Open Society University Network (OSUN)
Coordinator, Global Taskforce on Third Country Education Pathways Call for ApplicationsEmployer Website: https://www.bard.edu
The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a mission-driven global network of universities founded on a commitment to safeguard and promote access to higher education of disadvantaged and excluded groups and communities, purposeful and proactive integration of teaching and learning, research and public engagement. Key to OSUN’s mission is providing higher education access to refugee and displaced students around the world, via connected learning approaches in partnership with local and international stakeholders, local pathways, and complementary education pathways. Leading on this work within the broader OSUN structure is The OSUN Hubs for Connected Learning Initiatives, a global initiative advocating for educational and professional development access for those affected by displacement to realize their full potential to reach individual ambitions. Through deep partnerships with universities in countries of first asylum, state actors, university consortia, refugee-led organizations, the private sector, and UN agencies, the Hubs design and implement programs for post-secondary learners, teachers working in these communities, and local researchers exploring issues related to refugees and displaced people.
OSUN, represented by the OSUN Hubs Director, co-chairs the Global Taskforce on Complementary Education Pathways (GTF). In its role as co-chair, OSUN will host the Secretariat from January 1st – December 31st, 2022. The OSUN Hubs are now seeking a proactive, innovative, enthusiastic, and well-networked Coordinator for the Secretariat of the GTF.
Since 2016, international community commitment has increased to expand resettlement and complimentary pathways for admission. The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018, recognized that third country solutions are tangible tools for solidarity and responsibility sharing and included their expansion as one of the four objectives of the GCR. The GCR Three-Year Strategy (2019 – 2021) on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways (the Strategy), launched in the summer of 2019 as the key vehicle to achieve this objective, envisaged the creation of pathway-specific Task Forces to drive such expansion, including that of complementary education pathways. With this background in mind and in support of the Strategy, a group of committed stakeholders, including OSUN, partnered in June 2020 to launch the Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways. Currently the GTF gathers 17 different entities, including states, university alliances and networks engaged in global activities. The mission of the Task Force is to promote and support the expansion of education as a complementary pathway for admission of refugees to third countries, to meet both the 15by30 refugee education target and the goals of The Three-Year Strategy.
In the Secretariat’s first year it was hosted by World University Service of Canada (WUSC), the other co-chair of the GTF. By hosting the Secretariat in year two, OSUN will build on WUSC’s work in building GTF capacity. In this role, OSUN will provide support to the GTF in advancing its objectives by identifying and engaging new partners, galvanizing the initiatives amongst the members of the GTF, providing administrative support and leveraging its extensive network. To support the day-to-day activities of this work, OSUN requires a full-time Coordinator who will proactively evolve direction and priorities, organize meetings and support the members and co-Chairs to implement the activities the Task Force was set out to accomplish.
This position will be a remote consultancy situated at Bard College (New York), the co-lead and a legal entity of OSUN.
The position will report to Bard College’s Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives and in close coordination with Task Force Co-Chairs, the UNHCR, and other members of the Task Force. The Coordinator will be expected to work full time for the duration of the consultancy from January 1st – December 31st 2022. The position requires that the Consultant is available during CET and EAT, five days per week. The Consultant will be entitled to an agreed upon number of leave days; public holidays will be based upon the Coordinator’s country of residence.
The Coordinator, Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways will be responsible for the following:
● Actively pursue, in coordination with the co-chairs and UNHCR, relationships with States other stakeholders for pathways advocacy;
● Actively pursue and support in the design of pathway pilots within the GTF’s member organisations and networks, including the Open Society University Network, in close coordination with the OSUN co-chair and relevant GTF members;
● Support the Task Force with fundraising research and coordinate outreach with the objective of securing additional funds to support the work of the Task Force;
● Develop and write funding concepts and proposals that support Task Force activities and advance the mission of the taskforce;
● With input and feedback from Task Force members, draft written materials that support the work of the Task Force and the Community of Practice;
● Lead the development and coordination the Task Force advocacy and outreach strategy and activities;
● Coordinate GTF and Working Group meetings, including drafting and circulating meeting materials (agenda, minutes, supporting documents);
● Coordinate and facilitate the work of the thematic Working Groups and ensure follow up; ● Coordinate and collect input from the Refugee Advisory group;
● Maintain the Taskforce website and social media networks with updates, events, and other text;
● Lead and support the development of Community of Practice, establish regular means of online communication and opportunities for exchanges and information sharing;
● Provide administrative and financial management support, including logistical coordination of meetings/conferences, meeting platforms, and meeting space;
● Liaise with Task Force members and other relevant entities to ensure successful functioning of GTF initiatives implementation;
● Lead logistics for online and in-person events including Community of Practice Meetings, virtual series and the annual f2f GTF meeting.
• At least 5 years of experience working with and strong network of contacts within State and education community involved in refugee education and solutions;
• Proven track record/previous experience working in the area of tertiary education and/or refugee protection/solutions; Strong understanding of the education pathways, refugee education, and protection landscapes and challenges;
• Ability to multitask and prioritse;
• Ability to work online with various platforms or the aptitude to learn;
• Strong written and verbal communication skills in English (other languages an asset); • Proactive, detail oriented, highly organized with excellent ability to follow through; • Success working with diverse and international stakeholders;
• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Master’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Law, Education or other related discipline with minimum 5 years of experience.
Please send a CV, cover letter and relevant writing sample to email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.