Vacancy Notice No. VA/DA/FTA/05/2019

Title of Post Assistant Education Officer Category/grade National Professional Officer, NOA
Post Number 10028086 Type of contract Fixed-term Appointment  
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh Date of Issue 02 Sept 2019
The effective date of assignment
As soon as possible Closing Date 15 Sept 2019

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships:

The incumbent will act as a focal point for education in the UNHCR office in Dhaka and under the leadership of the supervising officer(s), and close coordination with the Education unit in Cox’s Bazar, support UNHCR’s work regarding education and advocacy on all issues related to refugee education programmes and strategic direction. He/she normally works under the direct supervision of the UNHCR protection Officer and overall supervision of the Senior Protection Officer.

Under the direction of supervising officers, the incumbent will support the implementation of global level policies, including the UNHCR Education Strategy, adapted to the local context. He/she will provide technical support and  liaise with the ministries, national institutions and partners (UN, NGO, CSO) to analyse needs and challenges, to contribute in developing implementation plans, monitoring and assessment of impact. Importantly, he/she will engage in policy level dialogue with the relevant counterparts and carry out evidence-based advocacy. He/she will work in collaboration with in-country education partners and relevant national institutions to improve access to, and quality of, refugee education at all levels, and may liaise with partners for joint support for education access for refuges and host community children. He/she will support the implementation of education approaches for emerging needs in refugee education, including attention to special needs, minorities, girls, pre-school education, and non-formal activities. He/she will support inter-sectoral linkages where necessary with child protection, SGBV, gender, community based protection, livelihoods and health, among others. Providing inclusive and equitable quality education is central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Assistant Education Officer will ensure UNHCR’s programming is in line with the SDGs, in particular SDG 4.

The incumbent will maintain close contact with relevant colleagues in the Education Section of UNHCR HQs on the overall education policy direction of UNHCR and on the adaptation of Refugee Education 2030 to the particular country context, as well as providing technical support (on early childhood, learning achievement, primary education, accelerated education, secondary education, non-formal education, scholarships and tertiary education, education in emergencies etc.) to all staff, including senior management, as well as to those representing education issues on behalf of UNHCR.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

  • The education needs of refugees are met through the application of international and national commitments, including SDGs, relevant UN/UNHR protection standards and IASC principles governing humanitarian coordination, including those of the INEE.
  • Education activities are guided by global, regional and country priorities and reflect UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and diversity (AGD) mainstreaming.
  • 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


- Translate global education objectives and strategic directions into regional or national guidance, strategies and priorities, in collaboration with the supervisor and the Education Section in HQ, to ensure coherence with UNHCR’s education policy and strategy.

- Engage, promote and foster partnerships/collaboration with national education stakeholders and bodies in line with GCR.

- Provide technical advice and support on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions, in line with - UNHCR education policy and regional priorities, including through remote support and field missions.

- Support and provide technical advice to senior management and Policy and Development staff allowing for advocacy activities with States and international organisations on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions, including supporting national planning processes, such as the development of SDG4 plans at national levels and ensuring inclusion of refugee, returnee, asylum seeking, internally displaced and stateless children and youth in SDG4 plans and Education Sector Analyses and Plans.

- Participate in national humanitarian and development sector working groups to support that all refugee education support programming at country level is extended, amplified and reported against sector development goals and humanitarian partners and funding serves system strengthening.

- Assist the Country Office(s) to elaborate and implement strategies to address issues related to education access, quality and data, in cooperation with other UN agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, WFP, etc.) and other key education stakeholders.

- Undertake direct dialogue at the national level on the implementation of education programmes in line with strategic directions, integrated with SDG4 and Education Sector Plans, including with Ministries of Education/Higher Education, education partners and coordination networks (Global Partnership for Education, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and Local Education Groups, etc.).

- Foster inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others, and provide specialist advice for other sectors, to ensure that they fully integrate education related concerns in their planning.

- Assist the supervisor in monitoring the implementation of education programmes and provide guidance on orientation.

- Support the supervisor in monitoring the implementation of Global Refugee Forum pledges within the AoR.

- Assist in the planning and coordination of UNHCR’s role concerning education, represent UNHCR at national consultations, and represent UNHCR’s education strategy and policy to other UN bodies, NGOs, interlocutors, institutions and organisations.

- Train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics.

- Assist with the development and dissemination of relevant tools to support UNHCR staff and partners within the AoR.

- Support active exchange of information and that best practices are identified, documented and disseminated both within the AoR and beyond.

- Join joint assessment missions in emergencies to minimise the time refugee children and youth spend out of education (ideally a maximum of three months after arrival).

- Prepare and draft education input in key internal and external documents and reports.

- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Education;                                           Social Sciences;
or other relevant field.

Relevant Job Experience

Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination. Excellent analytical skills and drafting skills. Strong communications/presentations skills. Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision. Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.

Field experience in education programme implementation and coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts. Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other line Ministries. Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes. Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards. Experience in the area of child protection. Demonstrated work experience in education programmes.

Functional Skills

*PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
*PR-Education Administration/Programme/Coordination/Techniques
PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization
PR-Community-based Protection - Planning, implementing and analysing surveys/assessments
PR-INEE (International Network for Education in Emergencies) standards and implementation
PR-Refugee Education programmes
TR-Training Design/Material Preparation
EX-Experience with training/certifications
PR-Child Protection/Convention on the Rights of the Child

Language Requirements

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

Competency Requirements

Core Competencies:
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:
Empowering and Building Trust

Cross-Functional Competencies:
Analytical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
Policy Development and Research


Candidates must be Bangladeshi nationals

Internal staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (PPAL). If you have questions regarding eligibility, you may also contact the HR unit.


A competitive compensation and benefits package are offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org

Submission of Applications:

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit their applications with fully complete and signed Personal History Form and Supplementary Pages via online: UNHCR Bangladesh Job Portal www.unhcr.io/jobs.

Personal History Form not submitted in UNHCR format as well as not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates are required to sit for a written test and oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. 

UNCHR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO).

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