Education Officer at Save the Children

On Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Team / Programme: Programmes 
Location: DadaabGrade: TBC

Post Type: National
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young peopleRole Purpose: To effectively Implement the SC Education Programme activities of the EU-SERD Project in Dadaab camps and the host community in Dadaab and Fafi. He/she will ensure quality delivery of programmes and maintenance of high professional standards of all our Education Programmes.

Scope of Role:

Reports to: Education Coordinator-EU SERD

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 
In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 
Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. We employ more than 300 staff and have an operating annual budget in 2014 of approximately US$25 million.Staff Directly Reporting to this Post:  Yes

Key Areas of Accountability: 

  • Work as part of a team to ensure quality programming
  • Travel Frequently to implementation sites to liaise with community leaders, Partners, local governments and beneficiaries to ensure continued participation and support for the project
  • Carryout regular monitoring activities and engagement with schools and communities to support project
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in education/ social sciences or its equivalent
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ work experience in education sector especially Girl child education, SNE, non-formal Education in the Somali Context.
  • Knowledge of education in emergencies, education sector policy, child rights and protection issues
  • Experiences of facilitating community-based training, capacity building Board of managements in schools, and awareness campaigns.
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support participatory, innovative approaches to problem solving
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive and empathise with all children and their carers
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, Kiswahili and the local language in the camps and the host community
  • Good report writing skills
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.
Desirable Qualifications
  • Previous experience in working in a consortium with INGOs delivering non-formal education and girl child education services.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of the refugees is essential
  • Experience of working with communities and other agencies that support education
Working Contacts:
External: The job holder is required to have regular contact with other similar organizations, education institutions, children, community, and government departments.
Internal: The job requires the job holder to have direct relationship with all staff and management at all levels in ensuring the organizational policies and procedures are adhered to and complied with.

The application process is now open and will close on 3rd March, 2015 at 5.00 p.m. 
To apply for this position, please send a short cover letter and CV to [email protected] indicating the position title on the subject line. 
Due to the urgency of these positions applications will be reviewed as and when they are received.  
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
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