UN Jobs - Education Specialist (Adolescent Development & Participation) at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Job Grade: P-4
Reports to: Chief, Education and Adolescent Development
Vacancy Number: 499088

About Us:
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

Job Summary: The Education Specialist (Adolescent Development & Participation) manages the adolescent component of the Education programme and provides coordination and technical support to  all programme areas to achieve the adolescent related programme results.  The Specialist ensures that monitoring mechanisms are in place to track progress towards Country Programme results related to adolescent development and participation. He/she promotes inter-sectoral coordination and builds internal Capacity to ensure UNICEF's cohesive approaches to adolescent programming, with a specific focus on adolescent girls. The incumbent also establishes and maintains partnerships with Government, development partners, UN Agencies, and relevant stakeholders to support adolescent development and participation programs, including in emergency context.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Programme Planning, Development and Management:
·         Actively participate and/or conduct/update situation analysis and assessments to establish age and sex disaggregated evidence-based data for UNICEF advocacy and development of policies, frameworks and programs to promote adolescent development and participation in the country.
·         Take part in Country Program formulation, planning and preparation to provide input, advice and operational support on the integration of cross sectoral policies and framework that promote adolescent development and participation.
·         Work closely with Education, Child protection, C4D, Gender, Communication, HIV/AIDS, Health, Nutrition, Social policy, WASH, Planning, Emergency and Monitoring & Evaluation teams to support development of a strategic framework for adolescents across all sectors.
·         Ensure that the voices of adolescents and children are systematically taken into consideration in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme cycle.
Knowledge Management:
·         Stay abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices on adolescent development related issues. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned to support development, planning, implementation and scale up.
·         Ensures exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned, innovations, promotion and support to inclusive education initiatives; provides technical recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives.
·         Strengthen partnership and Coordination with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions to further understanding of barriers to and opportunities for advancing Adolescent Development and Participation.
Rights-Based Programmes through Results-Based Approach:
·         Promote rights-based, child centred, family focused, gender responsive and quality adolescent 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 evaluation.
Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring: Steer the planning, implementation and monitoring of the adolescent component of the Education and Adolescent Development Programme and provide technical support for the same across other programme areas.
Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting:
·         Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach with emphasis on effective public private partnerships to promote shared responsibility and accountability.
·         Actively promote effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting on adolescent related areas with an emphasis on gender disaggregated data, child development outcomes and delivery structures and Systems.
·         Ensure participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual review meetings with government counterparts with involvement of all stakeholders.
·         Ensure inclusion of adolescents related interventions during the preparation of annual status reports and undertakings of key Sectors.
Promotion of UNICEF's Global Goals:  Promote the organization goals of UNICEF, specifically those related to adolescents, through advocacy and policy dialogue, engagement in Communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.
UNICEF and Government Accountability: Coordinate with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and government and all other implementing partners' accountability. Certify disbursements of funds, monitor and submit financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.
Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership:
·         Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Adolescent Development programme requirements and objectives.
·         Conduct field visits and surveys to monitor programmes and collect information, conduct periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.
·         Collaborate 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 Adolescent Programme components within other sectors.
·         Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of the program planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
·         Interact with Government and other partners, private sector, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of the adolescent programme implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations.
·         Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Adolescent programme goals.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The applicant for the United Nations UNICEF Education Specialist (Adolescent Development & Participation) job vacancy should hold an Advanced University Degree in anthropology, psychology, sociology, education, medicine, public health, behavior communication or other social science field. A first university degree with a combination of directly relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.
·         At least eight years of professional experience in social program development planning and management in adolescent development related areas at the international level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
·         Relevant experience in program/project development and management in related areas in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
·         Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language (e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.

Personal Competencies:
Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
Core Competencies: Communication, Drive for Results, Working with People
Functional Competencies: Leading and Supervising (I), Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II), Analyzing (III), Relating and Networking (II), Deciding and Initiating Action (II) and Applying Technical Expertise (III)

NB: UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. UNICEF is a smoke free environment.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations UNICEF in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to visit the link below to Apply.

Deadline: 5th October 2016

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