef.org

UNICEF is promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child. Together with partners, we are focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children throughout the country. 

Laos is a landlocked, mountainous country with a young and ethnically diverse population. Its total population reaches 6.5 million, some 59 per cent of which are children and young people below the age of 25. There are 49 official ethnic groups comprised of 167 subgroups with different dialects, languages, cultures and traditions.

The country has developed its 8th National Socioeconomic Development Plan, 2016-2020, that aims to reduce poverty significantly and graduate from its least developed country status by 2020. This plan localizes the Sustainable Development Goals into national targets and places a strong emphasis on the achievement of off-track Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Strong economic growth enabled the country to move from a low-income to a lower-middle-income country in 2011. The economy grew at 7.5 per cent between 2011 and 2013, and poverty has fallen by half. However, inequalities remain with significant disparities between urban and rural, upland and lowland, wealth quintiles, mother’s education and ethnicity.

The country has achieved MDG targets on poverty reduction, universal access and gender parity in primary education, maternal mortality reduction, and access to water and sanitation. However, some targets such as child nutrition and primary school completion remain unmet, and many social indicators are among the lowest in the Asia and the Pacific region. Particularly vulnerable are the non-Lao Thai ethnic communities who live in remote, hilly rural areas where there are no roads and the land is contaminated with unexploded ordnance.

In Lao PDR, there is a need to further harmonize national policies and laws with international legal obligations and translate them into practice. Studies suggest that execution of policies and plans face many challenges as a result of insufficient capacity, difficult terrain, dispersed populations in remote areas and lack of demand.

The country office works across a variety of areas to help ensure child survival and promote child rights. Collaborating with the Lao Government, UN agencies, civil society and international NGOs, UNICEF works across health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and child protection sectors with the aim of realising the rights of every child.

Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UNICEF comparative advantage includes strong technical expertise on the ground, operational capacities in both development and humanitarian contexts, evidence-informed programmes focusing on the needs of the underserved and hard-to-reach children, a balanced approach to support upstream policy and downstream execution, advocacy and communications, and multi-sectoral engagement in social sectors.

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