International Consultant, Humanitarian Action and Education
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Of the 128.6 million people currently in need of humanitarian assistance, over three-quarters are women and children. Conflict and displacement affect women and girls differently from men and boys. Disruption to livelihoods, social protection, health, education and shelter caused by a crisis, worsen the situation for women and children in their care, leaving them food insecure and at risk of exploitation and abuse.
One particularly impact of crisis is the loss of opportunity for young women to gain an education. Conversely, offering solutions to provide a second chance to secure an education, particularly where that education is appropriate, accessible and reflective of local labour market demand, can be among the most effective interventions to provide income, build resilience and support the transition to development.
UN Women is further expanding and strengthening its humanitarian action and crisis response through its newly established Office for Humanitarian Action, Crisis Prevention Response in Geneva that consolidates and supports crisis and humanitarian work, including education and disaster risk reduction, preparedness, risk prevention and mitigation, at the global, regional and national levels.
Aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) Programme is a solution for those marginalized young girls and women who have missed out on education, offering pathways either back into formal education or to employment or entrepreneurship, through second chance education and vocational training.
The SCE Programme brings together public and private sector partners to: i) promote supportive multi-sectoral policy and financing frameworks to create an enabling environment to pilot and scale up successful SCE solutions; ii) address harmful and discriminatory social norms that keep girls and young women out of education; iii) provide high quality content; iv) tailor educational opportunities directly to the local labour market to increase the value of education and create a pipeline of educated your women ready to transition to employment.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response, the Consultant will be responsible to finalize SCE programme, support the implementation of the inception phase of the SCE programme and provide support in humanitarian programming.
Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the set up of the Second Chance Education Programme (SCE)
Provide technical support on Humanitarian Action:
Manage the coordination with country offices, partners and other stakeholders
Key Performance Indicators:
The key results have a major impact on the overall prototyping and piloting of UN Women Virtual Skills School and Second Chance Education Programme.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s in public administration, education, development studies, or a related field;
- 7 years of progressively responsible experience in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with various partners, preferably related to education and gender equality in humanitarian action - of which a minimum 3 years focused on humanitarian and crisis contexts – ideally working with refugees and/or IDPs.
- Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects; specifically, with different UN agencies
- Experience in working in a multicultural and innovative environment
- Expertise on issues and trends in education and learning, with emphasis on reaching young women and girls is an asset
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, French and Spanish are considered an asset