|Date Posted:||Jun 12, 2017|
|Closing Date:||Jun 18, 2017|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyAFG|
|Years of Experience:||4 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Contract Type:||Short Term|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About Ministry of Education (MoE):
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.
The UNICEF assisted Country Programme 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 fulfil 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 Enrolment 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:
Responsibilities and Tasks:
Overall, the purpose of this Reporting Officer is to provide various development and progress reports on the implementation of MoE development Objectives aligned with NESP III. The incumbent will establish communication with all Education departments in order to work closely with them and reflect on their accomplishments periodically. Some of the specific tasks include, but not limited to:
1. Work with MoE stakeholders (Deputy Ministries, Directorates/Departments and Development Partners) and build excellent working relationships,
2. Work with MoE stakeholders to understand their operational plan activities and development projects’ details properly to report the progress and challenges,
3. Develop and maintain reporting schedule (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and annually) for the national and sub-national education departments following MoE’s approved Reporting Procedure,
4. Develop a comprehensive reporting structure (format) commonly agreed among all MoE stakeholders including development partners,
5. Collect, collate and analyse stakeholders activities’ reports (financial, status, progress and challenges) and disseminate them to MoE’s leadership, Donors and other governmental offices in pursuant with the reporting schedule,
6. Oversee and review preparation and dissemination of other analytical and critical reports (internal and external),
7. Assist the Planning Department in preparing and developing regular analytical narrative and statistical reports on the progress of operational plan activities (for EJSR) at the national and sub-national levels,
8. Assist the Planning Department in liaising the planning activities with the Ministry's Development Partners,
9. Prepare and disseminate summary accountability reports on financial issues, program implementations, existing challenges and recommendations for parliament (national assembly and wolisijirga) and Presidential Administrative Affairs office annually,
10. Assist Statistics Unit of EMIS in developing professional annual statistical reports using EMIS database, and
11. Develop and follow up an Action Matrix by flagging out existing implementation challenges towards MoE’s projects and recommend possible solutions for improvement.
1. Conduct overall assessment on the reporting skill gaps among national and sub-national education department staff with the cooperation of relevant sections in the planning department,
2. Coordinate skill gap data with the relevant departments and develop necessary need based training materials,
3. Assist the Planning Department in building skills gaps through conducting regular training sessions for central, provincial, and district staff on good report writing, and
1. Establish effective filing system recording all necessary documents including MoE’s progress reports and donor reports,
2. Undertake regular field trips to ensure timely operational plan reporting, establishment of useful filing systems and implementation of reporting procedure at the central, provincial and district education offices, and
3. And any other reporting tasks assigned by the supervisor.
Minimum Bachelor Degree in journalism or related areas
Minimum 4 years of work experiences in qualitative and quantitative reporting
Experience in monitoring and reporting program development goals and objectives and structuring of specific formats for quality reporting
Experience in effectively maintaining of communication and coordination among MoE departments and its development partners through proper and timely reporting
Experience in capacity assessment and building capacity skills gaps of civil servants in qualitative and quantitative reporting
Strong team building skills, management, communication, and skill development
Strong knowledge of communication, presentation and change management
Excellent English, Dari and Pashto written and oral communication skills