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Job organizational context:
The Education Officer GJP is to be used in a Country Office (CO) where the Education Programme is a component of the Country Programme (or UNDAF). The Education Officer (EdTech/Skills) reports to the Education Specialist who is at Level 3 and the Chief of Field Office (intersectoral links with ADAP).
Purpose for the job:
Under the supervision of the Education Specialist, the Education Officer (EdTech/Skills) provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for education programmes/projects especially focused on EdTech (Education Technology) and 21st century skills especially for adolescents 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 functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Support to programme development and planning
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Technical and operational support to programme implementation
Networking and partnership building
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
1. 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 focused on EdTech and 21st century skills especially for adolescents (including accessible technologies to support children with disabilities). Research and report on development trends (digital, 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 documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluation of results.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.
Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues (cross-sectional) and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues.
Suggest and conceptualize solutions (both tech and non-tech) 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.
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.
3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation specifically on EdTech and 21st century skills in schools
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.
Provide inputs to develop and maintain good understanding of applicable eLearning content policies, guidelines, contractual and other frameworks. Manage enhancement, contextualization and localization of eLearning content. Also, in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders, manage training, documentation and capacity development requirements to support digital learning.
4. Networking and partnership building
Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and state 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.
5. 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 in the areas of EdTech and 21st century skills in schools 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.
Impact of Results:
The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Education Officer to programme preparation, planning and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to improve learning outcomes and universal access to quality, equitable and inclusive education. Success in education programmes and projects in turn contribute to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Requirements of the position (QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES):
A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, information management, computer science or another relevant technical field.
A minimum of two years of professional experience in technology related programme planning, EdTech, management, ICT for development, and/or research in education especially in the areas of EdTech and/or 21st century skills is required. .
Experience with creating digital content and knowledge of education technologies is essential.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are..
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
Works Collaboratively with others (1)
Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
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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 conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.
The position is based in Bhubaneshwar, India.
The selected applicant will have an initial two (2) year fixed-term contract, with the possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process, including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training, etc. UNICEF is a nonsmoking working environment.
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Advertised: 02 Jun 2022 India Standard Time
Deadline: 16 Jun 2022 India Standard Time