Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 23 Jul 2018
Purpose for the job: The Education Officer reports to the Education Specialist for supervision. The Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for Education programmes/projects within the Country Programme from development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative program tasks.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Support to programme development and planning (with focus on ECCD)
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Technical and operational support to programme implementation
Networking and partnership building
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Support to programme development and planning (with focus on ECCD)
Conduct and update the situation analysis and carry out assessments on early childhood development related issues to establish evidence-based data to support holistic policy and programme development, as well as coordinated planning, implementation, and monitoring of ECCD related programmes/projects.
Contribute to the development and establishment of ECCD programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of ECCD related information and data for development planning and goal setting.
Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical, programme, operational and administrative transactions, preparing related materials/documentations and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results.
Prepare required programme documentations/materials/data to facilitate the program review and approval process.
2.Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.
Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss ECCD operational and implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with governments and other counterparts to assess ECCD programmes/projects and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
Monitor and report on the use of ECCD programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on critical issues/findings to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
Prepare regular/mandated ECCD programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress
3.Technical and operational support to programme implementation
Conduct regular programme field visits and surveys and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on ECCD related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results
4.Networking and partnership building
Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders across relevant sectors through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on ECD programmes.
Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support resource mobilization for ECD programmes.
Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNSDPF operational planning and preparation of ECD programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with the UNSDPF development and planning process.
Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes
5.Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
Research and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
Diversity and inclusion
Working with people (I)
Drive for results (I)
Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
Applying technical expertise (II)
Learning and researching (II)
Planning and organizing (II)
A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, public administration, public health, nutrition, economics, psychology, sociology, human development, child development, family studies or another relevant technical field
A minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in early childhood development related areas is required.
Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Fluency in English is required.Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset
How to 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 organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514423
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