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The Associate Education Officer will support the roll-out of Refugee Education 2030, the global and Pakistan Refugee Education Strategy, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees, which calls on States and relevant Stakeholders to contribute resources and expertise to expand and enhance the quality and inclusiveness of national education systems to facilitate access by refugee and host community children and youth to primary, secondary and tertiary education. Providing inclusive and equitable quality education is central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Associate Education Officer will ensure UNHCR’s programming is in line with the SDGs.
Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) into impactful results, including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Associate Education Officer, in collaboration with the Education Section in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), will provide technical support to UNHCR Pakistan Country Office(s) and the sub offices in Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi and partners to advocate for and implement the objectives of Refugee Education 2030:
1. Promote equitable and sustainable inclusion in national education systems for refugees, asylum seekers, returnees and stateless persons
2. Foster safe enabling environments that support learning
3. Enable learners to use their education toward sustainable futures
The incumbent will act as a focal point for education in the area of responsibility (AoR) and, under the leadership of the supervising officer(s), support UNHCR’s work regarding education and advocacy on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer and overall supervision of the Deputy Representative. Under the general direction of the supervising officer(s), the incumbent will support the implementation of global level policies, including the UNHCR Pakistan Education Strategy 2020-2022.
The Associate Education Officer may liaise with the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and with education coordination networks at national, provincial and district levels to improve the quality of refugee education. S/he will liaise with partners to assess the education context, to develop an implementation plan and to monitor the programme and assess impact. The incumbent will work in collaboration with the UNHCR sub offices in Peshawar and Quetta, Chief Commissioner of Afghan Refugees (CCAR) and Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees (CAR) Punjab and in-country education partners to improve access to, and quality of, refugee education at all levels, both formal and non-formal and may liaise with partners for joint support for education access for refugee and host community children. The Associate Education Officer will develop innovative education approaches for emerging needs in refugee education, including attention to special needs, minorities, girls, pre-school education and non-formal activities. S/he will facilitate inter-sectoral linkages with programmatic areas including child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
At the end of 2019 there are still 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan, which includes 500,000 school-age children. Many of these children have been accessing the Pakistan’s national education system. Available data suggests that more than 20% of refugee children that are enrolled in schools attend Pakistani public schools, followed by Afghan and Pakistani private schools. As the current refugee situation continues it is foreseen that the progressive move towards urban areas and the number of Afghan refugees attending public schools will increase.
The incumbent must be solutions oriented, as well possess strong inter-personal skills, and ability to work closely with, support and provide advice to colleagues in other sections in the office who require the services of the Associate Education Officer. These skills are important in negotiation with government officials, UN counterparts and interlocutors, and provision of advice to senior management on Education sector issues. The incumbent is expected to actively pursue opportunities to implement UNHCR’s urban policy and support inclusion of refugees within national education systems, coordinate with relevant partners to support access to education for refugees and host communities.
The Associate Education Officer will also be required to coordinate with education networks, and ensure that refugee education interests are understood and included in relevant policies and initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Required Competencies: Core Competencies:
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
Years of Experience / Degree Level:
Field(s) of Education:
Relevant Job Experience:
Work experience in progressively responsible functions in education. Demonstrated work experience in education programmes. Field experience in education programme implementation and coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts. Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other line Ministries. Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination. Excellent analytical skills and drafting skills. Strong communications/presentations skills. Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision.
Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes. Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards. Experience in the area of child protection. Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Working knowledge of English language.
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