Seconded National Expert in Education and Training

Job title: Seconded National Expert in Education and Training

Company: Opetushallitus

Job description: About the workplace
The task of the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) is to develop education and training, early childhood education and care as well as lifelong learning, manage the service and administrative tasks related to these, and anticipate competence and training needs. EDUFI supports international co-operation in education and the internationalisation of society and promotes Finnish education abroad.

More information about organization your will find reference number: 29-422-2021

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The persons selected for the position of Seconded National Expert in Education and Training must be employed at a ministry, an agency operating under a ministry or a higher education institution in Finland.

Functions and duties

– Analyse policies and strategies in the specific domain.
– Contribute to the formulation of policies, strategies, programmes and projects, in particular at the regional level.
– Support policy dialogue with relevant ministries, agencies, donors, including EU Member States, lenders and other stakeholders.
– Provide advice to delegations in Eastern Africa on bilateral education programmes as need be.
– Help steer the EU regional education programmes and Team Europe Initiatives.

– Analyse, contribute to negotiations and process proposals for programmes and projects submitted by Ethiopia or national or regional entities.
– Support implementation of the Education partnership with the African Union.
– Assist in preparing the decision of the Commission approving submitted proposals.
– Manage, monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and projects in line with the conditions set out in the Commissions decision and the objectives set in the programme/project. Contribute to relevant updates / amendments of programmes and projects during the implementation period.
– Analyse periodic and final implementation reports.
– Organise and ensure support to external experts concerned by the assigned work.
– Provide assistance to the relevant regional, national or local authorities in implementing their programmes and projects.

– Support other teams of the Delegation with advice on technical subjects related to the core responsibilities of the team.
– Report to the relevant Commission services on sector developments as well as on programmes and projects progress and evolution.

– Co-ordinate with other operational teams within the Delegation for programming, projects identification, formulation, missions, annual reviews and ad hoc or periodic meetings.
– Co-ordinate with operational units at Commission Headquarters in shared areas of activity or responsibility
– Support the Head of Cooperation and the Team Leader in ensuring sound contractual and financial management respecting relevant standards, instructions, rules and regulations.

– Contribute to coordination, share information and participate in working groups and task forces related to the assigned portfolio.
– Support the Delegation/Commission in representation duties, management, steering, monitoring or similar committees.
– Contribute to the coordination of programmes and projects with regional or national authorities and development partners.

The person selected for the position of seconded national expert is required to have at least one calendar year of work experience in the employ of their current employer. The person selected for the position must be employed at a ministry, an agency operating under a ministry or a higher education institution in Finland.

We expect applicants to have a higher university degree and extensive expertise in education and training, development policy and development cooperation. Expectations regarding expertise and competence have been defined in greater detail with the European Commission and the delegation of the European Union in Abuja as follows:

International cooperation and development, education policies: job-related experience at least 3 years

At least 3 years experience in the field of education in external action. Work experience in a Member State
education ministry, Embassy or development cooperation agency or eventually in an organisation directly implementing these programmes (NGO, international organization), would be an asset.

Work experience in a developing country would be an asset.

We are hoping to receive applications from people of different ages and genders and from persons belonging to cultural and other minorities.

Other language skills
Finnish B1-level, English C2-level. Knowledge of French is an asset.

A government official or employee selected for the position of seconded national expert is primarily granted a paid leave of absence or special personal leave for the duration of the secondment. The person selected for the position of seconded national expert may also be appointed to a public-service employment relationship, in which case the salary for the position will be EUR 4,700 – 5,250/month depending on the persons competence and experience.

In addition to a salary, the seconded national expert will be paid a local increase and a residence allowance. In addition to this, travel and moving costs and costs resulting from the procurement of a visa, a working permit or similar can be compensated, as necessary. A day care allowance and education allowance can be paid for a child moving with the person.
Number of positions advertised: 1

Contact person
Marjo Mäenpää, Councellor of Education, Centre of Expertise in Education and Development, Finnish National Agency for Education
+358 (0)50 4786125,

Application documents must be submitted in English.

The job is located at the delegation of the European Union in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, depending on the security situation in the country and the security policies of the Delegation.

The job has a trial period of six months.

Expected salary: €4700 – 5250 per month

Location: Helsinki

Job date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 04:28:24 GMT

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