Early Childhood Education

United Nations Children's Fund

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Experience: 5 Years

Skill Required : Education Management

There are few greater challenges faced by the global community than the twin crises of learning poverty and youth unemployment. In response, the Education Commission (chaired by Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education) and the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen) came together to create EOF. We aim to improve the education and employment outcomes of 10 million children and youth by supporting governments to utilize a range of innovative finance instruments at scale, including outcomes funds and other results-based financings (RBF) instruments.

EOF supports improvements in the quality of education and skills programs, with a special focus on underserved populations, including the hardest to reach, rural populations, girls, children with disabilities, and refugees. It measures (and pays for) what matters – both core skills like literacy and numeracy, but also critical 21st Century skills such as socio-emotional skills, ICT skills, and other broader fundamentals of quality education. It helps close the persistent gap between the skills needed by employers and those attained by today’s youth by paying for employment and retention outcomes.

For all the above, EOF pays primarily on the basis of the results achieved, ensuring that taxpayer-funded domestic resources, aid, and philanthropic funds are only used to pay for what works. This is a game-changing way to finance results in education. It is more than just a fund – it is a powerful new set of partnerships and way of working.

Together with our supporters, we believe this is the early stage of a much larger movement. Our approach is at the cutting edge of development finance, shifting risk to the private sector, crowding in private capital, and harnessing the capacity and capability of non-state actors, with huge potential to achieve better outcomes for children and youth around the world.

Rationale for the consultancy:

  • The Education Outcomes Fund (EOF) is collaborating with the Addis Ababa City Administration Mayor office in Ethiopia to improve the outcomes of the program “Children: The Future Hope of Addis Ababa” (TFHA) through the implementation of a Result-Based Finance Mechanism. This program is a holistic, multi-sectoral Early Childhood Development program which aims to provide universal access to high-quality early childhood services by 2026.
  • EOF is looking for a consultant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to provide support in the design and inception phase of a Results-Based Finance (RBF) program in Early Childhood Education to support the TFHA program.
  • The mission will take place for around eight months (from July 2022 to February 2023) and will entail strategic support to EOF central teams.   

Description Of Assignment :

  • Provide valuable contributions to support the RBF technical design, by collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data on TFHA program from multiple sources (secondary search and from interviews with stakeholders), having working sessions, and producing working documents with both EOF teams and the City Administration of Addis Ababa
  • Lead in-country stakeholder engagement, having discussions, interviews, and workshops with relevant stakeholders from the City Administration of Addis Ababa (e.g., Bureaus, sub-cities, and woredas) to ensure the effective implementation of the RBF program
  • Help define the most appropriate governance structure for the RBF program, supporting the discussions with the City Administration of Addis Ababa and other relevant stakeholders
  • Support the planning and organization of in-country workshops or events with relevant stakeholders
  • Provide operational and logistical support to the missions of EOF central team to Ethiopia and to the organization of in-country events
  • Other activities in line with the above-mentioned components may be required, as per needs identified

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

  • A degree in Education, Early Childhood Development, Development Studies, Economics, Demographics, Social Policy or other field relevant to ECE is preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of prior experience working in relevant sectors, ideally in the Early Childhood Development space in Ethiopia
  • Experience engaging with senior and working-level government stakeholders in the country
  • Excellent knowledge of, and preferably relationships with, key stakeholders within the City Administration of Addis Ababa
  • Ideally, experience leading or collaborating on Early Childhood Development programs in Ethiopia targeting the most vulnerable
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data sets and information
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good communication (external and internal) and stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Fluent in English and Amharic is required.

Source: https://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/551498