Education Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Education Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th December, 2018

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, a champion

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Education Manager (Level 4), the Specialist supports the development of education programmes and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting education in emergencies projects. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on access to education programmes/projects to improve learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education, especially for refugee and host community children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society. The Specialist contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Support to programme development and planning

  • Support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the education programmes in areas affected by the emergency.
  • Help supervisor set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Formulate, design and prepare programme proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with the Joint Response plan of the ISCG, UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Programme and coherence/integration with regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussion on the planning of education programmes including programme development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Support the team to prepare and amend Project Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) with NGO partners to implement response activities and programmes in affected areas, including supply plans.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Plan and collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks and performance indicators to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete education programmes.
  • Participate in programme reviews and annual reviews to assess progress; to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in programme management; and to determine required action to achieve results.
  • Actively develop r programmes/projects with partners and monitor them through field visits and surveys, and exchange information with stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution. Undertake field visits to monitor education response activities, particularly related to programme implementation and supplies.
  • Work closely with the UNICEF Supply and Logistics section to procure education supplies according to the supply planning tool and agree on transport and logistics requirements and costs. Develop a monitoring system for tracking of supplies with UNICEF partners including end-user distribution.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners and donors for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of agreed education in emergency plans including the setting up of safe and protective learning spaces that promote the protection and well-being of pre-school and school age children as well as adolescents.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
  • Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ.

Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, donors, and academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve results on education programmes.
  • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund raising for education programmes including donor visits and high-level visits.
  • Contribute to the work of the Education Cluster and its partners, including sharing information and participating and/or representing UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency discussions on education and related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on planning and preparation of programmes/projects ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in education management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programmes.

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

  • Education: Masters or advanced degree in education, social sciences, international development, humanitarian response or a related field.
  • Work Experience: Minimum 5 years of progressive and relevant experience in the field of education. Experience in complex emergencies strongly preferred. Technical experience and knowledge in the area of education in emergencies required, including monitoring and evaluation, supply management and partnership coordination. Proven experience in report writing and documentation. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


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