Education Coordinator
International Rescue Committee - Leone, AS

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Present in Sierra Leone since 1999, IRC supports the Sierra Leonean institutions – government, civil society, community-based organizations and private sector – to provide improved social services, decrease youth unemployment and mitigate gender based violence.

The Child Youth Protection and Development (CYPD) portfolio in Sierra Leone has recently grown significantly and 2013 will include the start up of two new exciting and dynamic education projects in two different consortia, both funded by DFID and both focused on education at the primary and junior secondary levels. The focus of the consortia is quality education and improved learning, with an emphasis on maths and reading improving retention and encouraging women into teaching. From previous and current programming the IRC has a very strong relationship with the Ministry of Education and ST and with other partners in education. In the Child Protection sector, the IRC works closely the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Child Affairs (MSWGCA) and partners to build and strengthen child protection systems.

SCOPE OF WORK
This position is key in the CYPD IRC Sierra Leone programme even more so in the rapid expansion and start up of two new and complimentary projects. S/he will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, management and implementation of the multifaceted CYPD program. The Education Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director of Programmes. This position requires a team player, experienced professional with a strong technical educational background, who has a dynamic approach to programming, and ideally comes with some African experience. This is a great opportunity to work with local and international partners and to be part of a sector that realizes greater quality teaching and learning outcomes for the children of Sierra Leone in a rapidly evolving context.
  • Technical Responsibilities:
    • Provide technical support and mentoring to the experienced staff, new staff and partners implementing the projects in the field
    • Contribute to reviews and evaluation processes which will inform project implementation and direction.
    • Develop new/complimentary concepts/proposals to ensure sustained funding.
    • Work with the TU in HQ and the UK team in programme design, reporting and compliance issues.
    • Work closely with the Ministries to ensure that programme activities are aligned to their priorities and they are fully informed of the project progress.
    • Invest significant time in establishing/maintaining partnerships with key external stakeholders, to raise the profile of IRC’s CYPD work in SL and to maximize everyone’s potential
    • Work closely with the support teams (eg finance, logistics and grants team) to ensure quality programming is delivered
  • Strategic:
    • Work the Country Program and the Regional Unit to develop the new Country Strategic Plan (CSP) and support the integration of its objectives into the Child Youth and Protection Development sector
    • Work with the Country Program and Technical Advisors to evaluate review and plan the next Sierra Leone 5 year Sector Strategy for Child Youth Protection and Development
    • Support the development and oversee the development of a strategy for Youth and Livelihood programming to include fundraising.
    • The Sierra Leone programme has a number of in country donors and others who all have a more ‘hands on’ approach. These relationships will require careful fostering and management.
  • Team management, Leadership and HR:
    • To provide management leadership and expertise ensuring a quality but value for money programme
    • Review and update the practical day to day management and implementation of the program while promoting the active participation and involvement of the District Management Health Team (DHMT) and other stakeholders.
    • Lead the design and participate in assessments, surveys, evaluations, research and advocacy initiatives.
    • Develop a nationalization plan and identify appropriate key staff to mentor.
  • Program Monitoring and Integration:
    • Conduct quarterly field monitoring visits to review programme activities,and staff performance.
    • Regularly and actively work with and support other program coordinators (Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Health) to ensure knowledge and best practice are shared across the programme
    • Work with the other programme coordinators and Deputy Director of Programmes to identify areas of integration and joint programming.
Requirements:
  • At least five years of international experience in formal education with a minimum two years in a managerial position
  • Required experience in teaching in a formal education system with experience and or knowledge and understanding of child protection with some youth and livelihoods experience preferred
  • International experience, with preference in Africa
  • Advanced university degree in education and/or relevant human development field;
  • Strong networking and donor relations skills;
  • Strong planning, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Proven personnel management experience;
  • Strong facilitation and training skills;
  • Excellent writing skills including previous proposal writing experience;
  • Demonstrated budget management;
  • English written and spoken language fluency
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