Present in Sierra Leone since 1999, IRC supports the Sierra Leonean institutions – government, civil society, community-based organizations and private sector – to provide improved social services, decrease youth unemployment and mitigate gender based violence.
IRC’s Child Youth Protection and Development (CYPD) program in Sierra Leone is focused on providing quality education and improving learning outcomes in reading and math for girls and boys enrolled in primary and junior secondary schools in three districts. The program also aims to increase the retention of girls in school and increase the number of women going into teaching. From previous and current programming the IRC has a very strong relationship with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and with other partners in education. In the Child Protection sector, the IRC works closely the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Child Affairs (MSWGCA) and partners to build and strengthen child protection systems.
As part of IRC’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the CYPD program has adapted its support to the education sector so as to ensure children have access to learning opportunities while schools are closed and support MEST planning and preparedness for safe school re-opening.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Education Coordinator provides key leadership to the IRC’ CYPD programme in Sierra Leone even more so as the country responds to the Ebola crisis. S/he will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, management and implementation of the multifaceted CYPD program. The Education Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director of Programmes. This position requires a team player, experienced professional with a strong technical educational background, who has a dynamic approach to programming, and ideally comes with some African experience. This is a great opportunity to work with local and international partners and to be part of a sector that realizes greater quality teaching and learning outcomes for the children of Sierra Leone in a rapidly evolving context.
* Provide technical support and mentoring to the experienced staff, new staff and partners implementing the projects in the field
* Contribute to reviews and evaluation processes which will inform project implementation and direction.
* Develop new/complimentary concepts/proposals to ensure sustained funding.
* Work with the TU in HQ and the UK team in programme design, reporting and compliance issues.
* Work closely with the Ministries to ensure that programme activities are aligned to their priorities and they are fully informed of the project progress.
* Invest significant time in establishing/maintaining partnerships with key external stakeholders, to raise the profile of IRC’s CYPD work in SL and to maximize everyone’s potential
* Work closely with the support teams (eg finance, logistics and grants team) to ensure quality programming is delivered
* Work the Country Program and the Regional Unit to develop the new Country Action Plan and support the integration of its objectives into the Child Youth and Protection Development sector
* Work with the Country Program and Technical Advisors to evaluate, review and plan the response and recovery plan for Child Youth Protection and Development programmes.
* Support the development and oversee the development of a strategy for Youth and Livelihood programming to include fundraising.
* Fostering and manage donor relations within the education sector in country.
Team management, Leadership and HR:
* To provide management leadership and expertise to ensure education programmes provide the best value for money
* Oversee and manage the practical day-to-day management and implementation of the program while promoting the active participation and involvement of the MEST, district education officials and other stakeholders.
* Lead the design and participate in assessments, surveys, evaluations, research and advocacy initiatives.
Program Monitoring and Integration:
* Conduct regular field monitoring visits to review programme activities, and staff performance.
* Collaborate with and support other program coordinators (Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Health) to ensure knowledge and best practice are shared across the programme, ensuring that children and education needs are addressed in a holistic manner across all programme sectors.
* Work with the other programme coordinators and Deputy Director of Programmes to identify areas of integration and joint programming.
* At least five years of international experience in formal education with a minimum two years in a managerial position
* Experience in teaching in a formal education system with experience and or knowledge and understanding of youth and livelihoods experience a plus
* International experience, with preference in Africa
* Advanced university degree in education and/or relevant human development field;
* Strong networking and donor relations skills;
* Strong planning, monitoring and evaluation skills;
* Proven personnel management experience;
* Strong facilitation and training skills;
* Excellent writing skills including previous proposal writing experience;
* Demonstrated budget management;
* English written and spoken language fluency
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