Social Cohesion & Education Officer

United Nations Pakistan

Job Details:
Industry: N.G.O./Social Services
Category: Teachers/Education, Training & Development
Total Position: 4
Job Type: Consultant
Department: UNICEF
Job Location: Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore, Karachi
Gender: Doesn't Matter
Minimum Education Masters
Degree Title:  Advanced university degree in Education or other social sciences, international development, international relations, peace studies, peace building, conflict studies, defense and diplomatic studies, public policy or other related field*
Career Level: Consultant
Minimum Experience: 3 Years( Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience at national or international level in programme design and management across Education, Peacebuilding and other related fields. Field experience in conflict management, prevention and conflict sensitivity highly desirable.)
Salary Range: PKR. 175,000 to 200,000/month
Work Permit: Pakistan
Apply By: Aug 5, 2012
Posted: Jul 30, 2012
Job Description:

Purpose of assignment:

To provide support to the UNICEF Education Section to implement and

feed into the social cohesion and resilience analysis report.

Major tasks to be accomplished:

Under the direct supervision of the Social Cohesion & Education Specialist (Islamabad), Pakistan Country Office and in close collaboration with UNICEF staff and focal points in Islamabad and the provinces, the Consultant’s responsibilities will be to:

§ Participate in training on qualitative data collection for the social cohesion and resilience analysis. (1 week)

§ Lead the collection of data for the analysis.

§ Support in establishing and maintaining database of key stakeholders to be consulted for the analysis in designated province in collaboration with the field education programme team; (2 week)

§ Support to coordinate training/orientation sessions and liaison with Social Cohesion team for implementing the process ; Ensure that project is executed according to work plans and within established budgets (3 weeks)

§ Support the implementation of the conflict analysis process in designated project area ensuring organizational, logistical and substantial support for consultations, workshops, focus group discussions, and interviews; (6 weeks)

§ Document all consultations and prepare the Project Progress Report (progress against planned activities, update on Risks and Issues, expenditures) and submit the report to the Social Cohesion and Education Specialist( NOC) based on consultations held and as a basis for the programme design; (6 weeks)

§ Draft the final report of facilitations analysis; identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to Social Cohesion and Resilience Analysis report; (2 weeks)

The responsibilities are to be carried out in close reference to the following key documents:

- Conflict Analysis Preparations Guidelines

- UNICEF Technical Guidance on Conflict Sensitivity and Peace building

- Lessons Learned Report: Conflict Analysis Workshop Pilot Study, Sierra Leone (A. Smith, M. Novelli)

- UNICEF Pakistan office Social Cohesion and Resilience Analysis Proposal

- The specific nature and context of each province should be considered in identifying the stakeholders and conducting workshops.

- Diverse groups of children and adolescents should be one key group of stakeholders. It is essential that any consultations with children, adolescents and youth under the age of 18 uphold UNICEF’s ethical standards, referring to the following UNICEF guidelines: ‘It’s Time to Listen to Us”. Youth Response to the Expert Group Meeting on the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.’. ‘Evaluation Technical Notes: Children Participating in Research, Monitoring and Evaluation: Your Responsibilities: Ethics and Your Responsibilities as a Manager.‘. The technical notes include an outline of our ethical standards as well as some practical guidance.

- The workshops and focus group discussions should be participatory and consultative and ensure that all stakeholders are included throughout the process. The methodology must also ensure representation of children, adolescents and youth, marginalized communities, minority clans, traditional and religious leaders, urban and rural populations, disaggregated age groups, people with disability, girls/boys, men/women, out-of-school and in-school children and adolescents.

- The Consultant will be based in Provincial office with frequent travel to the field as permitted by the security situation. The Consultant should ensure that the necessary and quality translation and interpretation (Urdu/Pashtu/Sindhi/Punjabi, English) is given attention during the consultations as needed.

- This assignment also plays a role of capacity building and training of UNICEF’s government counterparts and other partners in the areas of conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity and peace building programming. The Consultant should be in the position to work closely with UNICEF education staff, implementing partners; the involvement of government counterparts throughout the process should be given particular attention.

End Product:

a. Collection of qualitative data

b. Identification of list of stakeholders for consultations

c. Management and facilitation of workshops, Focus group discussions, interviews

d. Documenting the process and providing progress reports (progress against planned activities, update on Risks and Issues, expenditures) to the Social Cohesion and Education Specialist( NOC)

e. Analysis and draft report of the activities held.

Time-Frame: Five (05) months

Starting Date: August 2012

Completion Date: December 2012

Work Conditions:

- The Consultant will work extensively in the provinces engaging with individuals, local authorities, government partners and civil society and also have interactions with UNICEF and some stakeholders in Islamabad.

- The Consultant will be provided work space at the UNICEF premises in the provinces but will be expected to have his/her own laptop, writing materials and other equipment.

- The consultant will be able to print key documents at UNICEF premises (not in bulk and at large scale).

- No contract may commence unless it is signed by both UNICEF and the institution. For international consultants outside the duty station, signed contracts must be sent by fax or email.

- Note that the Consultant will not have supervisory responsibilities nor authority on UNICEF budget and other resources.

- Prior to taking up the assignment, the Consultant should provide documents and proof that they have appropriate health insurance, if applicable.

- UNICEF reserves all copyrights on material, including photographs and graphic designs produced during and as part of the assignment. The use of UNICEF material for any purpose, including repackaging in hard copy or compilation for CD-ROM or any other electronic media, is prohibited unless prior written permission is obtained. The unauthorized use of the UNICEF name and logo is against international law and is expressly forbidden.

Skills Required
Only those Persons who satisfy the following requirements will be considered as potential candidates
Professional experience and expertise in the areas of either Peace Building or Education, preferably with conflict-affected or post-conflict and sector planning program experience.
Experience in high quality data collection, research and analysis and delivering support services.
Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in a local language will be an asset but not a requirement.
Motivated to learn qualitative data collection
Ability to communicate effectively
Ability to quickly build rapport with individuals and groups
Ability to analyze information
Good knowledge of the functioning of civil society and media, experience in co-ordinating or implementing activities for dialogue/consultation for youth, women and civil society empowerment.
Good team skills; Gender sensitive
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural and challenging environment.
Proficiency in the use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

*A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.