Associate Project Officer

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Kabul, Afghanistan

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

UNESCO strives to promote education in Afghanistan as a fundamental human right while aiming to provide access to quality, relevant and inclusive education for all. The Office focuses on ensuring access to and quality of adult literacy and non-formal education.
Through its education programmes and projects, UNESCO is advancing Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education (YALBE) in Afghanistan as the leading UN Agency through:
Increasing access to and demand for Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education through provision of Basic General Literacy and pre-vocational skills to youth and adults in addition to raising awareness on the right to education within communities.
Ensuring the quality of Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education through the development of educational resources for YALBE; and
Coordinating the YALBE sub-sector through leading the Platform for Youth and Adult Education.
UNESCO’s vital role in empowering women and adolescent girls in Afghanistan is demonstrated through its provision of Basic General Literacy throughout the country, which is the biggest intervention within UNESCO’s YALBE programme. Currently, UNESCO is providing Basic General Literacy to over 25,000 youth and adults of which 67% are women and adolescent girls in 20 provinces. Against this background, the UNESCO Kabul Office is recruiting a Resource Mobilization and Reporting Officer for its YALBE programme based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Under the overall authority of the Officer-in-Charge of UNESCO in Afghanistan, the overall supervision of the Head of Education, and  the direct supervision of the YALBE Programme Team Lead, the incumbent will support the Team Lead and other Education units to identify and secure new funding opportunities. This will include updating the mapping of funding and partnership opportunities, developing project concepts, project documents and managing knowledge related to programme implementation. The incumbent will also serve as the focal point and resource for colleagues on areas of strategic relevance relating to education for partnership development with other UN agencies and the broader community of stakeholders in Afghanistan.
Resources mobilization:
  • Update and further develop a comprehensive mapping of existing partnerships, highlighting areas of collaboration, funding sources, and strategic alignment, in view of identifying gaps and opportunities for further engagement and funding.
  • Support the Literacy Team Lead to coordinate with relevant partners, donors, and other stakeholders to gather insights, share best practices, and explore potential collaboration opportunities.
 Develop Project Concepts and Proposals:
  • Formulate and articulate clear, compelling project concepts for potential funding to support youth and adult literacy in Afghanistan and related education programmes.
  • Draft and refine proposals, ensuring alignment with both UNESCO's objectives and donor's expectations.
  • Prepare donor specific reports as required.
 Knowledge Management and Reporting:
  • Document and report on the implementation of UNESCO's literacy programmes in Afghanistan.
  • Ensure effective knowledge management practices, capturing lessons learned and best practices.
  • Support the preparation and dissemination of promotional materials including success stories, lessons learnt, fact sheets with the objective of optimizing the visibility of YALBE programme and related education programmes.
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Education, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Development Studies or related areas.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience, of which preferably one year acquired at international level, in resource mobilization, proposal writing, knowledge management and donor report writing preferably in education or international development sectors.
  • Experience in developing funding proposals for international development or educational programs.
Skills and Competencies:
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to draft clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.  
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to adapt to different contexts.
  • Strong IT skills including good knowledge of standard office software and online collaboration.
  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.