The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of more than 6,000 practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, governments and universities who work together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. The INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, Recovery are the network’s foundation tool. They provide concrete guidance based on education rights and good practices to improve access to safe, relevant and quality education.
INEE was defined not as a formal organization with bureaucratic functions, but rather as a flexible and responsive mechanism, which brings organizations and individuals together to facilitate collaboration, share experiences and resources, establish standards for the field, and engage in advocacy regarding the right to education. INEE does not implement projects or co-ordinate agencies, but works to enable members to be more effective. INEE’s Steering Group is comprised of CARE, ChildFund International, the International Rescue Committee, the Open Society Institute (OSI), Save the Children, Refugee Education Trust (RET), UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, and the World Bank.
The INEE Secretariat consists of a Director, who is based at the IRC (NY), a Coordinator for Minimum Standards, who is based at UNICEF (NY), a Coordinator for Network Services, who is based at UNHCR (Geneva), and a Coordinator for Education and Fragility, who is based at UNESCO (Paris).
Priorities for the INEE Minimum Standards in 2012 include:
• The launch, dissemination and promotion of the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook;
• Support to utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards through capacity-building, application visits, tool development and experience documentation
• Support to INEE members conducting training workshops on the INEE Minimum Standards;
• Operationalization of the INEE/Sphere Companionship through formalized training and advocacy linkages;
• Collaboration with the IASC Education Cluster, including harmonization of the INEE Minimum Standards and First Line Responders’ training packages
• Continued promotion and advocacy on education in emergencies, INEE and the INEE Minimum Standards.
This internship presents a unique learning opportunity to work closely with the INEE Secretariat, liaise directly with INEE members around the world, and be part of projects that contribute to education quality in crisis settings.
The INEE Minimum Standards intern will assist the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards with various projects that will further the promotion, utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards, including:
• Resource management and development: Develop advocacy briefs, tools and summaries on the INEE Minimum Standards training, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes. Review and edit documents as needed.
• Website development and content management: Develop and update content on the INEE Minimum Standards webpages on the INEE website and INEE toolkit.
• Fundraising and proposal writing: Assist with research and preparation for future INEE grants and projects. Assist with quarterly and annual reports updates on current grants.
• Events and workshops: Assist with preparation of the regional trainings and application visits on the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook; Assist with preparation of INEE materials, including drafting inputs into tools, editing framing papers, coordinating logistical requests, and disseminating materials to INEE members worldwide; Assist with selecting and preparing materials for various presentations, orientations and training workshops on the INEE Minimum Standards.
• Outreach and Communications: Assist with outreach and coordination efforts with members of the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and INEE members in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America, Europe and North America. Draft updates on the INEE Minimum Standards for the wider INEE membership, highlighting new tools, initiatives and opportunities for engagement. Analyse feedback and findings and develop materials to share this information. Track the production, translation, dissemination and use of the INEE Minimum Standards and related materials, liaising with INEE members to identify and fill gaps as needed.
• Administrative activities: Provide general support to the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards and other members of the INEE Secretariat, as determined.
• Mailings: mail copies of the INEE Minimum Standards and INEE tools, as requested.
• Ongoing graduate studies in a relevant field (e.g. education, social work, international relations, refugee issues)
• Demonstrated knowledge of the INEE Minimum Standards for Education: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
• Excellent organizational skills: the ability to track and follow-up on various efforts
• Excellent analytical and writing skills: the ability to draft correspondence, briefs, reports, and syntheses
• Strong communication skills: excellent command of English-language, both spoken and written. Spanish, French, or Arabic language reading and writing skills preferred
• Good interpersonal skills: the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people
• Flexible work attitude: the ability to follow direction and effectively learn and work in an inter-agency environment as well as self-motivate
• Excellent Computer skills: MS Word and Excel. Website content management experience preferred.
Timeframe and location
The intern must be available to work part time (4 days/week) in Summer 2012 for three months. Intern may be asked to work from home on assigned days. The internship may be taken for course credit. Interns must be able to commit until end-August 2012.