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Temporary Appointment: Education Cluster Coordinator, P-4, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)

The purpose of this Education Cluster Coordinator post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response  to the Rohingya crisis. This will be achieved through a mobilized and adequately resourced group of organizations, including UN agencies, INGOs, national NGOs, local communities, as well as by providing support to government authorities. The Education Sector Coordinator is expected to provide the following: Provide leadership and facilitate coordination of the education sector; provide strategic guidance in the planning, implementation and review of the education sector response plan and in line with international humanitarian standards and minimum standards for education in emergencies. Ensure evidence-based prioritization, standardization and harmonization of the response. Act as an interface between the education sector partners and duty bearers to ensure that affected populations are properly consulted. Ensure strong participation in the inter-sector coordination, in particular with sector directly relevant for an effective education response, i.e. WASH, Child Protection, Nutrition, Camp Management, and Communication with Communities.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, a champion

In Cox’s Bazar, humanitarian organizations, both UN and non-UN organizations, operate under the coordination mechanism of Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). This approach ensures clear leadership, predictability and accountability in the response to the Rohingya crisis by clarifying the division of labour among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within and between the different sectors.  This approach makes the humanitarian community better organized and more accountable and professional, so that it can be a better partner for the affected people, host government, local authorities, local community and resourcing partners.

In the context of Bangladesh, there are two different Line-Ministries responsible for humanitarian response. There is a National Task Force led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for Rohingya response and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) for preparedness and response in disaster situation. For Cox’s Bazar level, the Government and Humanitarian Actors has agreed to have one single mechanism in place called as “Sector” and it will function both roles for disaster preparedness and response to Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar. Sectors are not considered as sub-national clusters. Education Sector maintains close contact to National Education Cluster, where required, to ensure information flows on key policy related issues.  National Education Cluster  as well as Cox’s Bazar Education Sector is co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children.

Within UNICEF, the Sector Coordinator reports to Chief Field Office Cox’s Bazar and keeps close contact with the Chief of Education based in Dhaka. The Education Sector Coordinator is accountable to the Inter-Sector Coordinator Group (ISCG) Senior Humanitarian Coordinator as one of the sector coordinators in the ISCG.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this Education Cluster Coordinator post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response  to the Rohingya crisis. This will be achieved through a mobilized and adequately resourced group of organizations, including UN agencies, INGOs, national NGOs, local communities, as well as by providing support to government authorities.

The Education Sector Coordinator is expected to provide the following: Provide leadership and facilitate coordination of the education sector; provide strategic guidance in the planning, implementation and review of the education sector response plan and in line with international humanitarian standards and minimum standards for education in emergencies. Ensure evidence-based prioritization, standardization and harmonization of the response. Act as an interface between the education sector partners and duty bearers to ensure that affected populations are properly consulted. Ensure strong participation in the inter-sector coordination, in particular with sector directly relevant for an effective education response, i.e. WASH, Child Protection, Nutrition, Camp Management, and Communication with Communities. 

Main Responsibilities and Tasks

The post holder has joint responsibility with the Sector Lead Agencies, resourcing partners and all sector participants at the district level for the efficient management and functioning of the Education Sector encompassing the following:

  • Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms;
  • Coordination with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors;
  • Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability
  • Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps.
  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of an overall strategy for the education sector, as well as area-specific response plans as necessary.
  • Oversee partners reporting, analysis of partners data, use of data for decision-making, and sharing of important information with key stakeholders.
  • Oversee and harmonise education-specific and multi-sector needs assessments and secondary data review.
  • Ensure IM tasks and functions are carried out  by the Cluster IM Officer, to support the information needs of the sector partners and ISCG, including dashboards, mapping of 4Ws data, maintaining updated contact lists, etc.
  • Facilitate appropriate capacity building measures for education sector partners
  • Contribute to adequate resource mobilization and that they are equitably allocated for the adequate functioning of the sector and its response.
  • Be accountable to affected people through effective and inclusive consultations and  feedback mechanisms.
  • Ensuring appropriate attention to priority cross-cutting and cross-sectoral issues (e.g. gender, ECD, HIV and AIDS, Early Recovery);
  • Interact with other sectors (including through inter-sector coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners.
  • Facilitate sector-wide emergency preparedness; Ensure effective communication, engagement, and coordination between the Education Local Consultative Group (ELCG) at national level.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: Advanced university degree in Education or relevant related field, or equivalent qualification
  • Work Experience: 8 years of relevant professional work experience (at a mid- or senior-level) including developing country experience and experience in humanitarian action within the education sector. A minimum of 4 years’ experience with either the UN and/or NGO. Two years’ experience of emergency response in the field. Demonstrated professional technical expertise in education in emergencies, early recovery and post-crisis transition. In depth understanding of and training in the INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction.
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.
  • Competencies: 
    • Understands the rationale behind Humanitarian Reform, its main components and recent developments including the Transformative Agenda.
    • Understands, uses and adapts the tools, mechanisms and processes developed as part of Humanitarian Reform.
    • Demonstrates commitment to Humanitarian Principles.
    • Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership.
    • Understands key technical issues for the sector sufficiently well enough to be able to: engage with sector participants; make full use of their experience and knowledge; guide strategy and plans; communicate and advocate on important issues
    • Communicates, works and networks effectively with a wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated response, and demonstrates leadership where required.
    • Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that sector activities are prioritized and aligned within an agreed strategy.
    • Demonstrates commitment to the sector and independence from employing organisation.
    • Builds, motivates and leads the sector coordination team.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

 

Remarks:

* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Managerial positions
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-30

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