Education Programme Officer, Ouagadougou

UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF Ouagadougou


Description of assignment title: Education Programme Officer

Assignment country: Burkina Faso

Expected start date: 03/15/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 4. Quality education

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNICEF

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Ouagadougou


Mission and objectives

L’UNICEF travaille dans les endroits les plus inhospitaliers du monde pour atteindre les enfants et les adolescents les plus défavorisés. Pour défendre les droits de chaque enfant, où qu’il soit. Dans plus de 190 pays et territoires, nous mettons tout en œuvre pour aider les enfants à vivre, à s’épanouir et à réaliser leur potentiel, de la petite enfance à l’adolescence.


UNICEF promotes the rights of every child everywhere and in everything the Organization does – in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, which focuses on the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have the opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination or favoritism. To the extent that every child does not have equal chance in life – in social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions – their rights are violated. It is increasingly clear that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – by tackling inequality – will not only result in more children realizing their potential, but this will also lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why emphasizing fairness is so vital. It accelerates progress towards the realization of the human rights of all children, the universal mandate of UNICEF as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while supporting the equitable development of nations. UNICEF has been present in Burkina Faso since 1978. Our organization supports the government and civil society for the implementation of programs and policies for the realization of children’s rights.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Education Chief, the UN Volunteers will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist the education in achieving key results for children in KRC #3 – Equitable and Sustainable Access to Education and KRC #4 – Improving Learning Outcomes by supporting programme management, monitoring and delivery of results in education
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in programme management.

  • Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits and surveys, and exchange information with stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners and donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on education and related issues to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in Education; Development; Experience in managing complex grants, and in writing proposals or reporting on grants, are assets

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license


French, Level: Fluent, Required English, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Education; Development; Reporting; Monitoring and Evaluation

Competencies and values

  • Accountability
  • Commitment and Motivation
  • Communication Creativity Empowering Others Leadership
  • Planning and Organizing Respect for Diversity Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Ouagadougou is a family duty station in Burkina Faso. The country has relatively good infrastructures, running water, electricity, sanitation and housing. In view of recent terrorist attacks and inter-community conflicts, it is imperative that all UN Volunteers familiarize themselves with the security guidelines and the situation upon arrival in the country. United Nations Volunteers should be aware that they are exposed to a number of tropical diseases in Burkina Faso. Vaccination against yellow fever is compulsory to enter Burkina Faso. The other compulsory vaccinations are hepatitis A, B and tetanus, which are available free of charge from the medical services in Ouagadougou. All United Nations Volunteers have 24-hour access to a medical services clinic. Burkina Faso has a hot and dry climate with a long dry season. It is therefore advisable to bring light clothing. Various mobile phone companies operate in Burkina Faso. SIM cards are available at the airport or in shopping malls.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

Tags: burkina faso, development planning, health education, housing, human rights, inequality, monitoring and evaluation, programme management, quality education, sustainable development, tropical diseases