UN Associate Education Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Uganda
Position Number: 10026357
Internal/External Vacancy Notice Number: 035/2018
Reports to:
Protection Officer (Community Based)
Post Grade: NOB
About UNHCR:
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
Associate Education Officer will act as a focal point for education in the West
Nile region under the leadership of the Protection Officer (Community Based),
support UNHCR work regarding education and advocacy on all issues related to
UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions. Under the general
direction of supervising Officers, the incumbent will support the
implementation of global level policies, including the UNHCR Education
Strategy. The incumbent may liaise with the Ministry of Education and with
Education Coordination networks at national, provincial and district levels to
improve the quality of refugee education. He/She will liaise with partners to
assess the education context, to develop an implementation plan and to monitor
the programme and assess impact. He/She will work in collaboration with
in-country education partners to improve access to, and quality of, refugee
education at all levels, both formal and non-formal and may liaise with
partners for joint support for education access for refugee and host community
children. He/She will develop innovative education approaches for emerging
needs in refugee education, including attention to special needs, minorities,
girls, pre-school education and non-formal activities. He/She will facilitate
inter-sectoral linkages with programmatic areas including child protection,
SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods and health, among others. The
incumbent may supervise lower grade education staff.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Strategic Direction
and Coordination:
  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural
    developments that have an impact on access to and quality of education and
    inform the development of the education strategy.
  • Actively pursue opportunities to implement UNHCRs urban policy and
    support mainstreaming refugees within national education systems
  • Coordinate with relevant partners to support access to education for
    refugees and host communities.
Response and
  • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation
    related to education for persons of concern
  • Coordinate with partners and other actors in education to adapt the
    Education Strategy to the local context and ensure ownership
  • Collaborate closely with partners to ensure coherent annual planning
    based on a longer-term strategy, and jointly monitor and assess
    implementation, providing advice on programme reorientation where
  • Offer technical advice and guidance on education issues to persons
    of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance and
    recognition of education relevant documentation
  • Implement education programmes in line with Inter-agency Network for
    Education in Emergencies (INEE) standards and the child protection systems
  • Facilitate inter-sectoral linkages with child protection, SGBV,
    gender, community services, livelihoods, environment, shelter and health,
    among others
  • Provide inputs for the development of global/regional international
    education policies and standards
  • Ensure that PASS instructions relating to education programming and
    reporting are understood and followed
  • Intervene in cases of denial of access to education with government
    and other relevant parties.
  • Identify and promote education activities that support durable
    solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where
    appropriate, resettlement
  • Assess needs for services of persons of concern, as related to
    education, and coordinate partners responses
  • Systematically promote and comply with the Age, Gender and Diversity
    policy and other priorities such as the guidelines on HIV/AIDS.
Information Management and Research:
  • Advocate with authorities for respect of the right of persons of
    concern to an education and for their access to education services
  • Coordinate with Education networks and ensure that refugee education
    interests are understood and included in relevant policies and initiatives
  • Identify gaps in education service provision and advocate with
    relevant authorities for service provision
  • Ensure that best practices are identified, documented and widely
  • Provide support in the country education information management
    strategy through the collection of disaggregated data on populations of
    concern, and ensure the collection and dissemination of education
    information and best practices to enhance education delivery.
Promotion and
Capacity Building:
  • Undertake initiatives to build the capacity of communities and
    persons of concern to assert their right to education and access to
    quality education.
  • Promote and participate in initiatives to capacitate national
    authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen access to
    quality, certified education for refugees.
External Relations: Contribute to a communications strategy that
generates external support for UNHCRs education activities and the education
rights of persons of concern.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • The education needs of refugees are met through the application of
    International and National Commitments, including the MDGs and EFA
    commitments, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles
    governing humanitarian coordination, including those of the INEE.
    Education activities are guided by global, regional and country priorities
    and reflect UNHCR policy on age, gender and diversity (AGD).
  • Issues related to education access and quality is addressed from a
    longer-term perspective.
  • Collaborative, consultative partnerships ensure quality education
    planning and service provision for refugees.
  • Participation of persons of concern in decisions and initiatives
    pertaining to their own education is assured through continuous assessment
    and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches.
  • All protection incidents related to education activities are
    immediately identified and addressed.
  • Integrity in the delivery of education services is assured by
    education and protection staff. Persons of concern are treated with
    dignity and respect

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Associate Education
    Officer job opportunity should hold a University degree in Education or
    Social Sciences or previous job experience relevant to the function with
    at least 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Background in relevant education systems with good knowledge of
    relevant curricula.
  • Demonstrated work experience in education programmes
  • Field experience in programme implementation and coordination
  • Knowledge of refugee protection principles and framework
  • Familiarity with INEE standards
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN
    language. Very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is
  • Training and coaching skills/facilitation of learning
  • Field experience in education programme implementation and
  • Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes
  • Previous experience with educational research, teaching or education
  • Demonstrated expertise in community services, community
    development/organization, social work, social surveys/ assessment,
    counselling, or related areas
  • Team building/development training
How to Apply:
All interested
candidates 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 details.
Deadline: 30th May 2018
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