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UNICEF Job Vacancy - Comprehensive School Safety Framework Specialist (Sint Maarten)

UNICEF Job Vacancy - Comprehensive School Safety Framework Specialist (Sint Maarten)
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UNICEF Netherlands is seeking to hire an expert to guide this process in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport (MECYS) of Sint Maarten (Dutch side). The expert will be hired to start the process and identify the steps, build support and awareness for the process, and develop a roadmap for the full process together with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.

  • Requirements

    • Advanced university degree in education or related field
    • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience including on international level
    • Solid experience in developing the Comprehensive School Safety Framework together with government and community-based partners. 
    • Firm knowledge and understanding of the relevant global and regional institutions such as GADERRRES, WISS, UNISDR, CDEMA etc, and key documents and resources including SDGs, Sendai Framework for DRR, and the global Comprehensive Schools Safety Framework. 
    • Experience in policy work and coordination with national Government. 
    • Demonstrated project management, advocacy, and leadership skills.
    • Excellent command of English, both in written and oral communication

  • Full Details including how to apply

    Background

    On 6 September 2017, hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. The island of Sint Maarten was heavily affected with 90% of structures damaged. Sint Maarten is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Following the disaster, the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF commissioned an assessment of the education sector. In close cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport, primary schools, secondary schools and early childhood development centers were assessed. Though the education sector shows resilience, investments in the sector are needed to prepare for future disasters and ensure quality inclusive education.

    The government of Sint Maarten is committed to developing a full Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF) based on the global framework in support of The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector and the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools. It is anticipated that the full process will take one to two years and include processes such as policy discussions and development, review and possible amendment of codes (labor code, building code etc.), curriculum review and inclusion of safety topics to the curriculum, teacher trainings etc., and awareness raising and roll out in the institutions and communities.

    Purpose of the job

    UNICEF Netherlands is seeking to hire an expert to guide this process in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sport (MECYS) of Sint Maarten (Dutch side). The expert will be hired to start the process and identify the steps, build support and awareness for the process, and develop a roadmap for the full process together with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.

    The specific objectives for this assignment are:

    • Facilitate and support the further development of the Safety and Emergency Response Guidelines for schools, early childhood development centers, culture- and sports facilities. 
    • Facilitate and support the continued roll out of the safety plans for schools, early childhood development centers, culture- and sports facilities etc. including further trainings for teachers and others.
    • Support and advise the MECYS Disaster Management Committee in the development of the Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF). 
    • Build strong networks and relations with all relevant partners and stakeholders on the government and community based levels. 
    • Identify the necessary work stream and tasks needed to develop the CSSF. 
    • Develop a road map for the full process of implementing the CSSF on Sint Maarten 
    • Facilitate the implementation of the identified work streams and tasks needed for the establishment of the CSSF. 
    • Identify resources needed, provide advice, and report to the Project Lead for Sint Maarten in UNICEF Netherlands. 
    • Support the fundraising efforts for the project by UNICEF Netherlands and seek out new opportunities for partnerships and funding. 
    • Be a driving force for the process and provide expert advice to the ministry partners at all levels. 
    • Organize a participatory approach to involve stakeholders (children, parents, teachers, etc) in a community-based deliberative process together with the UNICEF Netherlands Community Mobilizer. 
    • Formulate indicators for quality assurance and monitoring purposes. 
    • Support the implementation of other UNICEF Netherlands education-related activities as necessary.

    Desired qualifications :

    • Experience from the Caribbean Region.
    • Experience with developing the three pillars of the CSSF, namely: Safe Learning Facilities, School Disaster Management, and Risk Reduction and Resilience Education. 
    • Experience with law reviews and amendment and corresponding budgeting processes .
    • Experience with capacity development and facilitation/ development of trainings and methodologies.

    Our offer The successful candidate will be offered a consultancy contract until the end of 2018, based on Sint Maarten, with possible extension depending on available funds.

    The contract is administered by the Netherlands National Committee for UNICEF. The preferred starting date is in August 2018.

    How to apply

    Potential candidates are invited to express their interest by submitting their CV and letter of motivation by 25 July 2018 to: Marieke Roelfsema, project lead Sint Maarten, mroelfsema@unicef.n


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Telephone: 1(868) 623 8438 or 623 4813

Fax: 1 (868) 623 4332 

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