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Central African Republic (sharepoint.com)
Central African Republic has faced a range of crisis for more than two decades, which have limited the country’s ability to have a quality and inclusive education, improve social services and develop economically. The quality education system in the country has been severely affected by the prolonged conflict and insecurity in many parts of the country, long-term political instability, and the lack of sustainable education policies and strategies throughout this period (UNICEF, 2019). Many schools stopped functioning and remained closed after the 2013 and 2020 crises, due to widespread teacher shortages, large-scale population displacement, destruction of school premises and facilities resulting in a significant decline in enrollment rates since 2013 (OCHA, 2021). Shortly after children returned to schools following the COVID-19 pandemic closures, increased violence led to the damage, forced closure, or occupation of schools in 11 of CAR’s 16 prefectures, leaving half of the country’s children out of school. As of early 2021, at least 26 schools remained occupied by armed groups (UNICEF Press Release, February 2021, https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/central-african-republic-new-wave-violence-puts-education-hold-one-two-children ). Despite the resumption of schools beginning in October 2021, the repercussions of instability remain in most localities and schools. ECW-MYR including other fundings such as ECHO, GPE, Norwegian Funds, and the Thematic Funds have contributed to supporting the education programme following the situation. However, the crisis remains with enormous challenges to all children, especially girls and vulnerable children.
UNICEF has been the lead grantee for Education Cannot Wait’s (ECW) Multi-Year Resilience Program (MYRP) for the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2019 to date, working closely with NCR and Plan International as two other grantees. From 2019 to 2021, UNICEF managed the ECW MYRP programme with the major aim to address the country’s most urgent education needs. In 2022, a new ECW-MYRP program has been approved (2023 to 2026) to be managed by a consortium of UNICEF, NRC and Plan International with UNICEF being the lead in consortium. Under UNICEF, MYRP will be implemented with package holistic approach that will include complete set of activities covering psychosocial support, GBV, training of teachers, support for birth certificates, construction and rehabilitation of school blocks, distribution of school supplies including dignity kits, and community dialogue, to mention but a few.
The 2023-2026 ECW MYRP will provide children and adolescents access to quality education in a safe and protective learning environment that offers protection, promotes resilience, and improves overall children’s well-being. Given the situation of Central African Republic (CAR), these aspects are critical to the CAR context, where a significant portion of children are out of school. The consortium programme will benefit 92,109 children and adolescents including vulnerable children and girls. UNICEF pursues the goals with mandate for the wellbeing of children, ensuring that gender equality and the rights of all children are respected. Therefore, the programme has gender and inclusion to mainstream gender in the programming and address inclusively the education and gender needs of children.
Against the above background, UNICEF is seeking a to recruit an Education Specialist with specific focus and work on Gender and Inclusion who will be required to work with all the MYRP grantees in gender and inclusion component of the programme throughout the programme period. Within the duration of MYRP, the Gender and Inclusion Specialist is expected to undertake a gender analysis and inclusive education to effectively mainstream gender and inclusive education into the programme implementation
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The purpose of the post is to strengthen resilience of girls and children with disabilities including other vulnerable children through provision of access to equitable education. The Gender and Inclusion Specialist will lead activities in the MYRP to empower women and other stakeholders for promoting girls’ education and provide appropriate learning environments and opportunities children with disabilities.
b) Inclusive Education
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(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF 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 [females’ candidates and candidates from industrialized countries’] are encouraged to apply.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.