UNICEF: Senior Programme Assistant - Education

United Nations Children's Fund
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 28 March, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour and action towards children.

In South Africa, UNICEF supports national efforts to realize children’s rights by promoting evidence-based policy advocacy and strategic partnerships as a means to leverage policies and resources for children, giving special attention to vulnerable children and disparity reduction. It works in the areas of health and nutrition, early childhood development; basic education; child protection and social policy, planning, monitoring and evaluation.

UNICEF seeks to appoint a Senior Programme Assistant - Education, based in Pretoria (Grade: GS7).

This is a two-year contract position with possibility of extension. Suitably qualified South African nationals are encouraged to apply.

The incumbent will receive general guidance, pertaining to policies and deadlines and carry out a variety of programme functions such as: collecting, researching and interpreting data and preparing reports of a semi-technical nature or administrative aspects. Such tasks performed contribute to the planning, implementation and promotion of the overall education programme, but with particular focus to two key programmes in the section.

UNICEF provides key technical and financial support to the Girls and Boys Education Movements (G/BEM) clubs as well the `Techno Girl’ programmes that have become flagship programmes for the Department of Basic Education (DBE).  The Senior Programme Assistant contributes to and makes recommendations on the development and formulation of the education programme in general (including Early Childhood Development, Quality Education and Adolescent Development) and the G/BEM and Techno Girls programmes specifically as described above. S/he also ensures the effective administrative operations of the Education Section and advises on appropriate adjustments and changes in implementation to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the programme.

For UNICEF to continue to provide strategic and programmatic support; the senior programme assistant position will effectively contribute to supporting the education section to consolidate, monitor and report on the Education Programmes. The G/BEM and ‘Techno Girl’ programmes will require additional attention and will require a balanced work approach and effective time management. The Senior Programme Assistant will undertake field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and advises on required corrective action. S/he will also collaborate with partners to carry out a rigorous and transparent approach to monitoring end user satisfaction in consultation with the section Chief, the M&E specialist and others to improve the efficiency and quality of programme delivery.

Requirements:

  • Completion of secondary education, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses in Education, Social Science, Public Administration, Finance or Project Management and Research, Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Seven years of progressively responsible clerical or administrative work, of which at least one year was closely related to support of programme activities;
  • Experience in project implementation and monitoring;
  • Ability to relate to stakeholders in the government, NGO and corporate sectors;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to diverse parts of the country.

Competencies

  • Good communication skills;
  • Working with people;
  • Drive for results;
  • Analysing abilities;
  • Learning and researching;
  • Planning and organising;
  • Following instructions and procedures.

To apply, submit a CV and completed P11 Form to safpretoriavacancy@unicef.org with “Senior Programme Assistant (Education), GS-7” in the subject line.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only South African nationals will be considered.  If you have not been contacted within one month of the closing date, consider your application was unsuccessful. Regret letters will only be sent to interviewed candidates.

UNICEF is a smoke free environment.

UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities. Well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more about the United Nations Children’s Fund, refer to www.unicef.org.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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