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.
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.
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 .
Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s biggest development co-operation organisation and the second biggest organisation in Finland working in humanitarian aid. Finn Church Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance (ACT), an alliance of faith-based development and humanitarian aid organisations forming one of the world’s largest aid organisations.