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Education Specialist

Location: Lucknow
Closing date: 6th August 2013

Purpose of the Post

The incumbent plays a critical role in supporting the Government of Uttar Pradesh in achieving the goal of Universal Elementary Education (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan). He/She will be responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Education Programme in Uttar Pradesh with a view to achieve children’s right to education .

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1.     Programme Implementation: With guidance from the Education Section in UNICEF Delhi, proposes designs for the education programmes.  When agreed, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates UNICEF assisted programme or specific project(s) in education. Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives. Contributes to and enables the concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of Government flagship programmes and /or UNICEF–NGO managed programmes under the Project Co-operation Agreement.

Influencing Policy: Analyses and recommends policies, systems of management, resource allocation and coordination systems around education issues and programmes.

3.    Building Partnerships: Convenes strategic partnerships – among government, nongovernment and community based organizations to impact on overall education, to support education programmes and leverage resources in the State in the context of RTE. Interacts 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. Assists in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation.

4.    Monitoring and Evaluation: Facilitates the review of systems and capacity related to delivery of services to children and the interventions to improve such systems and capacities. Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Identifies and recommends necessary action for programme adjustments. Provides advice and assistance to government officials and other partners in the planning and management of programme/projects. Contributes to the preparation of the Situation Analysis, led by SPPME, by compiling data, analysing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the Analysis.


5.     Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government: Assists government authorities and nongovernment partners to plan and organize capacity building programmes. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects. Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.


6.     Inter-sectoral collaboration: Proactively collaborates within state and/or sector with programme colleagues, especially that in Child Protection and in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to give and receive knowledge and assistance. Pooling resources for more effective programming. Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate education programme development. Assists in the planning and formulation of Behaviour Development/Behaviour Communication Change initiatives with respect to education to enable more effective behaviour change. Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on programmes of social inclusion.


7.     Work plan development: Responsible for the development of the education work plan in the State, and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives. Provides guidance and support to subordinate staff to manage and implement projects. Ensures convergence of programmes in child protection and CEP through planning and progress reports on IRs.


8.     Supplies and Cash Assistance: Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff/programme support on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures monitors and submits financial status reports to Programme Manager.


9.     Report Writing: Writes programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

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

b) Work Experience

Minimum Five years of progressively professional work experience at national level in field programmes relevant to Education programmes. Experience of working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.

c) Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English required.  Knowledge of Hindi is highly desirable.

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 ]

  •  Analyzing   [ III] 

  •  Relating and Networking [ II ]

  •  Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]

                    •  Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]


  iv)  Technical Knowledge   


 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.

 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.

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.

            Other skills and attributes:

·        In depth understanding and knowledge of Education issues and sector

·        Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation, in particular pertaining to education. 

·        Good understanding of the inter sectoral linkages between education and child protection (e.g. child labour, child marriage) and measures to improve water, sanitation and hygiene practices in schools

·        Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication

·        Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships

·        Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.

·        Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

·        Report writing

·        Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.



Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to icorecruitment@unicef.org by 6th August 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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