UN Associate Education Officer Job Careers -United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:     Associate Education Officer

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Position Number: 10031829

Internal/External Vacancy Notice Number: 016/2019

Post Grade: NOB

About UNHCR:

The Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14,
1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute
of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead
and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent
solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and
well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness,
as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the
Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary: The Associate Education Officer will act as a focal point for education
in the West Nile region under the leadership of the supervising officer,
support UNHCR work regarding education and advocacy on all issues related to
UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions. Under the general
direction of supervising Officers, the incumbent will support the
implementation of global level policies, including the UNHCR Education
Strategy. The incumbent may liaise with the Ministry of Education and with
Education Coordination networks at national, provincial and district levels to
improve the quality of refugee education. He/She will liaise with partners to
assess the education context, to develop an implementation plan and to monitor
the programme and assess impact. He/She will work in collaboration with
in-country education partners to improve access to, and quality of, refugee
education at all levels, both formal and non-formal and may liaise with
partners for joint support for education access for refugee and host community
children. He/She will develop innovative education approaches for emerging
needs in refugee education, including attention to special needs, minorities,
girls, pre-school education and non-formal activities. He/She will facilitate
inter-sectoral linkages with programmatic areas including child protection,
SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods and health, among others. The
incumbent may supervise lower grade education staff.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Strategic Direction and Coordination:

  • Stay abreast of political, social,
    economic and cultural developments that have an impact on access to and quality
    of education and inform the development of the education strategy.
  • Actively pursue opportunities to
    implement UNHCRs urban policy and support mainstreaming refugees within
    national education systems
  • Coordinate with relevant partners to
    support access to education for refugees and host communities.

Response and Advice:

  • Assist in providing comments on existing
    and draft legislation related to education for persons of concern
  • Coordinate with partners and other
    actors in education to adapt the Education Strategy to the local context
    and ensure ownership
  • Collaborate closely with partners to
    ensure coherent annual planning based on a longer-term strategy, and
    jointly monitor and assess implementation, providing advice on programme
    reorientation where necessary
  • Offer technical advice and guidance on
    education issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities
    to ensure the issuance and recognition of education relevant documentation
  • Implement education programmes in line
    with Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) standards
    and the child protection systems approach
  • Facilitate inter-sectoral linkages with
    child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods,
    environment, shelter and health, among others
  • Provide inputs for the development of
    global/regional international education policies and standards
  • Ensure that PASS instructions relating
    to education programming and reporting are understood and followed
  • Intervene in cases of denial of access
    to education with government and other relevant parties.
  • Identify and promote education
    activities that support durable solutions through voluntary repatriation,
    local integration and where appropriate, resettlement
  • Assess needs for services of persons of
    concern, as related to education, and coordinate partners responses
  • Systematically promote and comply with
    the Age, Gender and Diversity policy and other priorities such as the
    guidelines on HIV/AIDS.

Advocacy, Information Management and Research:

  • Advocate with authorities for respect of
    the right of persons of concern to an education and for their access to
    education services
  • Coordinate with Education networks and
    ensure that refugee education interests are understood and included in
    relevant policies and initiatives
  • Identify gaps in education service
    provision and advocate with relevant authorities for service provision
  • Ensure that best practices are
    identified, documented and widely disseminated
  • Provide support in the country education
    information management strategy through the collection of disaggregated
    data on populations of concern, and ensure the collection and
    dissemination of education information and best practices to enhance
    education delivery.

Promotion and Capacity Building:

  • Undertake initiatives to build the
    capacity of communities and persons of concern to assert their right to
    education and access to quality education.
  • Promote and participate in initiatives
    to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to
    strengthen access to quality, certified education for refugees.

External Relations: Contribute to a communications strategy that generates external
support for UNHCRs education activities and the education rights of persons of

Key Performance Indicators:

  • The education needs of refugees are met
    through the application of International and National Commitments,
    including the MDGs and EFA commitments, relevant UN/UNHCR protection
    standards and IASC principles governing humanitarian coordination,
    including those of the INEE. Education activities are guided by global,
    regional and country priorities and reflect UNHCR policy on age, gender
    and diversity (AGD).
  • Issues related to education access and
    quality is addressed from a longer-term perspective.
  • Collaborative, consultative partnerships
    ensure quality education planning and service provision for refugees.
  • Participation of persons of concern in
    decisions and initiatives pertaining to their own education is assured
    through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights
    and community based approaches.
  • All protection incidents related to
    education activities are immediately identified and addressed.
  • Integrity in the delivery of education
    services is assured by education and protection staff. Persons of concern
    are treated with dignity and respect

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations UNHCR Associate Education Officer job opportunity should hold a
    University degree in Education or Social Sciences or previous job
    experience relevant to the function with at least three years of relevant
    work experience.
  • Background in relevant education systems
    with good knowledge of relevant curricula.
  • Demonstrated work experience in
    education programmes
  • Field experience in programme
    implementation and coordination
  • Knowledge of refugee protection
    principles and framework
  • Familiarity with INEE standards
  • Excellent knowledge of English and
    working knowledge of another UN language. Very good knowledge of local
    language and local institutions is essentials.
  • Training and coaching
    skills/facilitation of learning
  • Field experience in education programme
    implementation and coordination
  • Demonstrated work experience in refugee
    education programmes
  • Previous experience with educational
    research, teaching or education administration
  • Demonstrated expertise in community
    services, community development/organization, social work, social surveys/
    assessment, counselling, or related areas
  • Team building/development training

How to Apply:

All interested
candidates who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link
below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.

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Deadline: 23rd July 2019

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