UN Social Work Careers – Education in Emergency Project Officer at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Organisation: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Grade:  NOB
Duty Station: Gulu / Adjumani, Uganda
Reports to: Head of UNICEF Gulu Zonal Office
About UNICEF:
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.  Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.
Job Summary: The UNICEF Education in Emergency Project Officer will technically support UNICEF to scale up the education interventions for refugee children from South Sudan. The incumbent will also ensure that UNICEF supported interventions are well coordinated with the response from other agencies and government in order to avoid duplication. The jobholder will make sure that UNICEF supported interventions also respond to the needs of host communities and that the district authorities are well informed about the emergency support provided by UNICEF in the education field. The Officer will also be responsible for preparing written reports on the situation of children and UNICEF’s education response and submit the reports to GZO and Kampala UNICEF Offices.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Actively monitors and provides regular updates on UNICEF supported education activities – including, Early Childhood, Primary Education and “Learning Spaces” – in the refugee settlements and transit centers. Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Gulu Zonal office and in consultation with UNHCR and other CP partners, government, and UN agencies in the area.
  • Rigorously participate in the coordination meetings organized by UNHCR and OPM on Community Services, including Education; keep UNHCR and OPM informed on the learning activities that are implemented with UNICEF support.
  • Regularly visit the transit centers, refugee settlements and surrounding host communities in Adjumani, Kiryandongo and Arua and inform the Chief of Zone Office Gulu as well as the Kampala Office on any issues that might impede the efficient provision of education services which cannot be solved at local level.
  • Prepare timely reports on any new education needs that require urgent attention including child recruitment, trafficking, the mental health and well-being of children and their families, handicapped children and those with special education needs, etc.
  • Explore options for utilization of innovative approaches to education service provision within the refugee settlements and Ugandan schools affected by the humanitarian situation; including introduction of eduTrac and other e-based platforms.
  • Identify opportunities to work with other sectors to strengthen overall education for children by integrating education activities within their emergency response programmes. In particular work closely with Child protection partners to ensure violent free learning spaces; and with the health sector to ensure all children in ECDs are regularly screened and managed for malnutrition.
  • Technically support the monitoring of programmes and projects of UNICEF partners related to the refugee crisis.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a University degree in the social sciences, Education or related technical field
  • A minimum of two years’ progressively relevant professional work experience at the national level in programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education programmes or related field.
  • Demonstrated emergency response experience in relevant field is an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required and strong written and verbal communications skill therein strongly desirable.
  • Exhaustive knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields
  • Good negotiating, advocacy, and communication skills.
  • Leadership and teamwork abilities.
  • Computer literacy skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
Personal Competencies:
Core Values (Required): Commitment; Diversity and Inclusion; Integrity
Core Competencies (Required): Communication; Working with People; Drive for Results
Functional Competencies (Required): Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Relating and Networking, Deciding and initiating action
How to Apply:
  • ONLY Ugandan Nationals will be considered.
  • UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The applications will be considered only if accompanied by an updated CV and P11 form, as well as the most recent performance evaluation report.
If applications are sent by email, please clearly indicate the position applied for and use this order to name your file attachments: Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_MukasaP11 or Gold_MukasaCV or Gold_ MukasaApplication.
  • UNICEF is a smoke free environment.
  • Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
All candidates who desire to work in the prestigious United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the above position should send their resume to:
Human Resource Specialist,
UNICEF Kampala, Uganda,
Plot 9, George Street,
P.O. Box 7047, Kampala-Uganda.
Via email to: ugderecruit@unicef.org
Deadline: 23rd June, 2014
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