Education Officer

UN Children's Fund, Greece

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th August, 2019


Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, education

Greece, as one of the major entry points into Europe for refugees and migrants, has received over a million asylum seekers since January 2015, 37% of them children. In the first four months of 2019, over 2,600 refugee and migrant children arrived in Greece by sea. As of April 2019, there were an estimated over 76,000 refugee and migrants in Greece including an estimated 28,500 children, while 3,564 being unaccompanied (UAC).

The Greek Ministry of Education has been implementing its policy to include all refugee and migrant children in public schools regardless of legal status. Their efforts have made significant progress with more than 12,000 school-aged children enrolled during 2018-2019 school year.

UNICEF has committed to strengthening the national and local systems to include all refugee and migrant children in schools and have access to complementary non-formal education, especially for children and adolescents out of school. UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Response in Greece is looking for an Education Officer at NO-B level for a temporary assignment in the period between 1 Sep to 31 Dec 2019.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Education, P4 the Education Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for education programmes/projects within the Country Programme from development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting.

Key tasks and accountability:

Support to programme development and planning:

  • Contribute to the preparation and updating of the situation analysis for the development, design and management of education related programmes/projects. Research and report on development trends (migration and relevant policy change etc.) and data for use in programme development, management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results.
  • Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of education and other related information for development planning and goal setting.
  • Contribute to dialogues with key partners, including the Ministry of Education, Institute of Education Policy (IEP) and academic institutions, for joint strategy 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.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues, especially for the Greek islands and education of adolescents.
  • Suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions, especially for the Greek islands and education of adolescents. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in 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.
  • Monitor and report 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 for specific projects/themes.

Technical and operational support to programme implementation:

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, teachers, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF strategies, processes and best practices on education related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to UNICEF’s implementing partners and other stakeholders on specific topics to improve access to quality education.
  • Support the organisation and delivery of teacher trainings and technical support for formal and non-formal education teachers based on relevant topics for education of refugee and migrant children.
  • 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.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use.

Networking and partnership building:

  • Build and sustain 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.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

  • Contribute to identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Research 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/stakeholders.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required
  • Experience working in the refugee and migrant context in Greece is considered as an asset
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset

Language Requirements: Fluency in Greek and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=525241


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