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Education Specialist

Location: Gandhinagar
Closing date: 23rd April 2013

Purpose of the Post

Responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, for an assigned programme or specific projects within one state in India. 

The jobholder works at the State and District level. He/ She works under the daily supervision of the Chief of Field Office, and takes sector specific guidance from the Education Section in UNICEF Delhi

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1.    Influencing Policy: Analyse and recommend policies, systems of management, resource allocation and coordination systems around education issues and programmes.

2.    Building Partnerships: Convene strategic partnerships – among government, nongovernment, teachers’ organizations, and community based organizations to impact on overall education, to support education programmes and leverage resources in the State in the context of RTE under Early Childhood Education.

Interact with State, national and international agencies and commissions, on the management of education programmes/projects. Participates in meetings with Ministries/Departments responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

Assist in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation, with special focus on the education needs of marginalized/excluded children.

3.    Programme Planning & Implementation: Promote the quality of rights-based Education programming through participation in the formulation of programme goals, and approaches. Bring synergy and added value to sectoral or programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Contribute for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned education activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches.

Analyze and evaluate data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.

Contribute to and enable the concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of Government flagship programmes in Education and /or UNICEF–NGO managed programmes under the Project Co-operation Agreement.

4.    Monitoring and Evaluation: Facilitate the review of systems and capacity related to delivery of Education-related services to children and the interventions to improve such systems and capacities.

Undertake field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conduct periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. 

Work plan development: Responsible for the development of the Education Rolling Work plan in the State in coordination with the Education Sector/Network, and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives.

Provide guidance and support to subordinate staff/consultants to manage and implement projects.

6.    Capacity-building and technical assistance to Government : Assist government authorities and non-government partners to plan and organize capacity-building initiatives. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of education projects.

Provide technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.

Inter-sectoral collaboration: Proactively collaborate within state and/or sector with programme colleagues, especially those in Child Protection and in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Child Environment) to ensure an integrated approach to project planning, implementation and monitoring, as well as pooling of resources for more effective programming.

Assist in the development of appropriate advocacy and communications strategies to support and/or advocate Education programme development in coordination with the Communications Officer (A&P).

Assist in the planning and formulation of Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) initiatives with regard to education to enable more effective behaviour change in coordination with the Communication for Development (C4D) Officer.

Support/undertake research that focusses on tracking programmes of social inclusion.

8.     Supplies and Cash Assistance: Coordinate with the Operations/Supply staff/programme support on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certify disbursements of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures monitors and submits financial status reports to Chief of Field Office on a regular basis.

9.    Report Writing: Write education programme inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for, donors, budget reviews, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education
Master’s degree from a recognized university in any of the following: Education, Social Sciences or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

b) Work Experience

At least Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in the planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation Education Programmes at state and district level.

c) Languages
Excellent Knowledge of written and spoken English is essential. Working knowledge of Hindi/ Local Language required.

d) Competency Profile: 

Competency Profile
i)  Core Values (Required)
•  Commitment 
•  Diversity and Inclusion 
•  Integrity    

ii)   Core Competencies (Required)
  •  Communication  [ II ]  
  •  Working with People   [ II ]       
  •  Drive for Results   [ II ]  

iii)  Functional Competencies (Required)
  •  Leading and Supervising    [ I ]                       
  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  •  Analysing   [ III]  
  •  Relating and Networking [ II ]
  •  Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]Technical Knowledge

iv) Technical Knowledge Required

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 

•  Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF Education programmes.

•  Advanced Technical Knowledge of the theories, principles and methods in one of the following areas: Education; Primary Education, Economics, Social Sciences, and/or related fields.

•  Gender and diversity awareness

•  Leadership in identifying, encouraging and mentoring capable women.

Knowledge of the global commitment on aid effectiveness, including the Paris Declaration     on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action as well as knowledge of the Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs).

                  b) Common Technical Knowledge required (for the job group)

Knowledge of theories and practices in:

•  Programme/project management in Education        •  Monitoring and Evaluation                  

•  Training and Capacity Development in  Education    •  Alternative Basic Education

•  Curriculum Development                                       •  Knowledge Management

General knowledge of:

•  Methodology of programme/project management

•  Programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies for Education programmes

•  Knowledge of global education issues, specifically relating to children and women.

•  UNICEF policies and strategy to address education issues, including those relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.

•  UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.

•  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.

•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan

•  UNICEF Board endorsed policy papers (e.g. The Education Strategy) and agency-wide programmes impacting on education results.

•Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

•  Government development plans and policies
•  Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
•  UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
•  UN security operations and guidelines.  
UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.


Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 23rd April 2013.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

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