- Education Sector Working Group Coordinator
- Save the Children International
- 3 May 2017
The Education Strategy in Greece focuses on improving access to education for migrant and refugee children in Greece. The overall role of the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) Coordinator is to jointly lead the ESWG with UNHCR and UNICEF in order to ensure the effective, coherent, and predictable provision of education and assistance to vulnerable children affected by the refugees and migrant crisis in Greece. The ESWG Coordinator will work impartially, serving the needs of all members of the ESWG, and should work closely with coordination staff from the co-leads UNICEF and UNHCR.
Since 2015, an emergency response in Greece has been developed to identify and meet the needs of refugee and migrant children in Greece, including for Child Protection. The transitory nature of the population before border restrictions were put in place (February/March 2016) led to the development of a response tailored to children on the move.
Currently, over 50,000 refugees and migrants are stranded in Greece, 40% of which are under 18. Families and children will remain for longer periods of time in temporary accommodation sites on the mainland of Greece. In first line reception areas, including in the hotspots on the islands, newly arriving third country nationals are mainly being held in closed facilities. Families and children are in need of support, particularly the most vulnerable, including unaccompanied and separated children. Identified unaccompanied children are particularly at risk of abuse, violence and exploitation. UASC are accommodated in a range of settings including shelters and temporary transit sites whilst some children are in detention.
In July 2016, an Education Sector Working Group was set up at national level by UNHCR, UNICEF and Save the Children, to enhance coordination, to identify priority gaps and to promote joint planning in order to respond to the most urgent education needs.
- In line with the Refugee Coordination Model (RCM), the Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe (RRMRP),the ESWG Coordinator will be responsible for the following:Ensure the ESWG is guided by a coherent and needs-based strategy developed through consultation with relevant ESWG partners, including collaboration with UNHCR and UNICEF.
- Coordinate partners, through meetings and other communications channels, in the implementation of the ESWG strategy to ensure response activities are harmonized and that overlap and duplication are prevented.
- Support sub-national ESWGs at the field level through results-oriented, two-way communication channels and undertaking regular field visits to strengthen education coordination and responses;
- Support the establishment and roll-out of education standards (i.e. INEE, and WG and MoE agreed contextualized standards) and working with the other sectors to ensure these are integrated within the broader response;
- Ensure that the Information Management function is fully integrated into the ESWG strategy and approach.
- Together with education actors, develop, implement and monitor an inter-agency education strategy for Greece in line with the RRMRP. Ensure the inter-agency response strategy for education reflects key findings from needs assessments and identified gaps, and ensure the response plan takes into account the cross-cutting areas from other sectors or clusters.
- Ensure that information is shared amongst ESWG members, and that information from other sectors and working groups is made available to ESWG members in order to improve planning, integration and implementation.
- Work closely with key members of the ESWG, guaranteeing clear communication with school officials, National, Provincial or Local Governments, OCHA, UNICEF and all other ESWG members.
- Support both multi-sector and education specific needs assessments and utilise existing secondary data to inform sector response planning.
- Represent the ESWG at the Inter-Sector Working Group and ensure clear and effective communication occurs between sub-national ESWGs and the national ESWG.
- Contribute to regular UNHCR and agency-specific situation reports, and take an active part in UNHCR co-ordination meetings.
- Ensure education is explicitly included and prioritized in all multi-sector assessments and reports, including UNHCR situation reports.
- Ensure accountability to affected populations.
- Lead emergency preparedness efforts for the sector, including contingency planning if necessary.
- Ensure the capacity building of country ESWG staff, government counterparts and agency staff in order to guarantee on-going sustainability and quality of the response.
- Identify learning and training opportunities for ESWG members and work to increase capacity in preparedness and response within the cluster.
- Display neutrality and act as representative of all ESWG members.
- Develop and maintain a strong and positive relationship with key counterparts at the relevant line ministry/department and UNICEF.
Save the Children:
- Provide support as needed to SCI Education Technical Advisor.
- Support strategic steer of education programming in Greece Response for 2017
- Comply with SCI policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
- Deliver any education capacity-building or training activities requested or needed by education staff and field teams.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (SCI Values in Practice)
Leading and Inspiring Others
- Demonstrates leadership in all our work, embodies our values, and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children.
Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation.
Communicating with Impact
- Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
Working Effectively with Others
- Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
A university degree in Education, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar or equivalent field experience.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Minimum of 5 years of education experience in humanitarian/emergency settings, preferably in the context of mixed migration flows and refugee/IDP camps
- Previous experience in emergency response coordination is essential
- Previous coordination experience is essential
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in education, such as the INEE Minimum Standards and Global Education Cluster guidelines
- Experience working with strong government and civil society partners and using a participatory approach, as well as coordinating responses with a range of actors, including Government authorities, national/local organisations, NGOs, UN;
- Ability to achieve results and maintain consistent high standards of professional behaviour and achievement, including when working alone
- Ability to manage stress, be flexible and accommodating in difficult and frustrating working circumstance
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Knowledge of and experience with European migration and asylum policies is an asset
- Participation in Global Education Cluster Core Skills Course
- Previous experience in cluster or working group coordination
- Experience in information
Apply on Save the Children International website (https://www.savethechildren.net/jobs/job-details/3917)