Education Technical Advisor
RI - Relief International
Under the direct supervision of the Education Programme Manager, the Education Technical Advisor will be responsible for providing technical support and guidance, on elements across the programme ranging from reviewing education curricula and teaching materials, enhancing current monitoring, evaluation and accountability tools and systems, assessments, documenting standards and processes, supporting staff capacity building, programme design and strategic planning.
These inputs will be required with a view to ensuring that the programme being established is high-quality, sustainable, delivered in accordance with acknowledged good practice and standards, adaptable and sensitive to the needs of Syrian and Turkish youth. The Education TA will work with the Education Programme Manager on an on-going basis to assess current education needs and lead program development to secure funding for new projects from a range of donors. In addition, they will be expected to participate in coordination forums and build relationships with key education actors. The role will require them to work constructively with colleagues across his/her in-country team, within the Middle East region and the Global Support colleagues. This position requires someone who is accustomed to the pace of emergency response programming and is highly flexible and responsive.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
- Provide technical oversight and to Education and Child Protection to ensure successful programme implementation;
- Maintain a keen understanding of sector and regional trends, developments and policy, and adapt and promote the introduction of new methodologies, innovations and good practices;
- Work closely with the Education Programme Manager and senior management to support fundraising activities for Education and Child Protection programming, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donor representatives/Advisers in country;
- Technical oversight and development of programme tools;
- Lead the on-going review and refinement of current curricula and teaching materials for informal education program, which includes basic literacy and numeracy skills, Arabic, English, Science, computer skills, life skills and a remedial education component. Methods to include independent review, comparison to materials by others actors in the Syria response, classroom observations, analysis of student progress results and gaining teacher feedback on their appropriateness and effectiveness;
- Develop, establish and rollout internal standards and guidance for informal education programming, with a focus on interactive and participatory learning and which is sensitive to the needs of Syrian children and youth;
- Review and refine educational and psychosocial wellbeing assessment tools, which are used to conduct adequate referral of beneficiaries to relevant education programs and services;
- In collaboration with Education Program Manager and Outreach and Referral teams, review and refine internal standard operating guidance for community outreach activities and referral pathways to external education, PSS and community services. Guidance to ensue effective programming and enable replication of projects to other partners and new sites.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Quality
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Work with the wider Education and Monitoring and Evaluation (M+E) teams to review, improve and maintain M+E tools, plans and indicator tracking mechanisms. Ensure that these are technically sound and linked to reporting requirements, that data analysis and feedback is incorporated into programme design and improvement, with learning disseminated internally and externally;
- Provide technical support across the programme team and conduct regular monitoring and support visits to ensure quality programming is being implemented;
- Lead assessments and results analysis on education and PSS-focused needs assessments, plus improve internal capacity to roll out needs assessments. This includes the identification and preparation of assessments tools, accompanied with training on these for M+E and Education team colleagues;
- Accountability: Work with the M+E team and Education team members to identify and incorporate suitable accountability mechanisms which can promote student and community feedback and engagement;
- Quality: Develop quality assurance standards and measurement tool, such as a checklist which can be used in self-assessments and to evaluate staff performance and quality of the learning environment. Train key education staff on its use, data analysis and facilitate its roll-out;
- Co-lead internal review processes (e.g. quarterly reviews) with Education Programme Manager utilising site observation results, discussions with staff, beneficiaries and communities and analysis of project data to ensure a continuous cycle of programme improvement.
Staff capacity building
- Support team in the assessment and analysis of teacher’s training needs and gaps in knowledge through the refinement of an evaluation tool plus teacher self-assessments, classroom observations and other appropriate methods;
- Areas to be assessed include use of participatory teaching methodologies, positive behaviour management, supporting learners with disabilities, inclusive education, meeting the needs of different learners, etc.;
- Collaborate with Education Program Manager to identify training opportunities and develop longer-term training programme for teachers and other Education team members, based on assessing on teacher training needs and building on initial trainings conducted;
- Provide ongoing coaching and mentoring to colleagues;
- Oversee development of training materials and lead trainings on identified areas in line with their expertise
Representation, organizational learning and strategic planning
- Represent Relief International and contribute to the broader sector strategies through involvement with interagency coordination fora and other alliances and consortia, ensuring that the specific needs of Syrian and Turkish children are being addressed;
- In coordination with the M+E and programme team, take the initiative in documenting lessons learned, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning;
- Pro-actively identify case studies, communication pieces and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives and take the leadership in fulfilling these pieces.
- Comply with and demonstrate leadership in upholding Relief International policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities, and other relevant policies and procedures;
- Colloborate with the Protection Coordinator to support the mainstreaming of child safeguarding components across the Education programme;
- Fulfil other tasks as directed by line manager.
Qualifications & Requirements
- Advanced d egree in Education, Education Policy or a related field in addition to experience managing grants or similar donor-funded projects;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, public speaking, and strategic planning skills required;
- A minimum of 5-7 years professional experience leading, managing and implementing education programs, preferably in a conflict setting experience in the INGO/Humanitarian field;
- Demonstrated background and knowledge of UNICEF rules and regulations desirable;
- Demonstrated background and contacts with U.N. agencies and other international emergency response and development actors;
- Work experience in the Middle East, with strong preference given to candidates with experience related to the Syria response;
- Experience of working in an informal education setting desired;
- Excellent written and spoke English skills; Fluency in Arabic, strongly preferred. Turkish highly desirable;
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, tasks efficiently;
- Experience in emergency response and conflict/IDP setting desired.