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Education Officer, (P-2), Bor, South Sudan #85738


UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

Purpose of the Position

Accountable for professional technical contribution to education programmes/projects design, planning, administration, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis and progress reporting. Commitment for enhancement of gender-sensitive teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals and strategy.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountability for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.


1. Programme/Project Management

  •  Ensure the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective Education programme and project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation, including gender dis-aggregation; provide support for sharing the information with relevant partners Draft sound Education programme budgets for review by the supervisor.


2. Project Efficiency and Effectiveness

  •  Enhance project efficiency and effectiveness through implementation follow-on activities with various implementing partners, including monitoring UNICEF inputs, local conditions and resources, flow of supply and non-supply assistance and Education project status.


3. Work Plan and Project Documentation

  • Analyze collected data and information and prepare progress reports including monitoring and reporting indicators by gender; draft changes in Education project work plans and assist in identification of required supplies and equipment as well as in the drafting of Country Programme Recommendation and other project documentation, assuring accuracy and consistency with established rules, regulations and plans of action, and provide support for consultation with partners as required on planning and implementation of Country Programme activities.


4. Project Implementation Information and Data

  • Ensure the appropriateness of financial, administrative and supply documentation; verify that Education project expenditures are within allotments and that data is consistent with the project information and database (e.g., FLS, Vision). Follow up on queries, including with and by partners, or initiate corrective action on discrepancies.


5. Knowledge Sharing

  • Compile Education project implementation training and orientation materials to promote knowledge sharing with donors and media.


6. Communication and Networking

  • Ensure the effective communication and networking developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration with all stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Operations staff to implement internal controls systems and resolve day-to-day issues or discrepancies in financial or supply management; and provide support for orientation and training of all implementing partners to UNICEF financial and supply policies and procedures. 
  • Team with local Government counterparts to exchange information on Education project implementation and status as well as movement and distribution of supplies.
  • Supports coordination with members of the development community, including NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the exchange of information relating to Education sector.


Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Education; Primary Education, Economics, Social Sciences, or a field(s) relevant to international development assistance.   


Work Experience

  • Two years of professional work experience at national and international levels relevant Education programmes. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.
  • Background in Emergency programme an asset.


Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of the local language  of the duty station is an asset.



i) Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment 

•  Diversity and Inclusion 

•  Integrity 


ii) Core Competencies (Required)

  •  Communication  [ II ] 

  •  Working with People   [ I ]      

  •  Drive for Results   [ I ]  


iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]

  •  Analyzing   [ II] 

  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]

  •  Learning and Researching [ II] 

  •  Planning and Organizing  [ II ]


iv) Technical Knowledge [ I ]


a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ I ]

•  Essential professional knowledge of Education/Basic Education programmes.

•  Essential Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in areas of:  Education; Primary Education, Economics, Social Sciences.


b) Common Technical Knowledge Required  [ I ]

Knowledge of theories and practices in:

•  Programme/project management in Education      

•  Monitoring and Evaluation                  

•  Training and Capacity Development in  Education

 •  Alternative Basic Education

•  Curriculum Development                        

•  Knowledge Management


General knowledge of:

•  Methodology of programme/project management.

•  Education Programmatic goals, policies and strategies.

•  Knowledge of global education issues, specifically relating to children and women.

•  UNICEF policies and strategy to address education issues, including: conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.

•  UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.

•  Rights-based and Results-based programming in UNICEF.

•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan.

•  UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers (e.g. The Education Strategy).

•  Gender equality and diversity awareness.


c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced  [ I ]

•  Government development plans and policies.

•  Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.

  UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.

  UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions.

•  UN security operations and guidelines.

• UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.



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

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

* 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.

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: Bor
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-27

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