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Education Specialist-Social Studies for internal candidates only

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-06

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent is responsible to the Deputy, Chief Field Education Programme through the Head of the Education Development Centre or to the Area Education Officer as assigned. S/he is responsible for the provision of technical support towards equitable inclusive quality education to all staff assigned to him/her in the area and will monitor and support their professional development in cooperation with the Head Teacher/School Principal to enhance inclusive teaching and learning and promote safe and effective learning environment in schools.

Responsibilities

*FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Supports schools and assists teachers directly through team/model, co-teaching (plan, teach, and evaluate a lesson with the teacher seeking assistance), and class room observation. Provides, explains, and demonstrates instructional resources and materials, and monitors the implementation of up-to-date equitable inclusive quality teaching methods and techniques at all schools he/she supports;

• Supports schools and teachers in continuing professional development and school-based teacher development programs, and advises on developing and implementing comprehensive, professional development plans that are aligned with teachers’ competencies, applying a coherent model of support, adult learning strategies and appropriate models of technical support and research based practices;

• Assists and advises the Head Teachers/School Principals in setting , implementing and evaluating their School Development Plan, and coordinates continuing professional development needs for all schools he/she supports to enhance school ethos and ensures that the needs of the schools are met;

• Provides support in curriculum analysis and enrichment to meet the new curricular challenges and innovations and the different aspects of inclusive education and advises on identifying appropriate teaching and learning tools, materials and resources to ensure that the needs of all students, teachers and schools are met;

• Works as a team member and assists on quality assurance implementation to enhance inclusive educational services against set standards and performance indicators for improving quality of schools;

• Supports teachers and schools in assessing and analyzing students’ achievement by identifying different strategies for all learners in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning;

• Participates in preparing for interviewing and selection of candidate for teaching posts to ensure criteria applied, and the most qualified and capable teachers are hired; assists Head Teachers/School Principals in the performance management of teachers in relation to technical aspects;

• Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

*IMPACT OF INCUMBENT’S WORK

(A) Importance of decisions and proposals made by the incumbent:

The role of the incumbent is a support role, therefore decision-making is not a key aspect, the incumbent is however expected to prepare and make suggestions, and recommendations which reflect best practices, effectiveness, and efficiency in the education program. These will have an impact on the quality of the education programme and a safe learning environment provided to eligible refugee students.

(B) Possible consequences of involuntary errors made by the incumbent:

Errors resulting from action, inaction and proposals will impact on the delivery of quality education.

*INDEPENDENCE OF WORK

(A) Application of guidelines

The incumbent works within general guidelines and education technical instructions. However, the incumbent exercises personal judgment and initiative to ensure that teaching solutions are adapted to the particular needs of students within schools, that problems and incidents are anticipated and identified in a timely manner and effective mitigating or appropriate measures are implemented.

(B) Supervisory control over work of incumbent

The Head of Education Development Centre or Area Education Officer, to whom the incumbent is assigned, monitors and reviews work periodically to ensure that objectives are achieved. The incumbent works with minimal supervision.

Competencies

• Knowledge of educational theories and good practices, and teacher/ school development;

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team working environment;

• Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally and in writing;

• Ability to work under pressure and meet target deadlines;

• Problem solving and decision making skills;

• Proficiency in the standard PC applications used by the Agency;

• Research and problem solving skills in teaching and learning context;

• Integrity and positive attitude.

Education

• A University degree from a college or university recognized by UNRWA in the subject to be supported plus at least one year of professional teacher training;

OR

• A University degree from a college or university recognized by UNRWA in the subject to be supported plus a higher Diploma or advanced degree in education;

Work Experience

• At least eight years satisfactory teaching experience in the subject he/she will support.

Languages

• Excellent command of spoken and written Arabic;

• Good command of spoken and written English.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Contract Status:

Fixed-Term Appointment for 3 years ;including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.

Benefits:
-Grade 13, Monthly Salary JD 843.500 . Other benefits include Provident Fund contribution (15% of basic salary paid by the Agency), medical insurance. Dependency benefits are subject to eligibility.

Department/Office: Education Department.

Duty Station : All Areas.

Desirable Qualification:

• Advanced degree in a related subject;

• Possession of a valid driving license.

Additional Information

• The incumbent may be required to work beyond the regular working hours.

General Information:

• UNRWA encourages applications from qualified and experienced women.
• UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
• This vacancy notice is open for internal candidates only.
• Only candidates residing in Jordan with authorization to work in that duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply.

The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in the duty station, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded since the agency will not provide coverage for relocation costs.

Since this vacancy is an Area staff post, the Agency will not provide coverage for relocation costs.

EQUIVALENCY:
When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Field Director may exceptionally substitute part of the unmet requirements with a combination of relevant academic qualifications, additional professional training and progressive relevant work experience.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.


UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for human rights, for diversity, and for non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are
expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non- smoking work environment.

The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or to change the contract Modality.
On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self-attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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