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

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10030503
Reports to: UNHCR
Protection Officer
Vacancy Notice: 002/2019
Duty Station: Uganda
Post Grade: NOA
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 Assistant Education Officer will act as a focal point for
education in the area of operation and, under the leadership of the supervising
officer(s), support UNHCR work regarding education and advocacy on all issues
related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions. He/she normally
works under the direct supervision of the UNHCR Protection Officer and overall
supervision of the Deputy Representative (Protection). Under the direction of
supervising Officers, the incumbent will support the implementation of global
level policies, including the UNHCR Education Strategy, adapted to the local
context. He will participate in liaising with partners to assess the education
context, to develop an implementation plan and to monitor the programme and
assess impact. Heshe 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 support
the implementation of 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 support inter sectoral
linkages with child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods
and health, among others
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.
Response and Advice:
  • Assist in providing comments to the
    relevant authorities on existing and draft legislation related to
    education and persons of concern.
  • Coordinate with partners and other
    actors in education to adapt the Education Strategy to the local context
    and ensure ownership.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance on
    education issues to persons of concern of all ages; liaise with competent
    authorities to ensure the issuance of education relevant documentation.
  • Implement education programmes in line
    with Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) standards
    and the child protection systems approach
  • Support 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 education policies and standards.
  • Identify cases of denial of access to
    education with government and other relevant parties and recommend
    appropriate responses.
  • 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 (ADG) and HIV/AIDS policy
Advocacy, 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.
  • Ensure that best practices are
    identified, documented and widely disseminated.
  • Support the country education
    information management strategy through the collection of disaggregated
    data on populations of concern and 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 UNHCR 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).
  • Participation of persons of concern is
    assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory,
    rights and community based approaches.
  • Persons of concern are treated with
    dignity and respect and all protection incidents are immediately
    identified and addressed 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).
  • Participation of persons of concern is
    assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory,
    rights and community based approaches.
  • Persons of concern are treated with
    dignity and respect and all protection incidents are immediately
    identified and addressed – Intervene with authorities on education issues.
  • Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR.
  • Issue documents and reports for
    clearance by the Education or Protection and/or Senior Protection Officer.
  • Issue recommendations on individual
    education related cases.
  • Approve individual payments to
    individual cases
  • Intervene with authorities on education
    issues.
  • Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR.
  • Issue documents and reports for
    clearance by the Education or Protection and/or Senior Protection Officer.
  • Issue recommendations on individual
    education related cases.
  • Approve individual payments to
    individual cases


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Education
    Officer job opportunity should hold a University Degree (equivalent of a
    BA/BS) in Education or Social Sciences or a related field plus minimum 1
    year of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree
    (equivalent of a Masters) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may
    also be accepted.
  • Demonstrated work experience in the education sector.
  • Extensive knowledge of refugee protection principles and framework.
  • Familiarity with INEE standards.
  • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if
    not English.
Desirable
  • Field experience in education programme implementation and
    coordination.
  • Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes.
  • Background in relevant education systems with good knowledge of
    relevant curricula.
  • Demonstrated expertise in education programming, community services,
    community development/organization, social work, social surveys/
    assessment, counselling, or related areas.
  • Team building/development training.
  • Knowledge of additional UN languages.
How to Apply:
All interested
Ugandan nationals 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: 10th January 2019
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