Education Technical Advisor – Romania

Save Children: Save the Children International


KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Lead on education assessments as relevant using SC assessment processes and tools. Coordinate with other SC thematic areas and/or the Education sub-working group or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a disaggregated analysis of children’s needs.
  • Working with the Deputy Team Leader – Programmes and SC Romania member team to develop education sector plans and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy.
  • Lead on the education sector plan revisions and implementation, focusing on identified and emerging risks and prevention and response to drop-out risks or loss of learning for children, referral pathways, coordination with relevant service providers, capacity building, implementation of international standards and best practice.
  • Ensure strong monitoring systems for education issues are in place in coordination with the MEAL team.
  • Ensure learning from projects feed into local and global learning and that data and evidence drive operational and technical decision-making for education.
  • Lead on education integration in other sectors.
  • Working closely with senior staff, support fundraising for education, including development of high-quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with members and regional technical advisers as needed.
  • Support programme implementation to ensure timely and high-quality delivery of programme activities
  • Support timely programme and donor reports on education activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Working closely with the SC Romania member team, identify education staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programmes, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Identify education programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
  • Working closely with the SC Romania member office put in place an education monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build education and M&E field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Working closely with SC Romania member office and the Accountability lead put in place accountability activities, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • Ensure that the humanitarian minimum standards are maintained in accordance with the Inter-Agency Standing Committees recommendations for education in emergencies, INEE, the Sphere Charter and Minimum Standards and the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Capacity Building

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for SC Romania staff and deliver trainings accordingly.
  • Work as a mentor and role model for less experienced SC Romania staff.
  • Together with other sectors, identify sector-integrated capacity building opportunities and deliver trainings accordingly to SC Romania staff.

Representation, Advocacy & Organisational Learning

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in education advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • In collaboration with SCA education colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global education advocacy objectives.
  • Identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.

General

  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Essential

  • Significant management or advisor level education experience working in emergency contexts or fragile states
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in education or similar, or equivalent field experience.
  • Ability to identify the main gaps in education in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in education.
  • Previous experience of project management
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating education programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
  • Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to education.
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of working with and supporting local partners
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.

Desirable

  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Experience of designing and managing projects funded by institutional donors
  • Experience of working in interagency projects.

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