Consultant (Operations), Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Hosted Fund, 12 Months, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Req:572965

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We are seeking a Consultant (Operations) to support and advise EOF’s Sierra Leone team on their programmatic and operational responsibilities.

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 

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 with our founding CEO (Her Excellency Dr.) Amel Karboul 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 financing (RBF) instruments.

EOF is backed by a range of world leaders who support us to shape our approach and achieve our ambitious aims, as well as leaders in education and impact investing:

Consultant (Operations), Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Hosted Fund, 12 Months, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Req:572965 1

Consultant (Operations), Education Outcomes Fund (EOF), Hosted Fund, 12 Months, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Req:572965 2EOF supports improvements in the quality of education and skills programs, with a special focus on girls and underserved populations, including those in the hardest to reach rural areas. 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 a quality education. It helps close the persistent gap between the skills needed by employers and those attained by today’s youth.

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, focusing attention and realigning systems on the most challenging but most important measure of a program’s performance: whether it is improving lives.

Together with our supporters, we believe this is the early stages of a much larger movement, with huge potential to increase learning outcomes for children and youth around the world, though improved aid effectiveness and government spending.

Since our inception in 2018, EOF has:

  • Partnered with governments in Ghana and Sierra Leone to establish the two largest outcomes funds to date in developing countries, mobilising ~$50M for these programs.
  • Established itself as a leading global player in RBF, and the only dedicated center of expertise for RBF in education and skills.
  • Become the first outcomes fund hosted by the United Nations within UNICEF, as a scalable platform to partner with governments around the world.
  • Established a major partnership with the LEGO Foundation, to develop a scale portfolio of RBF programs in early childhood across a diverse range of countries, as well as to amplify the movement and ecosystem of partners around this approach.
  • Had our innovative approach featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, FT, Economist, Brookings, and more.
  • Built our institutional capacity to contract and implement large-scale outcomes funds more efficiently and effectively than historic impact bonds.
  • Established a strong culture of performance and an active focus on ongoing professional development for all our team.

How can you make a difference?

PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The SLEIC programme is a partnership between the Government of Sierra Leone, outcome funders, education delivery partners and social investors. Five different delivery partners have been selected to support 325 schools across five implementation lots to improve learning outcomes for 136,000 children in partnership with school leadership and teachers in accordance with the Basic Education curriculum.

The program will run for nine school terms, starting September 2022 and ending in August 2025. The aim is to generate evidence to inform which interventions are the most effective in Sierra Leone context, which can then be scaled up by Government and donors. Using a result-based financing approach, service providers are expected to build sustainable capacity in schools, targeting interventions that improve learning beyond the life of the programme.

As Operations Consultant, you will support and advise EOF’s Sierra Leone team on their programmatic and operational responsibilities. You will report directly to a member of the operations team and collaborate with all members of EOF’s Sierra Leone team and EOF’s central team.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT

Deliverable

Description

Estimated number of working days

Deadline/ timeline

Deliverable 1: Quarterly summary reports of service provider expenses (estimated 10-pages) Reports drafted and circulated at least 5 working days prior to the end of each school term in Sierra Leone

20

(5 days per report)

By the end of Q3 2024, by the end of Q4 2024, by the end of Q1 2025, by the end of Q2 2025
Deliverable 2: Contact reports of site visits and spot checks on service providers Reports drafted and circulated at least 5 working days prior to the end of each school term in Sierra Leone

20

(5 days per report)

By the end of Q3 2024, by the end of Q4 2024, by the end of Q1 2025, by the end of Q2 2025
Deliverable 3: Advise the Sierra Leone team on how to create an efficient internal travel process, which follows UNICEF policy related to booking local and international travel. Documented internal travel processes, including a guidebook for the team to follow. 10 By the end of 2024
Deliverable 4: Support and advise in the drafting of narrative and budgetary reports for EOF’s central programme team Reports drafted and circulated at least 5 working days prior to the end of each school term in Sierra Leone.

20

(5 days per report)

By the end of Q3 2024, by the end of Q4 2024, by the end of Q1 2025, by the end of Q2 2025
Deliverable 5: Support and advise local procurement for EOF Sierra Leone team, including market research. Documented procurement activities, in line with UNICEF policy. Monthly updates to procurement tracker.

12 days

(1 day per month)

By the end of the contract
Deliverable 6: Support and advise on asset management for EOF Sierra Leone team. Documented asset management activities, in line with UNICEF policy. Monthly updates to asset register.

12 days

(1 day per month)

By the end of the contract
Deliverable 7: Support and advise in the preparation of the materials for governance meetings. Governance materials drafted and circulated at least 5 working days prior to each governance meeting (two Steering Group meetings across 2024-2025 and three Working Group meetings in the same period.

25 days

(5 days per meeting)

2 meetings by the end of 2024; 3 meetings from January to August 2025
TOTAL ESTIMATED WORKING DAYS

119

 

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

  • A university degree in business, economics, political science, finance, international development, public policy, education or a related field is required.
  • At least 2 years relevant professional experience. This could be in programmatic, program operations, or operations roles.
  • Operations experience is required, including logistics and administrative tasks, as well as experience with basic financial tasks such as low-value procurement and processing invoices.
  • Experience and practical skills in organizing travel logistics and managing office supplies.
  • Experience coordinating meetings and maintaining effective communication with counterparts, including government officials.
  • Experience drafting reports and presentations to various stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with local operational context of Sierra Leone.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language, Krio, is an asset.

DESIRED REQUIREMENTS

  • Experience or an interest in international development, the global education sector, and international aid is desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

 UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors 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 selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 

Remarks:  

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

Interested candidates are required to fully complete their application profile, upload a cover letter and their financial proposal (daily fee rate in USD).

Applications with incomplete profile and without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants. Consultants are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates 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 assignment. It does not apply to consultants 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 consultancy contracts. 

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