Kenya: Consultantancy: Emergency Education Specialist , Nairobi, Kenya (4 months)

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Mar 2018

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Background

UNICEF Kenya County Office’s Education Sectionin partnership withthe Government of Kenya, specifically the Ministry of Education (MoE), under the current framework of the Country Programme Agreement 2014 – 2018, and working closelywithvarious Implementing Partners, has been supporting various interventions with the overall aim of enhancing access to equitable quality education by most vulnerable and marginalized children and adolescent affected by conflict and crisis in Kenya.In Kenya, recurring disasters such as droughts, floods andconflicts have often disrupted learning, adversely affected school system and substantially damaged the education infrastructure. This has slowed the progress towards achievingEFAand theSDGGoals. The major concern by the Government of Kenya, particularly the Ministry of Education and the Education Cluster members is how toensureand assure all persons especially children the right to quality education and safe learning environment in emergencies andpost-crisis recovery.

In 2018, our focus has been on strengthening emergency preparedness at the national and county levels with revision of policy, emergency preparedness and response plans, contingency plans and school safety/ preparedness plan. Additionally, UNICEF is supporting improvedcoordination, including, information management and communication systems to emergencies through leadership and technical support to the Education Cluster and Education in Emergency Working Group. UNICEF also provides short-term support to education services in response to emergencies through the advocacy and provision of education supplies, temporary learning spaces and capacity building, including to refugee populations inKakumaandDadaab. UNICEF also supports longer-term programmes for refugee children to get access to quality learning opportunities from early childhood to secondary education that develop transferable skills, knowledge,and capacities for durable solutions.

Justification

Presently, Education Specialist post for Education in Emergency is vacant but the demand for responding to the ongoing drought emergency is huge in the country.Education Section in UNICEF Kenya has multiple ongoing projects through the differentimplementing partners. Since the various components of the projects cut across the technical areas of various specialists in the section,for strongcoordinationamong the technical specialists as well as with field offices we need to hire a consultant to carry out the task. The Consultant will be responsible for thecoordinationas wellas thesmooth implementation of the project focused on emergency andpeacebuilding.

The consultancy will aid the section in defining a strategic approach for improved information/knowledge management and monitoring systems forpeacebuildingand resilience in improving access, enrolment, attendanceand thequalityof equity inEiE.

Theoverall goalof the assignment is toprovidetechnical assistance and support to the Ministry and partners on emergency preparedness and response in line with UNICEF’s revised Core Commitment for Children (CCCs).This consultancy will work under the direction and guidance of the Chief, Education Section tocoordinateoverall education in emergency preparedness and response. Responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the education in emergency interventions, to make sure the survival and well-being of children and affected communities in theemergency.

Provide details/reference to RWP areas/UNDAF output covered:

Outcome 10

By 2018, children and adolescents in Kenya receive child-centred quality teaching learning with improved learning outcomes through evidence-based basic education plans and Child Friendly School standards that are implemented with full participation of parents, communities and county governments, including in emergencies, disadvantaged and vulnerable urban contexts.

Output 10.4: By 2018, National and county governments and partners have capacity for adequate preparedness and coordinated response to emergency and children affected by conflict, to access quality lifesaving and peace building education in line with Core Commitment for Children

Scope of Work

Goal and Objective: Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of Education the Consultant will be required to provide technical assistance and support on emergency preparedness and response in line with UNICEF’s revised Core Commitment for Children (CCCs).

Activities and Tasks:

  • Coordination and Communication – Support coordination of Education in Emergencies activities nationally through co-leadership of the Education in Emergencies Working Group (EiE WG) in partnership with the Save the Children and the Ministry of Education; contribute to the EiE WG activities, including information management; ensure synergy with other sectors
  • Programme development – Work with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNHCR at the national and county levels to mainstream refugee education through the development of policy and planning; and the development of integrated education services in Kalobeyei settlement.
  • Technical Leadership – Provide technical leadership internally on Education in Emergencies: continuously update strategies and action plans; and monitor implementation of activities, with a focus on Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps
  • Resource Mobilization, Partnerships and Advocacy to Identify advocacy issues affecting refugee education Develop funding proposals for Education in Emergencies, including refugee education, based on a robust situation analysis, and as guided by the Chief of Education
  • Work relationships: The consultant need to work closely with UNICEF field and country office education team, Save the children, UNHCR, MoE and Implementing partners and cross sectors in UNICEF.

    Outputs/Deliverables:

  • Building capacity of stakeholders on knowledge management of EiE (DRR, Peacebuilding education and Resilience)
  • Robust monitoring system developed along with government and put in place for education in emergency and ensure availability of Si tan and data on schools affected in emergency
  • Development and implementation of strategies with timeline as per the requirement of different donor conditionality
  • Monitoring and evaluation of different emergency in education response programme in affected counties and school
  • Donor reporting, proposal for new funding and documentation of best practices in peacebuilding education and resilience.
  • Review and provide inputs for humanitarian Situation reports (Sit reps)
  • Monitor and follow up the implementation of emergency PCAs along with partnership reviews
  • Participate in the education cluster meetings, and other emergency education related meetings/ activities
  • Monthly reports on the status and progress of the project handled along with way forward against the bottleneck identified.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualifications for the duties of the post:

  • Education: Master’s in relevant academic field (international education, international development, project management, education)
  • Relevant knowledge of Alternative Education Program, Core commitment for Children, INNE minimum standards, Knowledge on Kenya Contextualized refugee and IDP policies, frameworks.
  • Demonstrated experience in Emergency in Education and monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated application of innovative approaches to educational policy reform, research and practice, especially for improving quality education for out-of-school children is critical.
  • 5 years of experience in relevant field
  • The Consultant needs to submit full financial cost inclusive of all travels cost, DSA any other cost that may be incurred in completing the assignment.

    Conditions

  • UNICEF will provide office space and internet facility and the consultant needs to come with its own equipment. UNICEF will also bear all the cost involved around travel and DSA to the field.
  • As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary”.
  • The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.”
  • Interested consultants to indicate ability, availability and all-inclusive rate (daily? Monthly fee?) for expected deliverables to undertake the terms of reference.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=511426

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