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

Organization: United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Provide technical support and guidance on
appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures
to achieve Adolescent programme goals.
Qualifications, Skills and
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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