Mali: FT Education Specialist, P-3, Bamako, Mali #85200

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Mali
Closing date: 27 Mar 2017

Purpose of the Position

Accountable for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Education programme(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. Across the Education programme(s), accountable for identifying gender inequalities in education, and for developing innovative approaches and programmes to eliminating these inequalities. Collaborates across the programme(s) to ensure gender mainstreaming. Ensures that monitoring mechanisms are in place to track progress towards disparity reduction goals and targets in Education.

Promotes intersectoral partnerships in order to ensure that progress benefits mutually education and other programmes, in particular Health, Nutrition, Water and Environmental Sanitation.

Contributes to synergize the work of United Nations agencies in Education for all Goals including in humanitarian actions, working closely with the Education cluster within the inter-agency standing committee (IASC).

Key Expected Results

1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme planning, development and management, in a gender-specific framework. Partnership with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions strengthened to further understanding of barriers to and opportunities for advancing the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) – Equal access and universal primary completion, Empowerment through girls’ education and gender mainstreaming, Emergencies and post-crisis education cluster interventions.

2. Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key Education sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange, with partnerships and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders, capitalizing on the know-how and network of knowledge institutions.

3. Rights-based Education programming effectively promoted, and coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process through results-based management. The four core partnerships as well as selective partnerships on specific issues and themes or regional concern, such as education and HIV, abolition of school fees… exploited efficiently in order to formulate common advocacy position, develop policy guidance and influence allocation of resources on behalf of education.

4. Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches, and gender mainstreaming across programmes. UNICEF contribution reflected as part of the coordinated support of external partners to national efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2 and 3.

5. Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

6. UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue in the Education sector.

7. Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply and non-supply assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the Education sector. The four core partnerships in education – Education for All Global Action Plan (EFA – GAP), Education for All Fast Track Initiative (EFA – FTI), The United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI ) and Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Education Cluster for Education in Emergencies – catalyzed to accelerate progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3.

8. Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration, focussing on the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) and the 2 cross-cutting areas – Early child development and school readiness and Enhancing quality in primary and secondary education –which reflect UNICEF comparative advantage and expectation that donors and partners have on UNICEF ability to help country to achieve the MDGs.

Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.

Enhance effective programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by 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 promote knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation 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.
  • Strengthen partnership with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions strengthened to further understanding of barriers to and opportunities for advancing the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) and build capacity of Government, counterparts and all other education actors (parents, communities, teachers, education administrators and planners…).
  • 3. Rights-Based Projects through Results-Based Approach.

    Promote the quality of rights-based Education programming through participation in the formulation of programme goals, and approaches. Bring synergy and added value to sectoral or programme management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Exploit efficiently the four core partnerships as well as selective partnerships on specific issues and themes or regional concern, such as education and HIV, abolition of school fees… in order to formulate common advocacy position, develop policy guidance and influence allocation of resources on behalf of education.

    4. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

    Takes shared responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan which reflects UNICEF contribution as part of the coordinated support of external partners to national efforts to achieve the MDGs 2 and 3; and technical decisions as well as for project management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined project strategies and approaches, emphasizing the principles of gender equality and strategies for gender mainstreaming.

    5. Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

    Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation, with an emphasis on gender-disaggregated data. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts with involvement of all stakeholders. Ensure the preparation of annual Education sector status reports with contribution of all major partners.

    6. Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals

  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.
  • Strengthen partnership with the stakeholders, including knowledge institutions strengthened to further understanding of barriers to and opportunities for advancing the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) and build capacity of Government, counterparts and all other education actors (parents, communities, teachers, education administrators and planners…).
  • 7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

    Coordinates 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: and to orientate and train Government and UNICEF implementing partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

    8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, help identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Education programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits 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, focussing on UNICEF Comparative advantage – the 3 priorities themes (the “3Es”) and the 2 cross-cutting areas – which also reflect expectation that donors and partners have on UNICEF ability to help countries to achieve the MDGs.
  • Support coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Programme colleagues to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of the Education projects planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Education programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Education programme goals.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

    1. Education

    Advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas:

    Education; Primary Education, or a Social Sciences fields relevant to international development assistance.

    *First university degree with additional two-years ofrelevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of anadvanced university degree.

    2. Work Experience

  • Five years of progressively professional work experience at national and international levels in field programmes relevant to Education programmes.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.(IP)
  • Experience in national level development assistance is an asset.
  • Experience with addressing gender disparities and asset.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • 3. Language

    Fluency in French and English

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

    1. Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • 2. Core Competencies

  • Communication [ II ]
  • Working with People [ II ]
  • Drive for Results [ II ]
  • 3. Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising [ I ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing [ III]
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
  • Remarks

    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

    * Please note that Bamako is a non-family duty station.

    Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=503465

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