Education Programme Specialist

The Opportunity

The Education Program Specialist will lead on supporting the operationalization and contextualisation of SCI’s technical approach to Education and Education in Emergencies, as per the Syria Response Strategy and Programme Offer.  The Education Programme Specialist will be expected to work closely with the Education Technical Adviser, based in Amman, to oversee the contextualisation and implementation of nutrition-related assessments, programme design, technical quality and learning in collaboration with the MEAL team, Field Managers, Area Coordinators and various other stakeholders in North East Syria. She/he will have a focus on ensuring safe and quality programming, while working with other sector specialists to ensure effective integration and information sharing, particularly at the programme design phase. She/he will oversee the quality of the implementation of Education field activities, ensure monitoring & evaluation of the interventions, and lead on donor reporting. The Education Program Specialist will also play a leadership role within area office team, supporting and building the capacity of national staff, partners, and relevant stakeholders and providing technical support to the existing Save the Children Education programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for girls and boys in northeast Syria. This includes close coaching and mentoring of the program implementation team and partners.  The Education Programme Specialist will play a strategic role in the establishment and effective scale up of Save the Children’s multi-sector response in northeast Syria, and is in line with the Country Strategic Plan for Syria response.
In collaboration with the MEAL team, the Education Programme Specialist’s will ensure that regular monitoring, reporting, and records of learning informs wider evidence building, accountability, and advocacy for children in this unique opportunity in northeast Syria.  The Education Programme Specialist will support the Field Managers, to build networks and coordinate with the Kurdish Self Administration, Community Based Organisations, the NES Forum, and other stakeholders.
In order to be successful you will bring/have: 

•    Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the field of Education in Emergencies including in a first phase emergency response.
•    Education to Masters level in Education or a relevant subject and/or equivalent field experience
•    Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations 
•    Previous experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors Budget development and financial management skills
•    Demonstrated experience in leading assessment activities and of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating education programmes in emergencies for international NGOs. 
•    Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff in EiE technical skills and in delivering training to teachers 
•    Experience of applying relevant interagency humanitarian frameworks and standards in education in emergencies (for example INEE Minimum Standards) 
•    Experience of representation, including on coordination mechanisms (e.g. Cluster or working groups), and working with the Ministry of Education
•    A high level of written and spoken English 
•    Excellent communication skills
•    Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
•    Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy 
•    The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
•    Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

•    Language skills in Kurdish and Arabic
•    Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/context.

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.  

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
•    No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday 
•    All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
•    Violence against children is no longer tolerated 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. 
Application Information:
Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Date advertised: 17 Nov 2020

Closing date: 3 Dec 2020 - 00:59 +03

Location: Hasake, Location

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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