Earn 44,000 US Dollars (168m) as Associate National Project Officer (Fresher UN Jobs) at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • Full Time
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 44,286.96 US $ (UGX 168m) $ / Month

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Deadline: 8th February 2024


About US:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture.


Job Summary:   The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is assisting the Ministry of Education of Uganda in the implementation of an initiative on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Education with the view to improve the quality of education for all in the context of the SDG4 Education 2030. The incumbent will work under the overall authority of the Head of Office of the UNESCO Office in Nairobi, the direct supervision of the National Professional Officer for Education in the Kampala project office, and in close cooperation with the ICT in Education Unit in UNESCO Headquarters. He/she will maintain regular contact with the government and non-governmental counterparts (e.g. KFIT country project team), other stakeholders, donors (notably the Korean Embassy) and UNESCO HQ. The PA will support the implementation of the UNESCO Korea-Funds-in-Trust (KFIT) project ‘ICT Transforming Education in Africa’, ensuring that activities are in line with the agreed work plan and budget. He/she will strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of Education and its agencies to lead and support ICT related activities and projects, identify and engage with key partners, and identify replicable best practices maximizing potential for scale-up, rollout and synergies with other initiatives. The incumbent will act as liaison between the HQ coordination team of the KFIT project and the national team, and will regularly engage with the UNESCO colleagues in charge of coordinating the KFIT project in the other beneficiary countries (Tanzania and Namibia). More specifically, the incumbent will perform the following duties:


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Provision of technical support and fostering of partnerships for project implementation by:

Providing technical advice and guidance for the implementation of KFIT project activities, including participation in the production of technical deliverables and policy studies, provision of input to various framework documents as required, and support to the implementation of training programmes.
Maintaining regular relations with national counterparts and key stakeholders (Ministries, regional and local authorities, etc.).
Raising awareness of potential partners and seeking solutions to boost ICT in education initiatives in the country.
Participating in and facilitating the establishment of strategic long-term engagements with strategic partners in the country.
Implementation of the detailed operational plan and coordination of the project in compliance with the project strategic objectives, outcomes, outputs and activities as outlined in the results framework by:

Ensuring quality achievement of the KFIT project outputs in line with UNESCO qualitative standards and the KFIT results matrix.
Supporting the design, as well as the periodic update and revision, of the detailed country project document, work plan and budget.
Identifying project implementation partners and providers of goods and services.
Assisting in the writing of terms of references for external vendors and in the recruitment of consultants, coordinators and interns.
Monitoring implementation of the contracts, assessing the quality of services provided and requesting disbursement of funds.
Planning, coordinating and organizing network meetings, workshop and trainings to address specific needs and capacity gaps identified in the project.
Ensuring the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation and the reporting on project activities by:

Contributing to monitoring and evaluation of project activities, reporting on progress and suggesting updates of the project results framework.
Regularly monitoring the financial status of the project and ensure that budget execution rates are in line with agreed plans. Moreover, in case of contracting with partners where funds are to be granted for activities, ensure the Financial Reports along with original and appropriate justifications for funds granted are duly submitted on a timely basis to financially close related activities.
Regularly conducting meetings to steer the project, preparing minutes of meetings and action plans with clear responsibility and timeframe.
Conducting periodic project reviews with government counterparts and other partners recording the results of the review meetings in minutes and action plans.
Preparing reports on project activities for UNESCO, the donor and partners.
Providing content on major project achievements and steps in project implementation for UNESCO’s public information services to increase the visibility of UNESCO.
Fostering exchanges of information and experiences, and identifying new strategies of action to improve delivery of services and to achieve the project requirements and objectives.
Ensuring communication and visibility by:

Preparing and implementing the project communication and visibility plan.
Preparing technical briefs and status updates on the project for wider dissemination, including inputs for the periodic project newsletter.
Organizing communication events (seminars and workshops) and liaising with local and international media.
Acting as liaison between the HQ coordination team of the KFIT project and the national team.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The applicant for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Associate National Project Officer job must hold an advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in Education, ICTs in Education, Science (STEM), Instructional design, Business, or Education Technology Management, or related areas. A combination of a first advanced degree with 4 years of experience in international development work and use of technology for education work may be substituted for the particular fields mentioned.
At least two years of work experience in the field of education, preferably related to ICTs.
Experience in supporting and coordinating project activities, preferably in large international organizations and with other international partner organizations.
Strong skills in technical project management, event planning and presentation skills.
Good written and oral communication skills, human relations and team building.
Ability to interact with people from different disciplines, and with varying degrees of technical experience.
Ability to manage budgets and report on implementation.
Expert knowledge or significant interest in one or more of these areas: (i) The use of technology in developing contexts particularly in Uganda; (ii) teacher training, particularly on the pedagogical use of ICT; (iii) m-learning and e-learning; (iv) ICT policy analysis and formulation; (v) educational audio-visual and multimedia materials in the classroom; and (vi) research-based education platforms in distance and assisted learning platforms to education.
Understanding of national and international development issues.
Basic understanding of set-up and administration of ICT services, networks and mobile services.

Languages: Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written).

Desirable Qualifications

Experience in the implementation of large-scale projects with technical components.
Work experience in African Countries in Education, particularly in Uganda and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Experience with ICT hardware, mobile phones and web-based technologies in education, particularly designing or deploying tools

Language: Knowledge of French.

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)

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 44,286.96 US $.


NB: UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should apply online at the link below.

To apply for this job please visit www.theugandanjobline.com.