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Chief Education, P-5, Jakarta, Indonesia
Vacancy No: E-VN-2012-001666
Duty Station: Jakarta
Job Level: P-5
Application Close: 29-Nov-12
Contract Type: Long-term Staff (FT)
Purpose of the Position
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, you will be accountable for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of the Education programme within the country programme.
As head of section, you will direct, lead and manage a group of professional and support staff to develop, manage and administer the sectoral or inter-sectoral programme.
Key Expected Results
1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.
Manage effectively programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by supervising, coordinating, or 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. Ensure timely submission.
Through links with the Extended Education Cluster (Global & Regional), monitor developments at the international, regional and provincial levels; develop methodologies and new approaches for improving Education programme effectiveness.
Provide seasoned technical recommendations and advice on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country, within the framework of UNICEF’s Education Strategy
2. Promotion of UNICEF Global Goals.
Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue in the Education sector, by actively engaging in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.
3. Knowledge Management.
Ensure effective knowledge management by drafting or finalizing sectoral documents and reports such as the Country Programme Recommendation and Plans of Action as well as through sharing with the Extended Education Cluster on implementation experience, lessons learned knowledge gained and information / data exchange.
Conduct orientation and training programmes to help build capacity of Government counterparts.
Provide authoritative advice/guidance/interpretation of programme policy and guidelines.
4. Rights-Based Programming through Results-Based Approach.
Promote rights-based Education Programming through the formulation of appropriate 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.
5. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.
Responsible for development of the sectoral work plan as well as implementation and monitoring of assigned programme/sectoral activity, ensuring compliance with programme strategies and approaches; provide training, support and guidance to sectoral team.
6. Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.
Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual Education sector status reports.
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 accountability. 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.
Provide technical and policy advice to the Senior Programme Officer (Programme Coordination) on Education programme or sectoral strategies, planning and implementation; provide interpretation of guidelines, global strategy and organizational policy, contributing to the development of new guidelines through the programme cycle.
Ensure exchange of information, experience, 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 other in-country partners to engage with and support the Government in developing a national education sector support plan or other appropriate plans and priorities
Collaborate with Programme Communication Officer to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
Coordinate with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Project or Programme Officers to ensure the integration of the project/sectoral programme with other sectors.
Collaborate with the Operations Section and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Education project or sectoral 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 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.
Provide leadership to the Education Cluster in line with IASC Guidelines for appropriate coordination of emergency preparedness and response.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced university degree in the combination of the selective disciplines relevant to the following areas: Education; Primary Education, Economics, Social Sciences, or a field(s) relevant to international development assistance.*
Ten years of work experience at national and international levels in field programmes relevant to Education programmes in development and emergency settings).
Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.
Background/familiarity with Emergency.
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
Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking
Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment
Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget
Has high-level leadership and supervisory skills; provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching
Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization’s future potential
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups. Actively nurtures good relationships with people across all organizational levels and boundaries, and with government leaders and stakeholders
Identifies urgent and potentially risky decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates organization-wide activities