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

Job Posting with UNHCR

Senior Education Officer (Emergencies)
Copenhagen (HQ), Denmark
18 October 2018


The Senior Education Officer (Emergencies) will support and strengthen operational capacity of 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 Section is situated in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Senior Education Officer (Emergencies) will directly supervise staff at the P3 level. The post will be directly supervised by the Senior Education Advisor in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS).


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 role in this approach. Displaced children have a much higher probability for missing out on schooling than most 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.     

Capacity development will be provided to UNHCR and partner 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 systems at all levels in host country contexts and particularly through emergency response. This includes equipping and supporting staff and our partners in operations and at the regional and global levels to increase and improve education access for persons of concern from the outset of a crisis. It entails close contact with country offices regarding the overall protection and solutions policy direction of UNHCR and within it UNHCR's education programmes, on the adaptation to individual country contexts, on monitoring and assessing impact, and on liaising with partner agencies. In exercising these responsibilities, the position supports the development of country- and context-specific approaches in emergencies, within comprehensive protection and solutions strategies, to address particular situations arising in the field, as well as provision of strategic education-specific advice and support in line with UNHCR's education policy in areas such as curricula, accelerated education, and secondary education access.


- UNHCR has a framework for strengthened planning, response and coordination of education among education actors in emergency and crisis-affected contexts.
- Capacity of country, regional and global education actors to carry out effective and harmonized education coordination, joint planning and emergency response is built and strengthened.
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- Develop a framework for strengthened planning, response and coordination of education among education actors in emergency and crisis-affected contexts developed.
- Promote inclusion of refugees in national education services and systems within three months of displacement is supported, including strengthening education services for refugee and host communities, in collaboration with relevant partners.
- Work closely with partners to ensure that refugee access to education is integrated early on into partners' regional and country level strategies with education actors including Government, UN agencies, and national and international partners, focusing on access to quality education, and building on education initiatives supported by other agencies within a longer-term perspective.
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- Represent UNHCR in meetings with external counterparts, in emergencies or emergency related fora, on issues relating to quality of and access to education as part of the broader mandate to protect and find solutions for persons of concern.
- Represent UNHCR and actively participate in inter-agency groups and processes related to the areas of work.  
- Make recommendations with respect to protection priorities and related programme orientation in countries and at the regional or situation level and analyse/make recommendations as pertains to emergencies.


- Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) in Social Sciences, Public Policy or Education or a related field with a minimum of 8 years of job experiences relevant to the function of which at least 4 in an international capacity managing education projects in a humanitarian or development context.  Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- Experience /Knowledge in education sub-sectors in humanitarian or development contexts.
- Developing country field experience in programme design, implementation and coordination, including in multi-partner settings.
- Demonstrated knowledge of refugee protection and humanitarian principles.
- Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination.
- Experience in emergency response planning and coordination.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision.
- Excellent knowledge of English including strong and demonstrated communications/presentation skills in English and excellent English drafting skills.

- Understanding of UNHCR Education policy as it is expressed in the UNHCR's Education Strategy.
- Understanding of INEE Minimum Standards for education in emergencies.
- Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.
- Experience in the area of child protection.
- Demonstrated expertise in community-based protection, community development/organization, social work, social surveys/ assessment.
- Familiarity with results-based management, programming as well as monitoring is an asset.
- Proficiency in a second UN language, preferably in French.


Application deadline: Thursday 18 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.