Fresher Assistant Education Officer UN Job Placements – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Job Title:        Assistant
Education Officer (Fresher UN Job Placements)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Uganda

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy notice no. 016/2020

Position Number: 10031829

Position Grade: NO-A


About US:

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 Assistant Education Officer will support
the roll-out of Refugee Education 2030, the UNHCR Refugee Education Strategy,
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 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable
Development Goals (SDG) and the Assistant Education Officer will ensure UNHCR’s
programming is in line with the SDGs, in particular SDG 4.


The incumbent will
provide direction and technical support for UNHCR regarding education and
advocate on all issues related to education programmes and strategic
directions. S/he will maintain close contact with Country Office(s) on the
overall education policy direction of UNHCR and on the adaptation of Refugee
Education 2030 to the particular country context, as well as providing
technical support (on early childhood, learning achievement, primary education,
accelerated education, secondary education, non-formal education, scholarships
and tertiary education, education in emergencies etc.) to all staff, including
senior management, as well as to those representing education issues on behalf


The incumbent will
ensure that consistent and technically sound advice/recommendations are given
within the Area of Responsibility (AoR), including through drafting of
guidelines and supporting the training of staff, in collaboration with the
Education Section at HQ. S/he will also ensure active exchange of information
and best practices within the AoR. The incumbent must be an authority on
technical issues relating to education and will also provide specialist advice
for other sectors such as child protection, livelihoods/economic inclusion,
shelter, and water and sanitation as relates to education. The Assistant
Education Officer may also act as focal point/coordinator/advisor for staff at
all levels in Country Office(s), including senior management, as well as Policy
and Development staff.


Externally, the
Assistant Education Officer will help promote the inclusion of refugees and
other persons of concern into national education systems through effective
partnerships and advocacy with relevant government line ministries, development
actors, private sector, UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs,
research institutions and universities, both at the regional and country
levels.  This includes supporting or
leading coordination with regional and global education networks and keeping
abreast with international developments in education, where necessary this may
include representation with international and regional organizations through,
for example, UNICEF, UNESCO, the Global Partnership for Education and the
Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).  Representation with NGOs, academic
institutions, and the private sector may also be required. The incumbent is
regularly called upon to train staff and partners, including Government
authorities, to provide/negotiate drafting advice, to give presentations, to
participate as a member of expert groups on education, to represent UNHCR and
to ensure UNHCR’s direct involvement in numerous settings designed to promote
increased access to quality education at all levels to both refugee and host
communities, in line with the GCR.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Translate global education objectives and strategic directions into
    regional or national guidance, strategies and priorities, in collaboration
    with the supervisor and the Education Section in HQ, to ensure coherence
    with UNHCR’s education policy and strategy.
  • Engage, promote and foster partnerships/collaboration with national
    education stakeholders and bodies in line with GCR.
  • Provide technical advice and support on all issues related to UNHCR
    education programmes and strategic directions, in line with UNHCR education
    policy and regional priorities, including through remote support and field
  • 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, including supporting national
    planning processes, such as the development of SDG4 plans at national
    levels and ensuring inclusion of refugee, returnee, asylum seeking, internally
    displaced and stateless children and youth in SDG4 plans and Education
    Sector Analyses and Plans.
  • Participate in national 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
  • Assist the 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.
  • Undertake direct dialogue at the national level 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.).
  • Foster inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child
    protection, SGBV, 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 their planning.
  • Assist the supervisor in monitoring the implementation of education
    programmes and provide guidance on orientation.
  • Support the supervisor in monitoring 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 national consultations, and represent
    UNHCR’s education strategy and policy to other UN bodies, NGOs,
    interlocutors, institutions and organisations.
  • Train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of
    Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics.
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of relevant tools to
    support UNHCR staff and partners within the AoR.
  • Support active exchange of information and that best practices are
    identified, documented and disseminated both within the AoR and beyond.
  • Join joint assessment missions in emergencies to minimise the time
    refugee children and youth spend out of education (ideally a maximum of
    three months after arrival).
  • Prepare and draft education input in key internal and external
    documents and reports.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Assistant Education Officer
    job placement should hold an Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS)
    in Education, social sciences or related field is required.
  • One year of previous relevant work experience is required.
  • Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination,
    excellent analytical skills and drafting skills and strong
    communications/presentations skills are required.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision. Experience
    with educational research, teaching or education administration is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written / oral / comprehension) is
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Policy Development and Research



  • Field experience in education programme implementation and
    coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts is desirable.
  • Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other
    line Ministries is desirable.
  • Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes is
  • Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards, experience
    in the area of child protection and demonstrated work experience in
    education programme is desirable.


How to Apply:

All interested
Ugandan nationals 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


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Deadline: 24th September 2020


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