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 closing, schools reopened nation-wide. Education Recovery planning is underway and Ed Co is aiming to support MEST during the recovery phase. The IRC is seeking an Education Consortium Program Manager to work closely with the Ed Co Coordinator, Ed Co M&E Manager, partners and MEST to oversee partners’ implementation of programming, reporting, and monitoring to ensure quality. This position will also assist with new business development, and participate in national-level representation and coordination with MEST and Education Development Partners.
* Support the Coordinator to develop the overarching consortium implementation plan.
* Conduct regular field monitoring visits to provide support to partners and to ensure quality implementation.
* Manage the Ed Co indicator tracking system and monitor progress to meet program outcomes.
* Report to MEST and the Back to School Committee on Ed Co’s delivery on recovery components.
* Participate in grant review meetings to ensure partners are compliant with donor regulations and are on track with spending.
* Work closely with the grants and partnership unit and finance team to track and manage partners’ spending.
* Review partners’ narrative reports and lead the writing of the comprehensive Ed Co reports for internal and donor narrative reporting.
* Develop activity budgets and raise procurement and payment requests for consortium led activities.
* Participate in national-level meetings with MEST and Education stakeholders.
* Support new business development.
* Support the Coordinator in overall management of external technical consultants.
* Develop fact sheets/brochures on Ed Co’s programming.
* Lead on all communications related to Ed Co working closely with HQ communications teams.
* Minimum a Masters degree in social sciences, human rights, international development, or a related field.
* Minimum of two years of previous experience working in education programming in a developing context.
* 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.
* Experience working in a multi-cultural setting and in preference in Africa
* 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.