Ended  Deputy Education Cluster Coordinator

The Job

Save the Children in Yemen is looking for eligible candidates for the positions of:

 Deputy Education Cluster Coordinator Based in Aden


Since the Cluster approach was formally initiated in Yemen in 2009, the country has undergone major unrest and crises that require strong coordination of education activities at the central level in Sana’a, right down to Governorate, District and community levels. UNICEF and Save the Children co-lead the education cluster globally, and Save the Children is supporting the education cluster in Yemen with the secondment of a coordinator of the Aden sub-national Cluster.                                 

The objective of the Education Cluster in Yemen is to ensure that children in Yemen affected by manmade and natural humanitarian crises are able to access a quality basic education in a protective environment.

The objective of this position is to ensure coherent and effective education response at subnational levels by mobilizing groups of agencies, organizations and NGOs to respond in a strategic manner to a humanitarian crisis. 

The role of the Deputy Cluster Coordinator for Aden, is to lead and facilitate this process through:

  1. inclusion of key humanitarian partners
  2. establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms
  3. coordination with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors
  4. ensuring appropriate participatory and community-based approaches
  5. ensuring that gender issues are attended to in planning
  6. ensuring appropriate attention to priority cross-cutting issues
  7. organizing/leading needs assessment and analysis where possible
  8. coordinating sector-wide emergency preparedness
  9. undertaking planning and strategy development
  10. ensuring the application of appropriate standards
  11. ensuring monitoring and reporting
  12. undertaking advocacy and resource mobilization
  13. undertaking training and capacity building
  14. provision of assistance or services as a last resort subject to access, security and availability of funding

The Deputy Education Cluster Coordinator for Aden will work impartially, serving the needs of all members of the Education Cluster and should work closely with the UN Humanitarian/Residence Coordinator as appropriate. The Deputy Education Cluster Coordinator will link to the Cluster Coordinator (recruited by UNICEF), and will focus primarily on strengthening subnational level coordination processes and structures in Aden.  

Specific Accountabilities

  • Track the development of the humanitarian situation through collaboration in humanitarian fora particularly inter-cluster coordination and with OCHA.
  • Ensure that needs are identified and that cluster activities address the identified needs, fill gaps and prevent overlap and duplication.
  • With the Education Cluster Coordinator, ensure that clear and effective communication occurs between sub-national cluster in Aden and the national cluster in Sana’a.
  • Ensure that information is shared amongst cluster members and between sectors/clusters in order to improve planning, integration and implementation. This includes contributing to regular OCHA situation reports, and taking an active part in OCHA co-ordination meetings.
  • Lead mapping of education in emergencies capacity and gaps at the subnational level to mobilize an effective education response. 
  • Work with the Cluster Coordinator to develop a systematic plan for strengthening coordination structures at the Aden level, including:
    • Formalizing the roles of I/NNGO cluster focal points ensuring appropriate roles and realistic responsibilities are assigned and accepted
    • Identify needs and support the provision of capacity building support to I/NNGO cluster focal points, OCHA and MoE counterparts
    • Build on the activation of the Aden education cluster with continued support and training
  • Support the Cluster Coordinator in sector wide contingency planning including support to the development and application of sector wide emergency preparedness plans and capacity building of Education Cluster members.
  • Work closely with other key members of the Education Cluster, including school officials, National, Governorate or District level officials, I/NNGOs, UNICEF and OCHA and ensure that linkages are made with other relevant education sector groups.
  • Advocate and fundraise for education in emergencies as first wave response and ensure that education is explicitly included and prioritized in all multi-sector assessments, reports and appeals.
  • Contribute to the facilitation of Education cluster tasks, such as:
    • The joint development of locally contextualized minimum standards, policies and guidelines by education cluster members and build their capacity to apply these.
    • Tracking fundraising for education specific interventions. Communicate funding opportunities and support their capacity to access these.
  • Deputize for the Cluster Coordinator as required.
  • Undertake small information management tasks.
  • Abide by relevant safety and security procedures at all times.



  • M.A. Degree in Education preferred, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least four years of experience in humanitarian response within the education sector
  • Excellent networking and coordination skills
  • Excellent English & Arabic oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrable understanding of international humanitarian response architecture, co-ordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action.
  • Demonstrable ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and joint working
  • Understanding of the humanitarian funding mechanisms including (for example, the Consolidated Appeals Process [CAP], Central Emergency Fund [CEF] and Flash Appeals).
  • Understanding of humanitarian principles and ability to apply these
  • The capacity and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children, and willingness to abide by and demonstrate commitment to policies such as child-safeguarding and anti-fraud. 
  • Excellent advocacy skills particularly in relation to advocating for education provision in humanitarian crises.
  • Ability to work and plan at strategic and operational level.
  • Understanding of opportunities to provide integrated or cross-cutting humanitarian interventions with other sectors and clusters
  • Able to identify and make the relevant links between emergency response, recovery, transition and development
  • Formal training in cluster co-ordination or prior experience with the cluster desirable
How to Apply

We are looking for both men and women from Yemen with enthusiasm and commitment to improve the protection and promotion of the rights of all children in Yemen.

All applicants will be subject to Save the Children’s Child safe guarding Policy and Reference Checking Process.

Interested candidates should apply here.

The deadline for receiving applications is 26/08/2019

  • Employer: Save The Children
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 7 August 2019
  • Deadline: 18 August 2019