Coordinator – Safe Schools Declaration Implementation Network

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Aplication Deadline: May 30, 2022
Anticpated Start Date:

The Opportunity

To support the implementation network, GCPEA, is seeking to hire an adviser to be based with GCPEA’s Advocacy Team at Save the Children International in Geneva. The advisor will work closely with the Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence, other state champions of the Safe Schools Declaration, and GCPEA coalition members and partners.

The duties of the GCPEA advisor will include: 

  • Providing substantive and logistical support to the implementation network;
  • Organising virtual and in-person meetings for the state-led implementation network; 
  • Working closely with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in drafting invitations, concept notes and related materials;
  • Sharing the findings and recommendations in Education under Attack 2022 and other relevant research material from GCPEA with network members;
  • Building a better evidence base of when and where attacks on education and military use of schools occur (including attacks on women and girls) to inform protection policy and strategies;
  • Advocating for implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration, and developing and disseminating materials, including training materials and programmes, recommendations, tools and guidance;
  • Documenting and disseminating good practice in implementing the Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines;
  • Providing technical expertise, and facilitating linkages with experts in the UN and civil society;
  • Identifying, developing, and maintaining a database of contacts;
  • Sharing programmatic evidence and expertise in protecting students, teachers, and educational facilities from attack; and

Providing support for the online collaborative platform, including by encouraging participation, developing content and responding to queries.


At the Third International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration held in Spain in 2019, Norway announced that it would establish a State-led Implementation Network for the Declaration. The aim was to create a network of endorsing states and strengthen implementation of the Declaration through support, cooperation, and sharing of good practice.

The (Guidelines) has provided important guidance to all parties to armed conflict in better protecting education institutions and preventing them from becoming targets for opposing forces. Considerable progress has been made in implementing the Declaration, saving lives and protecting the right to education.

From February -September 2021, three virtual consultations were held with endorsing states to elicit their input on the Implementation Network. In addition, a collaborative online platform was set up to foster a community of practice and enhance peer-to-peer learning guided by the needs expressed by states. During the spring of 2021, Spain organized a virtual global training on the Safe Schools Declaration, targeting conflict-affected endorsing states. Spain has committed to hosting future trainings which will be integrated into the activities of the implementation network.

At the Fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration held in October 2021, the Safe Schools Declaration Implementation Network was officially launched by Norway.

Expected Outcomes for the Safe Schools Declaration State-led Implementation Network:

The intended impact of the network is to support effective implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and achieve a significant reduction in attacks on education and military use of schools in armed conflicts worldwide. To attain this goal, the network is intended to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Heightened attention to the widespread incidence of attacks on education which will serve as an impetus for action to protect education;
  • Increased state ownership and leadership in implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration, and strengthened accountability for states to meet their commitments in the Declaration;
  • System-wide implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration across the policies and operational processes of relevant government ministries;
  • Identification of national government focal points to coordinate and track implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and establish links across different ministries;
  • Improved cooperation and coordination between ministries responsible for implementation, including Education, Defense and Foreign Affairs, and establishment of national coordination mechanisms;
  • Development of national action plans and legislative measures, including military doctrines, to ensure implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration;
  • Improved documentation and sharing of good practices in implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration; and
  • Joint coordinated advocacy amongst members of the network to promote the Safe Schools Declaration at the UN Security Council and within other international organs and in international processes.The network will achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating discussion, technical cooperation and sharing of good practices on implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines between states;
  • Further developing a platform for informal dialogue to discuss challenges in implementing the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines, identify concrete solutions, and facilitate problem-solving exchanges;
  • Promoting and strengthening gender-responsive implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines;
  • Exerting peer-to-peer influence to encourage implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration, and the sharing of experiences, particularly ahead of future international conferences on the Declaration;
  • Encouraging and promoting data collection and reporting on implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration by states;
  • Providing states with access to expert technical assistance and support, including training on implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines.

Scope of Role

Reports to: GCPEA Executive Director

Core Competencies

  • Accountability;
  • Creative problem solving;
  • Effective communication and diplomatic skills, and ability to successfully navigate in different fora, from civil society to high-level ministerial engagement; and
  • Inclusive collaboration

Functional Competencies

  • Substantive knowledge of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines, including implementation by endorsing states;
  • Content development/programme development for in-person and virtual events, in the field of education in emergencies or protection;
  • Effective communication;
  • Working with global coalitions, alliances, and civil society in diverse contexts;
  • Working with governments, including at senior level;
  • Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills; and

Strong teamwork and team leadership skills, and the ability to approach work in a professional and positive manner.


  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in international relations, international human rights and humanitarian law or similar fields;
  • Written and oral fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of French is desirable.


  • At least 5 years’ experience working on education in emergencies, protection, or human rights issues;
  • Knowledge of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict;
  • Experience in working with civil society, broad-based alliances and partnerships;
  • Experience working with national governments; and
  • Experience in event management, virtual meetings, and conference programme development.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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