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National Project Manager - Early Learning Opportunities for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina


UNICEF Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina is seeking enthusiastic and qualified candidate for:

National Project Manager - Early Learning Opportunities for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Individual contractor -full time, office basedengagementfor period of eleven months

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Education Head of Section, the consultant will provide technical assistance to manage the Project “Increasing Early Learning Opportunities for Children in BiH” project, in line with UNICEF rules and regulations, in close consultation with the Health/ECD Head of Section and Deputy Representative.

Key tasks:
1. Effective and efficient implementation of activities planned under the project “Increasing Early Learning Opportunities for Children in BiH”, in line with the hypothesis and theory of change described in the approved project document, in compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations and donor requirements.
2. Preparation of project documents and agreements in collaboration with partners. Contribute to the development of programme budgets; follow up on cash transfers and financial reporting.
3. Regular communication and coordination with project partners and all stakeholders. Provide support to the Ministry of Civil Affairs in planning and preparing the regular meetings of the Project Management Board (e.g. agenda, progress reports, minutes).
4. Provide technical advice on early childhood education (ECE) to inform evidence-based policies and strategies related to early learning opportunities (incl. preschool education and early detection of developmental delays and disabilities). Coordinate with international and national experts for the preparation of studies, reports, policy documents and other project documents. 
5. Coordinate the organization of capacity development initiatives, conferences or workshops, and provide technical inputs during advocacy events and workshops. Liaise with UNICEF communication staff to ensure branding and visibility and organize advocacy events.
6. Collaborate with the UNICEF Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to ensure effective M&E of the project. Monitor activities through regular field visits, review reports from and meet with partners, prepare trip reports and recommend adjustments to improve programme implementation, as needed.
7. Prepare updates on progress, briefing notes, donor reports, monthly progress reports.

Essential Requirements, Qualifications and Experience:
• University degree in Education, Social Sciences or related fields. An advanced university degree or equivalent is an asset.
• Minimum of five years of experience in project management or/and technical assistance in the field of early childhood education/preschool education, education, child rights or related field. 
• Experience in implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes
• Experience in collaboration with Government institutions, UN, international organizations and NGOs in the area of education, culture, social development, child rights and related fields.
• Advanced skills in planning, decision-making, critical thinking, oral and written communication, facilitation and coordination.
• Fluency in English and local language (oral and written)
•  Previous experience with UNICEF or other UN Agencies is an asset

For further details please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo.
Expression of Interest, consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact details of two referees should be addressed to Human Resources – UNICEF Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zmaja od Bosne b.b. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, or e-mail: sarajevo@unicef.orgquoting Vacancy Notice Reference SAR/2013/07c.

Closing date for applications: 21 June 2013

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