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For every child, a champion
UNICEF Nigeria recently scaled up its integrated humanitarian response plan, and is leading humanitarian response in the education, WASH and nutrition sectors in the country, as well as the child protection sub-sector. We are tackling the resurgence of wild poliovirus, and are promoting health care access overall. We are also working on bringing 100 percent access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. We are working with partners on early childhood education initiatives and are supporting the national HIV program. In addition, UNICEF Nigeria is providing support for three critical child protection initiatives.
Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.
How can you make a difference?
The Education Sector Coordinator is expected to support country level leadership and facilitate coordination of humanitarian Education actors, provide strategic guidance in the planning and implementation of the education sector response and its technical components, in line with the Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plans and international humanitarian standards, act as an interface between the humanitarian education partners and duty bearers to ensure education related needs of the affected population are properly covered; and ensure prioritization, evidence- based actions and gap filling to enhance and accountable, predictable and effective education response to the affected population.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Synergize the work of the Education Sector Partners (UN Agencies, NGO, Civil Society Organisations etc.) supporting humanitarian actions in Nigeria, working closely with other clusters within the IASC closely with all cluster members other IASC Clusters working within the Nigeria Inter Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) within its mandate to together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies in Nigeria.
- Support country level leadership and facilitate coordination of humanitarian Education actors;
- Provide strategic guidance in the planning and implementation of the education sector response and its technical components, in line with the Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plans and international humanitarian standards;
- Act as an interface between the humanitarian education partners and duty bearers to ensure education related needs of the affected population are properly covered; and
- Ensure prioritisation, evidence- based actions and gap filling to enhance and accountable, predictable and effective education response to the affected population.
- Maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism and strengthen pre-existing coordination systems to increase predictability and accountability;
- Build complementarity of partner actions, avoiding duplication and addressing gaps in education programming;
- Lead and harmonise education-specific and multi-sector needs assessments, and secondary data reviews;
- Responsible for the analysis of sector data to inform decision-making and sharing of important information with key stakeholders;
- Lead on the development and implementation of an overall strategy for the Education Sector, as well as area-specific response plans as necessary;
- Ensuring vital Information Management (IM) tasks and functions are carried out by the Sector IM colleagues, to support the information needs of Sector partners’ and OCHA, including monthly Dashboards, google mapping of 5W data, full reporting on Activity Info, updating the Sector website, maintaining updated contact list, etc.;
- Oversee the appropriate training of partners, including on collection of data related to attacks on education, fundraising for education, teacher training topics, how to manage a temporary learning space, etc.;
- Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the Education Sector and its response;
- Maintain flexibility within the Sector to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation;
- Interact with other Sectors (including through inter-sector coordination fora), humanitarian actors, donors and government counterparts for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
- Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms;
- Monitor performance of the core sector functions; and
- Ensure effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the national sector coordinator and sector focal points.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education: Advanced university Degree, in a subject area relevant to Education in Emergencies or Humanitarian Programming. Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for an advanced degree. Formal training in Sector coordination an advantage. Educational background in information management and data analysis considered a strong advantage.*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- Work Experience:Minimum 8 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including inter-agency coordination of an Education in Emergencies response. Experience in information management and data analysis considered a strong advantage. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.Familiarity/background with emergency is considered as an asset.
- Language Proficiency:Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are:
- Leading and supervising (I)
- Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and networking (II)
- Persuading and influencing – (II)
- Deciding and initiating action (II)
- Applying Technical Expertise (III)
View our competency framework at:http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=518618