Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Job Posting with UNICEF

Education Cluster Coordinator (Open to Sudanese Nationals ONLY)
Khartoum, Sudan
10 May 2018


On behalf of the IASC Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan and UNICEF (as the lead agency for the IASC Education cluster), and in collaboration with the State Authorities, the main purpose of the Education Cluster Coordinator post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective Education response in Sudan by a mobilized and adequately resourced group of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities etc. The incumbent is to assists the Government of Sudan and state authorities in Education cluster visioning, strategy formulation and the articulation of a 'Road Map' to provide adequate Education responses to emergency-affected populations.

Fixed Term, NO-4, Khartoum, Sudan - This position is open to Sudanese Nationals ONLY. 


UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child,

Sudan is a huge country, more than four times the size of Sweden and the third largest in Africa—even after South Sudan was carved out in 2011. Sudan has a lot of land and resources, a population of 40 million and a history that predates the Nubian kingdoms established along the Nile River around 4,000 BC.

Sudan's children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives improve. Fewer boys and girls are dying before their fifth birthday. Primary school attendance is increasing. Immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free.

Still, millions of children continue to suffer from chronic conflict, from seasonal natural disasters and disease outbreaks, from under-investment in basic social services. Sudan ranks as one of the worst in the world for malnutrition, and three million of its school aged children are not in the classroom.


1. Inclusion of key humanitarian partners

  • Ensure inclusion of key Education humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities including OIC, ICRC, UN, INGOs, LNGOs, Government, Civil society.
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the Education cluster's response plans and operations.

2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms at National level and at State level:

  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all Education humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, etc), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate Education Cluster/sector coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the National, and State levels
  • Promote Education emergency response actions while at the same time considering Education within recovery and development planning through close interaction with the Education Section. Ensure inter-cluster and programme response planning with other Clusters/sector groups specifically in the areas of WASH, CP, health, nutrition, and other key sectors as appropriate.
  • Represent the interests of the Education Cluster/sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator, OCHA, Inter Sector Working Group, and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy

3. Coordination with national/local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other actors

  • Ensure that Education humanitarian responses build on local capacities
  • Ensure appropriate links with national and local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors (e.g. peacekeeping forces) and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange with them
  • Strengthen Government Capacity to support and co-chair cluster coordination mechanisms in the Khartoum and at the Stale Level.

4. Attention to priority cross-cutting issues

  • Ensure integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in Education assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights)
  • Ensure effective and coherent Education assessment and analysis, involving all relevant partners.

5. Planning and strategy development

  • Developing/updating agreed Education response strategies and action plans and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the HPC, HNO and SRP, Contingency plans, and in the broader UNDAF as appropriate.
  • Drawing lessons learned from past Education activities, revising strategies and action plans accordingly
  • Developing an exit, or transition, strategy for the Education interventions and key Cluster/sector partners.

6. Application of standards

  • Ensure that Education cluster/sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law
  • Ensure that Education responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.
  • Ensure all agreed upon guidelines at country level are followed and adhered to in all Education response.

7. Monitoring and reporting

  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place (with OCHA and UNHCR support) to review impact of Education interventions and progress against implementation plans including monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost.  Target population data including desegregation by sex, age etc. of service delivery
  • Ensure adequate Education impact reporting and effective information sharing (with OCHA and UNHCR support) to demonstrate the closing of gaps
  • Ensure the cluster adapts verification, monitoring, reporting and evaluation tools with innovations as appropriate such as mobile technology, third party monitoring, pictures, etc.
  • Ensure that the cluster evaluates own performance on a regular basis and ensure corrective actions hence improved cluster coordination and response.

8. Advocacy and resource mobilization

  • Identify core Education advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the HC, OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, Government, and other actors
  • Act as the media spokesperson for the cluster/sector highlighting the key issues, concerns and achievements within the cluster/sector to the outside world
  • Advocate for donors to fund Education actors to carry out priority Education activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging actors to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.
  • Produce and publish a quarterly Education cluster bulletin and other regular reports as tools to show onward progress on the cluster response in relation to the workplan/response plan.

9. Training and capacity building

  • Promote and support training of Education humanitarian personnel in areas such as Minimum Standards for Emergency Education and capacity building of humanitarian partners, based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity
  • Support efforts to strengthen the Education capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society Build capacity of the cluster/sector partners in Education in Emergencies, cluster coordination, transformative agenda in order to effectively understand the cluster roles and responsibilities as well as be able to fully support cluster functions

10. Accountability to Affected Populations

  • Ensuring that mechanisms, agreed upon by cluster partners are in place to consult and involve affected populations in decision-making about programme implementation
  • Ensure that there is a system for community/ beneficiary complaints and a proper investigation mechanism is in place and actions drawn in a transparent manner.


1. Education

  • Advanced university degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Education; Primary Education, or Social Sciences fields relevant to international development assistance.
  • Some demonstrative capacity to identify and monitor gender inequalities, as well as develop and implement gender mainstreaming in programmes. Additional training in Education or Communication for Development (Programme Communication), an asset.

2.  Work Experience

  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the UN or other international development organization, national government or the private sector. Field work experience. Background/familiarity with Emergency (preparedness and response) and the IASC Cluster approach.

3.  Language Proficiency 

  • Fluency in English and another UN language 
  • Working knowledge of Arabic an asset


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