Street Child works in the fields of education, child protection and livelihoods, working to deliver sustainable solutions and create maximum impact. Our work combines counselling, family mediation, business support, school building, teacher training and child protection. We were a key player in the Ebola crisis and led the global response for children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. We deliver all our programmes through local partners and, since 2008, together we have built/renovated over 200 schools and are now helping to educate over 40,000 young people.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Education Officer – ECW
Location: Adamawa (including frequent field visits to Maiduguri, Borno)
Reports to: Education Project Manager – ECW
Working Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 5:15pm, Friday 8:30am – 1:30pm
- Street Child believes that every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn. Our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihood support to address the social, economic, and structural issues that underpin today’s education crisis.
- We partner with local organisations and communities to deliver our locally rooted programmes, using evidence to drive learning and the refinement and scale up of programmes to create maximum impact for the most children at the lowest cost.
- We pride ourselves on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places where others won’t, including remote, hard-to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Since 2008 we have helped over 338,000 children to go to school and learn and supported over 29,000 families to set up businesses so they can afford the cost of educating their children.
- We are is looking for a dedicated Senior Education Officer for the final two years of a 3-year ECW Multi-Year Resilience Programme delivered in a consortium partnership.
- The project seeks to provide quality inclusive education for conflict affected children across the Bay states, providing access to education, building capacity of teachers, and strengthening protection mechanisms. Street Child’s primary areas of operation will be in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
- Street Child also integrates Child Protection to ensure children learn in a safe and protective environment in school and at home and aligned with the commitment to the localisation agenda, Street Child will implement together with three local organisations we have been working together in the last two years.
- The main responsibility of the Senior Education officer will be to oversee implementation of the project in Adamawa state, monitoring and supporting two national implementing partners as well as supporting the Project Manager to oversee implementation in Borno state.
- The Senior Education Officer will coach implementing partners to deliver high quality programming and progress the project implementation against the work plan and the objectives, achieving timely project outputs and outcomes.
- The Senior Education Officer will work under the supervision of the Education Programmes Manager with direct task management from the Project Manager.
- The position requires proven capacity of project delivery, effective partner management at a senior level and coordination with colleagues and external stakeholders.
- The ideal candidate would have a strong background in Education, good communication skills, and excellent leadership abilities. Analytical thinking and the capacity to research innovative intervention methods, as well as creativity and flexibility are also expected.
Project Implementation (60%):
- In coordination with the Project Manager responsible for implementation of activities for ECW MYRP in Adamawa and provide support for Borno state.
- Monitoring of all activities implemented by partner staff, ensuring they are contributing to the targets and indicators outlined in the programme documents and results framework.
- Support Project Manager to develop quarterly workplans and budget forecasts
- Support national implementing partners to reflect quarterly activity planning and budget forecasting in line with the timeline of the project.
- Ensure that all activities implemented are in line with budget expenditure and forecasting.
- Report any issues with project implementation to Project Manager with suggestions for innovative solutions to challenges as they arise.
- Identify gaps in implementing partner capacity and support project manager and Partnership Coordinator.
- Preparation of internal narrative progress reports on a monthly and quarterly basis, including submission of project case studies.
- Support project manager in preparation of donor narrative progress reports on a quarterly, midterm and annual basis, or additionally as requested.
- Ensure that implementing partners are submitting monthly narrative progress reports to Street Child in a timely manner, with support and guidance to improve reporting capacity.
- Support project manager with review of monthly BVA’s and forecasting to ensure spending is in line with project timeline and activities implemented are in line with the work plan.
- Conduct monthly BVA’s with the implementing partner to ensure accuracy of spending and identify any clear areas of over or underspend that may affect the project delivery timeline.
- Provide support to project manager and MEAL team to prepare for required baseline, midline and endline assessments.
- Ensure there is a functioning information pathway with submission of project data, MoV’s and activity reports to MEAL team for verification checks to be carried out.
- Display excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills among colleagues, partners, and external stakeholders.
- Demonstrate ability to work and deliver under pressure and tight deadlines.
- Demonstrate ability to work in flexible, sub-optimal, stressful, and unstable environment.
- Ensure safeguarding practices are adhered to by Street Child and implementing partner teams, and immediately report any concerns.
Education / Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Social Science, Education or equivalent.
Experience and Knowledge:
- Experience (at least 4 years) working in international development in programme management roles.
- Experience (at least 2 years) of working in North-East Nigeria on the emergency response in education or other relevant sectors.
- Experience in managing sizable teams.
- Proven evidence of having led the delivery of successful programmes, ideally with a budget of $1m or above
- Previous experience of working in Yobe, and good knowledge of key stakeholders.
Skills and Abilities:
- Strong analytical, reporting, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
- Strong monitoring and evaluation skills/experience
- Demonstrable knowledge of project cycle management and results framework.
- Knowledge and ability to apply INEE standards an advantage
- Fluency in English (written and spoken) and excellent writing skills.
- Hausa and additional local language skills are highly desirable
Application Closing Date
17th November, 2022.
- Female candidates whose state of origin is Borno are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Canvassing attempt at any stage of the recruitment process will lead to direct disqualification and blacklisting.