URCS announces the competition for the position of an Education in Emergencies Coordinator

URCS announces the competition for the position of an Education in Emergencies (EiE) Coordinator

Based in Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) National Committee in Kyiv, Education in Emergencies (EiE) Coordinator is in charge of building and coordinating the EiE component of the Humanitarian Education in Ukraine.


Title: Education in Emergencies (EiE) Coordinator

Duration: Full time for one year with opportunity for extension

Starting date: As soon as possible

Location: Kyiv with travels to the conflict affected areas and project sites including Donbass region

Reports to: Head of Humanitarian Education Unit


Armed conflict or other situations of violence (OSV) restrict access to schooling for children all over the world. The insecurity and risks which such environments create for pupils, parents and teachers leads to not only frequent school drop-out and closure, but also pose serious protection risks especially for the most vulnerable. In the Ukraine Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) for 2021 it is stated that “attacks on education, continued disruption of schooling, growing fragmentation of education systems between Government-controlled areas (GCA) and non-Government-controlled areas (NGCA) and the emerging militarisation of education have had a profound impact on the learning and overall development of nearly 660,000 school-aged boys and girls”. Humanitarian action and Education in Emergencies (EiE), through actors such as the Red Cross, plays a role in helping to create a safer environment for children to access and continue with their education in this and other crisis contexts.

In 2017, the ICRC approved a resolution and a three-year strategy to guide response to humanitarian concerns generated through the disruption of education because of conflict and violence. The Access to Education (A2E) file as a part of Education in Emergencies (EiE) area has since been developed and has gained considerable progress. The ICRC’s access to education approach seeks to ensure the resumption or continuity of education as an essential public service and introduces measures to prevent school closures and the drop-out of children. Building on the achievements by the ICRC in establishing A2E as a new priority at policy and operational level, efforts are made to establish EiE as a Movement approach through closer collaboration and complementarity between National Societies, ICRC, and the IFRC. The aim is to addressing education in its entirety through a joint and coordinated approach.

Based on these developments and the converging interests and complementing capacities of Red Cross partners including Ukraine Red Cross Society (URCS), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Danish Red Cross (DRC), Danish Red Cross Youth (DRCY), Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) the initiative to establish a collaborative approach to and operationalize EiE in Ukraine has taken shape. Ongoing activities, and the established URCS Humanitarian Education Unit in particular, form a viable building block and attractive scope for developing the EiE file as part of reinforcing and expanding the Movement’s overall education response in Ukraine.


URCS is developing towards a more comprehensive education response with Humanitarian Education (HE) programmes and activities aimed to empower people (especially youth) to deal with daily challenges in the spirit of humanitarian values and fundamental principles of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement. It is institutionalized under the newly established Humanitarian Education Unit. The HE Unit has evolved and continues to develop with capacity and technical support of the Danish Red Cross, Danish Red Cross Youth, IFRC and ICRC with a focus on applying a methodology for engaging youth in humanitarian programs. Key thematic blocks of the HE Unit are:

“Behavioral Changes” with participant centred approach where young people through role-plays, simulations, storytelling etc., explore topics such as, social and emotional intelligence, critical thinking, diversity and inclusion, gender sensitivity, collaborative negotiation, conflict and violence mitigation;
“Active Citizenship” aimed at engaging youth in methods for taking the lead in designing and implementing community initiatives including in schools;
“Humanitarian Leadership” programme that is providing leadership education and mentoring support for RC volunteer leaders including youth on advocacy and campaigning on humanitarian topics.

There is potential for further development and strengthening of the HE Unit and development of the Humanitarian Education Platform that would unite all educational activities and efforts of URCS including the new EiE file. The HE Unit and Platform would benefit from framing a strategic direction beyond the mere activity-based approach, and to create a more vibrant community around the Platform including children and youth themselves. Furthermore, identified needs for support entail capacity development, methodological support to and mentoring of the thematic blocks to bring programming to sustainability. As such, strengthening ongoing education project and programme development and delivery should be done in tandem with development of the EiE file. Components of the existing thematic blocks such as Humanitarian Diplomacy and Advocacy, YABC (Youth as Agents of Behavioral Changes) and Life Skills, Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Risk Awareness and Safe Behavior, and School Safety Management, are all areas that the EiE file can expand on.


The aim of the post is further development and strengthening of the Humanitarian Education area and building and coordinating the more specific A2E component of the Humanitarian Education including, but not limited to;

Education in Emergencies (EiE) and Access to Education (A2E) research and needs assessment, methodology development and usage based on the current URCS HE and other educational programmes and activities (resource engagement, participation and coordination).
Capacity strengthening of the HE Unit including EiE andA2E files and programme development and management. As part of it, building technical EiE and A2E knowledge and operational capacity with a focus on integration of protection standards and conflict-sensitivity in education work.
Develop an EiE approach for URCS and ensure EiE is reflected in new strategy and policy frameworks for URCS work. Contribute to formulating and setting strategic direction for the Humanitarian Education work including EiE and A2E.
Strengthening the advocacy pillar of the HE work including promoting IHL and implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration vis-à-vis key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), Ministry of Education (MoE) and others.
Be the URCS focal point and coordinator for EiE activities including strengthening collaboration with and between local branches and working closely with ICRC to optimize joint EiE efforts primarily in the Donbass region, engage with the wider education in emergencies community in Ukraine including participate in key civil society and Government coordinating bodies for education in emergencies, and liaise with other relevant partners at national, regional and global level.
Work towards a sustainable funding base for education and EiE and A2E programming.
Project support to existing education activities including further developing and adapting tools and methodology to conflict affected areas and formal education programming. As part of that, support the Active youth for safer schools initiative with a view to engage in further development of the project aligned with results of the current pilot phase and related recommendations.
Support EiE and A2E thematic development i.e. an EiE and A2E case study/ Forum or similar in a relevant and jointly identified priority area. This could also serve as a piece to showcase as part of the wider efforts towards establishing a Movement approach to EiE.

The tasks and responsibilities defined above are not exhaustive and can evolve depending on organizational needs. Depending on the COVID 19 situation, all tasks and responsibilities might be modified so that remote coordination and management of the work as well as sufficient line management support, is ensured.


Higher education in the field of social work, pedagogy, sociology, international relations or another relevant social science discipline;
From three years of work experience, preferably from thenon-profit humanitarian sector, protection work and/or education in emergencies, programme and/or organizational development and management, social field, or resource management;
Knowledge of the project management cycle and relevant methodologies and tools, and preferably experience with project development and management including fundraising and donor relations;
Experience in methodology development is an asset;
Experience in staff capacity building especially training design, development and delivery;
Excellent networking and representational skills;
Excellent communication and teamwork skills;
Experience in child and youth engagement, preferably in conflict settings, and volunteering;
Good knowledge of written and spoken English;
Computer proficiency;
Knowledge of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an asset.

Please submit your CV in English, with the desired salary level, along with your motivation letter in English by 13.06.2021 at vacancy@redcross.org.ua.

Only candidates meeting the abovementioned criteria will be considered and contacted for tests and interviews.