Education Officer @ UNICEF | Athens – Greece

Locations : Europe and Central Asia

Region: Greece

Work Type : Temporary Appointment


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, education

Greece, as one of the major entry points into Europe for refugees and migrants, has received over a million asylum seekers since January 2015. From January – September 2019, a total of 46,000 people arrived in Greece, 36% of them children. In September alone, a record number of 10,551 came to Greece by sea, the highest since implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. As of November 2019, there were an estimated over 103,500 refugee and migrants in Greece including an estimated 37,000 children, while 5,276 being unaccompanied and separated (UASC).

The Greek Ministry of Education has been implementing its policy to include all refugee and migrant children in public schools regardless of legal status. Their efforts have made significant progress with more than 12,000 school-aged children enrolled during 2018-2019 school year. Despite these efforts, approximately 50% of school-age children are not in school. Children in island camps and emergency hotels are largely restricted with access to school, frequent mobility makes it hard to set a stable environment, and language barriers and long disruption in schooling make it hard for teenage children to keep up with classes.

UNICEF has committed to strengthening the national and local systems to include all refugee and migrant children in schools and have access to complementary non-formal education, especially for children and adolescents out of school.

Under the supervision of  the Chief, Education (P4), the Education Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for education programmes/projects within the Country 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.


Key tasks and accountability: 

1. Support to programme development and planning

  • Taking stocks of the past development, contribute to the continuous development of the digital and blended learning strategy, as well as 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.
  • Contribute to dialogues with key partners, including the Ministry of Education, Institute of Education Policy (IEP), as well as other UNICEF Country and Research offices, for joint strategy setting on digital learning for students and teachers.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions (partnerships and contracts), 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

  • In collaboration with internal colleagues and implementing partners, collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues for Urban Education and digital and blended learning.
  • Coordinate with the Education sector partner NGOs to collect and analyze specific data for Education sector progress monitoring for the refugee and migrant response.
  • Suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate colleagues, officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions, especially for Urban Education and issues related to innovative digital and blended learning methodologies. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • In collaboration with the implementing partners, the Monitoring Specialist and UNICEF Innocenti Research Office experts, coordinate the implementation and analysis of the evidence generation research and Greek language learning assessments in order to measure children’s progress in the NFE programme as well as in digital language learning.
  • 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 specific programme/partnership 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 for specific projects/themes, such as Urban Education and digital and blended learning.


3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF strategies, processes and best practices on Education sector coordination and digital and blended education related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  • Support the organisation and delivery of teacher trainings on blended learning methodologies, and technical support for NGOs implementing digital learning projects based on relevant topics for education of refugee and migrant children.
  • 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.
  • Draft research papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for dissemination and management use.


 4. Networking and partnership building

  • In collaboration with the Education team colleagues, support the coordination of the Education Sector Working Group for the ongoing refugee and migrant response.
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and CSO 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.
  • Maintain partnerships with CSOs for the dissemination of best practices and lessons learned related to digital education.


5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Contribute to identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders on digital learning.
  • 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.


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education and/or migration is required.
  • Experience working in the refugee and migrant context in Greece is considered as an asset.
  • 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.
  • Fluency in Greek and English is required. 


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)


View the 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.



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

Opening Date Thu Jan 09 2020 09:00:00 GMT+0200 (Χειμερινή ώρα Ανατολικής Ευρώπης) GTB Standard Time

Closing Date Fri Jan 17 2020 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (Χειμερινή ώρα Ανατολικής Ευρώπης)

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