Education Specialist (Cluster Coordination)

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Education Specialist (Cluster Coordination)
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Under the overall guidance and direction of the Senior Emergency Coordinator/ Head of MENARO Gaziantep hub, the Education Specialist/Cluster Coordinator supports in the managing facilitate the process of ensuring a coherent and effective emergency education response in northern Syria, by mobilizing cluster partners to respond in a strategic manner. In addition, the Education cluster will double hat by managing UNICEF education response under UNSC resolutions 2450.The Specialist contributes to achievement of concrete and sustainable programs/projects results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:  

1.  Management and advisory support to the Senior Emergency Coordinator

  • Provide advice in establishing the annual work plan including developing strategies and determining priorities/targets and performance measurements. Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards and report on critical issues for timely action.
  • Provide technical assistance/advice to colleagues on all aspects of education programming and implementation to enable colleagues to achieve program/performance objectives.

2.  Education Cluster Lead, main tasks and deliverable

Establishment and maintenance of effective coordination mechanisms

  • Ensure appropriate coordination with NGOs and other actors. This will involve liaising and working with relevant counterparts to support coordination mechanisms
  • Participate in all relevant sector WGs and inter/cross-cluster meetings.
  • Identify and establish contact with all other relevant cluster stakeholders including national and international organizations, and representatives of affected populations. Invite these stakeholders to participate as partners in the work of the cluster as appropriate.
  • Convene and facilitate meetings of the cluster (and/or joint meetings with another cluster), increasing or reducing their frequency as needed but being careful to avoid meeting overload. Ensure that cluster meetings are well-managed and action and results-oriented, with decisions clearly communicated to relevant cluster partners and stakeholders. Ensure that meetings are managed in line with the Principles of Partnership.
  • Establish and manage temporary technical working groups for the undertaking of specific tasks
  • Represent the Education Cluster at every cross-cluster  and  Inter-Agency meeting

Preparedness and capacity-development

  • Lead early warning, contingency planning, and emergency preparedness efforts for the cluster; ensure adequate cluster participation in cross-cluster early warning, contingency planning and emergency preparedness activities.
  • Undertake capacity mapping and gap identification exercises to develop a capacity-development strategy for the Cluster.
  • Identify the training needs of cluster partners and advocate to lead-agencies, donors or other stakeholders to meet these needs.

Needs assessment, analysis, prioritization and planning

  • Organize joint field missions, needs assessments and analysis among cluster partners.
  • Participate in joint cross-cluster needs assessment exercises as appropriate to ensure that identified needs, gaps and priorities are as evidence-based as possible.
  • Transition planning
  • Co-lead on the design of appropriate transition strategies for the cluster to ensure continuity between the humanitarian response, recovery and development phases and disaster risk reduction initiatives.

Application of standards, guidelines and good practice

  • Facilitate discussion and agreement on the use of common standards and tools among cluster partners. Promote awareness of, adherence to and update of the cluster developed tools.
  • Ensure to the extent possible that cluster partners use common standards and tools for information collection/sharing and data management, including in needs assessments and monitoring.
  • Ensure that cluster partners are aware of relevant commitments that the Government has made under international human rights and humanitarian law and promote a response that is in line with these commitments.

Information management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • Facilitate adequate reporting and information sharing, both within the cluster and with other clusters.
  • Weekly and continuous information management of national and sub-national partners
  • Monthly management of 5W using Activity Info.
  • Advocacy
  • Together with cluster partners, identify core advocacy concerns for the cluster and contribute key messages to the broader advocacy
  • Resource Mobilisation
  • Following thorough and transparent consultation within the cluster, provide leadership and strategic direction in the assessment and prioritisation of project proposals, activities and initiatives for inclusion in the Strategic Response Plan, pooled funding requests and other inter-agency funding appeals;

3.  Response/ Program development and planning

  • Plan and/or provide technical assistance and operational support to the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation of the education sector in the north  to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on education issues are available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on education and to set the response priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans (under UNSCR 2450).
  • Keep abreast of WoS national/regional/international development priorities on education to enhance the response management and delivery.
  • Participate in NLGI and WoS strategic program discussion on the planning of education programs/projects. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal for the sector, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans  and CCCs.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the sector/s using on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

4.  Program management, monitoring and quality control of results

  • Plan and/or collaborate with monitoring and evaluation initiatives to establish benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF indicators (3PM and HPMS), to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable response and results in education programs.
  • Participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Monitor programs/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Plan, monitor and control the use of program resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) certifying/verifying compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Submit/prepare program/project reports to donors and other partners to keep them informed on program progress and critical issues

5.  Advisory services and technical support

  • Provide technical advice to key NGO, UN system and other office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on education and other related issues to support program development planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Coordinate/ensure the availability of technical experts (with Regional Office/HQ) to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming/project processes.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and consideration.
  • Participate in discussions on education emergency preparedness, programming and contingency planning to ensure proactive and appropriate response are in place to meet onset of emergencies.

6. Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with   UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on education.
  • Prepare communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances for sustainable results and support fund raising for UNICEF and Country Office education programmes and emergency interventions.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency and cluster discussions and planning on education and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in all  processed

7. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable education programs/projects initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices on education management and information systems. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
  • Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programs/projects.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced University Degree in education, economics, psychology, sociology or other social science field is required. Or A first level (Bachelor) University Degree in related fields with 10 years professional experience may be acceptable in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in Programme planning, management, and/or research in education at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Experience working in the UN system agency or UN organization is an asset. Familiarity with emergency response is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
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