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Project Officer 12 March 2021 Nat. Specialist UNICEF Bosnia and Hercegovina

Project Officer

National Specialist
Bosnia and Hercegovina
Sarajevo (BIH)
12 months with possibility of extension
12 March 2021

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Within the delegated authority and under the direct supervision of Education Officer, the Project Officer (UNV) will be responsible to support the Joint Project; coordinate the collection of data and liaise with the government and non-government partners in the education sector in three administrative units (Republika Srpska, Una-Sana Canton, West Herzegovina Canton) and coordination Ministry of Civil Affairs, based in Sarajevo.

The national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Support to programme development and planning

  • Facilitate the development and establishment of results for the UN Joint project, and results-based planning through analysis of education needs and areas for intervention and submission of assessments for priority and goal setting in close collaboration with the selected government partners in education sector.
  • Provide technical and administrative support to UN Joint Project government and non-government partners (Ministry of Education and Culture and Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher Education and Information Society in Republika Srpska; Ministries of Culture and Sports in Una-Sana Canton and West Herzegovina Canton and BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs) throughout all stages of the project implementation processes, complying with the UN organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluation of results.
  • Document the results provided by UNICEF, UNESCO and ILO in the education sector to facilitate review and any changes that might be required to ensure achievement of set results.

Programme implementation, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues, specifically with Ministry of Education and Culture and Ministry of Science and Technology, Higher Education and Information Society in Republika Srpska; Ministries of Culture and Sports in Una-Sana Canton and West Herzegovina Canton and Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH.
  • Perform real time monitoring of the school closure impact on households and learning continuity for vulnerable children, with specific focus on gender-disaggregated data through collecting/identifying sex, age and disability disaggregated data, including on gendered risks, needs and barriers to services, and use it to inform the policy and programme decisions.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government partners and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
  • Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.

Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Undertake (online or physical) field visits and surveys and share information with partners and stakeholders in education sector to assess progress and provide technical support. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, schools and UN partners on carrying out the implementation of the UN Joint project and delivery of results.
  • Coordination of the UNV Youth coordinators that will be assigned to support JP implementation in the three selected administrative units: timely implementation of tasks, ensure smooth two-way communication and information sharing, assist in communication with local authorities and non-government institutions, support problem solving

Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and stakeholders in education sector through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on education programmes.
  • Participate in coordination meetings related to implementation of the UN Joint Project.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Provide support in identifying, documenting and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Assist with oversight of research and ensure results are available for use in knowledge products.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of beneficiaries and other stakeholders
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Bachelor degree or equivalent

University degree in Social Sciences, Education, Law, Business Administration or similar

24 Months

At least 2 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in professional environment at the post-graduate level within academic, humanitarian, development or other social-science oriented fields;

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Bosnian(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Croatian(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Serbian(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Development programme/project administration
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Familiarity with E-Learning systems (Moodle, Google Education, others) is an advantage;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams


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* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina and legal residents in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: 12-03-2021