National Technical Specialist, out of school children

  Ministry of Education (MoE)
Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1618
Date Posted:May 21, 2017
Reference:MoE/Deputy Minister of General Education/UNICEF/02
Closing Date:Jun 3, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Education
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:7 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:0

About Ministry of Education (MoE):

Founded:  

The aim of the EQRA Project is “to increase equitable access to primary and secondary education, particularly girls, in selected lagging provinces, and to improve learning conditions in Afghanistan.” EQRA introduces a shift from monitoring only the enrollment of students (which also includes attention to students designated as ‘permanently absent’) to focusing on bringing children into school as well as student attendance. The Education Quality Reform for Afghanistan (EQRA) is fully aligned with the goals of the Afghanistan National Strategic Plan (NESP III). The project is designed to (A) increase equitable access in disadvantaged districts especially for girls; (B) improve quality of instruction/education service delivery and (C) enhance MoE governance and management capacity. The project focuses on the construction and expansion of schools, provide community-based education to out of school children, reform curriculum for all grades, improve and ensure textbooks delivery to schools, enhance academic supervision, strengthen teacher & TTC quality, improve execution of budget, strengthen and increase use of EMIS, implement capacity building reform, and reform recruitment process for civil service.

Job Summary:

The UNICEF assisted Country Program of Cooperation for 2015-2019 (CP) is being implemented in collaboration with the Government of Afghanistan and aims at addressing inequities to enable all children, adolescents and women to have access to quality basic services and fulfill their rights to survival, development, protection and participation.
The Education component of the CP builds upon the current status of basic education in the country and contributes to the national efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs 2 and 3) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within a post-2015 framework.
The Education component is in line with the newly developed NESP III (2017-2021), contributing to the following priorities: a) Increased Gross Enrollment Rate to 131.6% in primary education, 95.4% in lower secondary, and 65.4% in upper secondary education; and b) Increased enrollment in General Education to 11.4 million children.
UNICEF Outcome statement: Girls and boys of school age, especially vulnerable children in deprived provinces and areas, access primary education that is progressively child friendly and demonstrates improved learning outcomes.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Overall, the purpose of this Technical Specialist is to provide strategic support to the ministry on Out of School Children in Policy Development, Strategy Coordination, Knowledge Management, Capacity Building, Quality Assurance, Advocacy and Leveraging, Monitoring and Assessment, Communication, Networking and Partnership.Some of the specific Tasks includes but not limited to:

Coordination:
1.Support the functioning of the Steering Committee and Technical Working Group through participation, and provision of technical inputs
2. Liaison between the Ministry of Education and UNICEF on the various Out of School Study reports

Policy Dialogue, Strategies and Advocacy:

1.Support analysis of existing policies and interventions on their contribution to needs of OoSCin close collaboration with General Education Directorate General and partner organizations.

2. Lead dialogue on formulation of recommendations from the Out of School Study and subsequent EMIS pilot.

3. Lead discussions on policy development to address the complex needs of OoSC and provide technical inputs

Innovation:
1. Facilitate use of Edutrac to improve data collection
2. Maintain an updated database on Out of School Children’s profile by Province/District

Capacity Development:
1. Facilitate the development of a capacity building exercise for relevant Ministry of Education staff on Edutrac
2. Conduct workshops at provincial levels on Out of School Children

Quality Assurance and Monitoring:
1. Conduct joint monitoring visit on the roll out of the EMIS pilot

2. Lead the coordination of provincial/district plans on addressing the needs of Out of School Children and reintegration
3.Prepare the monthly progress reports to UNICEF and prepares and submits monthly, quarterly annual and other reports in timely manner
4. Undertakes any other task assigned by Ministry/Deputy Ministry for General Education

Job Requirement:


Bachelor Degree in Education or other related field.

Minimum 7 years of work experiences in the education sector

Experience in monitoring and evaluation of data flow (processes and approaches) in a government system.

Experience in effectively maintaining of communication and coordination among MoE and its development partners

Strong team building skills, management, communication, research and development (R&D) and skill
development

Strong knowledge of communication, presentation and change management

Excellent English, Dari and Pashto written and oral communication skills
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Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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