Vacancy: Policy Officer on Education (AMMAN)

The policy officer is primarily responsible for helping to develop policy and for drawing up project plans for the section or sections concerned. The policy officer is accountable to the head of section for effectively helping to develop policy and drawing up and amending project plans.

Ministerial policy guidelines in the area of embassy policy concerned, as well as available funding, are of importance when making proposals to improve policy and potential project plans. The policy officer takes decisions about the quality of the analysis of collected data and the translation of overall ministerial policy frameworks into proposals for specific action by the Embassy.

Possible duties

Helping to develop policy by:

  • Contributing, on the basis of study of literature and reports, to studies, and advise on the policy concerned, involving independent interpretation and analysis of the collected data.
  • Translating overall ministerial policy frameworks into proposals for specific action by the embassy.

Drawing up project plans for the Embassy section or sections concerned by:

  • Consulting with heads of Embassy sections on wishes and opportunities within the policy area concerned.

Duties and result areas

Description of duties:

  • Monitoring the implementation of Dutch-funded basic education programme(s) in Jordan.
  • Coming with suggestions for implementing partners for the basic education programme in case needed.
  • Keeping the relevant department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague up-to-date on current projects and developments in the education sector and donor community.
  • Participating in the local education network (donors, implementation partners, etc...)
  • Following all Jordanian policies related to basic education and participating in discussions, mainly with the Ministry of Education, and the basic education components of the Education Strategic Plan.
  • Participating in all discussions related to basic education for Syrian refugees.

Description of result areas:

  • Basic education programme, which is mainly financed through Ministry of Foreign Affairs's funds.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded basic education part of the Strategic Partnerships.
  • Network of the education sector (other donors, civil society, government, etc...)

Working environment and contacts

The Netherlands Embassy is located in North Abdoun and is constructed under Dutch architecture. It houses a team of 35+ staff members among which attachés, regional policy officers and support staff. The mission of the Embassy in the different policy fields is considered a joint responsibility. Working languages are English, Dutch and Arabic.

The education policy officer is part of the development affairs of the Embassy in Amman, which is headed by Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Aid. The officer works closely together with the policy officer of TVET.


  • With the involved ministries and authorities in Jordan and in the Netherlands;
  • With education institutes in The Netherlands and in Jordan;
  • With professional organisations, and development agencies (mainly UN and WB);
  • With other members of the Dutch Embassy and especially with team members of the development departments;
  • With other Embassy staff on procedures, working methods and progress of programmes, as well as explanation and interpretation of legislation;
  • With  civil society organisations, such as CBO's and NGO’s.


  • Academic degree, preferably in education/social development;
  • Level of experience: a minimum of five years of relevant experience with education in an international cooperation environment;
  • Good knowledge of the Jordanian education architecture and challenges;
  • Good sense of gender related issues in education;
  • Sense for gender mainstreaming in education and social development.


Send your CVs and cover letters to, by End of Day (EOD), 24 February, 2019.

  • No follow-up phone calls or emails will be accepted.
  • Due to the high number of applications, only selected applicants will be contacted.