Syrian Arab Republic: Chief Education, P-5 Damascus Syria (Re-Advertisement)

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Closing date: 05 Dec 2016

Purpose of the Position

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, accountable for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of the Education programme within the country programme.

As head of section, direct, lead,and manage a group of professional and support staff to develop, manage and administer the sectoral or inter-sectoral programme. Promotes intersectoral partnerships in order to ensure that progress in education benefits to other programmes, in particular Health, Nutrition, Water and Environmental Sanitation, Child Protection, and Adolescent Development and similarly, progress in other sectors benefits to education.

Contributes to synergize the work of United Nations agencies in Education SDGs focused Goals, as well as in humanitarian actions, working closely with the Education Sector within the Whole of Syria Approach

Key Expected Results

  • Timely sectoral analysis, input and guidance provided for the Situation Analysis, and its periodic update completed for effective programme planning, development and management. Partnership with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions strengthened to further understanding of barriers to and opportunities for advancing the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) – Equal access and universal primary completion, Empowerment through girls’ education and gender mainstreaming, Emergencies and post-crisis education cluster interventions.
  • UNICEF’s global goals and operational models (e.g. child friendly schools) effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue with the government and local stake holders, as well as with other external partners operating in the Education sector. The four core partnerships in education – Education for All Global Action Plan (EFA – GAP), Education for All Fast Track Initiative (EFA – FTI), The United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI ) and Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Education Cluster for Education in Emergencies – capitalized to accelerate progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Strategic guidance on all issues pertaining to the implementation of the scaling up Back to Learning and Self Learning in Syria provided, ensuring that children access quality education
  • Technical leadership and coordination with partnerships and collaborative relationships provided for key education programme documents as well as for capacity building interventions, ensuring promotion of knowledge management.

  • Quality of rights-based Education programmes effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process through results-based management. The four core partnerships as well as selective partnerships on specific issues and themes or regional concern, such as education and HIV, abolition of school fees… exploited efficiently in order to formulate common advocacy position, develop policy guidance and influence allocation of resources on behalf of education. Gender/sex disaggregated data and inputs relevant to the Education programme provided.

  • Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with country priorities and approaches defined in the programme strategy. UNICEF contribution reflected as part of the coordinated support of external partners to national efforts to achieve the MDGs 2 and 3.

  • Education programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

  • UNICEF and Government and all implementing partners accountability ensured regarding supply and non-supply assistance, as well as disbursement of programme funds for the Education sector.

  • Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration, focussing on the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) and the 2 cross-cutting areas – Early child development and school readiness and Enhancing quality in primary and secondary education – which reflect UNICEF comparative advantage and expectation that donors and partners have on UNICEF ability to strengthen humanitarian response and help the country to achieve theSDGs.

  • Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

    1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.

  • Manage effectively programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral collaborative partnerships in planning, development and management by supervising, coordinating, or 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. Ensure timely submission.
  • Through links with the Extended Education Cluster (Global & Regional), monitor developments at the international, regional and provincial levels; develop methodologies and new approaches for improving Education programme effectiveness, capitalizing on the partnerships with knowledge institutions.
  • Provide seasoned technical recommendations and advice on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country, within the framework of UNICEF’s Education Strategy, in consultation with strategic partners.
  • 2. Promotion of UNICEF Global Goals.

    Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue in the Education sector, by actively engaging in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes. Exploit the four core partnerships in education with key players – UNESCO, World Bank, Un Agencies and other members of UNGEI – to accelerate progress in achieving relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

    3. Knowledge Management.

  • Ensure effective knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through sharing with the Extended Education Cluster on implementation experience, lessons learned knowledge gained and information / data exchange.
  • Conduct orientation and training programmes to help build capacity of Government counterparts.
  • Strengthen partnership with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions strengthened to further understanding of barriers to and opportunities for advancing the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) and build capacity of Government, counterparts and all other education actors (parents, communities, teachers, education administrators and planners…).
  • Provide authoritative advice/guidance/interpretation of programme policy and guidelines.
  • 4. Rights-Based Programming through Results-Based Approach.

    Promote rights-based Education Programming through the formulation of appropriate 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. Exploit efficiently the four core partnerships as well as selective partnerships on specific issues and themes or regional concern, such as education and HIV, abolition of school fees… in order to formulate common advocacy position, develop policy guidance and influence allocation of resources on behalf of education. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex disaggregated data.

    5. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

    Responsible for development of the sectoral work plan, which reflects UNICEF contribution as part of the coordinated support of external partners to national efforts to achieve the MDGs 2 and 3, as well as implementation and monitoring of assigned programme/sectoral activity, ensuring compliance with programme strategies and approaches; provide training, support and guidance to sectoral team.

    6. Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

    Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts with involvement of all stakeholders. Ensure the preparation of annual Education sector status reports with contribution of all major partners.

    7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

    Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government and all implementing partners accountability; and to orientate and train Government and UNICEF implementing partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

    8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • Provide technical and policy advice to the Senior Programme Officer (Programme Coordination) on Education programme or sectoral strategies, planning and implementation; provide interpretation of guidelines, global strategy and organizational policy, contributing to the development of new guidelines through the programme cycle.
  • 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 other in-country partners to engage with and support the Government in developing a national education sector support plan or other appropriate plans and priorities
  • Collaborate with Programme Communication Officer to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts, focussing on UNICEF Comparative advantage – the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) and the 2 cross-cutting areas – which also reflect expectation that donors and partners have on UNICEF ability to help countries to achieve the MDGs.
  • 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 Section 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 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.
  • In line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, strengthen partnerships with the Education humanitarian actors within the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), for preparedness, contingency planning and response.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    1. Education

    Advanced university degree in the combination of the selective disciplines relevant to the following areas: Education; Primary Education, Economics, Social Sciences, or a field(s) relevant to international development assistance.

    *First university degree with additional two-years ofrelevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of anadvanced university degree.

    2. Work Experience

  • Ten years of professional work experience at national and international levels in field programmes relevant to Education programmes. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • 3. Language

  • Fluency in English is required and a second UN language is desirable.
  • Local working language of the duty station an asset.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

    1. Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • 2. Core Competencies

  • Communication [ III ]
  • Working with People [ III ]
  • Drive for Results [ III ]
  • 3. Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising [ III ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ III ]
  • Analyzing [ III]
  • Relating and Networking [ III ]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ III ]
  • Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
  • Remarks

    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

    **Please note that Damascus is a non-family duty station.

    ** Please note that this is a re-advertisement. Candidates who have applied to the 1st round, will also be considered, and do not need to re-apply.

    Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

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