National Programme Officer (Accelerated Non-Formal Education)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Close on 28 Jul 2020
Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
Grade: NO-C, Mid-level Professional
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OVERVIEW

Post Number : KAB/ED/PA/07/2019/014

Grade : NO-C

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Kabul

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 15-JUL-2020

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

(Only nationals of Afghanistan may apply to this position).

(Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance).

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

Since 2008, the UNESCO Office in Kabul has been supporting the Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy (DMoEL) in improving access to literacy as well as building capacity within DMoEL.

In October 2019, the Government of Japan signed the agreement of a USD 7.2 million-project entitled Improvement of the quality and the promotion of the Accelerated Non-formal Education Program (ANEP) with UNESCO Kabul Office.

The objective of the project is to provide technical and financial support to DMoEL for strengthening the status and effectiveness of Non-Formal Education (NFE) within the framework of accelerated learning approach delivered through different education modalities.

The project intends to support DMoEL in improving equitable access to youth and adult basic education in terms of providing literacy courses for 28,000 learners (aged 15 and above) who are left behind from formal education due to different reasons. It will also focus on piloting the accelerated learning centers and professionalization of Adult Literacy Schools throughout Afghanistan.

The project will underpin ongoing efforts by Afghanistan to meet its Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF), National Education Strategic Plan III (NESP III), National Mobilization Strategy and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) commitments, particularly in the areas of sustainable peace, economic growth and poverty reduction. It will also build on the significant achievements that have been realized in the literacy sub-sector over the last 10 years, particularly through UNESCO’s Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) programme.

Long Description

Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Office in Kabul and Representative of UNESCO to Afghanistan and direct supervision of the Head of Education Unit and in close collaboration with the NFE and Adult Literacy Program Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of all project activities in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s DMoEL and other partners.

The incumbent will have the overall responsibility of effective implementation of all project activities as planned and on schedule:

Programme management

  • Coordination and the effective implementation of all project activities in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s DMoEL and other partners and liaise with the government counterparts and development partners in program related activities.
  • Work closely with Field Operations and Finance Manager on the development and operationalization of the operational plan to ensure effective implementation of project activities at the field level.
  • Oversee the effective field coordination and operations including logistical and financial management of delivery of literacy and accelerated education classes at the field level, in close cooperation with Field Operations and Finance Manager.
  • Monitor advancements in field of expertise and provide advice to peers, management and colleagues on the project

Programme planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Ensure the development of detailed work plans for each of the streams of work, including regularly reviewing and refining project activities and adjusting financial plans as necessary, in close collaboration with national and international counterparts and team members.
  • Monitor the project work plans and budget revisions as necessary, in line with the overall project priorities.
  • In close collaboration with the NFE and Adult Literacy Program Manager, supervise all administrative aspects of the project, including recruitment of staff, contract and budget management, including reviewing and monitoring of contracts set up for project implementation according to UNESCO standards.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a risk matrix for the project, and update the risk matrix for the successful delivery of the project.
  • Prepare narrative reports to the donor, and for internal use, particularly with a view to making strategic decisions and adding technical value and input to project activities.
Long Description

Programme implementation

  • Provide technical and programme management coordination to all project activities by developing activity concept notes, proposals, drafting terms of reference/requests for proposals for procurement of services and coordinating other related donor activities.
  • Liaise with the main government counterparts at the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the DMoEL to ensure successful delivery of the project activities in a high-quality and timely manner.
  • Coordinate the organization of seminars, national conferences, workshops, consultation meetings and other activities for diverse target groups according to the approved project work plans.
  • Contribute to the development, roll-out and management of the Implementation Partners Agreements (IPAs) with the government entities for proper implementation of on-budget activities.
  • Liaise with the programme supported National Technical Assistance (NTA) in the government to attend to their needs and guide them for proper program implementation.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
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For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in education, social sciences, development studies or related areas.

Work Experience

  • At least four (4) years of relevant work experience, with at least two (2) years acquired with an international organization in the field of operation and finance.

Skills & Competencies

  • Deep understanding of development work, particularly of capacity development in education.

Languages

  • Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written).

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Work Experience

  • Previous experience in an educational organization.
  • Work experience with the UN and/or the MoE in Afghanistan.


Skills & Competencies

  • Good understanding of development partners’ expectations and trends in Education Sector.
  • Excellent project management skills, including results-based planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Strong sensitivity and adaptability in post conflict countries and diversity (culture, gender, religion, race and nationality).
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and to translate strategy into priorities and action.
  • Good knowledge of office softwares (MS Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, etc.).


Languages

  • Local languages Dari/Pashto.
  • Knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).

BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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