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For every child, Education
The emergence of the pandemic COVID-19 and the security issues since December 2020 significantly weighed on the education system with most schools in the strongly conflict-affected remained closed because parents are reluctant to send their children to schools either because of the armed conflict or
the pandemic. Also, other schools remain closed because of lack of teachers or because of their occupation by armed groups including official army and their allies. Those 15 occupied Bouar schools are located as follows – 5 in the West – Bouar and Berberati areas, 3 in the Centre – Bambari, Grimari and 7 in the North and North-West. Situation has evolved since 2015. With the security issues related to the presidential elections in December 2020, many school infrastructures and decentralized education buildings were destroyed or looted, and the key actors and teachers fled to the Capital Bangui. Schools failed to resume in an organized manner according to an adjusted academic calendar.
The key achievements of the Education Cluster in the recent two years are the establishment of the Education in Emergencies (EiE) Unit in the Ministry of Education and its co-leadership by the Ministry and the Cluster, the involvement in resource mobilization with the Multi-year Resilience Plan (MYRP), the availability of the EiE Strategy document and coordination of the partners according to their operational presence in the fields.
The Cluster Coordinator actively organizes the Cluster meetings and activities as well as its visibility, participates to the Local Education Group (LEG). However, there is a need to continue building EiE capacity of the Cluster staff and participants, to support the development and strengthening of national systems, to plan for, coordinate and support the delivery of Education in Emergency (EiE) activities through the rolling out of the EiE action plan at all levels including the implementation of the Safe Schools strategy.
How can you make a difference?
The Education Cluster Coordinator has a double reporting line. She / He reports to both the UNICEF Representative for strategic guidance and general supervision and to the Chief Education for programmatic and administrative component. The incumbent will work in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Education cluster and any other humanitarian bodies and agencies in CAR.
Core Cluster functions:
Supporting service delivery
- Provide a platform to ensure that service delivery is driven by the agreed strategic priorities;
- Develop mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery.
Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response
- Conduct needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the education sector);
- Carry out analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross- cutting issues;
- Ensure prioritization, grounded in response analysis.
Planning and strategy development
- Contribute to the review of the 2020-2029 education sectoral plan, monitor the implementation objectives and indicators directly support realization of the HC/HCT strategic priorities;
- Strongly ensure application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines;
- Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and Cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (HRP, CHF, CERF).
- Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to HC and HCT messaging and action;
- Undertake advocacy activities on behalf of Cluster participants and the affected population;
- Coordonate advocacy for resource mobilisation to support the implementation of Cluster’s EiE strategy and the operationalisation of the action plans.
Conduct monitoring and reporting the implementation of the Cluster strategy and results as well as recommending corrective action where necessary
Support contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant.
Ensure accountability to affected education population.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in a subject area relevant to the Cluster work: Education, social sciences, development, psychology, political science, international relations or any other related field. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- Formal training in Cluster coordination a strong advantage.
Professional work experience
- At least 5 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the Cluster.
- Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.
- Fluency in French and English are required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
- Nurtures, Leads and Manages People
- Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness
- Works Collaboratively with others
- Builds and Maintains Partnerships
- Innovates and Embraces Change
- Thinks and Acts Strategically
- Drives to achieve impactful results
- Manages ambiguity and complexity
- 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: https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/OOM-humanitarianprinciples_eng_June12.pdf
- Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership: http://www.globalhumanitarianplatform.org/doc00003804.doc
- 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 cluster activities are prioritised and aligned within an agreed strategy
- Demonstrates commitment to the cluster and independence from employing organisation
- Builds, motivates, and leads the cluster coordination team
- Understands key technical issues for the Cluster sufficiently well enough to be able to: engage with Cluster participants; make full use of their experience and knowledge; guide strategy and plans; communicate and advocate on important issues.
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.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
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