UNICEF CHINA COUNTRY OFFICE
Functional Title: Education Officer
Duration of assignment: 1 May 2019 – 30 April 2020
Duty Station: Beijing, China
Vacancy Open: 15 March, 2019
Vacancy Closes: 31 March, 2019
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
For every child, an advocate
Early Childhood Development (ECD) is one of UNICEF China’s key programme areas in the Country Programme 2016-2020, with two outcomes, one of which is cross-sectoral, and one in the Education and Child Development Section with three outputs, specifically:
OUTCOME 2.2: By 2020, boys and girls aged 0-6 years particularly the most disadvantaged, have improved access to affordable, quality early childhood development services
Output 2.1: National guidelines for ECD 0-3 and 3-6 years developed and tested to inform nationwide adoption and implementation by government.
Output 2.2: Models and strategies developed and piloted to promote quality ECD services for 3-6 years, with a focus on disadvantaged groups.
Output 2.3: Models and strategies of community-based integrated ECD 0-3 years for disadvantaged children, including children affected by HIV, piloted and assessed to inform scale-up at national level.
Outcome 5.2 (cross-sectoral): By 2020, children in China, particularly the most disadvantaged, benefit from multi-sectoral, integrated models to support early childhood development.
To support achieving the targets in the outputs, UNICEF support includes both upstream and downstream work. UNICEF works with the national counterparts to develop policies and standards to address the equity and quality issues, and to pilot models and strategies for improving the quality of early childhood services for the disadvantaged children, especially children in rural areas, children left behind, children from ethnic minorities, and children who migrated. Overall advocacy on ECD for the 0 -6 year age group, aiming to raise awareness amongst the general public and to promote scientific child rearing knowledge and skills among parents and caregivers. Additionally, we started to plan for developing messages about child protection to parents and teachers.
To support our extensive work in this area, ECD team of the Education and Child Development Section requires ECD technical expertise, who can provide technical assistance to the pilot ECD 3-6 projects and the advocacy activities. UNICEF seeks to hire a professionally qualified staff, with ECD academic and research background.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the ECD specialist of the section, the position will provide technical support in (a) formulating, implementing, and monitoring UNICEF China’s ECD (3-6) programme in west provinces ; (b) Advocacy, communication and knowledge management, e.g. ECD advocacy month; documentation and communication both for UNICEF and its counterparts in China ; and (c) communicating UNICEF’s work and research in this area.
How can you make a difference?
1) Assist the management and monitoring of the following Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programmes for aged 3-6 to ensure that the programmatic and financial goals of the following projects are achieved efficiently and effectively: a. ECD for ethnic minority children in Guizhou; b. ECD in Xinjiang; c. Play and Resilience project.
2) Monitoring implementation status on supplies, cash assistance and contracts to ensure proper and timely use of UNICEF supplies and funds; taking necessary actions to follow up and make suitable adjustments to achieve project results.
3) Ensuring efficient and effective donor services: Preparing high quality and timely donor reports; facilitating donor and high-level visits; providing inputs for donor presentations and discussions; responding to donor inquiries; providing inputs for mid-year and annual reports; preparing presentations on the programme areas.
4) Providing managerial and technical support for monitoring and evaluation (M&E), documentation (for website updates, in particular), and research activities of the above-mentioned projects.
5) Advocacy, communication and knowledge management: Support programme communication, advocacy and reporting, including preparing statements, advocacy materials, presentations, and strategy papers in the area of ECD;
To qualify, you will have…
– Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in program implementation, administration, and monitoring and evaluation. Work experience in ECD and experience in Education sector an advantage. Experience in development sector an advantage.
– Master’s Degree in Education or related discipline. Degree in ECD is an advantage.
– Current knowledge, understanding and interest in ECD, education and development issues and policies in China and internationally.
– Strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills to promote smooth project management.
– Strong research and writing skills to support knowledge management on ECD issues.
– Strong communication and presentation skills.
– Fluency in English and Mandarin, both written and spoken.
– A higher degree in education, ECD, public policy, or similar discipline an advantage.
For every child, you demonstrate…
• Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity and proven understanding and sensitivity to cultural nuances;
• Interpersonal and motivational skills; capacity to build team spirit and bring diverse teams to deliver on shared results;
• Drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work;
• Capacity to think outside of the box and drive innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
• Strong communication skills, fluently and confidently gathering and expressing and writing opinions and information.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. In our effort to achieve a gender balance in our current workforce, we particularly encourage applications from qualified male candidates
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.