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Education Specialist

Location: Patna (Bihar)
Closing date: 3rd December 2013

Purpose of the Post

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, the incumbent will be accountable for  planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Education programme(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. Across the Education programme(s), accountable for identifying gender inequalities in education, and for developing innovative approaches and programmes to eliminating these inequalities. Collaborates across the programme(s) to ensure gender mainstreaming. Ensures that monitoring mechanisms are in place to track progress towards disparity reduction goals and targets in Education.

The jobholder works at the State and District level. They also work under the daily supervision of the Programme Manager, and take sector specific guidance from the relevant Technical Centre of Excellence

A.     Major Duties and Responsibilities

Ø  Programme Implementation

With guidance from the Technical Centre of Excellence, 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.

Integrates input/advice from the relevant Technical Centre for Excellence in Delhi.

Ø  Influencing Policy

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

Ø  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.

Ø  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 SPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the Analysis.

Ø  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.

Ø  Inter-sectoral collaboration

Proactively collaborates within state and/or sector with programme colleagues 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

Ø  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.

Ø  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 Senior Programme Officer or Representative as required.

Ø  Report Writing

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

B.     Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

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

2.      Work Experience

Minimum Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in field programmes relevant to Education or Social Development Programmes, Project Administration, Monitoring and Evaluation.

3.      Languages
Fluency in English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.

C.     Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment 

•  Diversity and Inclusion 

•  Integrity              

ii)   Core Competencies (Required)

  •  Communication  [ II ] 

  •  Working with People   [ I ]      

  •  Drive for Results   [ I ]  


iii)  Functional Competencies (Required)

  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]

  •  Analyzing   [ II] 

  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]

  •  Learning and Researching [ II] 

  •  Planning and Organizing  [ II ]


 iv)  Technical Knowledge[1]   [ I ]


a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [ I ]

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

•  Essential professional knowledge of Education/Basic Education programmes.

•  Essential Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in areas of:  Education; Primary Education, Economics, Social Sciences.


b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ I ]

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

•  Education Programmatic goals, policies and strategies

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

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

•  UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.

•  Rights-based and Results-based 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)     

•  Gender equality and diversity awareness


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

•  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.



·        In depth understanding and knowledge of the education and child protection issues and sector

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

·        A strong familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children

·        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

·        Training ability.

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

·        Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.

·        UNICEF core competencies


Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 3rd December 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.

 UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.



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