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20 Jan 2019

Education officer GECT (1 Position-Female)

Job Description


Position:                     Education officer GECT (1 Position-Female)

Report to:                   National Project Manager

Location:                    Galkacyo, Somalia

Background:              Relief International (RI) is a leading non-profit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for managing closely the Program field staff and following up the progress of their work-plan and achievement against the master work plan to ensure timely completion of planned project activities.

Planning and Implementation

  • To spend 30% of time in field for different project activities in targeted schools & communities under EGEP-T.
  • Coordinate with National Project Officer for effective implementation of the project activities as per the work plan and project objectives;
  • Assist National Project Manager in preparing quarterly work plans and prepare monthly work plans based on quarterly work-plans
  • Under the guidance of National Project manager, work with schools and MoE’s Regional/District Education Officers on the selection of and verification of teachers for teacher training scholarships.
  • Follow up with the selected teachers at school level to ensure they are teaching and applying the lessons they have learnt.
  • Work closely with REO/DEO and CECs on the identification, selection and verification of severely marginalized girls, as defined under EGEP-T’s marginalization criteria, for scholarships.
  • Work closely with school head teachers and teachers to identify and provide remedial classes to low performing students in literacy and numeracy.
  • In close coordination with National Project Manager, facilitate training of CECs on roles and responsibilities, Child Protection, SDPs, and conflict resolution.
  • Support and capacitate CECs to develop Schools Development Plans (SDPs) that have activities which promote and target girls’ education.


  • In close collaboration with Ministry of Education in Mudug and schools head teachers, and Community Education Committees (CECs), roll out the project activities.
  • Develop, maintain and improve mutual and beneficial relationships with key stakeholders and provide capacity building through advocacy (including government officials, school teachers and community leaders) to ensure successful implementation of the project)


  • In consultation with the National Project Manager, Behavior Change Communications Coordinator and Ministry of Education’s Regional/District Education (REOs/DEOs) Officers, organize awareness raising campaigns, graduation ceremonies, initiate community dialogues and convey key messages to promote girls’ education using audio and video channels and local medias;
  • Closely work with Socio-Behavior Change Communication Officer and schools’ female mentors and Gender Focal Points to provide life skills and career guidance support for girls transitioning from ‘education’ to ‘life’
  • Coordinate with REO/DEO and school teachers about teacher incentives and maintain proper documentation.
  • Facilitate Community Dialogues and ‘men and boys’ debate on promoting girls’ education and gender inclusive education and effective transition of girls from education to Life
  • Work closely with schools’ head teachers, female mentors and Gender Focal Points on the establishment of boys’ education forums (boys’ clubs) and strengthening girls’ education forums (girls’ clubs)
  • Work closely with the Socio-Behavior Change Communications Coordinator to come up and implement plans for conducive learning environment for girls in schools.
  • Provide regular follow up and support to teachers, children & CECs on other activities through meetings;


  • Ensure close coordination with M&E Officers for feedback to enhance the quality aspects of the project activities.
  • Working with M&E department on facilitating FGDs and KIIs with girls at schools and uploading data online among others.
  • Spend 50% of time in the field to follow up and monitor the implementation and adjust of school-based & community based interventions of EGEP-T& produce field visit reports on regular basis and on ad-hoc basis
  • Maintain proper documentation of the project activities and timely upload Means of Verifications for each activity carried out (including signed distribution lists) to the Information Management System
  • Work closely with the REO/DEO of Mudug region to select & award winning SDPs. Carry out regular follow up visits to monitor the progress of the SDP implementation.


  • Prepare and share timely and accurate progressive reports periodically against the work-plan and activity reports  to line manager

Child Protection

  • Coordinate with MoWDFA Regional Coordinators to ensure that child protection cases in targeted schools are reported, referred and followed up. Also assist Regional Coordinators to setup child protection referral mechanism in region.


  • Ensure implementation of project activities conforms with donor requirements and procedures;

Working with Others

  • Ensure effective, streamlined communication between education programme and logistics and other support staff
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Only female candidates are eligible for this position.
  • Graduate Degree in education, social work and or other relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrated 3 years of overall experience; and a minimum of 2-year specific experience of managing education project at same level.
  • Experience of implementing best practices;
  • Good understanding of education concepts and issues in development context.
  • Strong interpersonal & team building skills and excellence as a team player
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive, effective working relationships with stakeholders.
  • Advanced organizational skills including the ability to manage numerous tasks concurrently, use initiative, establish priorities and work to tight or competing deadlines.
  • In hand experience of using Microsoft office (MS word, MS excel, PowerPoint etc)
  • Experience in staff management will be an added advantage.

Relief international’s values:

Relief International (RI) is committed to upholding the rights of all children and vulnerable adults that we serve and those that we interact with in the course of our work to be protected from all forms of abuse and exploitation as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) six core principles on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). RI has zero tolerance to beneficiaries’ and staff abuse and exploitation.

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability


Applicants should send their applications (CV and cover letter with 3 referees) to indicate the title as “Education Officer, Galkacyo” in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is February 15, 2019. Only qualified and shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

RI is an equal opportunity employer.  Due to the nature of the project and need to work directly with girls and young women, ONLY female applicants can apply.

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