Programme Officer for NFE Planning

  UNESCO Kabul
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 949
Date Posted:Sep 3, 2019
Closing Date:Sep 16, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Education/ Training,Business Administration
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:4 Years
Contract Duration: Unspecified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About UNESCO Kabul:


Since 2008, UNESCO Office in Kabul has been supporting the Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy (DMoEL) in improving access to literacy well as building capacity within DMoEL. In June 2018, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) approved a USD 20 million project proposal titled “Better Education Systems for Afghanistan’s Future (BESAF)” submitted by UNESCO Office in Kabul. The objective of the project is to provide technical support to the Ministries of Education (MoE) and Higher Education (MoHE) in line with the on-going education reform processes such as the National Strategic Education Plan III (NESP III). This project is organized around the three pillars of the NESP III, (i) efficient and transparent management; (ii) quality and relevance; and (iii) equitable access. Through this project, UNESCO will support MoE and MoHE to strengthen capacity and develop, implement and monitor robust education sector plans integrating a gender perspective and underpinned by accurate and reliable education sector data. The project will also support the revision of curricula and learning resources for formal general education (grades 1-12), non-formal adult education (levels 1-3), and higher education and research (Bachelor’s and Master’s), and increase access to general literacy and skills-based literacy programmes, with a particular focus on women.


This project integrates a system-wide capacity development approach intended to provide comprehensive and seamless UNESCO support to the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to respond to key challenges facing the education sector in Afghanistan. The following UNESCO entities are associated in this project under the overall leadership and coordination of UNESCO Office in Kabul: The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), the International Bureau for Education (IBE), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, and UNESCO Headquarters. The incumbent will maintain strong liaison with UNESCO-UIL, and UNESCO-IIEP in particular, given UIL’s role in supporting key activities within adult literacy and non-formal education in the context of lifelong learning.


Job Summary:

Under the overall authority of the Director and the Representative of UNESCO in Afghanistan, the Head of Education Unit and the BESAF Programme Manager, the incumbent will contribute to the field coordination and operation by liaising with Literacy government counterparts and other partners at the field level. The incumbent will also be involved in the coordination of projects within and across the education sector as well as under inter-sectoral platforms. Within this context, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Skills Required:

Communication Teamwork

Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:




Results focus

Planning and organizing

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Significant sensitivity and adaptability (cultural, gender, religion, race and nationality);
  • Highly competent computer
  • Excellent independent working skills with a desire for life-long learning.



·        Good command of English, both written and spoken. Fluency (written and spoken)

·        Dari and/or Pashto are desirable 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.    Analysis

-         Carry out needs assessment, analysis and researches for non-formal education

-         Identify training needs of MoE counterparts

-         Supervise the identification, collection, and synthesizing and sharing of lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders.

-         Facilitate the studies, research and report on best and cutting edge practices for planning of knowledge products and systems.


2.    Planning and Programme Development

-         Contribute with the programme management team in overall preparing and developing plans and programmes

-         Take lead in developing logical frameworks and programme design for NFE programmes.

-         Support the development and implementation of capacity building programmes for the MoE.

-         Support the development of the National Literacy Strategy

-         Support the development of the action plan for national literacy strategy

-         Liaise with MoHE in designing research programmes for Non-Formal Education and assist in conducting the researches

-         Liaise with the Deputy Ministry of Literacy in developing the frameworks, tools and instruments for the Afghan Literacy Assessment Survey (ALAS)


3.    Programme Implementation

-         Provide technical support to ensure that monitoring system are in place and that key annual programme/projects indicators are tracked and analyzed, including those related to partnerships initiative;

-         Carry out data collection and analysis from field visits, standardizing them across programmes, to feed into to programme performance monitoring;  

-         Liaise with the MoE counterparts in implementation of the National Literacy Strategy

-         Liaise with the MoE counterparts implementation of the action plan for national literacy strategy

-         Contribute to joint activities with government partners, the UN Country Team and the wider international community, wherever possible in the context educational development;

-         Promote and provide support to ensure that Field Office staff and national partners are aware of and have access to UNESCO learning resources;

-         Contribute in implementation of the ALAS in the ministry of education.


4.    M&E and Reporting

-         Provide support for the programme management team in monitoring and evaluation of programme outcomes and outputs.

-         Compile monitoring and evaluation information/data, and make them available to programme. Contribute to drafting of timely and accurate reports including Quarterly Donor progress report and annual donor Reports, and UNESCO internal reporting (e.g SISTER), drawing on monitoring and analysis of key programme management indicators.

-         Draft, finalizing and submitting the quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports related to the programme.

-         Lead the process of collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of data related to the programme.

-         Support the process of assessing, developing and implementing the Non-Formal Education Management Information System (NFEMIS)

-         Ensure that evaluation recommendations are communicated to the relevant partners for implementation, with advice on the Implementation Plan and follow-up action for future programming;

-         Support the preparation of reports on systemic issues, good practices or any other analysis or data related to programme implementation and/or evaluation, including programme’s performance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability; as well as good practices in partnerships and collaborative relationships.


5.    Coordination and Communication

-         Keep track of follow-up action based on management decisions resulting from government counterparts or Field Office performance monitoring and evaluation;

-         Liaise with the MoE counterparts in identifying and introducing the qualified candidates for the short-term and long-term trainings

-         Provide support to ensure that the relevant programme partners participate and formulate Evaluation Terms of Reference and design of high quality;

-         Review and provide technical comments on draft evaluation reports. Contribute to the effective dissemination and sharing of knowledge, findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons from evaluation to the intended audience as described in the Terms of Reference with a view to improving programme performance and contributing to wider learning;

-         Prepare mechanisms for feeding evaluation results into key UNESCO programme planning processes including the Annual Reviews and the Mid-Term Reviews, and formulation of programme Annual Work Plans;

-         Liaise with UNESCO affiliated institutions for identifying capacity-building opportunities for the MoE counterparts.

-         Support organizing the national and international events related to the programme such as International literacy day.


Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul



  • University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in Education, Business administration, social sciences, development studies or related area.


Work experience

  • At least four years of relevant work experience, with at least two years acquired with an international organization in the field of education

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