Education in Emergency Specialist

International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*Preferred position location: Dubai, United Emirates. Other locations to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


This position will contribute to lead partnership-wide thinking around Education in Emergencies (EiE), this includes strategy development and dissemination, quality program design and development and testing of tools that can be used in the field, improving operational systems, internal capacity building (including mentoring staff trained in EiE) and research on Education in Emergencies and strengthen integration within Disaster Management around our Education and life skills (EdLS) and child focus programming. This position will enable World Vision to work towards better programming for most vulnerable children especially some of the worlds out of school children, many who are found in countries affected by conflict, natural disaster or adversity or in fragile contexts.

The position holder will be along with the CP/EiE Director WVI’s focal point for EiE at a global level and will engage in networking with other agencies (NGO and INGO), UN, Donors, institutions and foundations academic institutions, government and peak bodies in the industry. (e.g. representation of WVI at Interagency network on Education in Emergencies (INEE) working groups, Global Education Cluster Task Teams). Areas of mutual interest include policy development, operational standards, competencies, funding, resource acquisition etc.

It will also provide technical leadership to national offices and regions on education response and recovery. Particular attention will be given to the development and refinement to program models such as WV temporary Learning Spaces and other Education Core Project models to be adapted to emergency or fragile contexts. Further support should be given to promote psychosocial support and socio-emotional learning, improved teacher training, learning materials development and mainstreaming of vulnerable child populations into the emergency response.

This position requires extensive travel and will require deployment into Category 3 disasters to design, lead and manage the Education in Emergencies response, and networking at a field level. As well as attending meetings internally in WVI for Education and Disaster Management issues. The position holder will work closely with other children in emergencies staff including Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA), Children and Conflict (CaC), MHPSS, health and nutrition and protection staff.


Lead and Support Global Responses in appropriate Technical Area:

  • Managing Global Emergency Response and be available for deployment within 48 hours of call for up to 3 months (per deployment). Deployment can include the following tasks depending on ToR: needs assessment, data collection, program design and budgeting, recruitment and capacity building, fundraising/proposal writing, plan procurement, program implementation, meeting inter-agency standards especially INEE guidelines and CP Minimum Standards), documentation and reporting, monitoring & evaluation, representation in coordination meetings, ensuring policy adherence in the response and technical support for EiE advocacy.

  • Provide strategic coaching and remote support to National, Regional and Global response staff.

  • Coach/ Mentor EiE manager/ staff as requested.

  • Provide EiE technical advice, training materials, information, tools and guidelines, applied lessons learned and best practices.

Strengthen internal EiE Systems and Capacity to respond to Emergencies:

  • Contribute to EiE competency framework development.

  • Promote registration in WVIs internal roster, Global Technical Resource Network and validate/ maintain the EiE roster and coordinate the pool of experts trained in the EiE BLP.

  • Mentor/ coach selected EiE staff to develop their capacity (particularly those on GTRN EiE roster).

  • Facilitate access to internal and external EiE capacity building opportunities based on internationally recognized sector competencies and provide internal EiE capacity development through EIE BLP.

  • Identify funding for EiE capacity building.

  • Integrate EiE in existing/ planned WVI Global/ Regional Emergency capacity building initiatives.

  • Identify strategic partners develop ToR/ business case where necessary.

Strengthen EiE Operation Management, Systems and Tools within Sector and across Sectors:

  • Support Technical Approach and Technical Program development to ensure EiE is addressed properly for high risk countries and in fragile contexts.

  • Promote the global EiE theory of change, the EiE framework and its adaptation for fragile contexts, compile feedback, and revise when necessary.

  • Promote inter-agency tools / guide for EiE response, including INEE standards and guidance notes.

  • Contribute to or develop new EiE tools/ guide as appropriate.

  • Provide technical guidance for the Fragile Context approach and its scale up.

Contributing to Quality Thinking and Research in the Humanitarian Sector:

  • Support initiatives that explore, document and disseminate key findings related to program impact and best practice.

  • Contribute to sector integration guidelines from EiE.

  • Contribute to field testing, ongoing learning and documentation of existing Education project models in emergency settings to build evidence base.

Support EdLS or Disaster Management Communities of Practice in the Development and Implementation of Operational Research:

  • Guide the development of the research agenda in alignment with international trends and assure the documentation of lessons learned and research outcomes are disseminated within the partnership.


  • Master's degree or equivalent in an education or relevant social sciences field or substantial field/practical experience working in education in emergency situations.

  • 5 years’ experience working in the area of Education in emergencies or with children at risk.

  • 3 years international experience working in humanitarian settings or fragile contexts.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English.

  • Understanding of humanitarian system including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian competencies and standards (Sphere, Child Protection guidelines, INEE standards, HAP etc).

  • International development, Humanitarian Law or Conflict studies and advantage.

  • Proven capacity to establish education in emergencies programs in all stages of the emergency.

  • Registered to practice in country of residence (if have a practitioner degree e.g. Social work, Psychology etc) or a member of appropriate network.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proven ability in programme design and management.

  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skill.

  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and negotiation skills and ability to think strategically.

  • Familiarity with child exploitation issues, emergency relief, the UN CRC and the field of child protection.

  • Research and analysis skills.

  • Proven ability in capacity building including training.

  • Management of large teams.

  • Capacity building.

  • Security training.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time.

  • Ability to work and live in harsh situations with limited support and facilities and possible hostile environments.