Education Cluster Coordinator

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Finland
Organization: Finn Church Aid
Closing date: 6 Jan 2021

Background Finn Church Aid (FCA) supports the Global Education Cluster, co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children at the global level, and its’ Rapid Response Team (RRT). FCA contributes one member to the RRT. This advertisement calls for applications among qualified and interested candidates for the Education Cluster Coordinator position to be a Member of Global Education Cluster Rapid Response Team.

The Education Cluster convenes and coordinates a range of UN, NGO and local actors to more effectively meet the needs of the Education in Emergencies (EiE) sector, by producing key interagency tools, building capacity, and developing shared guidance and advocacy. The Education Cluster is one of 11 clusters established by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies.

Purpose of the RRT

The main purpose of the RRT is to provide high quality, rapidly deployable education coordination capacity in humanitarian situations, including large scale emergencies (level 3) as first priority, other acute emergencies, and chronic crises. The RRT member will fulfil this through deployment to UNICEF at the country level, at a minimum of 48 hours’ notice, to support interagency coordination of education responses. The RRT member will be deployed approximately 50% of his/her time.

When the RRT team member is not deployed, he/she will contribute to a secondary purpose of the team, which is to support the work of the global level Education Cluster in strengthening education capacities at country level to prepare for, respond to and recover from humanitarian crises as per the Education Cluster Strategic Plan. 20 % of his/her time is dedicated to Education in Emergencies related work for FCA.


Deployments will be managed at the global level by the Education Cluster Coordinator at UNICEF, in consultation with FCA. While in the field, the RRT team member will perform his/her duties under the supervision of designated senior UNICEF staff or inter-cluster coordinators. The Terms of Reference (TOR) for each mission will be specific to the given context, but will include the key elements of the generic TOR for Education Cluster coordinators.

While not deployed, the RRT team member will perform his/her duties under the supervision of the Head of Humanitarian Assistance at FCA. The tasks will relate to strengthening technical capacity and providing operational support, in particular to strengthen Finn Church Aid’s contribution to the achievement of the global cluster work plan. The RRT team member will also participate in and support the annual global Education Cluster meeting, other selected meetings/workshops, and participate in capacity development/trainings related to the coordination function.

Main tasks

  • Provide strategic advice and support to ensure the coordination and response adheres to IASC cluster approach, relevant humanitarian agreements, standards, initiatives and guidelines

  • Provide systematic and innovative guidance and support for the application of relevant humanitarian tools, mechanisms and process

  • Support national actors to provide leadership in the Education response and to engage with other actors in the broader response

  • Pro-actively identify common and complex technical challenges faced by partners and find strategic-level or systemic solutions

  • Provide capacity building support and training to national and local actors based on identified needs

  • Support country cluster/EiE working groups to coordinate processes related to Education Cannot Wait (including the Multi-Year Resilience Program and First Emergency Response allocations)

  • Follow global developments and issues related to education in emergencies and protracted crises

  • Provide support on EiE for FCA’s country programs when not deployed

  • Strengthen capacities of FCA staff on EiE and coordination

Required competencies

  • Master’s degree in related field and proven extensive work experience in education

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the Cluster Approach and humanitarian architecture

  • Experience with strategic planning, resource mobilization and advocacy

  • Demonstrated experience in Education in Emergencies

  • Excellent negotiation, mediation and communication skills

  • Proven work experience in the field of humanitarian aid in operational NGOs and/or UNICEF, including extensive field experience

  • Work experience in fragile states considered as asset

  • Fluency in English is required; Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish and/or Finnish considered as assets


Availability: 1 February 2021

Duty station: Helsinki, with regular deployments to the field (50 % of time). There will be induction periods in Helsinki and Geneva. Remote work from another location is negotiable.

Contract: This is a fixed term position until 31.12 2022 with a six-month probation period. The compensation is based on FCA Compensation System and depends on prior work experience.

Further information

For more information, please contact Eija Alajarva, Head of Humanitarian Assistance, Finn Church Aid (e-mail eija.alajarva (at) Unfortunately we are not able to answer queries by telephone.


Please apply by using the link no later than on 6th of January 2021. Applicants will be short-listed and contacted for an interview on a progressive basis.

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest development co-operation organisation and the second biggest organisation in Finland working in humanitarian aid. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education. Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.

FCA practices zero tolerance against child abuse. FCA’s Child Safeguarding Policy applies to all FCA staff. FCA has zero tolerance concerning aid diversion and illegal actions and may screen applicants against international lists to ensure due diligence and compliance with Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements.

FCA is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).

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