May 192018

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: India
Closing date: 07 Jun 2018

LOCATION: New Delhi / any of the 13 UNICEF Field Offices (Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad/Telangana, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Raipur and Ranchi)



  • Every child has the right to quality education from early childhood education to secondary education. While India has made significant progress in enrolments, reduction in out of school children and dropout rates both at primary and upper primary levels, major challenges still exist in the delivery of quality education and children achieving the learning benchmarks. An estimated 20 million children do not attend pre-school, 6.1 million children are still out of school in the age group of 6-14 years and around one third children do not complete elementary cycle of education. Additionally, those who are in school, nearly 50 % of children are not acquiring grade appropriate learning competencies and skills. The goal for education programme of UNICEF, India is to ensure all girls and boys, particularly the most disadvantaged, participate in quality early childhood, make the transitions to elementary and secondary education with learning outcomes at grade appropriate levels and skills, by 2022.

    As a technical partner, UNICEF supports both national and state Governments’ efforts in ensuring all girls and boys are learning with requisite knowledge and skills with a focus on reducing inequities and gender inequalities, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized children and adolescents. High intensity work will be done in Improving school readiness for children 3 to 5 years; Reducing the number of out of school children and adolescents, Improving learning outcomes for children in a safe and protective environment and supporting transition of adolescents including girls to secondary education.

  • Against this backdrop, UNICEF is currently in the process of building a pool of pre-qualified high-caliber candidates to be hired as ‘Education Consultants’, from which UNICEF Country Office and different state offices can quickly select and fill a requirement through a faster contracting process as soon as a need is identified.

    Candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to apply following which a desk review of their skills and experience will be done to determine whether they qualify for the Education Roster. The process will ensure all candidates in an Education Roster Group are evaluated prior to recommendation for a specific consultancy opportunity. Successful candidates will be notified and placed in Education Roster Group for a period of four years. However, engagement of identified consultants for specific assignments would be as per the terms and conditions specified in the contract.

    The Roster of Education Consultants, once in place, will allow education colleagues to select three or more potential candidates from the roster for further appraisal and selection of one candidate, rather than going through a formal advertisement process for each consultancy assignment.This process will expedite the placement of consultants (both short term and long term) and provide the supervisor the scope to choose from a vast pool of potential candidates with education background.The database will be managed centrally by Supply & Procurement (S&P) section, New Delhi. In this context, should the currently on-board consultants with UNICEF be interested for future opportunities, they can apply to the roster for future considerations.

    The roster will be updated at least once in every 2 years to ensure that it is up-to-date and includes latest qualified candidates available. Education section in consultation with S&P section will decide on the need and frequency of such update. If the Supervisor feels that appropriate candidates are not available in the list, the regular formal engagement process can be resorted to.

  • The position would be responsible for providing technical support to national / state / divisional / district level (in certain cases) education programming in UNICEF supported states in India, with specific deliverables to be achieved for improved learning outcomes. The position would be based at Country Office or State or selected district HQs within the states. Possible locations are: New Delhi, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad (including Vijayawada and Bangalore) Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Raipur and Ranchi.

  • The roster once established would be valid for a period of 4-years.


  • Education: Master’s in Education/ Social Sciences or relevant social science degree
  • Technical knowledge: Excellent technical knowledge about Education programing in India at both National/State level, and familiarity with the national flagship programs SSA, RMSA and others
  • At least 3 years’ progressive experience of working in Education sector. This may include experience in Early Childhood Education, special programs for Out-of-school children, Programming on Girls Education, Quality Education, Teacher Education, Community mobilization, Data management and analysis; Education Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Documentation and Report writing;
  • Language: Fluency in English and Hindi is required. Knowledge of other local Indian language as relevant to the state is an asset. Good negotiation and influencing skills supported by excellent communication and presentation skills is desirable.
  • Computer literate and conversant with MS Office and its application, internet, e-mail. Ability to use computer software i.e. MS Office, MS Excel, PowerPoint, online data bases, and Internet programs
  • Knowledge of EMIS Systems, data bases, monitoring and evaluation tools and Basic Knowledge of statistics, computation and analysis. Working knowledge on analysis package will be an added advantage
  • Proven ability to advocate effectively with national state and district level officers of counterpart and other departments
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and to establish harmonious and effective working relationships with governmental, non-governmental and civil society organizations
  • 6. HOW TO APPLY:Your application should contain the following 4 attachments:

    Please submit your online application before COB 7 JUNE 2018.

    i.A Cover letter explaining the motivation for applying and also explaining how the qualifications and skill-set of the candidate are suitable for this position (to be uploaded online under cover letter)

    ii. Curriculum Vitae (CV) (to be uploaded online under CV/resume)

    iii. 2 Work Samples – two most recent publications – either research, evaluation, journal article, book.

    The work samples can be uploaded using Google drive or Drop box. However, please note that the system accepts only one document upload. Hence, you should copy and paste your work samples into one document and then upload that one document. The file size of the document should not exceed 10 MB.

    iv. Technical Experience to be shared in the attached Template –to be uploaded under Educational Certificate. You are not requiredto upload any educational certificates at this stage. Just upload your completed technical experience template.

    ANNEX A – Technical Exp template Roster Education Consultants.docx

    You will notice that scores have been assigned tothe work sample and technical experience template. Hence, it is mandatory to upload these documents. Without these documents your application will be considered incomplete and will be invalidated.

  • Evaluation Criteria
  • 1. Language and content of cover letter Min 07/Max 10

    2. Relevant Education Qualifications – Min 14/Max 20

    3. Relevant work/technical experience Min 28/Max 40

    4. Work Samples – Min 21/Max 30

    Total Min 70/Max 100

    Candidates’ who score 70 marks and above and also score the minimum points against each of the above sub-criteria will be considered for inclusion in the roster

    Total points to qualify in overall technical evaluation Min 70/Max 100

  • Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
  • Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.
  • Please note, UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the process.
  • For any clarifications, please contact:


    Supply & Procurement Section

    73, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003

    Telephone # +91-11-24606516 (Direct)

    Fax # +91-11-24391410; Email:

    How to apply:

    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 organization. To apply, click on the following link

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