National Project Officer (Education for Health and Wellbeing)

OVERVIEW

Post Number : 3JMED 0002PA

Grade : NO-B

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Kingston

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) : 27-JUN-2024 (EXTENDED)

 

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

 

 

Only Nationals of Jamaica can apply for this post

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance

 

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

Under the overall authority of the UNESCO Assistant-Director General for Education (ADG/ED), the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for the Caribbean, and the direct supervision of the Senior Education Specialist of the Kingston Office, and in close cooperation with the Section of Health and Education at UNESCO Headquarters, the incumbent will serve as UNESCO’s National Programme Officer in Education for Health and Wellbeing with responsibility for projects across the region.
Guided by the UNESCO Strategy on Education for Health and Well-being, and in response to local needs and context, the incumbent will be responsible for providing strategic and technical support for research, conceptualization, development and implementation of programmes and projects aiming to advance education for sexuality education, HIV prevention, violence prevention in schools, gender equality, and mental health and psychosocial well-being according to agreed yearly workplan. 
S/he will also support the development of partnerships, organization of events and preparation of knowledge products. The incumbent will liaise with UNESCO Regional HIV and Health Advisors, Project Officers in the field as well as with UNESCO consultants and various UN partners including those within the UNAIDS Joint Programme.

 

Programme and technical support

-    Provide technical support for research, conceptualization, development and implementation of programmes and projects on comprehensive sexuality education (depending on local terminology), prevention of school violence, including school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), mental health and psychosocial well-being promotion, sexual and reproductive rights, and others.
-    Identify opportunities for UNESCO engagement in policy development and programming on education for health and well-being.
-    Liaise with UNESCO structures, including the Section on Health and Education at UNESCO Headquarters, UNESCO Regional HIV and Health Advisors and programme officers in the Regional Offices for Latin America and the Caribbean.
-    Provide technical support to Ministries on key thematic areas, related to policy, curriculum design, teacher training, and others.
-    Ensure monitoring of programme delivery and budget.

 

Partnerships, networking and knowledge management

-    Build and maintain strategic partnerships with a range of external partners on key thematic issues, and internal collaboration within and across UNESCO Divisions and Sectors.
-    Represent UNESCO as appropriate in coordination forums, such as the UN Joint Teams on HIV and AIDS, Gender equality, interagency meetings, and thematic meetings. 
-    Develop and maintain partner relations with the Ministries of Education in the Caribbean, the UNESCO National Commissions, national and regional bodies, and development partners, including civil society organizations.  
-    Engage with regional and local organisations, including the civil society in support. 
-    Contribute to the development and publication of new resources and research in key 

Resource mobilization

-    Participate in resource mobilization efforts including developing projects, programme and funding proposals.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

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For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education


•    An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in education, social sciences, public health or a relevant field. 


Work Experience


•    At least two years of relevant work experience, in areas related to sexual and reproductive health, gender and education.
•    Experience in partnerships and resource mobilisation.


Skills & Competencies


•    A track record in resource mobilization and ability to manage budgets and report on implementation.
•    Good understanding of the Caribbean region, of the development work and of the education sector.
•    Extensive knowledge, and high level of technical writing skills on HIV prevention, sexuality education, gender equality and school related gender-based violence. 
•    Ability to multitask, prioritize and deliver to deadline, as well as work under pressure.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy. 
•    Excellent networking and high level representational and partnership building skills, involving a wide range of partners (including relevant Ministries, UNAIDS Co-sponsors, donors, civil society and academia. 
•    Excellent strategic and analytical skills.  
•    Excellent communication skills. 


Language
•    Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Work Experience

•     Experience within the UN system, multilateral agencies or international corporations.

BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 5730626 JMD.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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