15 Jan 2024

Associate National Project Officer at UNESCO

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Job Description


ASSOCIATE NATIONAL PROJECT OFFICER
OVERVIEW
Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Dar-es-Salaam

Classification of duty station: [[filter12]]

Standard Duration of Assignement : [[filter13]]

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 11-02-2024

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

1. OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
UNESCO is assisting the Ministry of Education of Tanzania in the implementation of an initiative on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Education with the view to improve the quality of education for all in the context of the SDG4 Education 2030.

The incumbent will work under the overall authority of the Head of Office of the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam, the direct supervision of the National Professional Officer for Education, and in close cooperation with the ICT in Education Unit in UNESCO Headquarters. He/she will maintain regular contact with the government and non-governmental counterparts (e.g. KFIT country project team), other stakeholders, donors (notably the Korean Embassy) and UNESCO HQ.

The PA will support the implementation of the UNESCO Korea-Funds-in-Trust (KFIT) project ‘ICT Transforming Education in Africa’, ensuring that activities are in line with the agreed work plan and budget. He/she will strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of Education and its agencies to lead and support ICT related activities and projects, identify and engage with key partners, and identify replicable best practices maximizing potential for scale-up, rollout and synergies with other initiatives.

The incumbent will act as liaison between the HQ coordination team of the KFIT project and the national team, and will regularly engage with the UNESCO colleagues in charge of coordinating the KFIT project in the other beneficiary countries (Uganda and Namibia).

2. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

a. Project management

Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of project activities, report on progress and suggest updates of the project log frame.
Regularly monitor the financial status of the project and ensure that budget execution rates are in line with agreed plans.
Regularly conduct meetings of the project steering, preparing minutes of meetings and action plans with clear responsibility and timeframe.
Conduct periodic project reviews with government counterparts and other partners recording the results of the review meetings in minutes and action plans.
Prepare reports on project activities for UNESCO, the donor and partners.
Provide content on major project’s achievements and steps in project implementation for UNESCO’s public information services to increase the visibility of UNESCO.
Foster exchanges of information, experience, identifying new strategies of action to improve delivery of services and to achieve the project requirements and objectives.
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b. Monitoring and evaluation of the project

Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of project activities, report on progress and suggest updates of the project log frame.
Regularly monitor the financial status of the project and ensure that budget execution rates are in line with agreed plans.
Regularly conduct meetings of the project steering, preparing minutes of meetings and action plans with clear responsibility and timeframe.
Conduct periodic project reviews with government counterparts and other partners recording the results of the review meetings in minutes and action plans.
Prepare reports on project activities for UNESCO, the donor and partners.
Provide content on major project’s achievements and steps in project implementation for UNESCO’s public information services to increase the visibility of UNESCO.
Foster exchanges of information, experience, identifying new strategies of action to improve delivery of services and to achieve the project requirements and objectives.
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c. Technical assistance and partnerships

Provide technical advice and guidance for the implementation of KFIT project activities, including participation in the production of technical deliverables and policy studies, provision of input to various framework documents as required, and support to the implementation of training programmes.
Maintain regular relations with national counterparts and key stakeholders (Ministries, regional and local authorities, etc.).
Raise awareness of potential partners and solutions to boost ICT in education initiatives in the country.
Participate in and facilitate the establishment of strategic long-term engagements (LTAs, PCAs, MoUs) with strategic partners in the country.
Mobilize UNESCO’s entities in support of the implementation of ICT in education initiatives including UNESCO-HQ and UNESCO Institutes.

d. Communication and visibility

Implement the project communication and visibility plan.
Prepare technical briefs and status updates on the project for wider dissemination, including inputs for the period project newsletter.
Organize communication events (seminars and workshops) and liaise with local and international media.
Act as liaison between the HQ coordination team of the KFIT project and the national team.
4. COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

5. QUALIFICATIONS

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in Education, ICTs in Education, Science (STEM), Instructional design, Business, Education Technology Management, Social Sciences, or related areas. A combination of an advanced degree and practical experience in international development work and use of technology for education work may be substituted for the particular fields mentioned. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

EXPERIENCE

At least two years of work experience in the field of education, preferably related to ICTs. Experience in the implementation of large-scale project with technical components is desirable.

6. COMPITENCIES

Experience in supporting and coordinating project activities, preferably in large international organizations and with other international partner organizations.
Strong skills in technical project management, event planning and presentation skills.
Good written and oral communication skills, human relations and team building.
Ability to interact with people from different disciplines, and with varying degrees of technical experience.
Ability to manage budgets and report on implementation
Desirable competencies:

Understanding of national and international development issues.
Work experience in African Countries in Education, particularly in Tanzania and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Expert knowledge or significant interest in one or more of these areas: (i) The use of technology in developing contexts particularly in Tanzania; (ii) teacher training, particularly on the pedagogical use of ICT; (iii) m-learning and e-learning; (iv) ICT policy analysis and formulation; (v) educational audio-visual and multimedia materials in the classroom; and (vi) research-based education platforms in distance and assisted learning platforms to education
Basic understanding of set-up and administration of ICT services, networks and mobile services.
Experience with ICT hardware, mobile phones and web-based technologies in education, particularly designing or deploying tools appropriate to low-bandwidth or sub-standard infrastructure environment.
Language – Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge (reading and writing) of French is an asset.
SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
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.

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