International Rescue CommitteeClosing Date : 2019-04-28
Duty Station : Basle, Switzerland
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Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 28 Apr 2019

Job Description

The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open, global network that works to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. INEE is composed of more than 15,000 practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, governments (including Ministries of Education), and universities who work together within a humanitarian and development framework. INEE was conceptualized in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar where UNHCR, UNESCO and UNICEF took forward Strategy Five of the Dakar Framework for Action and convened the First Global Consultation on Education in Emergencies (Geneva, 2000). INEE has since grown to a network of more than 15,000 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 190 countries. Guided by a Steering Group and agreed upon bylaws, INEE serves its members through the core functions of community-building, convening diverse stakeholders, maintaining knowledge management, amplifying and advocating, facilitating and learning, and providing members with the resources and support they need to carry out their work on education in emergencies. All of INEE s work can be classified according to one or more of these functions.

Job Overview:

The 2018-2023 Strategic Framework (forthcoming) presents the network s vision for reaching its overarching goal: To ensure the right to a quality, safe, and relevant education for all who live in emergency and crisis contexts through prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The Strategic Framework outlines four strategic priorities that will enable the network achieve its goal:

Provide thought leadership and global advocacy

Strengthen capacities to deliver quality, safe, relevant, and inclusive education for all

Provide, curate, and organize knowledge to inform policy and practice

Strengthen and diversify the INEE membership

This senior position will support the network in achieving each of these priorities, with a primary focus on INEE Strategy Priority I to provide thought leadership and global advocacy for the network and the education in emergencies (EiE) sector as a whole. The role will strengthen INEE s engagement in policy dialogue, advocacy and thought leadership globally and particularly within Europe as a Geneva-based position, recognizing Geneva s centrality as a headquarters for many humanitarian organizations. This position will also support the Director to identify trends and strategic partnerships, and represent INEE in key forums. A key aspect of this position is to expand, strengthen and contribute to INEE s partnerships at global, regional, and national levels (both existing and new).

Major Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the INEE Director, in alignment with INEE s core functions, INEE s Strategic Framework and in close communication with the INEE Secretariat, this position is responsible for the following:

INEE Strategic Priority I: Thought leadership and advocacy:

Provide direct support to the INEE Director in a key leadership and management role for the network and Secretariat, with a particular focus on INEE s coverage in Europe

Alongside the INEE Director, lead the roll out of INEE s Strategic Framework for 2018 - 2023

Engage in global policy dialogue and contribute to debate, discussion, and thought-leadership in consultation with INEE s Director.

Support the INEE Director and Secretariat to establish and formalize strategic partnerships with key actors in the sector and in cross-cutting sectors.

Identify opportune moments for INEE s engagement including the development of key messages and talking points for INEE representation. As appropriate this position will also take on representation roles in consultation with the INEE Director.

Advocate for key issues identified by INEE members and through INEE network spaces in global, regional and national forums.

Represent the voices of INEE members in global advocacy and policy discussions, informed by regular outreach and consultation with INEE s membership (at large and in INEE s network spaces).

Identify trends, key issues, and gaps and produce briefs communicating these to the INEE Director, Secretariat, and members to inform network direction, advocacy, policies, and constructive debate.

INEE Strategic Priority II: Strengthen capacities:

Support development and rollout of INEE s Capacity Building Strategy, providing facilitation support on occasion and where necessary.

INEE Strategic Priority III: Provide, curate and organize knowledge and resources:

Support development and rollout of INEE s Strategic Learning Agenda.

Support INEE s knowledge management systems, communications platforms and staff responsible for curating and organizing information along with its dissemination.

INEE Strategic Priority IV: Strengthen and diversity membership:

Foster relationship building, collaboration, and complementarity with key actors in Europe while linking to global, regional, and national counterparts.

Convene a wide range of actors from humanitarian and development settings, encouraging their engagement in INEE, facilitating roundtables and events, and promoting INEE s role as a neutral convener and collaborator.

Support the INEE Secretariat in developing strategies to further strengthen the overall network s engagement and support to INEE members, including the development of approaches and strategies for outreach.

Actively reach out to INEE members, with a specific aim of reaching under-represented groups and Ministries of Education to provide resources and support when possible.

Administration and Management:

Support INEE s administration of grants and agreements aligned to the respective rules, regulations and procedures for each of INEE s fiscal hosts, providing technical support where necessary. Identify new opportunities for INEE (including in-kind contributions); lead on application processes and support the INEE team in on-going submissions.

Meet with potential donors and represent INEE to new donors with an understanding of the wide reach of the network and communicating both its unique role and potential.

Support the roll-out of INEE s Fundraising Strategy

Supervise INEE Secretariat Staff utilizing participatory management approaches that contribute to teamwork and a collaborative team spirit.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: INEE Director

Position directly supervises INEE Secretariat Staff (2 positions with the possibility of further positions as INEE s Secretariat expands)

Indirect Reporting: INEE Secretariat; INEE fiscal and administrative hosts; INEE Steering Group

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: IRC education unit, HR, admin, finance, legal

External: Representatives of UN agencies, NGOs, donor agencies, education authorities (Ministries of Education, relevant Ministries), academic institutions, including mid-level to senior-level representatives

Job Requirements


Ability to work in Switzerland (Swiss or EU national &/or Swiss residence permit required)

Advanced university degree (Masters or above) in a relevant field.

Minimum 10 years of directly relevant professional experience.

Willingness to travel 30 - 40% of time both within Europe and outside as needed.

Leadership skills and documented experience in strategy development and systems thinking.

Strong theoretical and practical background in the field of education, including and understanding of education in development and humanitarian contexts.

Strong technical knowledge and field experience related to education in emergencies, including deep understanding of INEE s ways of working and role in the EiE sector.

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in English.

Excellent analytical and writing skills, including the ability to draft talking points, briefs, reports, concept notes, proposals, communications materials, etc.

Excellent representation, public speaking and diplomacy skills.

Skilled in participatory approaches and, in particular, managing others with the aim of providing support and guidance to achieve results.

Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people.

Flexible work attitude, with the ability to follow direction, and effectively learn and work within an inter-agency framework and approach


Strong spoken and written French highly desirable; knowledge of other INEE languages in addition to English or French highly valued (Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese).

Understanding of networks and network theory highly valued.

Understanding and experience in the areas of human rights, child protection, social-emotional learning, psychosocial support, monitoring & evaluation, and research.

Working Environment: Standard office working environment.

Travel: Approximately 30% - 40% (largely within Europe and some travel outside of Europe as relevant to the position)

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