Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Job: UNICEF, Education Specialist (Global Partnership for Education), P-4, New York

Education Specialist (Global Partnership for Education), P-4, New York
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Vacancy No:  E-VN-2014-000246
Duty Station:  New York
Country:  United States of America
Region:  NY HQ
Job LevelP-4
Application Close27-Feb-14
Contract TypeLong-term Staff (FT)
Purpose of the Position
Under the overall guidance of the Senior Education Adviser, Education Section, the incumbent is responsible for management and coordination of UNICEF contributions to the Global Partnership for Education processes.
Key Expected Results
1. Coordinates and provides support to Regional and Country offices on their participation in the GPE, including the provision of guidance on the entire GPE process from application for funding, proposal development and implementation and follow-up. This includes liaison with the Senior Advisor responsible for access/OOSC and COs to ensure consistency in dealing with EAC and GPE and overlapping results are achieved.  Liaises extensively with Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Office (PARMO) to ensure provision of quality technical support to countries and accurate budget and funding monitoring and management.

End Result(s): UNICEF ROs/COs engagement in GPE processes at the country level strengthened.

2. Facilitates communication and information exchange between GPE Secretariat and UNICEF HQ, Regional and
Country Offices. Provides technical inputs into key GPE documents, and provides management support and coordinates UNICEF`s inputs into high-level conferences and events, to ensure UNICEF`s positions are accurately represented, promoted and advocated for through different GPE structures and processes including the Board, FAC, different Working Groups and GRA. Works closely with Education Section nominated focal points so that UNICEF`s contribution to GPE`s Implementation plan is timely, strategic and good quality.

End Result(s): On-time, high-quality, accurate information generated and shared between UNICEF HQ/RO/CO and GPE partners. UNICEF`s positions and inputs into the partnership process accurately communicated through the partnership networks.

3. Maintains a comprehensive database of reports, good practices, lessons, policy, and programme innovations on GPE for internal dissemination.  Maintains a knowledge bank of informational assets and facilitate the dissemination of information using various channels for use by a variety of audiences to inform programming, policy and advocacy work.  Ensure research findings are communicated to UNICEF and other development partners, so as to strengthen the evidence-based programming.

End Result(s):  UNICEF staff and partners access to a rich and up-to-date knowledge base with external policies, programmes and initiatives that affect the education and equity agenda.

4. Facilitates seamless linkages between Office of the Deputy Executive Director and UNICEF HQ offices on GPE processes. Contribute to the establishment of guidelines and systems to ensure greater co-ordination among the various UNICEF offices engaged in GPE. Provides management support to the DED`s office as needed in the execution of their leadership functions within GPE.

End Result(s): Effective coordination mechanisms between various UNICEF HQ offices established. DED`s office adequately supported for effective leadership role in GPE.
Support the overall work of the education section through the provision of high quality briefings; representing UNICEF at relevant internal and external meetings; providing inputs into the work of others, and ensuring priority messages on education are effectively and consistently communicated.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced University degree (Master`s or equivalent) in Education or other Social Sciences; or in other related technical fields.*

- Eight years of relevant work experience at the national and international levels in programme management, monitoring and evaluation, across education and other related fields. Experience in national education planning and understanding of education budgeting and statistics preferred.

- Fluency in English and another UN language.

*A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.

- Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

- Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

- Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.

- Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.

- Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.

- Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.

- Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates team- and department-wide activities.

- Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.

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