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For every child, a champion
Since the current conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013, over 1.7 million people have been displaced within South Sudan (with 53.4% estimated to be children). An additional 717,302 people have sought refuge in neighboring countries (UN OCHA and UNHCR, July 2016). As a result, an estimated 838,600 children between the ages of 3-18 years have not had access to basic services, including education and approximately half of them have been forced out of school since December 2013. A new outbreak of violence in Juba and other parts of the country in July 2016 caused a further increase in drop-out rates as well as a decrease in enrolment rates to primary school.
The ongoing crisis has aggravated an already difficult education situation in South Sudan, with low rates of enrolment, limited participation of girls in schooling and poor school infrastructure. It is estimated more than 70 per cent are out of school, the highest proportion in the world. Nearly one in every three schools in affected areas has been destroyed, damaged, occupied or closed. To date, 38 schools are reportedly still being used for military purposes. Though all children who have been displaced are vulnerable, adolescent girls are particularly at risk of gender-based violence, harassment, abuse, and early and forced marriage due to disruption of education and poverty, as parents marry them off as an economic coping mechanism. Adolescent boys and young men remain vulnerable to participation in dangerous activities and recruitment into armed groups. Provision of safe and protective learning spaces, trained and committed teachers, and basic education materials is essential to meet the immediate needs of children and adolescents.
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF is continuing to implement its Education in Emergency (EiE) response in South Sudan and is using the Back-to-Learning (BTL) platforms to ensure that out-of-school children and adolescents have access to learning opportunities in both formal and non-formal systems nationwide. Given this scale-up and the multi-year funding available, additional support has been proposed and required within the EiE unit in the Education Section to support and strengthen the implementation and monitoring of the BTL partnerships and projects, especially in increasingly conflict-affected areas, to reach targeted most vulnerable children.
The Integrated Essential Emergency Education Services (IEEES) project will build on the results achieved and lessons learned through the EEP. The IEEES project is designed to increase the retention rates of the most vulnerable boys and girls in schools by providing sustained learning opportunities and aims to improve the learning outcomes, level of protection, resilience and recovery of an additional 300,000 girls and boys (38 per cent of which will be girls) living amidst violent conflict. The long-term goal of the project is to improve resilience and to support the recovery of South Sudanese children, adolescents and their families through linkages with other sectors and the provision of psychosocial support.
Under the supervision of the Education Specialist (P4) in South Sudan Country Office, contribute to the planning, implementation and monitoring of the EIE programme in all former 10 states. The s/m will be responsible for the following:
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Only those persons who satisfy the following requirements will be considered as potential candidates:
Knowledge and Skills
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The technical competencies required for this post are:
i) Core Values (Required)
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
Submit application here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=512238