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Job no: 561552
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Mogadishu
Level: P-4
Location: Somalia
Categories: Education, Programme Management

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Education


The main purpose of the Education Manager (Cluster Coordinator) post is to provide technical leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well coordinated, coherent, strategic, and effective education cluster response in Somalia by a mobilized and adequately resourced group of agencies, organizations, NGOs, local communities etc and assists the Government of Somalia and state authorities in Education cluster visioning, strategy formulation and the articulation of a ‘Road Map’ to provide adequate Educational responses to emergency-affected populations. The Education Cluster Coordinator will also keep the cluster lead agencies (UNICEF and Save the Children) appraised of strategic issues through regular meetings.

How can you make a difference?

Key Duties & Responsibilities

1.    Inclusion of key humanitarian partners:

  • Ensure inclusion of key Education humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the Education cluster’s response plans and operations.

2.    Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:

  • 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, zonal, and regional 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 Cluster/sector groups specifically in the areas of protection, school feeding and water and sanitation
  • Represent the interests of the Education Cluster/sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator 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.

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 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
  • 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.

7.    Monitoring and reporting:

  • Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place (with OCHA support) to review impact of Education interventions and progress against implementation plans.  This specifically needs to include an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.  That is – monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost.  Target population data including desegregation by sex, age etc…) of service delivery which are derived from working towards meeting previously defined standards.
  • Ensure adequate Education impact reporting and effective information sharing (with OCHA support) to demonstrate the closing of gaps.

8.    Advocacy and resource mobilization:

  • Identify core Education advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the HC, UNICEF and other actors;
  • Act as the media spokesperson for the sector;
  • Advocate for donors to fund Education actors to carry out priority Education activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging Education actors to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.

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.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or higher) in areas of education, teacher education, primary & secondary education, special education, education strategies, education economics, ECD, early childhood education or related field.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience, four of which should be in direct education emergency experience.  Two of these would be based in the field at a team leader/education programme management level – 2 years’ experience of responding to first phases of an emergency and a minimum of 2 years’ experience with either the UN and/or NGO.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Ability to work in an international and multi-cultural context.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others and (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 02 May 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 08 May 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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