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

Job Posting with UNHCR

Education Officer (Emergencies)
Nairobi (RSC), Kenya
18 October 2018


The Education Officer (Emergencies) will support and strengthen operational capacity to country, regional and global education actors to carry out effective and harmonised education coordination, joint planning and response. The main areas of focus are to strengthen collaboration in emergencies globally, regionally and at country level as well as to build an evidence and learning base for improved joint planning and coordination at all levels that is disseminated and implemented.

The Education Officer (Emergencies) will be based out of UNHCR's Regional Service Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.


The New York Declaration of September 2016 and the ensuing development of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) have established an agreed framework for a holistic approach to supporting and sustainably strengthening refugee hosting communities and service provision. Within this approach, UNHCR's refugee education strategy emphasizes the protection sensitive and safe access, quality and sustainability of education service provision and inclusion in national education within 3 months of displacement. Refugee inclusion within existing programmes and strengthened partnerships to support this to the benefit of both refugee and host community children is part of this direction, and education plays a prominent part in this approach. Displaced children have a much higher probability for missing out on schooling than many other groups, and provisions need to be made to support them to successfully re-enter an education system. Insufficient access to continuous education is a major protection concern in many regions and particularly at the onset of emergencies.


The Education Officer (Emergencies) will provide technical guidance, advice and operational support on refugee access to education in emergency situations and advocate on issues related to UNHCR's strategic directions and education programmes in emergencies. Support and capacity development will also be provided to staff so that they can support, through innovation or good practices, the amplification of, or new approaches, that lead to, inclusion of refugee students in national education at all levels in host country contexts in emergency responses. This includes equipping and supporting staff and partners in operations and at the regional levels to increase and improve education access for persons of concern. It entails ensuring close contact with country offices on the overall protection and solutions policy direction of UNHCR and integrating education within this, and on monitoring and assessing impact particularly in partnership with education partner agencies.


- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a Ba/BS) in Education, Social Work, Community Development or a related field plus minimum of 6 years of experience in humanitarian or development education programming, including minimum two years in emergencies. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- Demonstrable technical expertise in education in emergencies and development, early recovery and post crisis transition, preferably as it relates to refugees.
- Developing country field experience in functions that are relevant to the position.
- Knowledge and experience in education  related sub-sectors in development or humanitarian context
- Experience supporting joint needs assessments, strategic response planning and funding appeals.
- Experience in coordination of sector working groups or Education Cluster and/or demonstrable ability to work with diverse groups of stakeholders and to develop consensus and partnerships.
- Excellent knowledge of English including strong and demonstrated communications/presentation skills in English.

- Understanding of UNHCR Education policy as it is expressed in the UNHCR Education Strategy an added advantage.
- Understanding of INEE Minimum Standards for education in emergencies would be added advantages.
- Training and coaching skills/facilitation of learning.
- Experience in the area of child protection.
- Demonstrated expertise in community engagement/ development, social work, social surveys/ assessment, or related areas
- Team building/development training.
- Proficiency in a second UN language, preferably French.


Application deadline: Thursday 18th October 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

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The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.