UNESCO Project Assistant_Education for Health and Wellbeing Jobs in South Africa

UNESCO Project Assistant_Education for Health and Wellbeing Jobs in South Africa


Overview of the Functions of the Post

  • This position is under the authority of the UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, the overall supervision of the Regional Advisor – Education for Health and Wellbeing, and the direct supervision of the Regional Officer- Education for health and Well-being.

  • The incumbent will be responsible for providing programme and administrative support and contribute to the effective, planning, implementation and monitoring of UNESCO’s work This position is under the authority of the UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, the overall supervision of the Regional Advisor – Education for Health and Wellbeing, and the direct supervision of the Regional Officer- Education for health and Well-being.

  • The incumbent will be responsible for providing programme and administrative support and contribute to the effective, planning, implementation and monitoring of UNESCO’s work in the Education for Health and Wellbeing (EHW) unit. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for providing support to the “Our rights, Our Lives, Our Future” (O3), and the “Our rights, Our Lives, Our Future” Plus (O3 Plus) programs in East and Southern Africa (ESA) countries.

  • Support will be provided in the following key administrative and programmatic areas:

    Long Description

    Programme Administrative Project Implementation and Administrative Support (Regional)

  • Pro-actively contribute to day-to-day project implementation and ensure conformity to expected results and project work-plans.

  • Provide substantive project support for the implementation and assessment of the O3 and O3 Plus projects.

  • Support the preparation of annual work plans and the develop of progress reports.

  • Produce concept notes for different project activities, ensuring project objectives are met.

  • Support the development of terms of reference for the different project assignments /consultancies.

  • Review consultants’ work ensuring deliverables of high quality are submitted timely.

  • Attend, observe and participate in strategic programmatic meetings with internal and external partners.

  • Coordinate and prepare documents necessary for the launch of procurement processes and draft contact terms of reference.

  • Initiate payment requests upon satisfactory completion and/or delivery of goods or services.

  • Provide support on all administrative matters concerning the project including travel plans, travel authorization, monitoring of travel budgets, hiring of consultants liaising with appropriate units.

  • Provide support to administrative and logistical arrangements for all meetings, workshops and courses in connection with the Project.

  • Support programme staff with preparation of documents that may be needed for meetings, training and conferences ensuring external participants have requisite information and documents.

  • Reconcile and acquittal of funds made available to support project workshops, seminars or meetings to ensure proper and effective utilization in pursuit of expected results.

  • Provide support in facilitation of written and oral assessments during recruitment processes for the O3 and O3 plus programme. Responsible for meeting scheduling for programme staff, identification of locations and venues and keeping a record of all meeting proceedings.

  • Assist with drafting out-going correspondence for the programme team.

  • Establish and maintain a soft copy (e-filing) and hard copy filing systems to record all paper work associated with the projects’ financial and administrative actions, for a complete and accurate audit trail.

    Long Description

    Project and administrative support (South Africa)

  • Support the formulation/development, coordination and execution of project activities to ensure timely delivery.

  • Provide support to the South Africa projects including programme planning and strategic activities.

  • Provide technical assistance interventions in the South Africa support of project implementation.

  • Support the tracking of project-specific performance indicators, ensuring alignment with project work plan for South Africa.

  • Liaise with local vendors to ensure timely vendor registration with UNESCO and UNDP, contracting and payments for vendors contracted on South African
    activities.

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the O3 and O3 Plus project in South Africa, this includes assisting with organising meetings, and travels.

  • Provide guidance to Department of Basic Education (DBE) Administrative officers, on UNESCO’s joint recruitments and procurement processes.

  • Assist program staff in the identification, recruitment of consultants and management of consultants’ contracts.

    Long Description

    Financial management

  • Monitor budget expenditures and maintain a proper record of approved project budgets and their revisions.

  • Ensure effective and efficient project activities budget formulation, requesting for fund reservation for supporting programme implementation.

  • Ensure project activities acquittal reports are supported by original receipts, invoices or payment statements and timely submitted to the Finance and Administration Office and follow-up close of the activity/contract.

  • Ensure that all project related funds request and payments are accompanied by original supporting documents as per Financial Regulation and submitted to finance and administration office timely.

  • Maintain complete and accurate administrative records and contribute to the smooth running of the office by ensuring the provision and maintenance of office equipment, inventory of physical assets.

  • Undertake other administrative tasks as required.

    Procurement

  • In accordance with the Project Work Plan coordinate and contribute to the procurement of equipment, supplies and services, following principles set forth in UNESCOs Administrative Manual to ensure competitive selection that achieves value for money.

  • Review procurement requests and initiate procurement procedures of project equipment, supplies and services in a transparent and cost-effective manner.

  • Liaise with project staff to ensure items are planned, procured, transported, stored, managed, and accounted for correctly for O3 and O3 plus project.

    Competencies (Core / Managerial)

  • Accountability.

  • Communication.

  • Innovation.

  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement.

  • Planning and organizing.

  • Results focus.

  • Teamwork.

  • Professionalism.

    Required Qualifications

    Education

  • Completed secondary, technical and/or vocational education

    Work Experience

  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience in project /programme implementation, reporting and administration.

    Skills & Competencies

  • Professional integrity, tact, diplomacy and good sense of judgement.

  • Excellent planning, organizational and coordination skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including drafting skills.

  • Very good analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to deal with complex situations and to provide quality and timely support and services.

  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and deliver under tight deadlines.

  • Strong service/client orientation.

  • Excellent IT skills with proficiency in the use of MS Office.

    Language

  • Excellent knowledge (oral and written) of English.

    Desirable Qualifications

    Education

  • Training/course in one or more of the following disciplines; project management and administration.

  • A first degree or Masters’ degree in Development studies or any program administration related fields.

    Work experience

  • Relevant work experience within UNESCO and/or in an international organization and/or the UN System.

  • Experience in administrative support roles on donor funded development and/or in assisting programme implementation.

    Skills & Competencies

  • Knowledge of budgeting and financial management.

  • Knowledge of UNESCO’s rules, regulations and procedures as well as financial/administrative practices, and other similar systems (DUO, SISTER, CRM).

  • Understanding of UNESCO’s structure, Governing Bodies, Institutes, Commissions, etc.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNESCO Project Assistant_Education for Health and Wellbeing Jobs in South Africa


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