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For every child
Under the direct supervision of Education Specialist P-3 based in Buea and technical supervision of Education Chief of section in close consultation with Chief of C4D section, the Education Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for education programs/projects within the zonal office with focus on C4D and community engagement, from development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting.
How can you make a difference?
Support to program development planning
- Contribute to the preparation and updating of the situation analysis for the development, design and management of education in emergency related programs/projects in the SW Region of Cameroon.
- Contribute to the development and establishment of sectorial program goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of education and other related information such as community engagement, stakeholder acceptance for development planning and goal setting in the SW context
- Contribute to the development and update of the education sector advocacy and communication strategy and associated work plan. Strategy and work plan include: an environmental and stakeholder assessment; objectives; target audiences; messages; resources; specific actions, activities and products; monitoring and evaluation of impact; success and opportunity for improvement
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
- Contribute to the development of partnership through establishment of Partnership Cooperation Agreements (PCAs), Humanitarian Program Documents (HPD) and Small-Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA) and ensure their implementation based on UNICEF HACT procedures;
- Monitor partnerships, implementation and reporting in accordance to objectives and deliverables set out in the PCAs, HPDs and SSFA; based on the section Annual Work Plan and on the developments of the humanitarian assistance in SW, develop and update quarterly disbursement plans of funds for implementing partners in conformity with HACT procedures; conduct programmatic visit and support spot check.
- Provide support to communities for their engagement in school-based risk mitigation initiatives, and support documenting changes for children.
- Prepare draft inputs for program/donor reporting.
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.
- Contribute to the implementation of Formal and Non-Formal learning opportunities on favor of the school aged children and OSSC in the SW (Radio Education Programming, mobile reading and Education in Emergency (EiE) formal package)
Networking and partnership building
- In close collaboration with Child Protection (CP) and UN agencies, contribute to the identification of victims of attacks and participate to the delivery of assistance to victims (victim centered EiE response, provision of WASH kits and referral to CP/Health services)
- Contribute through the identification of key emerging humanitarian issues, needs and risks to feed UNICEF implementation strategy in the NW/SW context
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 program results.
- Research and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems for communication and advocacy purpose.
Impact of Results
The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Education Officer to programme preparation, planning and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to improve access to quality, inclusive formal and non-formal EiE for school aged children and Out of School children in conflict affected region of SW. Success in education programmes and projects in turn contribute to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the region.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology, communication or another relevant technical field.
- WORK EXPERIENCE
A minimum of two years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
Experience working in emergency setting is highly recommended.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Fluency in English and Pidgin is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the NW/SW regions of Cameroon is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are...
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Important notice : Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply to this position.