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Education Cluster Coordinator, P3, Temporary Appointment (364 days), Caracas, Venezuela

Apply now Job no: 529468
Work type: Temporary Appointment
Level: P-3
Location: Venezuela
Categories: P-3

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.


Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.


For every child,  Education


The humanitarian needs of children in Venezuela are immediate, immense and growing. An estimated 3.2 million children in Venezuela need urgent assistance due to the current socio-economic and political crisis. Since 2018, UNICEF has rapidly increased its presence and programs in Venezuela to respond to the growing humanitarian needs of children.  

UNICEF has strengthened its work with a broad spectrum of partners and stakeholders to provide vulnerable children affected by the economic crisis with support in education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, and protection. In line with the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Venezuela launched by the United Nations and its partners, UNICEF launched the first appeal to provide humanitarian assistance to 1.3 million people, including 900,000 children. A second appeal will aim to meet the needs of children during 2020.   


How can you make a difference?

UNICEF is the Cluster Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster, the Nutrition Cluster, Child Protection Working Group, and co-lead for the Education Cluster and GBV AoR. UNICEF is establishing a talent pool of Cluster/AoR Coordinators across the five sectors.

On behalf of UNICEF, and in support of the Government, the purpose of the post of Education Cluster Coordinator in Venezuela is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by participants at national and sub-national country levels.



The post holder has joint responsibility with UNICEF, resourcing partners and all cluster participants at the national and sub-national level for the efficient management and functioning of the Education Cluster encompassing the following:

  • Establish and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism;
  • Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability;
  • Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps;
  • Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the cluster and its response;
  • Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment, disabiilty and HIV/AIDs;
  • Maintain flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation;
  • Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders;
  • Interact with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
  • Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.
  • Monitor performance of the core cluster functions.
  • Where there is both a national and a sub-national cluster, the post holder will ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the two levels


The post holder is accountable to:

  • The Education Cluster Coordinator is accountable by the UNICEF Representative in country and will be managed by the Representative or other delegated manager as appropriate.
  • Participants of the Education Cluster and sub-Clusters, who will in turn ensure that they deliver on their agreed minimum commitments (see IASC Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at the Country Level, November 2012)
  • Inter-cluster coordination bodies established by the HCT/UNOCHA
  • Affected populations through agreed mechanisms


Core cluster functions:

  1. Supporting service delivery
  • Provide a platform to ensure that service delivery is driven by the agreed strategic priorities
  • Develop mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery
  • Provide technical assistance to partners
  • Capacity building of partners
  1. Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response
  • Needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the sector)
  • Analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross-cutting issues.
  • Prioritization, grounded in response analysis
  1. Planning and strategy development
  • Develop sectoral plans, objectives and indicators directly support realization of the HC/HCT strategic priorities
  • Application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines
  • Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF)
  1. Monitoring and evaluating performance
  • Monitoring and reporting on Cluster activities and needs.
  • Measuring progress against the cluster strategy and agreed results.
  • Recommending corrective action where necessary
  1. Support robust and evidence-based advocacy
  • Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to HC and HCT messaging  and action
  • Undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of cluster participants and the affected population
  • Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the cluster strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary
  1. Building national capacity in preparedness and contingency planning
  • Emergency response preparedness (ERP) is dependent on Venezuela coordination structure
  • Contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant.
  1. Accountability to affected populations
  • Mainstreaming of AAP in each core function of cluster
  • Build capacities on AAP.
  • Support the integration of AAP mechanisms in Education response, from needs evaluation, planning to implementation and monitoring.


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…



  • University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to the Education cluster
  • Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.
  • Formal training in cluster coordination an advantage



  • At least 5 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including programme management and/or coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster
  • Previous experience in Education response in Venezuela and/or Education Cluster coordination in Venezuela is considered an asset.
  • Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.


For every Child, you demonstrate…


UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


Core competencies:

  • Understands the rationale behind Humanitarian Reform, its main components and recent developments including the Transformative Agenda.
  • Understands, uses, and adapts the tools, mechanisms, and processes developed as part of Humanitarian Reform
  • Demonstrates commitment to Humanitarian Principles: https://docs.unocha.org/sites/dms/Documents/OOM-humanitarianprinciples_eng_June12.pdf
  • Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership: http://www.globalhumanitarianplatform.org/doc00003804.doc
  • Communicates, works, and networks effectively with a wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated response, and demonstrates leadership where required
  • Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that cluster activities are prioritised and aligned within an agreed strategy
  • Demonstrates commitment to the cluster and independence from employing organisation
  • Builds, motivates, and leads the cluster coordination team
  • Successful track-record in presenting complex issues to various stake holders effectively, sensitively, and within professional poise


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.



Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


Advertised: Venezuela Standard Time
Applications close: Venezuela Standard Time

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