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Latest Job Vacancies at UNICEF – United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

UNICEF offers a range of challenging and exciting opportunities across its key functional areas of work. We offer an attractive remuneration package with competitive pay and benefits.

Applications are invited from interested and qualified candidates to apply for the Latest Job Vacancies at UNICEF.

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1.         Support to programme development and planning

  • Contribute to the preparation and updating of the situation analysis for the development, design and management of education related programmes/projects. Research and report on development trends (economic, social, health etc.) and data for use in programme development, management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results.
  • Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of education and other related information for development planning and goal setting.
  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluation of results.
  • Support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the education programmes with a focus on non-formal education to ensure that current and comprehensive data on access to alternative learning and on education issues is available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy, advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education programmes.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and external partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • 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

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues to support learning outcome through the improvement of delivery in schools and non-formal learning centers and support learning assessment related interventions, training and materials development for non-formal, integrated Qur’anic education (IQE) and accelerated education
  • Suggest solutions on routine learning outcome and capacity development-related programme implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare draft inputs particularly those related to sector capacity development and learning outcomes for programme/donor reporting.

3.         Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on education related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  • In collaboration with the relevant specialists, provide technical leadership for training development, including revision of existing training resources for teachers and facilitators on learning programmes, delivered through the formal or non-formal education systems and settings, as well as learning outcome assessment.
  • Participate in education programme meetings including programme development and contingency planning to provide technical and operational information and analysis, advice and support.
  • Contribute to 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 government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on education programmes.
  • Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and alliances, and support fund raising for education programmes.
  • Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings and events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of education programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  • Contribute to the preparation and conduct of stakeholder discussions around learning outcomes, Formal and Non-Formal Education policy design and implementation, curriculum, materials and assessment.

5.         Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Contribute to identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Research and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.
  • Experience: A minimum of two years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
  • Experience working in a relevant role in the NW of Nigeria is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English and local language of the duty station is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

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REACH Programme - WCARO

Job Specifications:

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Job Description:

The REACH Programme is part of the STEP (Strive Towards Excellence Programme) and aims to enhance the capacity and bench strength of National Staff, through the delivery of a holistic blended learning programme that focuses on key technical and soft skills that have been identified as critical for high-performing Staff. The programme is designed to empower high-performing National Staff to attain international careers, at the same time, support staff’s professional development, career transition and new culture alignment.

REACH Programme participants are selected from G6, G7, NOA, NOB, NOC and NOD staff within the EAPRO region. The candidates can apply to the above requisition in TMS independently, as is the case in any UNICEF recruitment. Final decisions will be made based on meeting minimum requirements,  a comprehensive appraisal of all relevant documentation and, if required, a three-minute Sonru video interview. 

For those candidates who are shortlisted but not selected, they will be provided with a comprehensive development report and a career coach. Those candidates who are selected for the programme, will receive an acceptance letter and a REACH Information Pack.

There are eight (8) key learning components in the programme, including Facilitated Group Discussions, Individual & Group Coaching, Peer-To-Peer Support, Stretch Assignments, Mentoring and 3 Soft Skills Workshops. The Career Coach will work with each candidate to create an Individual Development Plan. At the end of the programme, colleagues are assessed by Senior colleagues from their respective functional areas and, if successful, placed in the relevant Talent Group.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • You must be a staff member from one of the UNICEF offices in WCARO Region.   
  • You must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree.
  • You must be at the GS6, GS7, NOA, NOB, NOC, or NOD level.
  • You must have 5 years of cumulative experience within the UN Common System on an FT, continuing or permanent appointment, the last 3 years of which must be with UNICEF.
  • You must have at least 5 years of service left before the normal retirement age. 
  • You must have PER ratings of Solid or Outstanding in the last 2 years.

If you are interested in applying to the REACH Programme, please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date of 9 December, 2022. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

Please note that applying to and fulfilling the eligibility criteria does not guarantee admission to the REACH Programme.  Applicants who successfully pass all the assessments will be admitted to the REACH Programme.

If you have any questions regarding your interest, eligibility or qualification, please contact the WCARO HRBP team, who will provide further guidance.  

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Deadline: December 9, 2022

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