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Education & Adolescent Officer

Gaza (Palestinian Territory)

Background

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide.
 
Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in longestablished, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
 
UNV programme in Palestine is looking for a motivated person to work with UNICEF Gaza office. 
 
Under the 2018-20122 Country Programme Action Plan for the State of Palestine, UNICEF works closely with different ministries, UN agencies, national and international NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, and Communities to improve access to basic services,
the protective environment and social inclusion for Palestinian boys, girls and women. This is done through: (a) capacity development of national and civil society partners, with a focus on legislation and social service systems strengthening; (b) research that contributes to knowledge and evidence informing social policy and social protection for children; (c) interventions that directly address barriers to equity for vulnerable and marginalized communities; and (d) support to both sustain and encourage resilience to address vulnerabilities. The country programme is organized around five programme components: (1) Education and Adolescents (Learning for Development), (2) Child Protection, (3) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, (4) Health and Nutrition, and (5) Social Protection and Inclusion. These components are mutually reinforcing and complementary.
The UN volunteer will have access to UNICEF website and social media and can orient himself or herself with UNICEF works and documents.
 
The duty station for the assignment will be Gaza, which is a non-family duty station. As this is a national UNV assignment, the volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan. 
 
Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of ILS 3,630 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service. A wellbeing differential amount ILS 1,089 ( 30% of VLA) is also provided for UN Volunteers serving in Gaza.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Education Officer in Gaza, and the technical supervision of the Youth and Adolescent Development Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
 
Strengthen monitoring function
 
  • Systematically collect, and make the data available for Education and Adolescent Gaza-projects related indicators in the Annual Management Plan and Rolling Annual Workplans (Education and Adolescent Development and Participation Programme (ADAP)
  • In coordination with the Education officer in Gaza and the Youth and Adolescent Specialist in Jerusalem, collect inputs for quarterly Situation Report (SITREP) and update Gaza Humanitarian Performance Monitoring Sheet and other reports required.
  • Participate in programmatic and field monitoring missions to the education and ADAP project sites in Gaza, draft report and analyse findings in the field monitoring reports.
  • Maintain updates into project monitoring and tracking sheet for the Learning for development (L4D) section
  • In coordination with the L4D team and Gaza supply officer, contribute to the development of the supply plan for 2018-2019, the delivery and the distribution to beneficiaries.
  • Provide day to day, troubleshooting support to the ADAP partners with guidance from the Youth and Adolescent Specialist.
 
Strengthen reporting function
 
  • Participate as appropriate in meetings with government, UN and NGO partners to collect latest updates on progress of education initiatives and keep abreast of the latest information and updates.
  • Support Education Officer in Gaza and Youth and adolescent Specialist in Jerusalem in preparing inputs for quarterly, biannual and end of the year CO report.

Strengthen information sharing

  • Undertake field visits to UNICEF project sites to collect visibility and communications materials, including human interest stories.
  • Contribute to the establishment of Projects Data Base in Gaza and upload projects in the (Z) drive to match the aligned with the database of the “Learning for Development” section on the (U) drive 
  • Support day to day management of the L4D Section
  • Ensure day to day management including financial of the implementation of the education programme components related to education and adolescents;
    Support and contribute to the development of project documents, Programme Coordination Agreements (PCA) in close consultation with the various sections of the office for close sectoral activities.
  • In consultation with the Education Officer and the Youth and Adolescent Specialist, draft project and donor proposals for Gaza-related work.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in activities (e.g. in International Volunteer Day);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; network and build relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals, and support and/or participate in local volunteering initiatives; reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; initiate and/or participate in local volunteer groups, including assisting them in submitting stories and experiences to the World Volunteer Web site;
  • Promote or advise local groups on the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever possible;

Competencies

  • Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
  • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Required Degree Level:  Bachelor degree or equivalent.
  • Education :University degree in social sciences (sociology, education, international relation, development studies or other related technical field).
  • Required experience:  A minimum of two years progressively work experience in programme planning and management of education programmes.
  • Area of Expertise:
  1. Education policy and planning, curriculum development and teacher training Mandatory.
  2. Demonstrated interest and/or experience in education and adolescents (specify thematic/technical area) required;
  3. Experience in data management and reporting.
  4. Excellent writing, organizational and planning skills
  5. Demonstrated working knowledge of UNICEF rules and regulations and, guidance related to partnership.
  • Language Skills : 

            ​English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent 

            AND - Arabic (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent

Disclaimer

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

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: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Gaza (Palestinian Territory)
  • Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-19

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