Education Officer

United Nations Children's Fund

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: IT and ICT

Under the supervision of the Chief, Field Office, Chattogram and technical guidance of Chief of Education, the Education Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for education programmes/projects including education in emergency 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.

Duties and responsibilities: 

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 (economic, social, health 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.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentation, 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.
  • Suggest 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.
  • Develop and update a database of sub national education work, strengthen the flow of regular generation and track the key education indicators that can be consolidated locally.
  • 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.

Technical and operational support to programme implementation ensuring Interfacing  of policy and programmes:

  • 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 education related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results. Engage the education sector for disaster risk reduction to make schools in disaster risk areas safer and create a culture of safety and resilience among learners, teachers and parents.

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.
  • Participate in appropriate 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.

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.
  • Support inter-sectoral linkages with the colleagues of other sectors within UNICEF and GoB particularly working on child protection, health, nutrition, WASH, disaster risk reduction.
  • 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.

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.
  • At least 2 years of experience in the Education sector in development organization. Work experience in the education sector and UN organizations are desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

Source:  https://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/571218