Monday, 20 February 2012

Education Specialist Job Vacancy in Kabul

Purpose of the Position
Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Education programmes to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. Across the Education programmes, accountable for
identifying gender inequalities in education, developing innovative approaches and programmes to eliminating these disparities. Collaborate across the programmes to ensure gender mainstreaming. Ensure that monitoring mechanisms are in place to track progress towards disparities reduction goals and targets in Education.

Key Expected Results
1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.
Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input, using gender disaggregated data and analysis.

2. Knowledge Management.
Promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities. Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned; provides solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.

3. Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach.
Promote the quality of rights-based Education programming through participation in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

4. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.
Take primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches emphasizing the principles of gender equity and strategies for gender mainstreaming.

5. Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.
Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation with an emphasis on gender-disaggregated data. Participate in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual Education sector status reports.

6. Promotion of UNICEF Global Goals.
Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.

7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.
Coordinate with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certify disbursements of funds, monitor and submit financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.
Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Education programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.

Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
Coordinate with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.

Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Education project or sectoral planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.

Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Education programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Education programme goals.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas:
• Education; Primary Education , or Social Sciences fields relevant to international development assistance.
• Minimum of eight years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in fields relevant to Education programmes.
• Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.
• For National Officer, national level work experience in a field relevant to development assistance.
• Background and familiarity with Emergency.
• Fluency in English and a second UN language.
• Knowledge of local working language of the duty station is an asset.
• A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Competencies of Successful Candidate
• Communicate effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
• Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
• Set high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
• Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinate group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
• Translate strategic direction into plans and objectives.
• Analyze and integrate diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
• Quickly build rapport with individuals and groups; maintain an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
• Identify urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiate and generate team- and department-wide activities.
• Demonstrate, apply and share expert technical knowledge across the organization.

Remarks
This is a re-advertisement. Candidates who applied previously will be considered and need not re-apply.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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Closing Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2012

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