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Education Cluster Coordinator, P3, FT - Bamako, Mali #114525

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-3
Location: Mali
Categories: Education

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, hope

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias, or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. This is especially true in emergency contexts where children often lose their homes, family members, friends safety and routine.

Mali remains one of the poorest countries in the world and 56 per cent of children still suffer from at least three deprivations. Despite some progress, significant economic, geographic and gender-based inequities remain. Limited budget allocations to social sectors and insufficient transfer of resources to decentralized authorities further undermine the social inclusion agenda. Since 2012, Mali which have been exacerbated by frequent natural disasters such as floods and drought. 3.9 million people, of whom half are children, are affected and the number of internally displaced persons (IDP) has dramatically increased to reach 201,400 in 2020 compared to 65,494 in February 2019. To increase humanitarian access and local support to communities, UNICEF in Mali will reinforce its approach of community acceptance to increase humanitarian access and local support to communities while strengthening the humanitarian-development continuum.  On top of natural disasters, Mali is also confronted with insecurity causing over 1,600 schools to be closed affecting about 500,000 children and about 10.000 Teachers. Among other, the education cluster spearheads the documenting of solutions and advocating for the reopening of schools.

How can you make a difference?

 Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Chief Education, the Cluster Coordinator will support Education cluster structures at the national and regional levels for the efficient management and delivery of Humanitarian responses. This will involve the following

  • Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stake holders
  • Represents the Education cluster within the inter cluster coordination meetings chaired by UNOCHA
  • Support the Ministry of Education planning and Resources Mobilization director and Cluster partners in drafting / revising an annual Education Cluster response plan.
  • Maintain 5W mapping of Education sector humanitarian interventions
  • Support drafting of resource mobilization documents, drawing on analysis humanitarian situation to ensure proposals are focused and relevant
  • Identification of areas requiring inter-cluster partnerships and designing of intervention as requires (WASH, Child protection, Health, Nutrition, etc…)
  • Promote across education cluster partners community level consultative and feedback mechanisms
  • Monitor performance of the core cluster functions and report to UNICEF, Save children, Ministry of Education and Cluster partners on progress as against targets
  • Ensure effective communication, reporting engagement and coordination between national and the region levels
  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.
  1. Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response
  • Conduct needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the education sector)
  • Carry out analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross- cutting issues
  • Ensure prioritization, grounded in response analysis
  1. Planning and strategy development
  • Contribute to the review of the 2020-2029 education sectoral plan, monitor the implementation objectives and indicators directly support realization of the HC/HCT strategic priorities.
  • Strongly ensure application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines.
  • Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and Cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (HRP, CHF, CERF).
  1. Monitor and Evaluate performance
  • Ensure regular monitoring of cluster response activities and coordination against cluster indicators, including activity at operational level (quality, coverage, continuity and cost of service delivery interventions) and sub national and national level cluster coordination activities. Conduct analysis of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the response over time.
  • Monitor and reporting on activities and needs
  • Measure performance against the cluster strategy and agreed results9as demonstrated by progress reporting against planned results in each meeting)
  • Recommends corrective action where necessary to build national capacity in preparedness, contingency and risk informed planning (as demonstrated by umber of trainings conducted on Education in Emergency and/or cluster engagement)
  1. Build national capacities in preparedness, contingency and risk informed planning (as demonstrated by many of training conducted on Education in Emergency and/or cluster engagement).
  1. Advocacy
  • Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to HC and HCT messaging and action
  • Undertake advocacy activities on behalf of Cluster participants and the affected population
  • Coordinate advocacy for resource mobilization to support the implementation of Cluster’s EiE strategy and the operationalization of the action plans.
  1.  Accountability to affected population
  • Introduce a mechanism by which to obtain feedback by communities on the efficiency and effectiveness on the Education sector Humanitarian response.

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

  •  Master’s degree in a subject area relevant to the Education Cluster coordination’s need: education, primary Education, teacher training or social sciences.
  • At least five 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.
  • ** Candidates holding a first university degree with 2 additional years of relevant professional experience may be considered
  • Minimum of 5 years specific substantive and technical experience in inter-agency coordination, needs assessment, policy development, strategy, formulation programme planning and monitoring & evaluation in crisis and post-crisis settings.
  • Extensive work Experience outside the humanitarian which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience.
  • Fluency in English and French is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Nurtures, leads and manages people

Technical competencies

  • Technical competencies must be demonstrated in the following areas:
  • Understand the rationale behind humanitarian reform, its main components and recent developments including the transformative Agenda.
  • Understand uses and adapts the tools, mechanisms and processes developed as part of humanitarian Reform
  • Demonstrate commitment to Humanitarian Principles
  • Demonstrates commitment to Principles of partnership
  • Communicates, work and network effective wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated requires
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Thinks and act strategically and ensure that cluster activities are prioritized and aligned within an agreed strategy
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
  • Demonstrates commitment to the cluster and independence from employing organization
  • Build, motivates and leads the cluster coordination team.

View our competency framework at

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

** Bamako is a Category D; Non-Family duty station. The Rest and Recuperation Cycle is 8 weeks.

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