BACKGROUND TO IRC
The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression, and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation, and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, the IRC assists people from harm to home.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented in scale and in the response required. No previous outbreak has had as many confirmed cases, or as wide of a geographic spread. The situation is complicated by the porous nature of the regions’ borders, inaccessibility of the terrain, and the presence of multiple active sites of transmission. The outbreak in Sierra Leone started in May 2014 and rapidly spread throughout the country. Transmission has decreased and the GoSL is currently developing the post-Ebola recovery plans for four sectors, inclusive of Education.
SCOPE OF WORK
The IRC is leading the Education Consortium (Ed Co), a group of 5 NGOs who are supporting the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST). Ed Co started in 2012 and supports programming aimed to improve schooling in Sierra Leone. Ed Co works with MEST, teachers, and communities to improve learning outcomes while ensuring the school environment is safe and protective. Since the start of the Ebola outbreak, Ed Co has continued to support children in continued learning opportunities, specifically with their engagement in the MEST emergency radio program. The Ed Co partners have also maintained support to the 15,000 beneficiaries the consortium supports to access formal education. In April, after 9 months of school closure, schools reopened nation-wide. Education Recovery planning is underway and Ed Co is aiming to support MEST during the recovery phase. The Education Consortium Coordinator will be responsible for the overall management and technical support of the Ed Co program. The Coordinator will be responsible for directly supervising the technical team, coordinating the members of the partner organizations, ensuring that the project is on track to meet results and spending targets, developing new proposals and liaising with donors, and coordinating all efforts with the MEST and other education partners.
Provide overall technical direction and managerial oversight for smooth implementation of the project. Key responsibilities include:
* Prepare, in coordination with Education focal persons from the 4 organizations, strategic work-plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks.
* Ensure the project is implemented according to the proposal and of quality.
* Supervise and provide technical oversight in the development of the M&E plans and tools.
* Provide technical support to the Consortia grants unit and to partners to ensure the best use of resources by preparing sound budgets andmonitoring project expenses.
* Ensure efficient management of financial resources, including the review and program approval of partner financial and narrative reports. Monitoring expenses against spending plans and according to donor and IRC policies.
* Ensure timely submission of financial and narrative reports to the donor.
* Supervise the Ed Co M&E Manager and Program Manager.
* Lead the recruitment and supervise consultants and ensure the production of high quality work.
Coordination & Representation
Build and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders. Key responsibilities include:
* Serve as the principal Education Consortium representative to donors, the MEST, Consortium partners, other INGOs, and all other education stakeholders.
* The Coordinator will be responsible to report directly to the Strategic Management Board, which is comprised of the Consortium Country Directors for overall strategic direction of the Consortium. Coordinator is also expected to maintain communication and liaise with the Country Directors as appropriate.
* Maintain communication with and report to donors through both formal and informal briefings and reporting.
* Lead regular technical review and planning meetings with the technical teams from the partner organizations.
* Represent Ed Co through formal presentations of the work.
Strategic Direction and Technical Leadership
Ultimately responsible for ensuring technical oversight. Key responsibilities include:
* Provide strategic leadership for Ed Co supported education programming in Sierra Leone, that is both guided by international evidence and informed by the education system in Sierra Leone (both pre, during and post Ebola outbreak).
* Lead technical review and planning meetings with the consortium partners’ advisors/coordinators.
* Provide technical support to partners on all education areas.
* Identify technical assistance needs and arrange for the provision of needed assistance; supervise sub-agreement partners; ensure coordinated inputs and technical/managerial quality from all partners/collaborators.
* Lead the development of proposals and concept notes for new opportunities.
* Minimum a Masters degree in education, social sciences, international development, or a related field.
* Minimum of five years of senior management experience in designing and implementing large education programs and working in tandem with local and international partners.
* Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous deliverables and timelines in accordance with set timeframes and donor regulations while maintaining high quality and with multiple implementing partners.
* Knowledge of key DFID regulations and experience with DFID funding is a plus.
* Experience in the context of an emergency and/or recovery phase is a plus.
* Proven ability in collaborating closely with multi-level stakeholders, including Government, donors, and implementing partners.
* Demonstrated budget management ability.
* Effective and persuasive writing and public speaking.
* Proven sound judgment and decision-making skills.
* Computer skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook).
* Excellent written and oral English.
* Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Shared housing in a guest house will be provided. The position is unaccompanied.