United Nations Children's Fund, Beijing, China
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- UNICEF in China promotes policies and laws that better deliver on children's rights. We have about 100 staff members working with the Government of China and other partners to ensure that the benefits of the country's development reach the most impoverished children. And we share what we learn with others.
- The Education Section works with the Government of China and our partners, communities and parents, to provide the country’s most disadvantaged children with learning opportunities that will change their lives. We help to strengthen China’s education system, so that it addresses the needs of the most excluded and vulnerable children, including those with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and rural and urban poor, while ensuring that girls and boys have the same opportunities. We also promote nurturing environments that ensure that children develop into well-rounded individuals, by meeting their physical, cognitive, creative and social and emotional needs.
- The 2015-2025 education program also embraces key strategic shifts and will have a renewed focus on upstream engagement and policy work. It will strategically focus on evidence generation and research, policy analysis, advocacy for children’s rights and adaptation of international evidence to China’s context. There will also be a shift from child-friendly schools to child-friendly education systems, scaling-up of adolescent programs, particularly integrating life skills into the secondary technical and vocation education & training (TVET) reform process and expanding alternative learning pathways for out-of-school adolescents.
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Education and direct supervision of the Education specialist, the Education Officer will contribute in
- the design, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF China’s Education programmes;
- engaging in advocacy, communication and knowledge management in respective technical areas; and
- communicating UNICEF’s work and research externally.
To be specific, the main responsibilities include the following –
- Provide situation analysis and policy briefing for designated education technical areas, contribute to UNICEF’s strategic direction, advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education and skills programing in China.
- Provide technical input and support development of interventions in partnership with Ministry of Education (MoE) and implementation partners, with a particular focus on
- Deploying innovative and scale-able education technology to accelerate progress towards improved learning and skills for children and adolescents, especially those who are the most marginalized.
- Designing innovative strategies to address context-specific challenges such as accessibility to the world class digital learning solutions to improve quality and skills acquisition for in and out-of-school children and adolescents.
- Leading digitalization and knowledge management of learning resources across thematic areas (Early Childhood Education, Teachers’ capacity development, Inclusive Education) to maximize access to and effective usage of such resources.
- Leading the UNICEF Education programme contribution on EdTech solutions to the South-South Cooperation and UN-led initiative on digital learning.
- Lead, manage and monitor the designated programmes components to ensure that the programmatic and financial goals of the projects are achieved efficiently and effectively.
- Monitor implementation status on supplies, cash assistance and contracts to ensure proper and timely use of UNICEF supplies and funds.
- Ensure efficient and effective donor services: Providing quality and timely donor reports; facilitating donor and high-level visits; providing inputs for donor presentations and discussions; responding to donor inquiries; providing inputs for mid-year and annual reports; preparing presentations on the programme areas.
- Provide managerial and technical support for monitoring and evaluation (M&E), documentation (for website updates, in particular), and research activities of the above-mentioned projects.
- Support programme communication, advocacy and reporting by preparing statements, advocacy materials, presentations, and policy briefings.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
A university degree in related fields:
- Education, ICT technology, development studies, social/public policy, psychology and sociology or related fields.
- At least 1 year of relevant professional work experience in Education development, education technology, programme management and/or research.
- Demonstrable knowledge and Hands-on experience in deploying education technology to drive education contents and services is required. EdTech background and experience with EdTech industry is an asset.
- Fluency in English and Chinese is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.