UN Jobs – Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Grade Level: P-4
Reports to: Chief of the Basic Education and Adolescent
Development Section
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 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist
will be responsible for the formulation, design, planning, implementing,
monitoring and evaluation of ECD programme(s) to ensure overall efficiency and
effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of
programme goals and objectives. Across the Early Childhood Development (ECD)
programme(s), accountable for supporting the creation of an enabling policy
environment; promoting increased access to quality early childhood care and
education (ECCE) in a variety of setting and for all ages, including infants,
toddlers pre-schoolers, and school-aged children; identifying and addressing
access/quality inequities in ECD in a variety of settings and for all age
groups, developing innovative approaches and programmes to eliminate
disparities and promoting strategic partnerships for ECD. He / she also
collaborates with other members of the programme(s) to ensure gender responsive
ECD service provision. Ensures that monitoring mechanisms are in place to track
progress towards disparities reduction goals and targets in ECD. The incumbent
will promote inter-sectoral partnerships and coordination in order to ensure
that progress mutually benefits ECD and other programmes, in particular Health,
Nutrition, Education, Social Protection, Water and Environmental Sanitation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Programme Planning,
Development and Management:
  • Enhance effective programme, sectoral or
    inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding,
    coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational
    Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring
    and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral
    input, using gender disaggregated data and analysis.
2. Knowledge Management:
  • Further, the incumbent will promote knowledge
    management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such
    as the Country Programme Documents and Plans of Action as well as through
    orientation and training programmes targeted to Government authorities.
    Ensure exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned;
    provides solid technical recommendations on major programme directions and
    on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
  • Build and strengthen partnership and
    coordination with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions
    strengthened to further understanding of barriers to and opportunities for
    advancing ECD.
3. Rights-Based
Programmes through Results-Based Approach:
  • Actively promote rights-based, child centred,
    family focused, gender responsive and quality ECD programming through
    participation in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and
    approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or
    programme management processes using a results-based management approach
    to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluateon.
  • Work closely with Communication and Programme
    Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication
    materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization
    efforts, focusing on UNICEF Comparative advantage .
  • Overall coordination with Regional Advisers
    and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to
    ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other
  • Work in liaison with the Operations and
    Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound
    internal controls supportive of the ECD program or sectoral planning and
    implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements
    as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Routinely interact with Government and other
    partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of the
    ECD programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and
  • Offer technical support and guidance on
    appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building
    measures to achieve ECD programme goals.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist
    should hold an advanced university degree (Master’s) in one or more of the
    disciplines relevant to Early Childhood Development; or Social Sciences
    fields relevant to international development assistance.
  • At least eight years of progressively
    professional work experience at the national and international levels, in
    fields relevant to Early Childhood Development programmes is required.
  • Broad working knowledge in demonstrative
    capacity to identify and monitor gender inequalities, as well as develop
    and implement gender mainstreaming in programmes.
  • Work experience in a field relevant to
    development assistance.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Previous exposure and experience working in
    the UN or other international development organization is considered an
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) is
    required.  Knowledge of an
    additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) and
    local working language of the duty station are considered an asset
Personal Competencies:
  • Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
  • Personal Competencies: Communication
    – level II, Working with people – level II, Drive for results – level II
  • Functional Competencies: Leading and Supervising – level I, Formulating
    Strategies and Concepts – level II, Analyzing – level II, Relating and Networking
    – level II, Deciding and Initiating action – level II, Persuading and
    Influencing – level III
How to Apply:
interested in joining the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the
aforementioned capacity, please click on link below to visit website and create
profile or express interest if you already have a profile on the UN system
Deadline: 27th February 2016
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