Education Cluster Coordinator
Finn Church Aid
The Global Education Cluster (GEC) was established in 2007 and is co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children. Iit is the only global cluster to be co-lead by a UN agency and an NGO. The GEC brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics, and other partners under the shared goal of ensuring predictable, well-coordinated and equitable provision of education for children affected by humanitarian crises. The Global Education Cluster (GEC) plays a key role in supporting the coordination of Education in Emergency (EiE) responses in humanitarian crises. At the global level, the GEC has over 20 partners.
Finn Church Aid (FCA) is a key global partner of the Global Education Cluster and is committed to strengthening to interagency emergency responses by seconding one staff memberto the Rapid Response Team of the Global Education Cluster.
This advertisement calls for applications among qualified and interested candidates for the Education Cluster Coordinator position to be a Member of Global Education Cluster Rapid Response Team.
Purpose of the RRT
The main purpose of the RRT is to provide high quality, rapidly deployable education coordination capacity in humanitarian situations, including large scale emergencies (level 3) as first priority, other acute emergencies, and chronic crises. The RRT member will fulfil this through deployment to UNICEF at the country level, at a minimum of 48 hours’ notice, to support interagency coordination of education responses. The RRT member will be deployed approximately 50% of his/her time.
When the RRT team member is not deployed, he/she will contribute to a secondary purpose of the team, which is to support the work of the global level Education Cluster in strengthening education capacities at country level to prepare for, respond to and recover from humanitarian crises as per the Education Cluster Strategic Plan. 20 % of his/her time is dedicated to Education in Emergencies (EiE) related work for FCA.
Deployments will be managed at the global level by the Education Cluster Coordinator at UNICEF, in consultation with the RRT Steering committee. While in the field, the RRT team member will perform his/her duties under the supervision of designated senior UNICEF staff or inter-cluster coordinators. The Terms of Reference (TOR) for each mission will be specific to the given context, but will include the key elements of the generic TOR for Education Cluster coordinators.
While not-deployed, the RRT team member will perform his/her duties under the supervision of the Head of Humanitarian Assistance at FCA. The tasks will relate to strengthening technical capacity and providing operational support, in particular to strengthen Finn Church Aid’s contribution to the achievement of the global cluster work plan. Specific tasks will be agreed with the Education Cluster Unit in Geneva. The RRT team member will also participate in and support the annual global Education Cluster meeting, other selected meetings/workshops, and participate in capacity development/trainings related to the coordination function.
- The post holder is responsible for coherent and effective response of education sector in emergency situations through deployments as education cluster coordinator leading the following;
- Ensuring inclusion of key humanitarian partners for the sector
- Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms
- Coordination with national / local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors
- Ensure utilization of participatory and community based approaches
- Ensure integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues
- Ensure effective and coherent needs assessment and analysis
- Ensure adequate contingency planning and preparedness
- Ensure predictable action through planning and strategic development; identification of gaps, developing agreed response strategies and their inclusion in overall country strategies, such as SRP and developing exit strategies
- Ensure application of standards including policy, technical and IHL
- Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review the impact of the response and to ensure information sharing
- Identify core advocacy concerns and advocate for donors to fund humanitarian actors for priority activities
- Promote and support training of staff and capacity building of humanitarian partners and national authorities
- Ensure the responsibility of sector lead(s) as provider of last resort
- Support the work of the global level Education Cluster and strengthen capacities at country level
- Provision of remote support for country level
- Organizational development in emergency preparedness and humanitarian aid in relation to Cluster Coordination at FCA
Advanced degree in social sciences, (e.g. in education, humanitarian affairs, development studies, political science, or a related field) or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area. Specialisation in Education in Emergencies is an asset.
- A substantial professional experience with education in emergencies, including demonstrated experience/competencies in coordination (at least five years of relevant experience )
- Proven work experience in the field of humanitarian aid in operational NGOs and / or UNICEF, including extensive field experience; work experience in fragile states considered as asset
- Demonstrated experience with and knowledge in Cluster Approach and humanitarian architecture
- Strong interest and motivation for inter-agency coordination
- Experience with strategic planning, funding mobilisation and advocacy
- Demonstrated understanding of education in emergencies programming, needs assessment and monitoring
- Excellent negotiation, mediation and communication skills
- Flexibility, diplomacy, leadership, cultural sensitivity and team-spirit are important personal features
- Fluent English obligatory; Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish and/or Finnish considered as assets
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.
Cvailability: 15 March 2018
Duty station: Helsinki, with regular deployments to the field (50 % of time); there will be induction periods in Helsinki and Geneva. Remote work from another location is negotiable.
Contract: Until 31.3.2020 including four months’ probation period. Salary and other conditions are in accordance with Finn Church Aid Collective Agreement and internal policies.
For more information, please contact Eija Alajarva, Head of Humanitarian Assistance, FCA (e-mail eija.alajarva (at) kirkonulkomaanapu.fi). Unfortunately we are not able to answer queries by telephone.
Application and CV
Please apply using this and attach your CV. Applications are to be received no later than 4 March 2018 .