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

Job Title:  Assistant Education Officer (Fresher UN Jobs)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Adjumani / Pakelle, Uganda

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.

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 missions.
  • 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 strengthening.
  • 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, GBV, 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 UNHCR job must have one year of relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree in Education; Social Sciences; or other relevant field.

Essential:

  • Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination.
  • Excellent analytical skills and drafting skills.
  • Strong communications/presentations skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision.
  • Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.
  • Language Requirements: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

Desirable:

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

Functional Skills

  • *PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
  • PR-Community-based Protection – Planning, implementing and analysing surveys/assessments
  • ED-Education programming design and quality assurance
  • ED-Global EiE standards and implementation
  • ED-Technical support to education programmes and proposals
  • TR-Training Design and Material Preparation
  • PR-Convention on the Rights of the Child / International Legal Framework
  • TR-Training – Virtual and face to face

NB: Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should apply online at the link below

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Deadline: 14th March 2023

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