Education Technical Advisor – Romania

Save Children: Save the Children International


  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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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