Fixed-Term Appointment: Education Specialist, NO-3 Level, Ha Noi, Viet Nam (for Vietnamese Nationals)

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At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

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For every child, Education

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life – in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions – her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – addressing inequity – not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context: The Education Specialist, with a strong focus on Girls, Equity & Inclusion, reports to the Chief of Education who is at Level 4. The Specialist works within a team and has cross-sectoral accountabilities requiring the post holder to work across teams collaboratively. 

How can you make a difference? 

Purpose for the job: Under the guidance and general supervision of the Chief of Education, Level 4, the Education Specialist supports the development, preparation, and implementation of Education programmes and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting the progress of education programmes/projects within the country programme. The Education Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of results on education programmes/projects to improve education quality for better learning outcomes, and equitable and inclusive education, especially for children who are marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded in society, particularly girls and other vulnerable children. 

The Education Specialist contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

– Support to programme development and planning;

– Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results;

– Technical and operational support to programme implementation;

– Networking and partnership building;

– Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here:Download File GJP Education Specialist NOC.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have the following minimum requirements:

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology, or another relevant technical field.

Work Experience:

– A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.

– Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

– Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

– Familiarity with emergency/disaster risk reduction is desirable.

Technical Competencies must be demonstrated in the following areas:

– Solid understanding of the overall global development context, including issues such as: poverty, conflict and the impact of these factors on education and vice-versa; and inter-sectoral approaches to address such issues in collaboration with other sectors (including Social Policy, Child Protection, Nutrition, WASH, Health, and Communications within UNICEF).

– Solid knowledge of global developments in education and international engagement strategies, including the application of the equity lens, strategies to ensure inclusion in education and learning opportunities, gender transformative strategies/approaches, Social-emotional Learning, Universal Design for Learning, and school-based gender-based violence. 

– Solid understanding of Viet Nam’s education sector and developments based on relevant laws/policies, and sectoral strategies and plans, with a particular emphasis on girls and other vulnerable children. 

– Solid ability to support policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programme and policy discussions around equity and inclusion and learning with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in relevant areas.

– Solid experience in undertaking and leading research/studies: undertaking of relevant research/studies either independently or in collaboration with consultants and ability to translate findings into policy and programming recommendations and advocacy plans/platforms. 

– Solid education sector planning knowledge/ability, including the range of modalities for delivering education, linkages between different sub-sectors (e.g. Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary, TVET, Tertiary, Inclusive Education), cost-effectiveness and efficiency issues, key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.

– Solid education and policy sector analysis capacity, including understanding of the core education data sets and indicators; tools for analysis of equity; determinants of student access and learning; budget, costing, and financial management in education systems; political economy; and education policy and strategic planning.

– Solid programme management in education, including programme design, costing, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

– Solid ability to support engagement with partners e.g. Sector Wide Approaches, Global Partnership for Education, Education in Emergency Clusters, Education Provider Forums, Delivering as One, Inter-sectoral partnerships such as in ECD, Ending Child Marriage, engaging children and adolescents, as well as networking with other key partners on ending child marriage, menstrual hygiene management, and protection from violence.

– Solid understanding of gender and inequity issues in relation to education and development and the application of gender/equity analysis to policy and planning in education, as well as equity analysis related to additional drivers of education/learning inequity like disability, socio-economic standing, ethnic minority background, etc.

– For CO and RO based posts and where relevant, some understanding of policies and strategies to address issues related to resilience: risk analysis and risk management, education in conflict situations, natural disasters, and recovery.

Language RequirementsFluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

– Builds and maintains partnerships (1)

– Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (1)

– Drive to achieve results for impact (1)

– Innovates and embraces change (1)

– Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

– Thinks and acts strategically (1)

– Works collaboratively with others (1)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

This position is not considered as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

Life at UNICEF

Working at UNICEF is highly rewarding. With attractive remuneration package encompassing competitive pay and benefits, a culture that helps staff thrive and diverse opportunities for personal and professional development, we aim to help you maintain a fulfilling life both at and outside the office.

We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. Our contracts, wellbeing policies and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as: Tax exemption, family allowances, hardship benefits, 10 UN holidays and annual leave allowance, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension etc.

Pension benefits: You will become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (https://www.unjspf.org).

Health insurance scheme: You and your eligible dependents will be covered by the UN Medical Insurance Plan (https://www.un.org/insurance/plans/medical-insurance-plan-mip).

Career support, staff wellbeing programme, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, family support, policies & initiatives, security, reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

Professional Development: The encouragement of professional development for all staff is one of UNICEF’s core values and we put this into practice through various services and initiatives. You will have different learning opportunities to strengthen your skills and competencies.

Be part of the United Nations: As an international organization that is part of the United Nations system, you will be considered an International Civil Servant and you will have career opportunities inside and outside the country.

Quality working conditions:

The workplace and working conditions are a huge asset for all UNICEF employees. Our staff are working in the Green One UN House- the first building in Viet Nam to be awarded gold LOTUS certification from the Viet Nam Green Building Council for efficient and environmentally sustainable use of resources and operations.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

Remarks:

As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

https://vietnam.un.org/en/86207-announcement-time-hire-un-agencies-viet-nam-national-positions.

Advertised: 24 May 2024 SE Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 06 Jun 2024 SE Asia Standard Time

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