Individual Contractor - Education Assistant, Sukhumi, Georgia

Sukhumi

Individual Contractor - Education Assistant, Sukhumi

Background:

UNICEF is implementing an increasing number of education activities in Abkhazia. These include currently 1) a training program for teachers, head teachers, school directors, university teachers and education specialists focusing on student-centered instruction methodologies and life skills, 2) advocacy and capacity building on mother tongue based multilingual education (MTB MLE), as well as 3) an informal education programme to promote social participation and skills development of youth. To support the further development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these activities, UNICEF's Sukhumi Field Office seeks to recruit a local Education Assistant on Special Service Agreement (SSA).

 Scope of work:

Under the direct supervision of the Education Officer (NOA) of the Sukhumi Field Office and the second level supervision of the Chief of the Field Office – as well as in close cooperation with other staff members of the Field Office, the Education Team in the Country Office and relevant international education consultants – the Education Assistant will support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Sukhumi Field Office's education program.

 The overall objective of UNICEF's education program in Abkhazia is to assist in improving the quality of general education in Abkhazia in accordance with the findings and recommendations of the joint analysis of general education in Abkhazia carried out by UNICEF and the education authorities in Abkhazia in early 2015.

 Contract period:

The initial duration of the SSA contract is 6 months with possible extension if funds will be available. The envisaged start date for the contract is 16 March 2017.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Education Assistant will regularly fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide support to the Education Officer (NOA), the international Education Consultant and the Chief of Field Office in the planning, preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Sukhumi Field Office's education activities; amongst others, make appointments with relevant partners; prepare, accompany and take notes during meetings, prepare and assist during trainings, round tables, workshops and other events, write summaries reports on such events, participate in the evaluation of activity results, and provide input, as necessary, to the further development of UNICEF's education activities in Abkhazia and various draft documents;
  • Engage in research on specific topics related to education and provide background information/papers/reports to UNICEF;
  • Monitor, document and report on the activities of UNICEF's implementing partners and their impact in the field of education in Abkhazia;
  • Support the coordination of UNICEF activities in the field of education with the activities of UNICEF's implementing partners, other international organizations and NGOs;
  • Establish and maintain close contacts with stakeholders in Abkhazia (representatives of relevant authorities, NGOs, local communities etc.) in the field of education;
  • Establish and maintain close contacts with relevant UNICEF colleagues and offices outside Abkhazia;
  • Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as requested by the Education Officer (NOA), the Chief of Field Office and/or the international Education Consultant. 
  1. Tasks
  • Provide support to the Education Officer (NOA), the international Education Consultant and the Chief of Field Office in the planning, preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Sukhumi Field Office's education activities; amongst others, make appointments with relevant partners; prepare, accompany and take notes during meetings, prepare and assist during trainings, round tables, workshops and other events, write summaries reports on such events, participate in the evaluation of activity results, and provide input, as necessary, to the further development of UNICEF's education activities in Abkhazia and various draft documents.

Timeframe, mode of service

  • Continuously throughout the contract period 

Deliverables

- Regular and quality support is provided to the planning, preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Sukhumi Field Office's education activities, and quality input made to various draft documents. 

  1. Tasks
  • Engage in research on specific topics related to education and provide background information/papers/reports to UNICEF.

Timeframe, mode of service

  • When requested

Deliverables

  • Quality reports/papers/background information documents on various issues related to education are produced and shared with the consultant and relevant UNICEF staff. 
  1. Tasks
  • Monitor, document and report on the activities of UNICEF's implementing partners in the field of education in Abkhazia.

Timeframe, mode of service

  • Continuously

Deliverables

  • Regular updates and short analytical reports to the Chief of Sukhumi Field Office, international Education Consultant and Education Officer (NOA) on activities of UNICEF's implementing partners.
  1. Tasks

            - Support the coordination of UNICEF activities in the field of education with the activities of UNICEF's implementing partners, other international organizations and NGOs.

Timeframe, mode of service

  • Continuously 

Deliverables

  • Smooth coordination of UNICEF activities with relevant programme staff of UNICEF implementing partners, other international organizations and NGOs. 
  1. Tasks

-  Establish and maintain close contacts with stakeholders in Abkhazia (representatives of relevant authorities, NGOs, local communities etc.) in the field of education.

Timeframe, mode of service

  • Continuously

Deliverables

  • Smooth cooperation and coordination of UNICEF activities with technical/programme staff of relevant authorities and other stakeholders in Abkhazia 
  1. Tasks

            - Establish and maintain close contacts with relevant UNICEF colleagues and offices outside Abkhazia.

Timeframe, mode of service

  • Continuously 

Deliverables

  • Smooth cooperation and coordination of activities with relevant UNICEF colleagues and offices outside Abkhazia. 
  1. Tasks

-Fulfil other duties and responsibilities as requested by the Chief of UNICEF's Sukhumi Field Office or the international Education Consultant

Timeframe, mode of service

  • As necessary 

Deliverables

  • N/A

Necessary qualifications and experience:

  • Specialised trainings in a relevant field (e.g. pedagogical studies, psychology, etc.); relevant university degree would be a significant asset;
  • At least three years relevant working experience;
  • Good understanding of education issues;
  • Very good analytical skills, experience in research and the writing of analytical reports;
  • Very good organizational skills;
  • Fluency in Russian language and working knowledge of English language; knowledge of other relevant languages would be an asset;
  • Ability to work in a multi-national environment with team members from different cultural backgrounds.

 Performance indicators:

The Education Assistant's performance will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of duties and responsibilities fulfilled. 

Unsatisfactory performance:

In case of unsatisfactory performance the contract can be terminated by notification letter sent 15 days prior to the termination date. 

Health Statement & Certificate:

A Health Statement and Certificate of Good Health must be received prior to signing the contract.

 Remuneration:

The candidate is requested to submit the monthly gross remuneration proposal in RUB.The consultant will be paid agreed amount for the service on a monthly basis without pension contribution and other allowances, payable following satisfactory fulfilment of the duties and responsibilities and the provision of a monthly report on activities performed and deliverables achieved. 

Application:

Deadlines for applications is 17 March 2017, 18:00. For additional information please contact UNICEF Field Assistant Ruslan Djopua in Sukhumi, tel.: +7 940 – 927 46 23, e-mail: rdjopua@unicef.org. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by UNICEF.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Sukhumi
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-17

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