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Education Officer, P3 : UNHRC

Last Updated on April 13, 2022

Education Officer, P3, Cox’s Bazaar at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Unit at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has published a job circular for the position of Education Officer, P3, Cox’s Bazaar.

Education Officer, P3, Cox’s Bazaar

About the job

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Education Officer will support, and where appropriate, oversee, the roll-out of Refugee Education 2030, the Refugee Education Strategy. This will be done in line with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which calls on States and relevant Stakeholders to contribute resources and expertise to expand and enhance the quality and inclusiveness of national education systems to facilitate access by refugee and host community children and youth to primary, secondary and tertiary education. Providing inclusive and equitable quality education is central to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Education Officer will ensure UNHCR’s programming is in line with the SDGs, particularly SDG4.

Duties

In HQ

  • Translate global education objectives and strategic directions into guidance, strategies and priorities, in collaboration with other parts of UNHCR, and education colleagues in Regional Bureaux, to ensure coherence with UNHCR’s education policy and strategy.
  • Engage, promote and foster partnerships/collaboration with education stakeholders and bodies within the AoR, in line with the GCR.
  • Provide technical advice and support on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions, in line with UNHCR education policy and other global priorities, including through remote support and field missions.
  • Support and provide technical advice to senior management and Policy and Development staff allowing for advocacy activities with States and international organisations on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions.
  • Participate in humanitarian and development sector working groups to support that all refugee education support programming at country level is extended, amplified and reported against sector development goals and humanitarian partners and funding serves system strengthening.
  • Assist Bureaux and Country Office(s) to elaborate and implement strategies to address issues related to education access, quality and data, in cooperation with other UN agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, WFP, etc.) and other key education stakeholders.
  • Foster inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, GBV, gender, community-based protection livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others, and provide specialist advice for other sectors, to ensure that they fully integrate education related concerns in their planning.
  • Monitor and support implementation of education programmes within the AoR, provide guidance on orientation and facilitate engagement with key partners for delivery, reporting and advocacy.
  • Support and monitor the implementation of Global Refugee Forum pledges within the AoR.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of UNHCR’s role concerning education, represent UNHCR at consultations, and represent UNHCR’s education strategy and policy to other UN bodies, NGOs, interlocutors, institutions and organisations within the AoR.
  • Identify training needs and train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and bilateral partners on refugee education priorities and identified topics.
  • Support the development and dissemination of relevant tools to support UNHCR staff and partners in RBs and Country Office(s).

In the Regional Bureaux

  • Translate global education objectives and strategic directions into regional guidance, strategies and priorities, in collaboration with the education officers or education focal points in country operations and Education Section in HQ, to ensure coherence with UNHCR’s education policy and strategy regionally and at country level. Develop regionally specific strategies, including key regional interlocutors, and considering cross-border issues.
  • Engage, promote and foster partnerships/collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, including education interlocutors and development partners, in line with the GCR.
  • Participate in regional humanitarian and development sector working groups to support that all refugee education support programming at country level is extended, amplified and reported against sector development goals and humanitarian partners and funding serves system strengthening.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of UNHCR’s role concerning education, represent UNHCR at regional consultations, and represent UNHCR’s education strategy and policy to other UN bodies, NGOs, interlocutors, institutions and organisations within the AoR.
  • Jointly with technical teams at HQ, assist Country Office(s) to elaborate and implement strategies to address issues related to education access, quality and data. Synthesise and analyse data across countries in the region, making recommendations for how to react to trends, and contributing to global data and communications / advocacy approaches.
  • Foster and ensure inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, GBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others, and provide specialist advice for other sectors, to ensure that they fully integrate education related concerns in the planning processes supported by Bureaux and the HQs;.
  • Where relevant, supervision/management of other education staff at the RB and oversight of education staff/focal points in country operations.
  • Undertake direct dialogue with Country Office(s) on the implementation of education programmes in line with strategic directions, integrated with SDG4 and Education Sector Plans, including with Ministries of Education/Higher Education, education partners and coordination networks (Global Partnership for Education, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and Local Education Groups, etc.).

In the Country Operations

  • Translate global and regional education objectives and strategic directions into national strategies and priorities, in collaboration with the RBs and HQ, to develop contextualised approaches which ensure coherence with UNHCR’s education policy and strategy at country level.
  • Develop, implement and build capacity around monitoring and support given to all formal and informal education programmes across the Country Office: tracking progress, trends and good practices to inform partnership development and planning.
  • As required, keep donor representatives briefed on developments in the education sector and assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals and reports linked to education strategic planning.
  • Participate in country level humanitarian and development sector working groups to support that all refugee education support programming is extended, amplified and reported against sector development goals and humanitarian partners and funding serves system strengthening. Engage senior management at country level where needed, particularly in engaging with development actors.
  • In emergency settings, establish and play a leadership role in education sector coordination mechanisms, ensure that education is represented in inter-sectoral appeals, establish a collective strategy for the response that supports longer-term inclusion in national systems and ensure effective monitoring of and reporting on the education response.
  • Foster and ensure inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, GBV, gender, community-based protection, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others, and provide specialist advice for other sectors, to ensure that they fully integrate education related concerns in their planning.
  • Identify training needs and train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics at country level, with the support of RB and HQ on global guidance

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Education; Social Sciences; or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

4 years of experience in progressively responsible functions in education. Demonstrated work experience in education programmes. Field experience in education programme implementation and coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts. Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other line Ministries. Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination. Excellent analytical skills and drafting skills. Strong communications/presentations skills. Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision.

Desirable

Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes. Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards. Experience in the area of child protection. Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.

To Apply

For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates are requested to visit the UNHCR career page at www.unhcr.org/careers – click on the Vacancies tab and enter job ID 35015.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

The closing date is Thursday 21 April 2022 (midnight Geneva time).

Job Source: UNHRC Linkedin Job Circular

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