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ASSOCIATE NATIONAL PROGRAMME OFFICER (EDUCATION) || UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

  • Harare

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

DUE : 29 DEC 2023

Type of contract : Fixed Term Field
Duration of contract : 2 years, renewable
Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 29-DEC-2022

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
Only nationals of Zimbabwe are eligible to apply for this position.

Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office in Harare and direct supervision of the Head of Education in collaboration with other Education specialists, the incumbent will be responsible for providing professional and technical support, research and analysis, with an emphasis on the national perspective of Zimbabwe to the Regional Office and the Education sector’s work as well as to multi-sectoral and cross country programmatic activities and initiatives conducted at the duty station.

Provide Programme and Project Support
Contribute to the development, implementation and management of projects and programmes reinforcing national capacities, through research, preliminary analysis, and compilation of background information.
Provide substantive, logistical and administrative support to projects, consultations, meetings, network and partnership initiatives, events and missions.
Assist in the facilitation of close working relationships and exchanges with national Institutes, ministries, National Commission, education stakeholders and networks for project design, development and implementation and reporting.

Attend and represent UNESCO at the Education Coordination group (ECG), the local education group and its sub-groups.
Monitor project activities against work plans and schedules, report on implementation, highlight progress, gaps and bottlenecks, using relevant tools, including the System of Information on Strategies, Tasks and the Evaluation of Results (SISTER).
Check project documents and bring to the attention of the supervisor issues regarding consistency or accuracy for follow up action with all project and programme stakeholders.
Contribute to the coordination of reporting to the Education Sector in HQ, and/or prepare inputs to documents for the Executive Board and the General Conference and reporting and ad hoc documents of concerned services (internal) to UNESCO and UNCTs, Funds and Programmes, Donors and other external Development Partners.

Assist in C/5 work plans, policy formulation discussions, and other think tank activities.
Participate in UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and Common Country Assessment (CCA) planning and implementation, as well as in other joint collaboration with development partners and stakeholders, through identifying and / or concretizing joint programming / programme opportunities.

Undertake Research and Knowledge Management
Contribute to public information and outreach tasks including social media.
Update and maintain knowledge management systems to ensure adequate and accessible documentation including all extrabudgetary projects and activities.
Analyse best practices, current trends, programmes and country specific issues to acquire, broaden and increase knowledge and technical/thematic expertise.
Invest in personal, professional learning in respect of new trends, and maintenance of personal knowledge and expertise.

Develop partnerships, networking and resource mobilisation strategies
Assist in building partnerships with stakeholders, in particular with national authorities, the private sector, civil society, NGOs and multilateral funding organizations.
Analyse and compile background data for potential partnerships and fundraising opportunities, and arrange outreach activities, briefings, visits, consultations, meetings and other related visibility activities.
Contribute to resource mobilization for the country by contributing in the development of concept notes and project proposals on the basis of situational analysis and needs assessments and in accordance with the C/5 priorities.
Liaise with colleagues within the Sector and in other Sectors, in own and other Field Offices, Headquarters, Category I Institutes in Education and stakeholders to discuss developments and to archive information on Education initiatives, baselines, and impact measurements.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent degree) in the field of education, development, education management, social sciences or closely related area(s).

Work Experience
Minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in the field of education, education policies and strategies, at national and/or sub-regional level.
Experience in developing, implementing, managing and evaluating projects/programmes in the field of education.

Skills and Competencies
Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated managerial and organizational skills.
Funds-raising and resources mobilization skills.
Capacity to build and maintain effective partnerships inside and outside the Organization.
Proven conceptual and analytical skills, including the demonstrated ability to provide high-level advice and technical support in education policy, strategic planning and reform.
Ability to plan strategically and to translate strategies into action.

Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and fluency in at least one local language.

Work Experience
Experience in working in a multicultural environment.

Skills and Competencies
Results oriented with ability to persuade and influence.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare, present and discuss findings and recommendations on issues clearly and concisely.
Good IT skills including knowledge of the standard office software.
Proven ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships; in a multicultural environment.
Ability to work in multitasking manner and well under pressure.
Familiarity with the work and general functioning of international organizations and/ or UN system.

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.
The approximate annual starting salary for this post is USD 31, 961.
For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply Click Here.

No modifications can be made to a submitted application.
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. Final selection will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.