The Education officer is a member of Save the Children’s Duhok team responding to the child protection and education needs in refugees camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Under the supervision of the Education Coordinator/ Manager, the Education Officer is responsible for:
- Planning, implementing and evaluating SC’s Education in Emergencies activities in the villages around Sinone area.
- Work closely with the team as well as with partners, government and beneficiaries to ensure coordination and appropriate community involvement in our programmes.
The Education Officer will ensure that project activities are consistent with Save the Children’s programming principles and approaches, draw on relevant best practices and lessons learned, enable children to attain their rights and are compliant with donor regulations.
- With support from the Education Coordinator / Manager, develop, implement and monitor quarterly, monthly and weekly activity plans to achieve expected results. This includes planning of activities, budgets and procurement.
- Ensure that all planned activities are implemented on time, to quality measures and within budget as per the monthly plan. Where challenges arise, ensure that these are flagged early, communicated to the CP Coordinator/ Manager and addressed in a timely manner.
- Lead the preparation of all procurement and administrative documents required for program implementation.
- Work with teachers and community to increase education service provision e.g. additional teaching spaces and catch up / non formal classes in the camps and host community schools
- Lead on planning and capacity building training workshops for teachers and other education actors.
- Work with communities (leaders, parents, etc.) and disseminate information about education issues and available services.
- Create additional learning spaces – design and location based on assessment data.
- Hold meetings with stakeholders including schools, local councils and other organizations serving children and community to understand their education priorities, familiarize them with the projects and its objectives and engage them in the process.
- Keep proper records of field expenditures when appropriate and report on these to the Program Coordinator
- Ensure that the Education program is implemented in ways that are responsive to communities and children, in line with SC’s principles, values and strategic plan and compliant with SC’s procedures.
Staff supervision and mentorship
- Support in supervising and mentor the Education Community Mobilizers when needed, and mentor the CFS education/HEART facilitators.
- Gain technical knowledge on education and other relevant areas so as to provide support and trainings to the Community Mobilizers/Facilitators and volunteers to maintain the standards and improve the quality of project activities.
- Identify any staffing issues and coordinate closely with the CP coordinator/ Manager to resolve them.
Monitoring and Reporting
- Ensure that all program data is properly and regularly collected by field staff, check data and ensure that it is logically presented to the Education Manager
- Collect and compile project data from the Community Mobilizers based on the standard formats and submit weekly reports capturing achievements, case studies and lessons learned to the Education Manager
- Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports
- Participate in team reviews of results and program progress and/or project evaluation when and as requested
Collaboration and Representation
- Represent Save the Children in a professional manner.
- Liaise with other stakeholders, including schools, local leaders, and partners and participate in relevant meetings.
- Collaboration with other team members across the organization to ensure synergies and consistency in our programming approaches.
- Represent programming with local government, NGOs, communities and within SC as appropriate.
Qualifications & Preferred Skills
- University degree in a relevant field and minimum of two years professional experience with an INGO.
- Proven ability to work as part of a team
- Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of children in the school, community and camps.
- Strong understanding of the situation of returnees children in Sinone (girls and boys) in camps and urban communities.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Proven technical knowledge and skills in the field of participatory development, child participation, education.
- Ability to travel independently, including to rural communities and work long hours.
- Strong Kurdish/Arabic skills, written and spoken. Good English skills, written and spoken
- Strong report writing skills
- Good computer skills (MS Office, including Outlook for email).
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches