UNICEF announces vacancy for Education Cluster Technical Officer. Interested candidates can apply for the job. Read the full article below for the job details.
Minimum Qualifications required:
- Advanced university degree in Education or social sciences or discipline relevant to resilience and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation;
- Prior experience of working within-cluster coordination (preferred)
- Familiar with the cluster mechanism and humanitarian architectures in Nepal’s context.
- Excellent communication, rapport building skills including the ability to facilitate diverse groups (Government, CSOs, Technical Expert)
- Strong working knowledge of Nepali and English
- At least five years’ experience in areas related to humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction, comprehensive school Safety, climate change adaptation/mitigation, emergency preparedness, response, and recovery,
- Experience in the capacity building of partners at the national, regional, and district levels on School Safety, Emergency Preparedness, and Response.
- Good understanding of Comprehensive School Safety Framework and emergency preparedness and response.
- Aware of National/ Global policy and strategy on Disaster Risk Management and Comprehensive School Safety and its linkages with education interventions.
Strategic thinking, analytical skill, high level coordination, networking, and facilitation skills
Each year Nepal faces substantial disturbance and damage in the education sector due to diverse kinds of hazards impacting children’s rights to access to education and continuation of quality learning achievements. Nepal continues to face frequent disasters such as floods, landslides, fires, earthquakes, and disease outbreaks like cholera, dengue, and now, the COVID-19. The education sector is vulnerable to natural disasters, as they can result in damage or destruction of learning facilities and materials, closures and the prolonged disruption of education, increased barriers to education, limited access to schooling, and impact on the quality of education. The COVID-19 pandemic-led school closures have posed challenges in children’s learning continuity. The Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of all about 35,000 schools in Nepal, for 8 months which impacted the learning loss of 8.3 million children in the first wave.
In aligning with the federal structure, the Constitution of Nepal (2015) has devolved the local government’s power and authority related to basic and secondary school education. The overall management of basic and secondary education is with the local governments, including emergency preparedness and response. In this light, European Union and UNICEF have collaborated to support the government for COVID19 education response initiatives, focusing on cluster capacity strengthening to equip education stakeholders responsible for preparedness and response to combat all kinds of emergencies to enhance the resilience of school education.
Implementation of Minimum Package of the Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) is the priority agenda of government and development partners in Nepal. EU and UNICEF have collaborated to support the government for Education cluster strengthening initiatives that also address the education covid responses. This support will be extended through TA support. To support these initiatives UNICEF has established partnerships with the Mercy Crops and NSET to provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education and Science (MoEST) and Central for Education Human Resource Development (CEHRD) at federal, provincial, and local levels. These partnerships envision the capacity to strengthen federal and cluster partners of all seven provinces, update and develop the Cluster corresponding guidance, tools, and training packages and disseminate it to all three tiers of the governments and clusters partners. The developed guidance, tools, and techniques will be initially disseminated to 80 LGs in Madesh, Karnali, and Sudur Pashchim provinces and eventually disseminate to all the local governments. Strong and robust cluster mechanism aligning with the national disaster laws and guidelines contribute to reducing further learning loss due to any disturbance, natural hazard, and pandemics This technical assistance will support collective/collaborative actions for the preparedness and response to ensure learning continuity of children in a safe and enabling environment and promotion of Comprehensive School Safety interventions.
Application Deadline: 31st March, 2022