Education Associate

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Standard Job Description

Education Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Education Associate will support the roll-out of Refugee Education 2030, the Refugee Education Strategy, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), 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 incumbent will assist the supervisor in ensuring UNHCR’s programming is in line with the SDGs.
Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the 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 Education Associate, in collaboration with the Education Section in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), will assist the supervisor in providing technical support to UNHCR countries 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, stateless and internally displaced persons
2. Foster safe enabling environments that support learning
3. Enable learners to use their education toward sustainable futures

The incumbent supports UNHCR’s work regarding education and advocacy on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions. S/he normally works under the direct supervision of the Education or Protection Officer. The Education Associate participates in liaising with partners to assess the education context, to develop an implementation plan and to monitor the programme and assess impact. S/he also works in collaboration with 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 Education Associate supports the implementation of education approaches for emerging needs in refugee education, including attention to special needs, minorities, girls, pre-school education, and non-formal activities. The incumbent supports inter-sectoral linkages with child protection, GBV, gender, community services, livelihoods and health, among others. S/he prepares relevant documentation and follows-up on administrative requirements of education projects.

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.

– Assist the supervisor in managing and coordination of the education sector.
– Assist in monitoring of implementation of the education strategy and activities at all levels in formal and non-formal education sectors.
– Assist in providing regular reports on educational activities, achievements and challenges.
– Conduct regular visits to community schools, carry out assessments and write recommendation.
– Assist in identification of persons with special educational needs and support implementation of inclusive and special needs education.
– Support and promote quality education data collection, analysis and reporting by assisting the implementation of Education Management Information System (EMIS).
– Ensure education level of refugee children are updated in the UNHCR database for tracking of education achievement of refugee children.
– Assess needs for services of persons of concern, as related to education responses.
– Systematically promote and comply with the Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) policy and other priorities such as the HIV/AIDS policy.
– Liaise on behalf of UNHCR with external partners like Education Ministry on education matters.
– As requested participate in local humanitarian and development sector working groups to support and ensure all refugee education support programming at country level is extended, amplified and reported against sector development goals and humanitarian partners and funding serve system strengthening.
– Foster inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, GBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others, and provide specialist advice for other sectors, to ensure that they fully integrate education related concerns in their planning.
– Monitor implementation of education programmes and provide guidance on orientation.
– Assist in the planning and coordination of UNHCR’s role concerning education.
– Identify training needs and train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics.
– Develop and disseminate relevant tools to support UNHCR staff and partners in Country Office(s).
– Join joint assessment missions in emergencies to minimise the time refugee children and youth spend out of education (ideally a maximum of three months after arrival).
– Assist in preparing and drafting of education input in key internal and external documents and reports.
– Monitor and support all existing formal and informal education programs, including implementing partner and community-based schools, and informal classes.
– Regularly update and share information related to education, utilizing data collection to identify gaps, assess trends, and design interventions.
– Monitor and suggest necessary adjustments to the annual Education Workplan and budget.
– Review education proposals and monitor existing agreements with partners; in addition, work closely with the community to enhance quality and ownership across community-run education programs.
– Liaise and support partners in organizing teacher training.
– Perform specific administrative operational/control tasks for project/programme activities.
– Provide inputs for funding submissions, appeals and reports.
– Represent UNHCR in monitoring of education projects.
– Issue documents and reports for clearance by the supervisor.

– Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses
Education; Social Sciences; Business Administration;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
– 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.
– 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
*PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
ED-Technical support to education programmes and proposals
*IT-Computer Literacy
CO-Drafting and Documentation
CO-Cross-cultural communication
TR-Training – Virtual and face to face
ED-Global EiE standards and implementation
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

• Previous experience in the implementation of education programming in the context of forced displacement and strong knowledge of UNHCR Education standards and principles;
• Demonstrated understanding of community-based approach; and previous experience working with communities;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Previous experience in stakeholder management at sub-national level including UN agencies, local authorities, school authorities and partners as well as ability to represent UNHCR in the different education coordination forum;
• Strong coordination, drafting and analytical skills; and ability to undertake efficient reporting;
• Ability to work independently and in close collaboration with counterparts in other field offices and with the Country Office;
• Ability to work well under pressure and contribute to a positive working environment;
• Fluency in written and spoken English;
• Fluency in written and spoken Arabic.
Finally, s/he must be flexible and adaptable in order to respond to unforeseen events and adjust UNHCR’s programming accordingly.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):



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Operational context

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Nature of Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer/Associate Community-Based Protection Officer, the Education Associate leads the planning, implementation and monitoring of all education activities conducted in South and Nabatieh Governorate to improve the access to quality education for refugees and stateless children. Activities address access to and retention in formal education, including community-based retention support activities, and non-formal education such as Basic Literacy and Numeracy.

The Education Associate supports the inclusion of children with specific needs in programming and ensures the prioritization of out of school children in activities. S/he has an important role in strengthening community engagement by supporting and capacitating the Education Community Liaison volunteers.

S/he works closely with the Education partner, offering technical support and guidance, and will maintain an overview of the barriers in access to education and works closely with Country Office Education Unit and other Field Offices to keep abreast of national developments.

In 2024, Education activities will be implemented by Caritas. While education data reporting and information management is mainly managed at the national level, the incumbent is expected to contribute to building the capacity of the partners and ensure data quality and assurance.

Additional Qualifications


CO-Cross-cultural communication, CO-Drafting and Documentation, ED-Global EiE standards and implementation, ED-Technical support to education programmes and proposals, IT-Computer Literacy, PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework, TR-Training – Virtual and face to face



Business Administration – Other, Education – Other, Social Sciences – Other

Work Experience


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Change capability & adaptability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Teamwork & collaboration

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Additional Information

Earliest hire date for this position is 01 April 2024.

Functional clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

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