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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Podgorica
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-23

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Education Officer (Temporary Appointment, NoA level) - open to Montenegro nationals only

Podgorica (Montenegro)

UNICEF in Montenegro is seeking a qualified candidate to provide professional technical, operational and administrative support on the Education programme activities within country programme.

I. Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Job organizational context: The Education Officer at NOA level supports the Montenegro Country Office (CO) in the implementation of the Quality Education & Adolescent Empowerment programme – which is one of the three key programme components of thee Montenegro Country Programme (CP) for 2017 – 2021. The Education Officer reports to the Education Officer who is at NOB level and cooperates with colleagues in different sectors to help advance cross-sectoral priorities as part of the CP 2017-2021.
Purpose for the job: The Education Officer (NOA) reports to the Education Officer (NOB) for close guidance and supervision. The Education Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the education and adolescent empowerment programmes/projects through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting technical programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development and formulation of the Quality Education & Adolescent Empowerment Programme within the Country Programme. The Officer is responsible for providing support in preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. A particular focus area of work is inclusive education, particularly in relation to providing access to quality preschools services for Roma children, as well as skills development, with a focus on outreach to most vulnerable groups. The Officer also supports other areas in the Education and Adolescent Empowerment Programme Component.
II. Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Support to programme development and planning
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
4. Networking and partnership building
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

1. Support to programme development and planning
• Research and analyze regional and national political, health, social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify, and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation.
• Support preparation of technical reports and provide inputs for programme preparation and documentation ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.
• Contribute to the development/establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of education and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting.
• Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluation of results.
• Prepare required documentation and materials to facilitate the programme review and approval process.
2. Support to programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.
• Contribute to  developing solutions on routine programme implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
• Participate in and contribute to monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
• Support monitoring and reporting on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
• Prepare draft inputs for programme/donor reporting.
3. Provide technical and operational support to programme implementation
• Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
• Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.

4. Networking and partnership building
• Support building and sustaining effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on education programmes.
• Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and alliances, and support fund raising for education programmes.
• Participate in  and contribute to inter-agency (UNCT) meetings and events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of education programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.
• Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
• Provide support in identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders.
• Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
• Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
• Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders.
III. Impact of Results

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Education Officer to programme preparation, planning and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to improve learning outcomes and universal access to quality, equitable and inclusive education. Success in education programmes and projects in turn contribute to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.
IV. Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles)

Core Values
  •  Care
  •  Respect
  •  Integrity
  •  Trust
  •  Accountability
Core competencies
  •  Communication (II)
  •  Working with people (I)
  •  Drive for results (I) 

Functional Competencies:
  •  Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  •  Analyzing (II)
  •  Applying technical expertise (II)
  •  Learning and researching (II)
  •  Planning and organizing (II)

VI. Recruitment Qualifications


  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology, or another relevant technical field. An advanced degree in above mentioned fields is considered as an asset.

  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
  • Experience in working with vulnerable groups is  considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in working for a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Language Requirements: 
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written, is required. 
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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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