10 Jan 2019

Education Field Coordinator

Job Description

Vacancy Announcement

Education Field Coordinator

Concern Worldwide is an international non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Job Title: Education Field Coordinator
Reports to: Education Programme Manager
Liaises with: The Education Field Coordinator will report directly to the Education Programme Manager (PM) and liaises with
Education Advisor and other programme and systems staff as necessary.
Job Location: This position will be based in Mogadishu office with up to 30% support in Baidoa. The incumbent will make
frequent visits to programme locations in Somalia.
Contract Details: 1 Year renewable
Job Summary: Support the overall strategic management of Somalia Education, including emergency preparedness and response.
This role is responsible for managing the implementation of Concern Somalia’s (South-Central Somalia) Global
Partners for Education (GPE project), which is a significant component of its wider Education programmes and
remit. It involves assistance in managing Concern’s new $4.8 million (2018-2020) GPE funding, to improve
equitable access to and quality of education outcomes for all Somali primary school children. This will happen
through strengthened systems and capacity, based on evidence-driven Education Sector Strategic Plan reforms,
and effective collaboration with all key actors and with local partners, to support and oversee their
implementation.
This role is responsible for assisting in overseeing the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)-related activities.
Will attend technical working Group meetings, workshops and discussions, alongside management of Concern’s
component of the GPE Programme. In addition, the candidate will oversee regular learning, documentation and
dissemination of key emerging lessons, to influence policy at State (i.e. the recent and newly emerging Member
States in South Central Somalia) and National (Federal Government) levels in South-Central Somalia.

Main Duties &

Responsibilities:

Support the PM in the, implementation and monitoring of the education programme.

Actively contribute to and assist the PM in the development of annual, quarterly, and monthly work plans and reports for the education programme as per GPE projects’ specific results framework.

Assist the PM in exploring new education programing opportunities

Assist the PM in ensuring Education programme, especially GPE is being implemented as per donor requirement and Concern policies and guidelines.

Ensure GPE education programme is targeting intended beneficiaries such as children from poorer and vulnerable households.

Ensure meaningful participation of Authorities in programme planning and implementation, and organize periodical joint monitoring with the relevant authorities.

Assist in identifying and facilitating technical support needed by the education programme, especially GPE in Mogadishu and SWS.

Be informed and update the PM with any new developments, challenges, concerns, priorities and opportunities from authorities and communities.

Assist in the integration of the education programme activities with other Concern programme sectors. Coordinate the development of quality case studies and lessons learned from the education programme,

and share accordingly.

Support in the development of procurement plans, follow-up its progress, draw attention to PM for variances, and liaise with logistics, and finance as required.

Assist in preparation and submission of quarterly programme report in Somali to the relevant Education authorities and administration at state, regional and district levels of Concern programmes areas in SWS and Banadir. Specifically strengthen relationship and profile of Concern with the Ministry of education and CARE.

As responsibility of supporting management of Concern’s implementation of GPE, in close collaboration with CARE and the Ministry of Education Culture and Higher Education (MoECHE). Ensure implementation is in line with key programme documents and requirements (includes proposals, log-frames, budgets and related processes).

Help to maintain close links and clear communication with key partners (especially CARE and the

MoECHE) throughout, to help promote a strong team of all key GPE programme actors, including service contractors, through regular discussions and meetings. Ensure a consistent approach to the programme at all stages of its development, implementation and support.

Represent Concern at education clusters and other relevant coordination meetings at field level, and in Nairobi when requested by the PM.

Support other programme staff to assist communities in developing agendas for community development, through facilitated community meetings

Provide regular programme updates to Banadir and South-West Ministry of Education and maintain close working relationship with the minister and staff.

Maintain good collaboration and working relationship with government bodies (education ministries at federal and state levels, as well as regional and districts authorities), communities and other relevant partners.

Reporting

Assist in the Compilation of donor reports and ensure that they are produced on time and to a good quality.

Assist, as necessary, the PM with timely responses to queries on concept notes, proposals and reports. Report timely on any new developments and challenges that may be encountered which require action

or a change of plan in the GPE programme implementation.

Work with Education and M&E unit teams on plans for Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), baselines and end line surveys, and development of monitoring tools.

Conduct frequent supervision and monitoring visits to schools in Banadir and SWS with focus on GPE and other project activities such as community participation, teaching and learning process, safe school environment, attendance of teachers and children, teacher pupil and produce reports.

Undertake periodic beneficiary discussions and interviews to keep up to date with community perceptions of the project, changing needs and opinions.

Keep the PM up to date and informed of programme progress with any developments which may require action or a change of plan in the area of responsibility.

Assist in ensuring that beneficiaries have access to feedback and response is given within appropriate time periods.

Ensure to integrate and mainstream cross-cutting issues, such as gender, SRGBV, DRR, equality, and other protection concerns are mainstreamed in Banadir and SWS Education Programs.

General

In the absence of the PM from duty station, the PC will be in full charge of programme responsibilities. Ensure staff members under your reporting strictly comply with programme security management plan

and SOPs.

Ensure that all staff reporting to this position receive annual Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) in accordance with Concern’s HR policy, along with follow up throughout the year to ensure movement forward on objectives.

Undertake any other ad hoc duties as may be assigned by the PM or the PD that is consistent with the nature of Concern’s operations.

Management of MoECHE and CARE Relations

You will work closely with Concern’s Partnership Advisor and Education Programme Manager to build and strengthen the capacity of key MoECHE staff, as required. Ensure capacity assessments remain updated and that significant shifts in MoECHE capacity are responded to appropriately.

Ensure pro-active support and supervision of GPE teams and personnel, as appropriate.

Work closely with CARE International (Somalia Office) to keep updated on wider GPE planning,

implementation, reporting and other schedules and meetings/ events. Keep the Education TA, the PM and Partnership Advisor updated on the same.

Responding to Emergencies:

Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s Emergency response as and when necessary. Comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies.

Programme Participant Protection Policy

To adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the Programme Participant Protection Policy and Concern Code of Conduct.

Person Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:
Specification:
Essentials:

Relevant degree in Education, international development/relations, Development Studies or a related field. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Education, or related subject

Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience working in education programming. Experience with community driven development, emergency, and/or multi-sectoral programming,

Direct experience working on activities that centrally employ community based approaches to community driven development and community contribution.

Experience working with displacement affected communities, as well as other related or vulnerable populations

Experience working with EGRA and EGMA is desirable but not required

Excellent English language communication skills – negotiation, networking, influencing, public speaking and facilitating workshops and events at different levels.

Good leadership skills, ability to work effectively with people Proven leadership experience.

Proven commitment to staff capacity development, particularly education related. Strong inter-personal communication skills and team player.

Proven experience working effectively with diverse stakeholders, at multiple levels.

Excellent report and proposal writing skills in English language. Experience interpreting data and producing reports to a rigorous technical standard.

Experience developing and managing detailed budget forecasts and applying them to flexible financial/ programme management practices, within major donor frameworks and guidelines.

Experience working through and supporting local partner organizations.

Desirables & Special Skills:

Must have a ‘hands on’, practical mentality, be self-driven and very motivated. Ability to balance multiple high priorities at the same time Must be well organized.

Able to take initiative and work independently and aspire others to do the same Very high attention to detail.

Cultural and political sensitivity.

Must be flexible and willing to adapt to a fluid situation. Good interpersonal skills.

Fluency in building mutual relationships of trust and understanding across different cultural and professional settings. Such experience in Somalia an added advantage, including with field teams, government officials and key donors

Ability to get on with people from diverse professional backgrounds, and to get the best out of them. Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative, be a self-starter and work with minimal supervision.

Somali language speaker

How To Apply            Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should submit their applications (cover letter and updated CV) by email to som.vacancies@concern.net with the subject line “Application for Education Field Coordinator” by Thursday 24th January 2019.

(Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview)

Disclaimer Clause    This job description is not exhaustive and may be revised by the line manager from time to time.

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum

protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.


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