Education Technical Advisor

Amman, Jordan
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Education Technical Advisor

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In 2015, the IRC reached over 1.3 million children in 20 countries with education programs. We ensure that even the hardest to reach children in the most challenging places are able to go to school and thrive. In the midst of conflict and disaster, education is one of the first things parents and children say they need. Education is a human right. It also helps keep children safe and gives them the skills needed to be resilient, do well now, and later in life. Education offers a glimmer of hope. The IRC defines success with six education outcomes from infancy to young adulthood, ensuring results for all girls and boys, regardless of age.  These outcomes are: Access to safe, functional and responsive education, across all ages;

Early childhood learning and nurturing care; Primary school-aged learning; Post-primary learning; Safety in school; and

Gender equality across all education outcomes.

The IRC seeks an Education Technical Advisor for the Middle East Region to guide on program design, provide direct technical support, and build technical capacity to implement, measure and continuously improve education programs in IRC country programs in the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq,  Syria).  The Education TA will also focus a large portion of time on technical oversight and project start up for a strategic education initiative in Lebanon. To ensure quality programming towards impacting the lives of children and youth affected by conflict and crisis through IRC’s work, the Education Technical Advisor (Ed TA) will: support country program staff to design programs and projects that are aligned to the IRC’s outcomes and evidence framework / theories of change / core indicators; review technical quality of proposals; input into proposal go/no go decisions; analyze data to inform course correction; conduct technical trainings and ongoing technical coaching, share cross-context learning with country program staff; design, review and share program-specific tools; support senior technical country program recruitment and capacity–building.

Major Responsibilities:

Core Functions:

  1. Provide targeted program design, technical support, materials adaptation and revisions, field testing, assessment and monitoring/evaluation support and oversight to an upcoming strategic education initiative in Lebanon
  2. Support country program staff to design programs and projects, ensuring that they are
    • Aligned with the IRC’s strategy 2020 which includes contextualizing education outcomes, the theories of change and include interventions chosen based on best available evidence;
    • Responsive to client needs and preferences based on sound context and gender analysis
  3. Support selection of indicators for country programs based on available and emerging indicator testing;
  4. Review technical quality of proposals, including providing input on budgets required for project delivery, technical activities, ensuring alignment to IRC’s education and cross-sectoral outcomes;
  5. Input into go / no go decisions on proposals;
  6. Help analyze data to inform periodic review and course correction to ensure that IRC’s programs are based on evidence and are evidence-generating;
  7. Conduct technical training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on outcomes, theories of change, evidence and indicators;
  8. Provide specific guidance to IRC education programs in the Middle East in efforts to integrate Improvement Science approaches into standard IRC Teacher Professional Development
  9. Share cross-context learning with country program staff across the region;
  10. Review and share program-specific tools / resources / curricula working with IRC education specialist to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials;
  11. Support planning and implementation of partnership activities, including research initiatives with academic partners
  12. Support senior technical country program recruitment

Additional Functions:

  1. Engage with donors and do outreach in support of country programs, especially in relation to program start up;
  2. Write technical narratives of proposals;
  3. Help define approach to teaming / partnering with other organizations;
  4. Present IRC research findings across contexts and relevant conferences;
  5. Support senior country program staff onboarding;

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Deputy Director, Education, based in IRC headquarters

Position directly supervises:  This position could potentially supervise one or more specialist team members and on occasion consultants and/or interns.

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal:   Works directly with the Regional and Deputy Regional Director to ensure education programs are in line and supporting regional and country level priorities.   Regular relationships with regional technical advisors in violence prevention and response, health, economic recovery & development, and governance technical unit teams.  Works directly with country program coordinators and managers as well as country program leadership.  .Interacts with IRC internal departments, including business development, external relations and advocacy departments.

External:  Serve as IRC program representative in outside regional meetings and global meetings (as needed) and academic forums with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency groups and foundations. Engage regularly with partners, including academic partners, to ensure programmatic and research collaborations remain on track.

Job Qualifications:

Education: Master’s/post-graduate degree in education, education psychology, social work, human development or relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Participate in ongoing training courses and share knowledge and skill sets within the unit.

Work Experience: A minimum of 6 to 8 years of implementing and/or managing large Education programs and teams is required, within a humanitarian or international development setting, as are at least 1—2 years acting in an advisory capacity on education programming. Education work experience in the Middle East is required. Experience in technical tools and materials development, monitoring and evaluation, and research in relation to education is highly desired.  Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Demonstrated expertise in education program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.  Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices.  Experience in continuous quality improvement and/or Improvement Science in education contexts a plus.

Language Skills: Proficiency in Arabic is highly desired. 

Working Environment: Up to 40% travel may be required.  This position will be based in Amman or Beirut and will include competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance.

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