Education Coordinator, Kakuma at Norwegian Refugee Council

Job Description


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors. The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

Job Description

The purpose of the Education Coordinator position is to implement delegated education project portfolio in Turkana West sub-county in Turkana including Kakuma camp, Kalobeyei settlement and the surrounding host community.  In Kakuma and Kalobeyei this includes overall responsibility for the implementation of NRC run primary-level (basic) Alternative Education and catch-up programmes in targeting out-of-school refugee children and over-aged learners as well as projects supporting out-of-school children in the surrounding host community in coordination with the Ministry of Education. The Education Project Coordinator will provide support on technical programme competences related to programme development and implementation and supervise the Education Project Officer and oversee the line management for all staff in education department including teachers. NRC’s education programming has a strong focus on quality and achieving measurable learning outcomes of children and ensuring that learning is delivered in a safe and inclusive manner with a particular focus on addressing the psycho-social needs of learners and adherence to NRC’s Child Safeguarding Policy.

Job responsibilities:

Line management of Education project field staff

Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures

Contribute to Education strategy development, project proposals and provide input on needs and gaps

Manage and implement delegated portfolio of Education (2) projects (activities, budget ad project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements, and ensure high technical quality

Provide regular progress reports to Area Manager (AM)

Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist

Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities

Ensure capacity of project staff and transfer key skills

Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders

Promote the rights of refugees/IDPs/returnees in line with advocacy strategy

Oversee implementation of education projects in basic education (AEP, catch-up and primary) in Turkana West, targeting both refugees and host communities

Provide day-to-day support to education programme team at field level in developing clear work plans and targets and following up on implementation and engage in regular performance monitoring of projects

Support the development of quality programming, identifying key areas for further follow up, devising strategies and supporting implementation to improve and monitor quality in NRC’s education approaches

Conduct Education specific technical assessments, present recommendations and adapt programme implementation to needs and context

Actively participate in relevant coordination forums including camp level education and child protection working groups and country fora

Develop training modules and provide specific technical learning or/and training for project staff including teachers.  Liaise with NRC hosted Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) education specialists on teacher training and inclusion

Develop and implement approaches that promote learning in safe and inclusive environments.  Coordinate with NRC protection staff and protection and inclusion partners to support the implementation of key protection mainstreaming actions plan

Support the only development of NRC’s psycho-social responses to learners within our education programming (Better Learning Programme)

Promote NRC’s Child Safeguarding Policy and ensure awareness of the policy amongst NRC education staff and partners including reporting and investigation procedures

Participate in the monthly area office coordination meetings including the monthly programme meeting and the Area Management Team

Conduct work planning, mid-term and end-term performance review for staff under your supervision.

Any other tasks assigned by your line-manager

Job competencies:

Minimum 5 years of relevant experience within field of expertise

2 years of experience managing education projects

Experience in planning and delivering teacher professional development (preferred)

Familiarity with INEE Minimum Standards for Education and Child Protection AoR Minimum Standards

Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

Documented technical competences related to the position’s responsibilities

Strong analytical, administration and documentation skills in the management of educational institutions or programmes consisting of primary education

Experience in proposal and report writing and excellent computer skills.

Proven commitment and passion in inspiring disadvantaged children to achieve their full potential in education and ability to inspire others with the commitment

Good communication skills

Project implementation supervisory skills

Ability to resolve individual and group conflicts

Ability to work with minimum supervision and deliver on deadlines

Possess high cultural awareness and sensitivity

Knowledge of SPHERE standards and other global humanitarian and education and protection standards

Fluency in English language both written and verbal

Bachelor Degree in Education or related field of study

P1 certificate in education is an added advantage

Relevant experience in education in emergency settings, especially protracted crisis

Experience in non-formal/alternative basic education approaches for disadvantaged children and youth is an added advantage

Understanding of key protection concerns in education and child safeguarding

A thorough understanding of the context, environment and education challenges in North-western Kenya

Knowledge of the local language (Kiswahili, Juba Arabic, Somali) – if different than English

Behavioral competencies:

Handling insecure environments

Managing resources to optimise results

Empowering and building trust

Managing performance and development

Planning and delivery results