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United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: International Consultant: Gender Analysis of School Dropout in Nigeria

Job No: 551680
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: Education


  • The UNICEF Country Programme in Nigeria has the largest programme in the WCAR, and it continues to rapidly evolve and expand.
  • UNICEF is seeking the services of a Gender Analysis of School Dropout International Consultant with experience in conducting mixed methods research, particularly on gender and education in humanitarian and development contexts, and in analysis of education data to inform evidence-based interventions and system strengthening support.

How Can You Make A Difference?

  • The purpose of the gender analysis of dropout is two fold:
  • First, it aims to identify remaining knowledge gaps, including by mapping the availability of and further needs for data on school dropout, retention, transition and completion for girls and boys; and second, it aims to use available data to analyse the situation of school dropout by gender, to compare the situation among girls and boys with different demographic and family attributes, and to understand the factors driving dropout, as well as those which support retention, transition and completion.
  • The work will cover both a national analysis and a specific focus on Oyo State in Southwest Nigeria.
  • To achieve this, UNICEF is seeking the services of a consultant with experience in conducting mixed methods research, particularly on gender and education in humanitarian and development contexts, and in analysis of education data to inform evidence-based interventions and system strengthening support.
  • Under the supervision of the Chief of Education, and with the guidance and support of the gender advisor, the consultant will be responsible for the following:
    • Desk Review and Data Mapping
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Presentation of findings and recommendations

To qualify as an Advocate for every child you will have:

  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) Education Development, Education Policy, Social Policy, International Relations, or related field
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in education research, including quantitative and qualitative methods, in development and/or humanitarian contexts, with demonstrated experience in gender analysis.
  • A minimum of 3 years working experience with using education data to inform evidence-based decision-making to address key barriers to education access for marginalized populations.
  • Strong working knowledge of key data sources on education data (MICS, DHIS, UIS, NEDS in Nigeria, and others) is an asset
  • Experience in mapping data against key policy and international priorities.
  • Strong knowledge of the Nigerian context and understanding of international development issues, including the status of the humanitarian-development nexus nationally and at the state level in Nigeria, particularly as it relates to education for girls and marginalized populations.

Other Skills and Attributes:

  • Experience working with UN agencies or other international development agencies
  • Strong knowledge of the Nigerian political landscape and recent developments in education
  • A good understanding of UNICEF’s programmatic areas, namely Education (especially Education in Emergencies), social policy and child protection
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience translating evidence for and communicating with a broad range of actors (including government) on sensitive issues
  • Ability to present ideas concisely for diverse audiences and to give practical, actionable advice grounded in evidence

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

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

Application Closing Date
16th June, 2022 W. Central Africa Standard Time.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Applications submitted without a technical and financial proposal will not be considered.
  • 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 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.

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