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Program Officer, Curriculum Reform

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About UNESCO Kabul

Background and context

A relevant, high quality curriculum is essential to ensuring education systems equip learners with the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and values to participate and contribute meaningfully to their communal and economic contexts. Whilst acknowledging the enormous progress made since 2002 in expanding access to education to all groups within society, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) now considers the improvement of quality in its education system to be a key priority in the next 5 years. Underpinned by broader concerns about learner achievement, the Government also seeks to improve the preparedness of youth for employment and better ensure its education systems foster the inclusiveness needed for continued national reintegration, in part by revisions and improvements to the education system.

The third National Education Strategic Plan (NESP III), positions improved quality alongside continued expansion of access to education and sector-wide management reform as its guiding priorities through to 2021. A critical component of quality improvement is comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum reform. A request was made to UNESCO by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to prepare the foundations for sector-wide curriculum reform. Through its Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED) program and in partnership with UNICEF and SIDA, the MoE has been supported to conduct national curriculum consultations, and draft its curriculum framework. Syllabi reform is in process, with a competence framework currently in its drafting phase, and work completed towards a first draft of the syllabus scope and sequence for each subject area.

UNESCO Kabul Office requires a Program Officer to develop materials, provide technical input, support international experts and contribute to the goals of the curriculum reform program.

Job Summary

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Job Details

Date Posted: 03 Dec 2018 Reference: KAB/ED/SC/18/12/03
Closing Date: 16 Dec 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Education Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support the UNESCO Education Unit in all aspects of planning, implementation, coordination and monitoring of curriculum reform activities, including the provision of high-quality technical inputs;
2. Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and other partners through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate program implementation and build capacity of counterparts to achieve and sustain results on the program activities;
3. Support international experts engaged for curriculum reform, including through the development and preparation of workshop materials in Dari/Pashto;
4. Facilitate good working relationships with the Ministry of Education, coordinate and liaise with the General Directorate of Curriculum (GDC) and the Curriculum Working Group;
5. Provide research and analysis support as required to support the curriculum reform program;
6. Contribute to the operation of relevant working groups convened to support program implementation, including by providing technical support and advice;
7. Support the organization and coordination of seminars, national conferences, consultation meetings and missions and contribute to the development/preparing related materials/documentations required;
8. Contribute to identifying and sharing lessons learned for improvement of the program activities, knowledge development and capacity development of counterparts;
9. Provide input into, and assist in the implementation of, program work plans;
10. Provide technical translation support where required. This may include materials required for training and consultation workshops, and translation of technical feedback provided in Dari/Pashto;
11. Carry out other administrative duties relating to the curriculum activities as and when required; and
12. Conduct any other duties assigned by the Chief of Education.

Skills

A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies:

Core Competencies
Accountability
Communication
Teamwork
Innovation
Results focus
Planning and organizing
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

• Excellent understanding of all aspects of education
• Excellent project management skills, including, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
• Considerable relationship and influencing skills to manage and interact with a wide range of high–level partners
• Significant sensitivity and adaptability (cultural, gender, religion, race and nationality)
• Excellent leadership skills including leading people, strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills
• Excellent communication skills, including writing and oral expression
• Highly competent computer and other IT skills
• Excellent independent working skills with a desire for life-long learning;
• Knowledge of programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation, in particular in the UN.

Qualifications

• An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in education, social sciences, development studies or related area
• Qualifications / skills in curriculum development is desirable.

Work experience
• At least seven years of relevant work experience, with at least five years acquired with an international organization in the field of education
• A deep understanding of development work, particularly of capacity development in education
• Previous working experience in education in the government or international development cooperation sector.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Candidates are requested to send their application to the UNESCO Kabul email before midnight on 16 December 2018 (Afghanistan time).

All applications must be submitted by email, including the position title in the email subject line. Applications should include the following:
a) An up-to-date UNESCO curriculum vitae;
b) A statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment.

Submission Email

k.human-resource@unesco.org

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