UNHCR Education Consultant: Ninemillion Project Officer
Closing date: 24 Dec 2012
Established in December 1950, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of concern. In more than six decades, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. UNHCR works in 125 countries to care for the world’s millions of refugees, internally displaced, and stateless persons.
UNHCR’s Education Unit is working to ensure that refugees, returnees and stateless persons have access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities. The UNHCR Education Strategy 2012-2016 (http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/4f4cd9812.html) outlines six strategic actions to help achieve these goals and explicitly lists the use of ICT as a key approach.
In 2006, UNHCR and its corporate partners developed a campaign to help refugee and displaced children around the world, the Ninemillion project. Under the slogan "Nine million faces. Nine million names. Nine million stories," the project has been raising awareness about the needs of refugee children and raising funds for access to education, technology and sport.
The education consultant will work in the Education Unit, but will also work closely with other units within UNHCR, especially those dealing with information management and technical infrastructure, in addition to the Livelihoods Unit and Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR). The consultant’s focus will be on the intersection of the Ninemillion Project priorities--education, technology and sport--and the six actions and four approaches of the UNHCR education Strategy 2012-2016. Key areas of overlap are education M&E, sport for education and protection, technology and education, and technology and education management.
The consultant will help manage and oversee work being done in three areas (sport, technology and information management), and ensure that activities and strategies fit together coherently and support the overall roll out of the Education Strategy and the objective of improving access to and quality of education for refugees, returnees and stateless persons in UNHCR's population of concern.
The Ninemillion project themes continue to be central to UNHCR's organizational objectives, although they are so far developed to different degrees. From 2011 onwards UNHCR has made radical advances in establishing the role of education as a significant element of both protection and durable solutions. Likewise, in 2012 UNHCR made significant headway in developing the role of technology in terms of accessing quality education as well as in managing education information.
Following suit, UNHCR is positioned to develop sports as an integral protection tool throughout 2013. Eight thematic areas have been established (education, child protection, community mobilization, peace-building, livelihoods, disability, gender and mental & physical health), which will be further developed throughout 2013. The education consultant will be responsible for ensuring that all three strands continue to move forward and synergies between the areas can be leveraged.
The consultant will be responsible for the following:
1. The 2012 education baseline data findings workshop takes place in early 2013.
2. Data is analyzed and used in the 2013 Annual Programme Review process.
3. Country Offices receive sport programming guidance in time for the 2014 planning process.
4. UNHCR education 2012 priority countries (with baselines) continue data collection in 2013.
5. UNHCR education 2013 priority countries develop education baselines.
6. ICT and education approaches and technologies are coordinated with education IM approaches and technologies (for example, tools such as tablets are used in a way that is complimentary to both aims)
7. There is a doubling or tripling of the number of Country Operations that select sport outputs in 2014.
8. Act as a focal point to ensure that donations allocated towards ninemillion.org, refugee sport and ear-marked projects are being disbursed and managed according to agreements with the other partners of the campaigns and in line with UNHCR policies and guidelines.
9. Mobilize relevant sections of UNHCR to support strategic fundraising and secure financial support for our education work.
10. Advocate for the importance of sports and secondary education with a particular focus on girls with the Bureaux, field, DIP and other internal partners.
11. Expand external partnerships in the area of sports with a view to share ideas and best practices on sports strategies as well as assist the field in identifying new and/ or existing competent partners.
12. Ensure reflection of quality education and sports activities in the PSFR thematic education funding proposal, and produce regular donor briefings and updates, and communication material.
13. Manage the ninemillion.org portion of UNHCR’s global budget, negotiate as required allocation of funds in accordance with the Resource Allocation Framework, report and track expenditures related to the project.
14. Together with the field operations, coordinate, gather and consolidate all required reports to donors including an analysis of the impact of the programme.
15. Liaise and coordinate with Department of External Relations (DER)/Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR) with regards to project submissions status and contribution records. In collaboration with DER/PSFR and country and regional programmes, support the education team to develop successful, high quality proposals to donors for education, growing our income and the scale of our programming.
The consultant requires:
• University Degree in Education, Change Management, Social Sciences, Sports Education or other relevant field. Master’s degree preferred.
• Thorough understanding of ICT in education, project management, communications and education in emergency contexts.
• Experience in sport for peace and development.
• Experience working with refugees, returnees, stateless persons or internally displaced persons.
• 4-10 years of valuable relevant work experience especially education development-related work in international settings.
• Excellent project management, communication, inter-personal and organization skills.
Timeline & Start Date:
Start date is in January 2013 and the contract will run to the end of December 2013, with a possibility of renewal. The consultant will work in the UNHCR Geneva Office and sit with the Education Unit.
How to apply:
Applicants are to send a completed and signed P11 form (www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc), CV and letter of motivation to Terra MacKinnon at mackinno(at)unhcr.org by December 24.