Assistant Education Officer new job at UNHCR in Kampala, Uganda 2023

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Job Description

Job Category:

Job Location:
Adjumani

Education Level:
Bachelor Degree

Years Of Experience

Job Details

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Family Type

Family

Residential location (if applicable)

Grade

NOA

Staff Member / Affiliate Type

National Professional Officer

Reason

Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted

No

Target Start Date

2023-03-01-08:00

Job Posting End Date

March 14, 2023

Standard Job Description

Assistant Education Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

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.

Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the GCR into impactful results, including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Assistant Education Officer, in collaboration with the Education Section in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), will provide technical support to UNHCR Country Office(s) and partners to advocate for and implement the objectives of Refugee Education 2030:

1. Promote equitable and sustainable inclusion in national education systems for refugees, asylum seekers, returnees, stateless and internally displaced persons

2. Foster safe enabling environments that support learning

3. Enable learners to use their education toward sustainable futures

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 of UNHCR.

This will require maintaining close contact with other Country Offices in the region and Divisions, particularly the DRS, on the overall education policy direction of UNHCR, on monitoring and assessing impact, on provision of external technical assistance, and on liaising with partner agencies. The incumbent is normally supervised by the Senior Protection Officer, Protection Officer, Senior Programme Officer, Programme Officer or a higher grade Education Officer, depending on the office context.

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.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties

1. 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.

2. Engage, promote and foster partnerships/collaboration with national education stakeholders and bodies in line with GCR.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.).

8. 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.

9. Assist the supervisor in monitoring the implementation of education programmes and provide guidance on orientation.

10. Support the supervisor in monitoring the implementation of Global Refugee Forum pledges within the AoR.

11. 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.

12. Train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics.

13. Assist with the development and dissemination of relevant tools to support UNHCR staff and partners within the AoR.

14. Support active exchange of information and that best practices are identified, documented and disseminated both within the AoR and beyond.

15. 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).

16. Prepare and draft education input in key internal and external documents and reports.

17. Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

1. For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Education; Social Sciences;

or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

Not specified

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential:

2. Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination.

3. Excellent analytical skills and drafting skills.

4. Strong communications/presentations skills.

5. Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision.

6. Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.

Desirable:

1. Field experience in education programme implementation and coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts.

2. Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other line Ministries.

3. Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes.

4. Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards.

5. Experience in the area of child protection.

6. 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

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

The desired candidate has the following profile:

• Committed and hard-working professional who respects her/his colleagues and upholds UNHCR values.

• Desirable experience as per the Job Description. Field work in implementing a refugee education programme, preferably for South Sudanese refugees, is an asset.

• Mature and posed, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build effective relationships with colleagues and partners in the multi-cultural environment.

• Ability to identify and solve problems by applying creativity and interpersonal skills; positive attitude to transform challenges into opportunities to find solutions.

• Demonstrated time management skills.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):

Desired languages

Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

Most of the UNHCR international staff live in a up to standard guesthouses in Adjumani

Most national staff find accommodation in Pakelle or Adjumani.

Practice precautions for your health. Talk to your doctor about which items (prescription medicine, medical supplies…) are most important for you and be able to purchase and pack these items.

Security situation in the operational area is relative good with few common crime incidents but one must be vigilant outside UNHCR office/guesthouse.

Nature of Position:

Sub-Office Adjumani covers two districts namely, Adjumani and Lawmo. As of January 2023, the refugee population is over 208,000 for Adjumani (45% children 5-18 years) and 71,000 in Palabek (50% of school age children).

Adjumani has 19 settlements, Lamwo has 1 settlement (Palabek) divided into 10 zones. The operation is hosting mainly South Sudanese refugees.

UNHCR implementing partners directly support 53 schools by providing teachers, scholastic materials and training: 33 primary and 5 secondary in Adjumani District settlements, 13 primary and 2 secondary in Lamwo District. Gross enrolment data for refugees (2022): 17,945 primary students in Adjumani (F 8,830, M 9,115) and 21,058 in Lamwo (F 7,401, M 9,899). Secondary school students: 2,272 refugees in Adjumani (F 610, M 1,662) and 1,029 in Palabek (F 253, M 776).

The education response is constrained by lack of resources for teacher salaries and limited infrastructure. The number of students per class, latrine, teacher, desk and textbook is significantly higher than national standards. Access to quality education remains limited, especially for girls and in secondary education. Tertiary and vocational education options are scarce.

Under the supervision on the Senior Protection Officer, the incumbent will coordinate the activities of the educational sector for gazetted and community schools serving refugee population, interact with the District Educational Officers, partners, educational personnel, school managing bodies and other actors, design and implement educational projects, suggest resource allocation and ensure management of education-related information.

The principal role of the Associate Education Officer is to promote the inclusion of refugees into national education systems through effective partnerships and advocacy with relevant district authorities, development actors, private sector, UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs operating in Adumani and Lamwo districts. The incumbent will provide leadership and technical support for the area of operations on early childhood, learning achievement, primary education, accelerated education, secondary education, non-formal education, scholarships and tertiary education, education in emergencies etc. Responsibilities include overseeing implementation of education activities in coordination with government authorities, implementing and operational partners, refugee leaders and other community structures, collaboration with others work units through the multi-functional team, project partnership agreements, management and other processes with strong emphasis on community empowerment. Internally, the incumbent will have routine working contacts with staff in all functional areas: Protection—particularly Child Protection and prevention of gender-based violence, Field, Security, Registration, and Technical (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Public Health; Environment), Programme and Livelihoods.

The Assistant Education Officer will receive technical supervision from the Education Unit in Kampala and 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. S/he will produce written reports and presentations, organise and deliver training and undertake other relevant duties as required.

Living and Working Conditions:

The Sub-Offce is located at Pakelle Town, 8 km from Adjumani Town (disctrict centre).

Adjumani has limited basic amenities notably accommodation, hospital, schools, and road network. There are no international schools or shopping malls, and the nearest major town (Gulu) is 108 km away from the duty station. Adjumani is generally hot and the temperatures range between 29-45 degrees centigrade. The host communities are hospitable and supportive of refugees, Partners, and UN Agencies.

Road transport is the main mode used to reach the capital Kampala which is almost 500 km away by a fully paved road.

Additional Qualifications

Skills

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

Education

BA: Education (Required), BA: Social Science (Required)

Certifications

Work Experience

Competencies

• Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Policy research & development, Teamwork & collaboration

 

Job Qualifications

 

Application Process
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