Education Specialist (Cluster), NOC, FT, #114119, Jerusalem, State of Palestine - MENA - Tenders Global

Education Specialist (Cluster), NOC, FT, #114119, Jerusalem, State of Palestine – MENA

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…

Humanitarian action is of fundamental importance to UNICEF and encompasses interventions aimed at saving lives, alleviating suffering, maintaining human dignity, and protecting the rights of affected populations wherever there are humanitarian needs, as well as interventions addressing underlying risks and causes of vulnerability to disasters, fragility and conflict. UNICEF’s humanitarian action is guided by the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) which set organizational, programmatic and operational commitments and benchmarks against which UNICEF holds itself accountable for the coverage, quality and equity of its humanitarian action and advocacy and which are mandatory for all UNICEF personnel.  

Furthermore, UNICEF is committed to support humanitarian coordination through the cluster approach. Introduced as part of the humanitarian reform, the cluster approach, aims at ensuring clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labor among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors involved in the response. As a member of the IASC, UNICEF work along with national and local stakeholders (including national and local authorities, CSOs, and communities) to support humanitarian coordination and to improve the collective impact of humanitarian response. Whether the cluster approach is activated or not, UNICEF plays a key role in both global and country-level interagency coordination for its areas of programmatic responsibility.  As Cluster Lead Agency (CLA) for Nutrition, WASH, Education (co-led), and Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR) within the Protection Cluster, UNICEF is committed to fulfil the core functions defined by the IASC when the clusters are activated or when UNICEF is asked to support sectoral coordination. 

A well-run Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group coordination team is a formal deliverable of the Cluster Lead Agency and forms a part of the agency’s work.  

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall direction and guidance of the Emergency Specialist and the Chief of Education, you will provide leadership and representation of the Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group. You will facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by participants in the Cluster/ Sector/ Working Group that is accountable to those who are affected by the emergency. In your effort to provide an efficient and effective response to the humanitarian crisis, you are responsible for building relationships with stakeholders, for securing the overall coordination of sectoral responses and for ensuring inter-sectoral collaboration at the national level and for ensuring adequate coordination with the national level.   

You will also be responsible for supporting UNICEF as a cluster lead agency to perform and strengthen its role as the last resort provider for the cluster to ensure an adequate and appropriate response. 

As a result of the protracted nature of the situation in the State of Palestine, this position will combine the core cluster coordination functions with efforts to support UNICEF’s work on strengthening national systems, engaging communities, and planning and preparing for future emergencies in line with realization of the HDP nexus.  

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Coordination, representation and leadership 
  2. Needs assessment and analysis 
  3. Strategic response planning 
  4. Resource mobilization and advocacy 
  5. Implementation and monitoring 
  6. Operational peer review and evaluation 
  7. Accountability to affected populations 
  8. Strengthen national and local capacity 

For full details on the key functions/accountabilities, please clickDownload File Education Cluster Coordinator L3 GJP – SoP – Clean.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have the below requirement:

    1. Education:

An advanced university degree in one of the areas that are relevant to the work of the organization, preferred areas including but not limited to: education, psychology, sociology, English literature, English language, or any other area that is considered relevant to the responsibilities described in the vacancy announcement.

    1. Work Experience:

A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in education programme planning, coordination and management, and/or research is required. Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization, or in cluster coordination, is considered an asset. 

Experience of working in the humanitarian coordination system and education cluster is required. 

Experience of working in a senior management role or in cluster coordination within a complex country programme in an emergency response or protracted crisis, including experience in first phase emergency response, is desirable. 

Experience in effective management of human resources/teams in high stress/risk environments is an advantage.

Experience in humanitarian contexts is required with experience in development contexts an added advantage. 

  1. Language Proficiency:

Fluency in English and Arabic are required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language 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 Here

Competencies required for this post are…

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

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

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. A diverse and inclusive workforce is part of UNICEF’s DNA UNICEF Careers, irrespective of their raceethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a Compensation, benefits and wellbeing UNICEF Careers including parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and UNICEF provides reasonable accommodation for job candidates and personnel with disabilities UNICEF Careers, UNCIEF 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.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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

“The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates)”

Applies for emergency countries:

The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

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 may also be 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.

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