The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
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For every child, Education
The post is a headquarters position based at UNICEF Geneva, in the Division of Emergency Programme (EMOPS). Specifically, the post supports the Global Education Cluster (GEC) co-lead by UNICEF.
The Global Education Cluster (GEC) works towards a predictable, effective and well-coordinated education in emergencies (EiE) response in some of the most challenging contexts, and in support of the following strategic priorities:Accountability, for both results and to affected populations Partnership, for inclusive and collaborative work with actors working in the sector The Humanitarian-Development nexus
These strategic priorities guide the core functions of the GEC’s work, which include direct and remote field support, to national education clusters (or education in emergencies coordination mechanisms) in emergency countries; capacity development; global leadership and advocacy; and generating evidence and guidance.
Within UNICEF EMOPS Geneva, all UNICEF led and co-led clusters (Child Protection, WASH, Nutrition and Education) work within the Global Cluster Coordination Unit (GCCU).
How can you make a difference?
Under the supervision of the UNICEF Global Education Cluster Coordinator and working as a member of the UNICEF-Save the Children Global Education Cluster Team, the Education Manager (Rapid Education Responses in Emergencies) will lead programme planning, design and implementation of the Strengthening Rapid Education Responses in Emergencies action, funded by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO). The Action aims to improve access to safe and quality education for children and young people in the early phase of emergencies by encouraging Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRMs) to have a strong focus on education and support first response, rapid response in other contexts. Specifically, the Action supports several activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of humanitarian actors to systematically include education in RRMs, and create tools and capacities that require a rapid, first phase response in education.
The Education Manager will also support the Global Education Coordinator identify, develop and maintain strategic partnerships, particularly with Save the Children, UNESCO IIEP, NORCAP and REACH as part of the DG ECHO funded Action, and other key strategic partners, including Education Cannot Wait Fund. The Education Manager will also support engagement in inter-cluster initiatives for enhanced collaboration
The Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks of this post are:
Programme ManagementLead on programme planning, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the DG ECHO funded Action: “Strengthening Rapid Education Responses in Emergencies”. Establish programme work plans and monitor progress. Manage contracts and consultants for the development of critical evidence, tools and guidance. Liaise with project donor, partners and other key stakeholders as required to support effective implementation and management of project activities and deliverables. Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and report critical issues for timely action to the Global Education Cluster Coordinator. Provide technical assistance and advice to colleagues on all aspects of implementation. Ensure timely preparation of programme status reports. Prepare and contribute to the development of work plans, monitor progress and compliance. Help manage allocation and disbursement of programme funds, ensuring that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated
Partnership and AdvocacyBuild and strengthen strategic partnerships through coordination, networking and advocacy with UN system agency partners, donors, NGOs, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results of the project. Specifically, support the Global Education Coordinator identify, develop and maintain strategic partnerships, particularly with Save the Children, UNESCO IIEP, NORCAP and REACH as part of the DG ECHO funded Action, and other critical partners.
Cluster and Inter-cluster Support
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in conflict resolution.
Work ExperienceEight years of relevant professional work experience in project education programme management, strategic planning, programme support, partnership management, coordination, including inter-agency coordination, and technical experience in education in emergenciesrequired. Field experience in humanitarian, emergency, peace-building and/or peace-keeping settings required.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language is considered an asset.
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 functional competencies required for this post are...Relating and networking Applying technical expertise Analyzing Formulating strategies and concepts Planning and organizing Leading and Supervising
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
“Eligible staff are encouraged to apply for this post and will be given due consideration."
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.