CONSULTANCY – TERMS OF REFERENCE
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
Consultancy: Special Assistant to the Director of Education**
UNRWA Education Department, Amman, Jordan
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East has worked for nearly 70 years to ensure that all Palestine refugee children have access to their right to quality education. Recognizing that education is fundamental to helping each child achieve his or her full potential, UNRWA, through providing education to children and youth in its areas of operation, is committed to helping these children and youth gain and develop appropriate knowledge and skills that would empower them to become active citizens and thrive as adults in an evolving, challenging landscape.
UNRWA operates 711 elementary and preparatory schools across its five Fields of operations, as well as eight secondary schools in Lebanon, providing free basic education for around half a million Palestine refugee children. In addition, vocational training and higher education is provided at eight vocational training centres (VTCs) and two educational science faculties (ESFs) teacher training institutes in the West Bank and Jordan.
At the heart of the UNRWA education programme is a strong commitment to providing quality, inclusive, and equitable education for Palestine refugees, despite the difficult contexts in which they live. In 2011 UNRWA embarked on a systemic agency wide Education Reform which further sought to strengthen the UNRWA education system in order to support each and every child towards realising their full potential. The Reform has already shown impact at all levels, with improvements in the quality of teaching and learning, children achieving more academically and dropout rates decreasing.
Across the five UNRWA Fields, the operational context remains challenging, with an ongoing 12-year blockade on Gaza, occupation-related issues in the West Bank, a devastating conflict in Syria, the unstable security and social situation of refugee camps in Lebanon, and high poverty levels in Jordan. Despite the different challenges across the five Fields of UNRWA operations, UNRWA continues to embed, enrich and sustain the Education Reform, through the Medium Term Strategy (2016-2021). Coupled with the Agency-wide approach to Education in Emergencies, the ongoing work to build upon the Reform achievements continues to impact positively on education programme outcomes.
OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY
The purpose of this position is to provide support to the Director of Education on a range of education-related strategic and operational tasks. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Education and will operate within the context of the Agency-wide Education Programme.
The consultant will work on behalf of the Director of Education with colleagues in the different education units at HQ Amman and with member of other Departments as required. She/he will also be expected to liaise with colleagues of the Education Programme in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Provide assistance to the Director of Education in the day to day follow up of education programme issues;
- Support the organisation of any educational events and meetings, and coordinate the organization of the Director’s missions;
- Prepare draft Talking Points, briefing notes and presentations for the Director’s office for meetings and events with key internal and external interlocutors;
- Prepare meeting reports and support with the follow up of action points as needed;
- Support the Director of Education in the coordination of education activities with other UNRWA Departments and Education Field Management;
- Liaise with the HR Department and the Administration and Governance Unit within the Education Department on procurement and staffing-related issues;
- Help ensure any circulation of information between the Director’s office and the different Education Units at HQ, Education Field Offices and other UNRWA Departments;
- Work with the Communication Focal Point within the Education Department and the External Relations and Communication Department to ensure follow up of communications and media activities related to education;
- Undertake any necessary research and analysis to draft notes on issues of strategic, programmatic and operational concern;
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Director of Education.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
● An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in international development, social sciences or related fields;
● At least four years of relevant professional experience of which two should have been in international humanitarian/development organizations;
● Fluency in spoken and written English;
● Superior drafting ability in English required.
● Excellent communication and coordination skills;
● Proven ability to operate in a challenging and dynamic environment;
● Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
● Ability to identify priority activities and assignments;
● Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues and others in a team environment;
● Proven critical thinking, creativity, and analytical skills;
● Proficiency in computer applications including internet, word processing, spread sheets and databases;
● Ability to support the coordination of strategic planning, monitoring and reporting.
● Previous experience with UNRWA, or another UN agency;
● Knowledge of Arabic;
● Previous experience working in the Middle East.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
● The duration of the consultancy is 11 months with an expected start date of October 2018 (second half of the month);
● Remuneration for this consultancy will be similar to a P2 or P3 level salary, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate;
● The consultant will be based in Amman, with possible travel to the five Fields of UNRWA operations.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or UN Personal History Form demonstrating clearly the knowledge and experience required to meet the consultancy requirements via firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the title of this consultancy “Special Assistant to the Director of Education” in the subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications is 1 October 2018**.
UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women. Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted. UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or UN Personal History Form demonstrating clearly the knowledge and experience required to meet the consultancy requirements via email@example.com the title of this consultancy “Special Assistant to the Director of Education” in the subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications is 1 October 2018**.