United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Education Specialist (Assessment Monitoring and Evaluation)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

 

Under the guidance and general supervision of Education Specialist (Level 4), the Specialist supports the development and monitoring of the Education programme and is responsible for managing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programmes/projects within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical expertise and guidance at the national and state levels on improving key aspects of educational monitoring and evaluation as well as learning with a focus on the establishment and use of large scale diagnostic assessment and formative or classroom-based assessment, to feed into education reforms and sector leadership at all levels leading to improved learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society. The Specialist contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

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Job organizational context and purpose of the post:

The Education Specialist reports to Education Specialist, NO-4, Delhi.

Under the guidance and general supervision of Education Specialist (Level 4), the Specialist supports the development and monitoring of the Education programme and is responsible for managing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programmes/projects within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical expertise and guidance at the national and state levels on improving key aspects of educational monitoring and evaluation as well as learning with a focus on the establishment and use of large scale diagnostic assessment and formative or classroom-based assessment, to feed into education reforms and sector leadership at all levels leading to improved learning outcomes and equitable and inclusive education especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society.

The Specialist contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Support to programme development and planning
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
4. Networking and partnership building
5. Innovation, knowledge management and Capacity Building

1. Support to programme development and planning

  • Support the preparation, Design and updating of the situation Analysis for the education programmes to ensure that current and comprehensive data on education issues is available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy, advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education programmes.

  • Help supervisor set priorities, strategies, design including results frameworks and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.

  • Participate in strategic programme discussion on the planning of education programmes with a focus on learning assessments, monitoring and evaluation. Formulate, design and prepare programme proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Programme and coherence/integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.

  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results which are supported by effective information Management Systems.

  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system educational indicators and their measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector on education programmes.

  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.

  • Prepare and assess result frameworks and  monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses in programme management.

  • Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for Development Planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.

  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits and surveys, and exchange information with stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.

  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity, ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.

  • Prepare regular and mandated programme reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners and donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on education and related issues to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.

  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to promote quality teaching and learning practices and improved learning outcomes through the establishment and use of learning assessment system, developing strategies, tools and guidance materials and analyzing results, sharing good practice.

  • Provide technical guidance on strengthening data systems focusing on understanding of educational data and its relevant use at different levels of the educational system.

  • Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely and appropriate support throughout the programming process.

  • Participate in education programme meetings including programme development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.

  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use.

4. Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, donors, and academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results on education programmes.

  • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund raising for education programmes.

  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions on education and related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of programmes/projects ensuring organizational position, interests  and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.

  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in education management. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.

  • Build evidence base on quality teaching and learning practice and the effective use of learning assessment to promote improved learning outcomes.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programmes/projects.

Impact of Results: The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Education Specialist to programme preparation, planning and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to improve learning outcomes and universal access to quality, equitable and inclusive education. Success in education programmes and projects in turn contribute to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country

Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles):

Core Values

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability

Core competencies (Level 2)

  • Builds and maintains partnerships

  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

  • Drive to achieve results for impact

  • Innovates and embraces change

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity

  • Thinks and acts strategically  

  • Works collaboratively with others

  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

Technical Competencies

Technical competencies must be demonstrated in the following areas:

  • Some understanding of the overall Global Development context, including issues such as: poverty, conflict and the impact of these factors on education and vice-versa; and inter-sectoral approaches to address such issues in collaboration with other sectors (including Social Policy, Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH, Health, and Communications within UNICEF).

  • Some knowledge of global developments in education and international engagement strategies, including the application of the equity lens and human rights perspectives to programming.

  • Some ability to support policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programme and policy discussions around equity and learning with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in relevant areas.

  • Some education sector planning knowledge/ability, including the range of modalities for delivering education, linkages between different sub-sectors (e.g. ECD, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Inclusive Education), cost-effectiveness and efficiency issues, key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.

  • Some education and policy sector analysis capacity, including understanding of the core education data sets and indicators; tools for analysis of equity; determinants of student access and learning; budget, costing, and financial management in education systems; political economy; and education policy and strategic planning.

  • Some programme management in education, including programme design, costing, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

  • Some ability to support engagement with partners e.g. Sector Wide Approaches, Global Partnership for Education, Education in Emergency Clusters, Education Provider Forums, Delivering as One, Inter-sectoral partnerships such as in ECD, as well as networking with other key partners.

  • Some understanding of gender and inequity issues in relation to education and development and the application of gender / equity analysis to policy and planning in education.

  • For CO and RO based posts and where relevant, some understanding of policies and strategies to address issues related to resilience : Risk analyses and Risk management, education in conflict situations, natural disasters, and recovery

Recruitment Qualifications:

Education:

An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, statistics, or another relevant technical field.

Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.

  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or international organizations is considered as an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

Remarks:

  • Selected applicant will be given an initial fixed term contract of two (2) years, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance.

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

  • UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.

  • UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

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