2015 Work Plan and Outline for 2016

The annual work plan describes in detail what outputs the Education Cluster aims to deliver to fulfil its role in the coming 12 months, and gives an outline of the likely outputs for the 12 months thereafter. The work plan serves as a written record of discussions and agreements between the main actors involved in the delivery of the outputs; specifying how the outputs will be achieved, the resources required, the budget requirement for key tasks and how performance will be measured.

Strategic Objectives for 2015

Based on the key services (cluster readiness, activated clusters, cluster transition/de-activation) that the Education Cluster is committed to delivering the 2015 work plan focuses on the following key strategic objectives:

  1. Adequate and appropriate coordination capacity is put in place for all newly activated clusters with a prioritisation for level 3 emergencies
  2. Coordination and information management capacity is strengthened at global and country level by: a) Ensuring that country clusters have access to appropriate tools, guidance and information to perform their key functions; b) Appropriate training and capacity development opportunities are provided to build roster and deployable staff and country based coordination teams; c) Monitoring and supporting all formally activated clusters to use appropriate tools and procedures and therefore meet a minimum standard of functionality in line with the CCRM.
  3. Advocacy for and support to the development of a human resources strategy to strengthen the recruitment, retention and development of Education Cluster personnel
  4. Linkages are developed and strengthened with development actors and coordination bodies to support both preparedness and transition and for a holistic approach to planning for education in conflict affected fragile states.
  5. Advocacy efforts will be supported to ensure education in emergencies is integral to all humanitarian responses and adequately funded.

Delivery of Coordination Services

Each of the coordination services (cluster readiness, activated clusters, and cluster transition/de-activation) described in the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan will be supported through the delivery of a number of discrete products through a three-tiered approach:

  1. Direct support to the provision of the three key coordination services at the country level.
  2. Strengthening frameworks and capacity for the three key coordination services through capacity building, development of tools, procedures and guidance, and promotion of their use.
  3. Global engagement with the wider humanitarian and education sectors to ensure an enabling environment for the three key coordination services at country level.

Direct support to country-level clusters

The Education Cluster provides direct support to country clusters for the three coordination services (preparedness, activated clusters, transition and de-activation). It is mainly done through three main support modalities:

  1. Deployment of experienced coordination staff and information management specialists. This is achieved both through the use of the Education Cluster Rapid Response Team (RRT), but also through the UNICEF standby roster partners and via Save the Children members.
  2. Field missions by Education Cluster Unit staff, both specifically for the education cluster, but more often as part of multi-sector missions with the Global Cluster Coordinators Group (GCCG), or UNICEF Global Cluster Unit;
  3. Remote support in the form of calls, feedback on documents, analysis and secondary data reviews is performed by the ECU and non-deployed RRT staff. Since July 2015, the Global Education Cluster is piloting a Skype-based Help Desk. The purpose of the help desk is to provide remote support to cluster coordinators and Information Managers in the field. Online during Geneva office hours, the Help Desk is manned by RRT members when not deployed to the field.

For detailed information on the number of weeks of deployment and remote support provided in 2015 and the achievements of that support, read our quarterly updates LINK.

Strengthening frameworks and capacities

Below you’ll find some of the key products in terms of framework (guidance, tools) and capacity building (training materials, Human Resources) required to support to the delivery of coordination services at country-level. For the full list of products and priority activities that will be undertaken by the Education Cluster in 2015 (and the coming years), read the 2015 work plan.

Global Education Cluster projects to be completed by end of 2015:

  • Education Cluster Toolkit
  • Advocacy and Communication Tools
  • Education Cluster Coordinator Training Package
  • Education Information Management Training Package
  • Education Needs Assessment Guidelines
  • Education Cluster Needs Assessment Training Package

Global Education Clusters projects started in 2015 but still under development:

  • Guidance and Training Package on monitoring, reporting, prevention and response to attacks on education/MRM
  • Guidance on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP)
  • Guidance and Case Studies on Transition
  • Education Cluster Human Resource strategy
  • Welcome Pack for new cluster staff
  • ECU Resource Bank

Multi-sector/cluster Initiatives that will continue next year:

  • UNICEF Competency Development Project
  • Standardized Education Cluster Indicators Registry

The ECU and RRT revised and combined the Education Cluster coordinator and Information Management training materials and will pilot the new Education Cluster Core Coordination training package in September 2015.

The ECU and RRT are developing the Education Cluster toolkit. The toolkit is a single repository providing all key templates, tools and guidance for cluster coordinators and Information Managers.

A team of consultants has started working in September 2015 to review the Rapid Joint Education Needs Assessment (RJENA) Guide and will develop new training materials. A pilot NA training is planned for end of November 2015.

A series of webinars on IM and NA advanced skills was started in September. Further webinars will take place in Q4.

For more updates on the progress of these various projects, read the quarterly updates LINK.

Engagement in global initiatives

2015 is a crucial year for education. The new sustainable development agenda for education has been set for 2015-2030. This time, education in crises contexts is on the agenda, and a range of key initiatives to advance education in emergencies are taking place in 2015. The Education Cluster is engaged directly in some of them:

  • Better support and financing for education in emergencies: the Education Cluster contributed to the discussion on the global humanitarian platform/ fund for education and was present at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development.
  • Safe Schools Declaration: The ECU engaged in discussions at the Geneva level and provided inputs into the draft declaration. The ECU was present in Oslo for the official launch of the Declaration.
  • World Humanitarian Summit: The Child Protection Working Group and the Education Cluster developed a joint advocacy brief Education and Child Protection interventions can increase humanitarian effectiveness to feed into the WHS discussion.

 The ECU is also involved in many inter-cluster/inter-agency groups and task forces such as the Global Cluster Coordinators Group (GCCG) and the Information Management Working Group (IMWG).

For a complete list of global initiatives in which the Education Cluster is involved, read the 2015 work plan.

Quarterly Updates

Under the new Strategic Plan, the ECU is implementing new ways of working and now produces quarterly updates. This document provides a regular update on progress towards the activities and objectives outlined in the 2015 work plan. In addition it will provide links to further information and resources and highlight key upcoming events and training opportunities.

The Education Cluster monthly newsletters continue to cover country and global level activities, key resources and events as well as highlighting relevant work of Global Education Cluster partners.


*2015 Work Plan and Outline for 2016 – photograph credits: © UNICEF/NIGB2010-00530/Pirozzi




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