Education Officer
Unicef
Panama
hace 25 días

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 fulfil their potential to the benefit of a better world.

For every child

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations.

The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action.

For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism.

To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated.

There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, the Education Officer will provide technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for education sector within the Country Programme.

His or her tasks will facilitate programme development, planning, implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative Education Professional to support UNICEF Panama’s programmes in the following areas :

1. Support to programme development and planning.

  • Contribute to the development / establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of education and other related information.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming by executing / administering a variety of technical, operational and administrative tasks, preparing related materials / documentation and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support results-
  • based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating.

    2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss operational and programmatic issues, provide solutions, recommendations and / or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-
  • level intervention and / or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference to ensure proper donor reporting.

  • Participate in programme reviews / visits and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and results and to report on required action / interventions.
  • Manage, monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation, organizational rules and regulations and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.
  • Report on critical issues / findings to ensure timely resolution by management and / or stakeholders.

  • Draft regular / mandated sectoral programme / policies reports keep the management and partners informed of programme progress.
  • 3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation.

  • Conduct regular field visits and / or exchange information with partners / stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve issues and / or refer to relevant officials for resolution.
  • Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely intervention.

  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO and UN partners, and other country office partners / donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on education and related issues to support delivery of results.
  • 4. Networking and partnership building.

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with the counterparts, and other stakeholders at national and sub-
  • national levels through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results.

  • Draft information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership / alliances and support fundraising.
  • Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings / events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners / colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of education programs / projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.
  • 5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

  • Contribute to identifying, capturing, synthesizing and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development, management, and capacity development of stakeholders.
  • Support the capacity development of education sector government counterparts on information and data systems.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results, particularly related to information and data systems.
  • Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients / stakeholders.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Education :
  • Advanced University Degree or equivalent experience in education, psychology, sociology, economics, political sciences or other social science relevant to the education and / or development field(s) is required.
  • Working Experience :
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in development planning and management in the education sector and related areas in a developing country is required.
  • Knowledge about the education system in Panama and its challenges is required.
  • Relevant experience in Early Childhood Development, quality of education, and / or intercultural bilingual education is an asset.
  • Programme / policy development and management in a UN agency or organization is an asset.
  • Language :
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
  • Knowledge of an indigenous language from Panama is an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    Candidates must be citizens of Panama to be considered eligible for this post. Please note that the National Officers (NOs) are locally recruited staff and therefore, candidates are personally responsible for any travel and accommodation arrangements.

    View our competency framework at

    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 provides a competitive salary and benefit packages as a part of the UN Common System. You can find more information at

    The UN salary scale in Panama can be found at

    Remarks :

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    Opening Date Wed May 23 2018 10 : 00 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT) SA Pacific Standard Time

    Closing Date Thu Jun 07 2018 00 : 55 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT)

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