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Education Specialist (Early Childhood Development), NO-C, Pacific Multi-Country Office, Apia, Samoa, #127560, Temporary Appointment (364 days) *Open to Samoa nationals only*

Apia

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Apia
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: Closed

UNICEF Pacific is hiring an Education Specialist (Early Childhood Development) on a temporary appointment (364 days) to be based in the Field Office in Samoa, Apia. Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office and with guidance from the Education team in Suva, the Education Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Education and ECD programmes across Samoa, Niue, Tokelau and the Cook Islands, and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programmes/projects within the multi-country programme. The Specialist will also provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on the programme to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, as well as holistic early childhood development especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, education

In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria.

All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work here: UNICEF Pacific Islands.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office and with guidance from the Education team in Suva, the Education Specialist (Early Childhood Development) with the UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office based in Samoa will support the development and preparation of the Education and ECD programme and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting progress within the multi-country programme. The Specialist will be required to provide technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education programmes/projects to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, as well as holistic early childhood development especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

The Education and ECD Specialist contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology, as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities: 

  1. Support to Education and ECD programmes/projects development and planning.
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results on Education and ECD programmes
  3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  4. Networking and partnership building
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology, public health, or another relevant technical field. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree

Work experience

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education and 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.

Languages

Fluency in English is required as well as knowledge of a local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

The functional competencies required for this post are...

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
  • Works Collaboratively with others
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships
  • Innovates and Embraces Change
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically
  • Drive to achieve impactful results
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

Remarks

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

With regard to higher educational qualifications, UNICEF only considers degrees obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Internal and external candidates are welcome to apply.

This is a National Officer position. Candidates of Western Samoan nationality are eligible to apply. 

This is a re-advertisement due to minor amendments in the Vacancy Announcement. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered. 

Only shortlisted candidates meeting the specific criteria will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is now closed.
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