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For every child, Education
UNICEF has been working in Cameroon since 1975 in order to allow women and children to fully realize their rights to development without restriction, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF provides financial and technical support to Cameroon across seven areas in an effort to fully realize the rights of women and children. These areas include Health, HIV/AIDS, Water-sanitation-Hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection, and social inclusion. UNICEF focuses mainly on children and the most vulnerable and excluded families. Cameroon 2020 population is estimated at 26,545,863 people according to UN data. The population is young and generates strong socioeconomic demand. In rural areas, limited access to basic social services and the effects of climate change lead to household impoverishment and severe child deprivations. The task is immense but not insurmountable; it requires the energy of all stakeholders in Cameroon and out of Cameroon: also, women, men, youth and children, government, technical and financial partners, donors, civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians, communities. Everyone is invited to take part in the struggle to meet the challenges that lie ahead. It is together that we will act for Cameroon, a country that summarizes the challenges and hopes of Africa.
How can you make a difference?
Under the supervision of the Education Specialist and based on UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, and the INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, the Education Officer will carry out the following functions:
Support to program development planning
Contribute to the preparation and updating of a monthly situation analysis and trends on the formal education system in North West and southwest regions. Collect and analyze data concerning enrollment, attendance, and perception of safety (Protective Learning Environment Study) in formal education, including recording IDP presence in operational schools. Collect information on the risks affecting students, and teachers attending operational schools in North West and southwest regions, including through the analysis of risk analysis conducted by school communities (umbrella approach). Collect information on the situation of IDP and other out-of-school children Advise the Education Specialist on humanitarian programming, and on the support to formal education. Contribute to the development of plans of action to reach the in-school and other most vulnerable populations with Education in Emergencies services. Contribute to the development and establishment of sectorial programme goals, objectives and strategies, and results-based planning
Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
Initiate, monitor and report on partnerships, (PCAs, HPDs and SSFA), develop and update quarterly disbursement plans of funds for implementing partners in conformity with HACT procedures; conduct programmatic visits and support spot checks. Initiate and manage continuous data collection via u-report and edu-track from beneficiaries of the UNICEF action in EIE and Education, to ensure appropriate monitoring of the UNICEF action. Monitor the Connect my school initiative in Melong (Littoral)
Technical and operational support to program implementation
Undertake field visits and surveys and share information with stakeholders to assess progress and refer to the Education Specialist for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks, and potential problems for timely action to achieve results. Contribute to the implementation of Non-Formal learning opportunities in favor of the IDPs and OOSC in the South West and North West regions (Radio Education Programming, mobile reading and Education in Emergency non formal package). Provide technical assistance on school-based risk mitigation with relevant partners. In collaboration with Health, Child Protection and WASH actors, provide technical inputs to enhance the health and protective learning environment In collaboration with the Education Specialist NOC in Yaounde provide red flags concerning the connect my school initiative in Melong
Networking and partnership building
In close collaboration with Child Protection (CP) and UN agencies, contribute to the identification of victims of attacks and participate in the delivery of assistance to victims (victim centered EiE response, provision of WASH kits and referral to CP/Health services). Contribute through the identification of key emerging humanitarian issues, needs and risks to feed UNICEF implementation strategy in the NW/SW context and for the Littoral and West regions. Interact with donors and partners to expand their interest in UNICEF action.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Contribute to identifying, capturing, synthesizing, and sharing lessons learned for knowledge development and capacity development of stakeholders. Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, psychology, sociology, communication, or another relevant technical field.
Minimum 2 years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required.
Experience working in emergency settings is highly recommended.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Fluency in English (oral and written) and French (oral and written).
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness Works Collaboratively with others Builds and Maintains Partnerships Innovates and Embraces Change Thinks and Acts Strategically Drives to achieve impactful results Manages ambiguity and complexity
Knowledge of UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children (CCC) in Humanitarian Action, key international standards such as the INEE, as well as the humanitarian cluster approach.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
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.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.