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Bangladesh has received successive waves of Rohingya refugees, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, since before its independence in 1971. In 2017, from August to December, over 745,000 Rohingya refugees including 400,000 children arrived in Bangladesh, fleeing extreme violence and grave human rights violations in their country. The rapid influx of Rohingya refugees from northern parts of Myanmar’s Rakhine State into Bangladesh was one of the world’s largest and fastest refugee crises in recent years, and its impact remains dire both for the refugees and the local community in Cox’s Bazar.
Almost 2 years after the latest arrivals, there are an estimated 1.3 million refugees and affected host community members in need of humanitarian assistance, including 703,000 children. The vast majority of these refugees now live in 34 camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf Sub-Districts, including the 602,400 refugees living in the Kutupalong-Balukhali camp as of December 2018 (the largest such site in the world).
Following the initial massive scale up of operations required to respond to immediate humanitarian needs, the year 2018 and 2019 have gradually given way to the opportunity to increase access to basic Health, Education, Nutrition, Child Protection, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services; to improve quality; and to nurture and expand the humanitarian-development nexus.
Purpose for the job:
The purpose of the Education Sector Coordinator position is to guarantee leadership and coordination of the Education sector partners in order to ensure a strategic, coherent, effective and efficient Education response. In support to, and collaboration with national authorities and sector partners, the Education Sector Coordinator will support the development and implementation of a sound strategy that responds to the education needs of Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar for the short and medium term.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including with Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Department of Primary Education office, District Primary Education Office local authorities in particular with the office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) and Camps in Charge (CIC); Education sector partners, and Inter Sector Coordination Group in Cox’s Bazar.
- Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination for increased predictability and accountability
- Ensure complementarity of partner actions, optimizing coverage and avoiding duplication and gaps.
Needs assessment, analysis and strategy development
- Ensure effective and coherent Education assessment, analysis and feedback involving all relevant partners, including the identification of gaps and priority areas.
- With the involvement of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education at national level and the Department of Primary Education Office at local level, and of all education sector partners, develop coherent strategies and action plans to ensure education sectoral needs can be met through collective and complementary service delivery.
- Oversee partners reporting, analysis of partners data, use of data for decision-making, and sharing of important information with key stakeholders.
- Ensure that education partners adhere to agreed sector standards in service delivery and infrastructure design;
- Ensure that education partners are aware of, and comply with, relevant policies, guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law.
- Develop an exit/transition strategy for the Education sector and key sector partners.
- Facilitate 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) as well as the utilization of participatory and community-based approaches in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Education response.
- Proactively enhance local capacity within the Education response
Monitoring and reporting:
- Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review progress and outcomes of Education interventions against strategy and action plans; provide an analytical interpretation of best available information to benchmark progress over time (monitoring indicators: quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost; with target population data disaggregated by sex, age, etc.).
- Ensure adequate Education outcome reporting and effective information sharing (with government and other partner support) to demonstrate that gaps in service coverage and quality have been closed.
Intersectoral coordination and advocacy
- Ensure effective links with other clusters or sectoral coordination platforms and represent the interests of the Education sector in discussions with the Government of Bangladesh, Inter Sector Coordination Group, UNICEF Representative and UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) and other stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy.
- Identify core Education advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the RC/HC, UNICEF and other actors.
- Advocate to donors to fund education actors to carry out priority activities, while encouraging education actors to mobilize resources for their activities through usual channels.
- Where critical gaps in addressing education priorities are identified, lobby implementing humanitarian partners (including UNICEF) to address the gaps, and advocate for the adequate provision of resources and safe access.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, economics, psychology, sociology or another relevant technical field.
- 8 years relevantwork experience with four years direct emergency experience at least two of which would be based in the field at a Team Leader/Education programme management level.
- Knowledge of Education sector as a whole and its priority issues; an ability to strategize how these sectoral needs are met through collective delivery, and ensuring that the roles, responsibilities and functional linkages among Sector support team are clear and well-coordinated.
- Familiarity with emergency education approaches in rapid-onset, complex and chronic emergency settings
- Knowledge of latest humanitarian and education technical guidelines and standards
- Formal training in cluster coordination is an asset.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English (verbal and writing). Good written/spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.