UNHCR’s new Education 2030 Strategy is anchored in the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) guiding principles that aim to ensure inclusion of displaced populations within national education systems. The Global Compact on Refugees, states that “in line with national education laws, policies and planning, and in support of host countries, States and relevant stakeholders will 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, adolescents and youth.” UNHCR therefore seeks to support these communities by focusing on system-strengthening interventions to ensure that all learners receive quality, relevant, and inclusive education that prepares them to fully engage in the economic, social, and cultural world. The implementation of the Instant Network Schools (INS) is designed to adopt a consultative process between UNHCR, relevant line ministries, implementing partners and the refugee community to ensure that it is aligned to national policies to ensure sustainability, alignment with the GCR, and is an effective learning resource for refugees and the communities that host them.
Since 2013, Vodafone Foundation and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have partnered to enhance the quality of education in refugee camps. Working with UNHCR’s Innovation and Education Teams, Vodafone Foundation’s technical expertise and core capabilities were leveraged to codesign the Instant Network Schools (INS) programme. Over the years, the INS became a flagship programme helping to shape the future of UNHCR’s Connected Education approach. It has defined a holistic approach that has had significant impact within the schools in refugee camps. The INS is helping to ensure that refugees, and the communities that host them, have access to accredited, quality, and relevant learning opportunities. As of 2020, Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR have deployed 36 Instant Network Schools. Since its inception, over 86,000 refugee students and 1,000 teachers benefitted from the programme across eight refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. By 2025, 255 new INS schools will be opened across 6 countries (Kenya, Mozambique, Egypt, Ghana, Tanzania, DRC and Turkey). Vodafone Foundation & UNHCR are aiming for a staged roll-out over the next six years (2020 – 2025) to ensure adequate engagement and buy-in at all levels of government and private sector for long term sustainability and integration into local systems. The Project Manager – Instant Network School (INS) is a member of Egypt’s Education team and reports to the Education Officer with support supervision from the Assistant Representative for Operations. He/She is responsible for the day-to-day implementation, operation and monitoring of the Instant Network Schools programme in Egypt. Working closely with the UNHCR offices and educators in public schools, the Programme Manager is responsible for the effective and efficient establishment and management of all INS-related activities. He/She will work closely with Egypt Ministry of Education to ensure endorsements from the Egyptian government. The Programme Manager will manage and coordinate a team of INS coaches (one per school) who will act as school-based focal points, ensure proper use of the INS facilities and programme buyin. In 2020, it is expected that 9 INS schools will be opened in Egypt. The position will be based in Cairo and will involve frequent travels to partner schools.
Section: Responsibilities / Duties
- INS activities are guided by global, regional and country priorities and reflect UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and diversity (AGD)
- Participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community-based approaches
- Persons of concern are treated with dignity and respect and all protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed.
- Support to Programme set-up and consolidation: Provide programmatic and operational support to the setup and consolidate INS locations in public schools across Egypt. Serve as liaison between the partners and the local community.
- Ministry liaisons: Work with focal points within the Ministry of Education to align the INS program to national priorities, and to develop a strong working relationship with the ministry to cultivate greater collaborations for INS implementation and sustainability.
- Connected Education strategy development: with support from UNHCR’s global Connected Education team, work to develop a Connected Education roadmap to support UNHCR’s education strategy for Egypt and aligned to national strategies, and SDG4 goals.
- Programme Management: Responsible for delivering the implementation of the INS programme in accordance with approved time schedules, budgets and UNHCR, Ministry of Education and Vodafone Foundation guidelines and procedures. Support UNHCR, Ministry and VF team with the strategy, project planning, and identifying technology solutions to address local education needs.
- Recruitment & Team Management: with UNHCR Education Unit, Oversee the recruitment process for the INS coaches, train, mentor (with the support of UNHCR Connected Education and Vodafone Foundation) and manage the team to ensure successful delivery of the INS programme.
- Educational content: Liaise with local education authorities to identify opportunities to secure curriculum-aligned content for distribution in the INS. Activate prospect for other content providers which could complement the portfolio
- Resource Planning & Management: Support the work of educators in the schools and ensure effective and optimal deployment and use of INS platforms and tools.
- Training and Support: Provide on-the-job training, and facilitate training by others, to educators, partners and other stakeholders in using educational technology, ICT maintenance and other relevant areas. Train educators in use and basic maintenance of the equipment, use of content, integrating technology into lesson planning and delivery.
- Monitoring & Evaluation: Support educators and partners in monitoring the programme as per the programme’s logframe, including support in the effective use of online tools for data collection and analysis on INS programme usage. Facilitate partners monitoring and maintenance mission to the field.
- Reporting: Comply with programme reporting timetable and report on INS activities – in particular impact.
- Implement INS activities as required
- Issue documents and reports for clearance by the Education Officer or Assistant Representative for Operations.
- Provide advice on INS implementation in consultation with the Government- Ministry of Education.
Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:
- University degree (ICT-Business Administration-Political Science- Education)
- A background and previous experience in refugee education and knowledge of educational technology is a must.
- 5 years of proven experience with various distributed ICT Systems and Networks, preferably in a development setting.
- Demonstrated experience in managing education projects from conception to take off.
- Demonstrated experience and skills in facilitation and delivering trainings in a refugee context.
- Demonstrated experience conducting data collection for monitoring and reporting
- Fluency in English and Arabic (spoken and written)
- Excellent teamwork and problem solving skills.
- Solid writing skills and an understanding of project management cycle and programme management in complex emergencies.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong computer literacy.
- Must be able to multi-task effectively and balance competing priorities, reporting lines and deadlines.
- Advanced interpersonal skills he/she must be able to relate well with others, dictate responsibilities, offer support and constructive feedback.
- Must have excellent problem-solving skills. He/She must be able to adeptly and quickly solve problems as they come up.
- Previous experience in managing refugee education programs with the Ministry of Education in Egypt.
- Respect For Diversity Core Competencies
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Commitment to Continuous Learning
- Client & Results Orientation
- Organizational Awareness
- Empowering & Building Trust
- Managing Performance
- Judgement & Decision Making
- Strategic Planning & Vision
- Managing Resources
- Analytical Thinking
- Innovation & Creativity
- Technological Awareness
- Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
- Planning & Organizing
- Policy Research & Development
- Political Awareness
- Stakeholder Management
- Change Capability & Adaptability
Section: Extra information
- Interested candidates are to complete, sign and submit the new Personal History Form (Nov 2017 version) which includes a Letter of Interest for the specific position prior to the closing date of the vacancy notice through UNHCR Egypt’s recruitment portal: https://www.unhcr.org/eg-jobs/
- Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and will have to undergo an oral interview. Only short–listed candidates will be contacted.
- Only Egyptian nationality or legal residence of the country can apply, No relocation fees apply.
UNHCR follows a strict non-smoking environment policy. The new Personal History Form is available in the recruitment portal including a supplementary sheet. The personal history form will need to be duly completed with up to date information and signed. Applications missing any of the above elements, will unfortunately not be considered.
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