Programme Specialist (Grants and Recipient Support), P-4, Education Cannot Wait, Programme Division, NYHQ, # 99915

New York City | Washington D.C

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Job organizational context

Participants of the Oslo Summit for Education Development, held in July 2015, agreed that a dedicated fund or new modality would be established to address the disruption of education and learning in emergencies and protracted crises. Following this, Education Cannot Wait – a Fund for Education in Emergencies ("the Fund") was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. Hosted and administered within UNICEF, the interim Secretariat is responsible for implementing the day to day work of the Fund under the direction of the High Level Steering Group.

Purpose of the Position

The incumbent of this post will manage the process for technically reviewing applications (including direct management of an Experts Roster), provide support to recipients, work with UNICEF's Division of Finance to facilitate disbursement and oversee recipient grant reporting. In addition, the incumbent will also liaise closely with the Financial Management Adviser and UNICEF's Division of Finance to ensure effective vetting of potential ECW fund recipients and identify and propose capacity development needs of recipients (if required).

Key Expected Results

Grant Management, monitoring and quality control of results:

  • Leads all aspects of managing the grant application process for the Breakthrough Fund and Acceleration Facility;
  • Establishes benchmarks and performance indicators to assess grant applications against ECW objectives;
  • Manages the process for technically reviewing applications including facilitation and operationalization of an Experts Roster;
  • With DFAM, prepares required documentations for program review and approval;
  • Supports DFAM in the preparation of grant agreements and timely disbursement of funds;
  • Working with the Senior Adviser (Economist) and Senior Adviser (Education), establish reporting parameters for ECW grant recipients that allow for aggregation of results where feasible;
  • With DFAM, oversee all aspects of grant reporting, including advising on cases where funds may need to be withheld, re-programmed or investigated;
  • Maintain oversight of the ECW grant portfolio;
  • Contributes to the development of ECW reporting requirements, including data collection, assurance and analysis;
  • Contributes to the preparation and submission of progress reports and decision papers to the High Level Steering group;
  • Participates in selected monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with partners to assess progress.
  • Lead and supervises the development and application of resource allocation formula, monitoring and cost of ECW strategies and develops monitoring and analytical tools to support ECW implementation;
  • Provides overall conceptual guidance and supervision for development of data and information system for monitoring, tracking performance and reporting on results and participate in and/or lead the identification, preparation, and appraisal of ECW activities (including funded programs) to ensure contribution to ECW strategic objectives;
  • Supports the development of a strategic plan and results framework for ECW, aligned with ECW functions and grant making operations;
  • Helps to identify potential investments that could have a catalytic impact on strengthening or improving education responses, or monitoring results.
  • Technical guidance to grant agents/recipients and partners:

  • Provides advice to facilitate the preparation of grants application and related documents and to ensure alignment of activities with the overall ECW mission and strategic plan;
  • Collaborates with grant recipients throughout all stages of programming to provide support for programme preparation, implementation and monitoring for results;
  • Provides technical support, guidance and tools for the proposed transferring of related activities to a permanent host;
  • Participates and/or represent ECW (as delegated/designated) in key events/meetings and in inter-agency discussions;
  • Remains up to date on developments in data, evidence and research on education and humanitarian related issues to ensure ECW organizational position, interests and priorities are clearly articulated and fully considered;
  • Provides technical support to recipients for development and use of monitoring and analytical tools, and interventions to support equitable access to education and improved learning outcomes, standard setting and advocacy for education in emergencies and protracted crises;
  • Facilitates access to technical support for collaborative sector analysis and planning support.
  • Produce and support the preparation of analytical pieces at global and country levels, focusing on achievement of results:

  • Contribute to an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of the Fund itself (using cost and results data) to strengthen the business case for the Fund;
  • Develops effective analytical reports, economic analysis, case studies, policy documents and other relevant documentation to build evidence base for advocacy, policy development and effective education interventions related to education in emergencies and protracted crises;
  • Leads and supports preparation and submission of timely progress/status reports for management, High Level Steering Group and annual reports in collaboration with DFAM.
  • Contribute to the overall management of the ECW Secretariat:

  • Supports the overall management of the ECW Secretariat, including acting on behalf of the Director, if requested;
  • Contributes to the efficient coordination of the work of the Secretariat, and the delivery of the Secretariat's work plan, including supporting the work of other staff members as required;
  • Provides technical support, guidance and tools for the proposed transferring of related activities to a permanent host.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in economics, statistics, finance, education, social sciences, public administration, or other related fields is required.
  • A minimum of (8) eight years of progressively responsible experience at the national and international levels in public finance, planning, costing, grant management and results reporting/M&E in education, humanitarian and development action, or a related technical field(s) is required.
  • Prior experience in developing countries and crisis affected contexts is required.
  • Relevant experience in education program development and management and humanitarian response in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Prior experience in working with diverse stakeholder groups or multi-stakeholder partnerships is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.
  • Expected technical experience include:

  • Policy dialogue: translation of analytical findings and evidence into development programmes and policy discussions around equity and learning with partners, including government, development partners, CSOs and academia in the following areas: child development, curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, supplies, quality assurance, etc.
  • Education systems and sector planning, including the range of modalities for delivering education, linkages between different sub-sectors (e.g. ECD, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Inclusive Education, cost- effectiveness and efficiency issues, key institutional structures, components and processes, as well as governance issues.
  • Education and policy sector analysis, including understanding of the core education data sets, indicators, tools for analysis of equity, determinants of student access and learning, budget, cost and financing, education system management, political economy and application to education policy and strategic planning.
  • Rigorous programme management in education, including programme design, costing, monitoring and evaluation (including areas like classroom assessment, standardized learning assessment, examinations, impact evaluation) and reporting.
  • Engagement with partnerships (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), as well as networking with other key partners.
  • Competencies of the successful candidate:

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication - Level II
  • Working with People - Level II
  • Drive for Results - Level II
  • Functional Competencies

  • Leading and supervising - Level I
  • Formulating strategies/concepts - Level II
  • Analyzing - Level III
  • Relating and networking - Level II
  • Deciding and initiating action - Level II
  • Persuading and influencing - Level II
  • To view our competency framework, please clickhere.

    This new initiative will be hosted at UNICEF Headquarters in New York for its initial launch period of one year. If the appointment is extended beyond the first year, the incumbent might be relocated to another duty station (exact location to be determined).

    A process to identify and transfer Education Cannot Wait to a permanent host will be undertaken after the first year and any transfer of the position holder to a permanent host will be subject to negotiation with the position holder and permanent host.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: New York City | Washington D.C
    • Grade: Mid/Senior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Development Cooperation
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-19

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