Job Title: Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist (Health and early childhood education), Head of Section, P3, Prishtina, Kosovo 1244, #00121922
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, results
UNICEF in Kosovo works to ensure that the rights of children are respected, and that children, adolescents and youth are healthy, protected and included so they can reach their full potential.
UNICEF works together with our partners to ensure every young child has access to quality health services and nurturing care, that all children have access to quality learning from pre-primary to secondary education, that all children, but particularly the most vulnerable, are protected from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, and that adolescents and young people acquire the right skills for active participation in work and life. UNICEF in Kosovo works in these areas by supporting the development of policies, providing technical assistance and advice for implementing these policies, and by advocating for more public investment in children and families. UNICEF in Kosovo works in an integrated manner to address the challenges facing children, adolescents and youth at different stages of their growth and development. Our work for 2021–2025 is organized around three key programme areas.
- The first decade of life
- The second decade of life
- Social inclusion and child rights monitoring
UNICEF in Kosovo is also working to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and their families.
How can you make a difference?
Under the supervision of the Deputy Head of Office, the Early Childhood Development (ECD) (Health, Early Childhood Education) Specialist and Head of Section is responsible for oversight, development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and administration of the First Decade of Life or Young Child Well Being (ECD) Outcome within the Kosovo programme, with outputs on maternal and child health, early childhood education as well as COVID-19, and a team of staff.
They are accountable for the effective technical and programme support to facilitate the application and adaptation of UNICEF policies and strategies and to achieve strategic priorities and objectives of the UNICEF assisted Health & ECE interventions, including the COVID-19 response and mitigation. They contribute to the achievement of concrete and sustainable programme/project results on ECD related programmes/projects according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM).
The Early Childhood Development Specialist, Head of Section is also responsible for the provision of timely and effective advocacy and technical support to national counterparts for the design, implementation and monitoring of ECD policies, promoting the rights of the younger children as established under Kosovo national strategies, the SDGs and other relevant frameworks.
- Technical leadership in ECD programming
- Strategic management, monitoring and delivery of results on ECD programmes
- Advisory services, quality oversight and technical and operational support to programme implementation
- Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Public Health, Health, Child Development, Education, Early Education, Social Policy, Social Development, Sociology, Community Development, Psychology or any other relevant discipline.
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in management, planning, programming, implementation monitoring, and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes related to Early Childhood Development (Health, Public Health, and/or Early Childhood Education) is required.
Experience working in Health and ECD specifically is considered as an asset.
Relevant experience in a UN system fund, programme or agency is considered as an asset.
Professional work experience in a managerial position, and/or as a technical expert in child survival & development, health and early education including supervisory responsibilities, is considered an asset.
- Developing country work experience, regional experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.
Please see the competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Advertised: 04 Oct 2022 Middle East Daylight Time
Deadline: 10 Oct 2022 Middle East Daylight Time
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