The Senior Education Programme Specialist reports to Deputy Director of Education (DDE), HQ Amman.
Supports the Director’s Office in overseeing programme delivery of all key areas of the Education programme, ensuring that policies, strategies and systems are effectively implemented and embedded in the Agency’s rules and procedures, while ensuring collaborative relationships with internal and external partners, and that overall reporting is in compliance with the Agency’s and donor requirements and demand;
Leads on all performance-related monitoring of the Education Programme Agency-wide including: quality assuring and analysing data with regard to the Agency RBM system; drafting Education Programme related content for all Agency annual reports, using EMIS as a key data source; developing indicator methodologies and setting indicator targets in collaboration with the five Fields; participating in key performance related fora such as the Annual Results Review, Harmonised Donor Working Group etc.; in this regard, plays a lead role in drafting and reviewing analytical narrative reports and other material, adapting writing style and content for a wide variety of audiences as needed;
Supports the Director’s Office in ensuring the effective design, implementation and analysis of all research work, both quantitative and qualitative including initiation of key agency-wide studies including the periodic Monitoring of Learning Achievement (MLA) Tests, the Perceptional Survey, the Classroom
Observation Study and others as relevant, in coordination with the relevant HQA units; in this regard, plays a lead role in drafting and reviewing technical briefs, reports and research reports, adapting writing style and content for a wide variety of audiences;
Supports the Education in Emergencies (EiE) Programme of the Department at a strategic level to ensure innovative design and proper integration of EiE in the overall Agency-Wide Monitoring System;
Plays a key role in building capacity of Education colleagues in both HQA and the Fields with regards to data collection, indicator methodology, data analysis and monitoring and assessment more broadly;
Provides support on the drafting, reviewing and approval of ICT4E project proposals and leads and coordinates on the planning and implementation of ICT for Education (ICT4E), in coordination with the Information Management and technology Department (IMTD), Field EdTech Focal Points, Field Deputy Directors and other stakeholders as required;
Provides support in keeping abreast of regional and global research findings and research studies to consider their implications and relevance for UNRWA.
UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.
Planning and Organizing
Applying Technical Expertise
Relating and Networking
Formulating Strategies and Concepts
Leading and Supervising
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An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in education, organizational development and management, social sciences, international relations or a related field.
At least eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in the field of education, or other social sciences areas at UN, multilateral or bilateral international organizations and NGOs
At least four years in a development and/or humanitarian context in education programme planning, implementation and managing projects outside (one’s) home country,
A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number .
Excellent command of written and spoken English
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview
Type of Contract and Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.
The Senior Education Programme Specialist will be based in Amman and may be required to travel throughout the Agency’s area of operation in the Middle East and beyond
UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA
is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.
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United Nations Considerations
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.
UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.
At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
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