Education Sector Coordinator, Damascus, Syria

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Syria

City: Damascus

Office: UNICEF Damascus, Syria

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Education Sector Coordinator, P-4, Damascus, Syria #91853

Job no: 558686

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Syrian Arab Republic Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: Syria

Department/Office: Damascus, Syria

Categories: Education, Emergency

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Education

Find out how UNICEF programmes drive change for children and young people every day in Syria by visiting this: www.unicef.org/syria

How can you make a difference?

The objective of the Education Sector Coordinator (ESC) is to ensure a timely, coherent, and effective education response by mobilizing stakeholders to respond strategically to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The ESC is co-led by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF at the central and decentralized levels (6 Field Offices).

The key objective of the ESC is to support the Ministry of Education in ensuring children’s right to access education, recreation, and related activities while keeping education system recovery in mind.

On behalf of UNICEF, the Country Lead Agency for education coordination, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, adequate, coherent, and effective education in emergency response by members of the Education Sector. at the central and decentralized levels (6 Field Offices).

Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks

Some of the key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Programme Planning, Development and Management:

Monitor the performance of the core coordination functions

Establish and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism in line with the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHSs).

Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability, including the setting up of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) group t to support the coordination among the different actors further

In the framework of the Whole of Syria (WoS) approach, the Education Sector Coordinator relates with other hubs.

Regularly in contact with Field Offices, providing guidance, coordination, and required support.

Communication, Collaboration, Networking, and Partnership:

Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps.

Interact with other sector working groups (including through inter-sectoral coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners.

Resource Mobilization:

Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the ESC and its response.

Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring:

Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDs, Covid, cholera, climate change, and digital learning.

Maintain flexibility within the ESC to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities, and participation, including support to digital learning.

Knowledge Management:

Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between ESC members and other stakeholders.

Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms (complaint boxes).

Coordination performance will be assessed and reported against the following core coordination functions:

Supporting service delivery

Informing strategic decision-making of the Humanitarian Coordinator - Resident Coordinator/ Humanitarian Country Team for the humanitarian response

Planning and strategy development, including annual workplan, JENA exercise, CCPM, HNO/HRP and any other relevant programmatic document

Advocacy

Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the ESC strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary

Contingency planning/preparedness/capacity building in situations where there is a high risk of recurring or significant new disaster and where sufficient capacity exists within the ESC

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

Advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Education; Primary Education, or Social Sciences fields relevant to international development and education emergency assistance.

A minimum of eight years of professional experience in fields relevant to Education in Emergencies programmes, at the national and international levels is required.

Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.

Demonstrated professional technical expertise in education in emergencies, early recovery, and post-crisis transition. In-depth understanding of the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery

Language: Fluency in English is required. knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValue

Core Competencies:

Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (1)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

Works Collaboratively with others (2)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

Drive to achieve impactful results (2)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks: UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable females are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Contract Duration: Two years, Fixed term Appointment.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which UNICEF will facilitate, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained or necessary inoculation requirements are not met within a reasonable period for any reason.

Please note that Damascus is a non-family duty station.

Advertised: Jan 17 2023 Syria Standard Time Application close: Jan 31 2023 Syria Standard Time

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Closes Jan 31 2023

Education Sector Coordinator, P-4, Damascus, Syria #91853 in Syrian Arab Republic

The objective of the Education Sector Coordinator (ESC) is to ensure a timely, coherent and effective education response by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a strategic manner to the on-going humanitarian crisis in Syria. The ECC is co-led by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, at the central and decentralized levels (6 Field Offices). The key objective of the ESC is to support the Ministry of Education in ensuring children’s right of access to education, recreation and related activities, while keeping education system recovery in mind. On behalf of UNICEF, the Country Lead Agency for education coordination, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, adequate, coherent, and effective education in emergency response by members of the Education Sector. at the central and decentralized levels (6 Field Offices).

Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1673965127124