Education Coordinator - International Rescue Committee, Erbil

Closing date:  12 Feb 2012

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

SCOPE The Education Coordinator is responsible for the overall management and monitoring of Education programming in Iraq. This includes sector strategy development, proposal development, technical oversight, staff management and development, administrative supervision, budget management, grants compliance and local partner relations. The Education Coordinator will be based in Erbil and is expected to travel a minimum of 50% of her/his time to project locations, including Baghdad, taking into consideration IRC’s Iraq security protocols. S/he reports to the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP).

RESPONSIBILITIES New business development • Develop and update the Education sector strategy and coordinate the expansion of education programming in close collaboration with the education team, DDP and the Child and Youth Protection and Development (CYPD) Technical Unit. • Design and develop concept notes and proposals for new programming. Program management • Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with the IRC’s program framework, international CYPD and educational standards and national policies. • Ensure that programs are in line with INEE Minimum Standards and SPHERE Protection Standards. • Oversee implementation of CYPD and education programs, management of budgets (budget forecasting, development of spending plans and budget follow-up) and reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations. • Ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are developed (including indicator tracking sheets) and implemented in all education programs, that activity, output and effect data are captured in an accurate and efficient manner, and that programs are continually tailored to optimize quality. • Work with M&E Manager to design robust monitoring tools for remote monitoring and ensure program quality. • Manage education teams, providing continuous support and ensuring capacity building of staff. • Collaborate closely with other program departments and support departments.

Representation and coordination • Build strong relationships with Education Ministry officials, donors and other stakeholders, establishing IRC as a key actor in Education and other CYPD sectors. • Serve on coordinating bodies and represent IRC CYPD in relevant stakeholder meetings.

REQUIREMENTS • Advanced university degree in education or a related field. • Understanding of policy issues and technical experience in areas of primary, non-formal, and emergency education as well as teacher training & psycho-social support. • At least three years of international experience in education, including experience in emergency or post-conflict project management. • Demonstrated experience in CYPD related field • Strong strategic thinking and proposal writing skills • Strong leadership, staff management and capacity building skills. • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player. • Ability to live and productively work under stress and in insecure and harsh environments while maintaining a sense of humor.

SPECIFIC SECURITY SITUATION/HOUSING The Education Coordinator will be based in Erbil, Iraq with travel to Baghdad. The security situation in Iraq continues to be volatile. Security measures are in place (guarded compounds, communication systems, movement restrictions). The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in remote and insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position. The Education Coordinator will live in shared housing.
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