Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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, help.
UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’. The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication. The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.
UNICEF is a major partner to government and other partners in ensuring all rights of children are attained and more specifically, the delivery of quality education in Malawi. The education programme aims to support government achieve its set objectives which are elaborated in national education sector plans including ensuring equitable access, quality education and improved governance. In this regard, the GoM/UNICEF education programme addresses optimal development of children from conception and early learning, through primary education through adolescence paying attention to the gender equity and the most marginalized. In the context of the new country programme, the education programme will in addition to ensuring systems strengthening also provide platforms for intersectoral integration in delivery of education for holistic and optimal development of all children from early years through adolescence.
How can you make a difference?
The Education Specialist (Secondary) is accountable for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of secondary education programme(s) (provision of quality, relevant and free Education to all) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. The position will provide linkage with provision of primary education through the Joint Programme on Girls Education (JPGE) to improved examination performance and transition to Secondary education as an integrated model, transition to alternative post primary education opportunities for secondary school aged out of school children. Also, the position will work closely with the Integrated Adolescents Services function of the Section to strengthen holistic services to secondary school aged adolescents. The incumbent will have to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective delivery of equitable secondary education in Malawi.
In addition to being a principal supervisor for various staff, incumbent may also serve as the secondary supervisor for others. For the latter situation, they will provide input to the principal supervisor during performance reviews on the technical quality of a staff member's work and his/her overall contribution to the output results that they have worked on together.
Currently, the Malawi country office is operating under a matrix-management model, where individuals will have more than one reporting line. While this particular position is not currently “matrixed”, it is possible that this may change depending on programme needs.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
UNICEF AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.
COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, NETWORKING AND PARTNERSHIP
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
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.
The functional competencies required for this post are:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.”