Education Specialist, Coordination & Reporting, Damascus, P3, (Temporary Appointment)

Damascus

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:  

Under the supervision of Chief of Education and in regular consultation with Education Specialists, the incumbent is responsible for the technical contribution to programme coordination, development, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the education interventions to advance equitable access to quality learning for vulnerable children in Syria. In particular, s/he is to provide technical support and quality assurance to inter-agency coordination for the UN joint programmes and results monitoring and reporting in compliance with differing donor requirements.

MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Support to program/project development and planning:

  • Support the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis for the education programs/projects and/or sector to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on education issues are available to guide UNICEF's strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education programs and to set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic program discussion and inter-agency coordination on the planning of education programs/projects, including the UN joint programmes. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal for the sector, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF's Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the sector/s using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
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Program management, monitoring and delivery of results:

  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector on education programs.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum/appropriate use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular/mandated program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress.
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Technical and operational support to program implementation:

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners/donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on education and related issues to support program management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely/appropriate support throughout the programming/projects process.
  • Participate in education program meetings including program development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and/or consideration. 
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Networking and partnership building:

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on education programs.
  • Prepare communication and information materials for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for education programs.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on education and related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of programs/projects ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting.
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Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practice to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best practices in education management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programs/projects.
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QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:  

Education:  

  • An Advanced University Degree (Master's) in international development, education sector, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.

Work Experience:  

  •  A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in areas of social development planning and management in education and/other related areas at the national and international level, some of which preferably were served in a developing country.
  • Relevant experience in the UN joint programme coordination and management, education sector planning and related areas, programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization as an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts are an added advantage, in particular, working in conflict-affected fragile states for education emergencies.
  • Experience in working on systems strengthening, capacity development and innovation. 

Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)

Core Values

  •  Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

 

Core competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (II)
  • Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)

 

Languages:  

  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is an asset.

 

Duration of contract : 364 days

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: Damascus
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-11

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