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Children In Emergency Technical Advisor



The Children in Emergencies (CiE) Sector Technical Advisor covers the education and child protection portfolio for WV Iraq. They will provide sector technical leadership and management in project and proposal design, staff capacity building, quality assurance, evaluation and documentation for multiple education and child protection projects in Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI)/Iraq.

WV KRI Goal: To address immediate and longer-term humanitarian and recovery needs of Iraqi IDPs and Syrian refugees in KRI, WV will be addressing both immediate and longer term needs of displaced Iraqis as well as Syrian refugees. This work is primarily focused on Northern Iraq (KRI) but will spread to other locations as required. Key sectors of the program include: Food assistance, Health - mobile clinics, Children in Emergencies, Child Protection, Economic Development and WASH. The project area covers camps, host communities and returnees.

Position Goal: To provide leadership for the WVI KRI CiE program. This includes the provision of technical input into assessments, program design, budgets, monitoring and evaluation. Developing sector approaches and strategy. Planning the designs and budgets and setting up of education and protection or community mobilization activities with the support of local team leaders and multi-sector project managers. Support the project implementation leads (project coordinators) and develop their understanding of the technical approaches. Building links with other stakeholders including Government representatives, other NGOs in education and related sectors (e.g. Protection cluster, education cluster, child protection, Camp management, UN, CiE cluster and sub cluster, etc) to identify gaps. Provide technical leadship for in advocacy and effectiveness research related to CiE in partnership with M&E and Advocacy colleagues.


Assessment, Design and Acquisition Planning:

  • Lead the technical approach design for new CiE projects.

  • Under guidance of the programmes team and with support from field teams, write / co-develop CiE proposal technical section, budget, budget narratives, cross-cutting theme integration with CiE (gender, DNH, protection, WASH…).

  • Engage with MoH, UNICEF, Child protection sub cluster, donors and program officers to identify gaps and needs for new programming.

  • Work closely with the MEAL (M&E) team to select indicators and develop monitoring plans & assessments for CiE projects.

  • In close collaboration with the Programmes Team, develop an acquisition plan and engage with donors to promote CiE funding.

  • Lead the development of the CiE components of the response and strategy.

Provide technical Guidance to existing Projects:

  • Visit projects in the field and observe & guide field staff.

  • At project startup train project staff on technical approach. Help project owner design a capacity building plan for project and or partner staff. Help facilitate startup workshops.

  • Provide support to project managers and Zonal Managers implementing CiE projects. Engage with school management or departments of education as needed.

  • Assist in the formation of statistical reports on education and protection issues.

  • Establish and maintain World Vision and other best practice standards for CiE programs in cooperation with Regional Office counterparts.

  • Monitor and assist in evaluating CiE and nutrition program.

  • Ensure that gender and protection mainstreamed in all activities and within WV programming.

  • Be an active participation with all stakeholders, including MoE, UNICEF, Cluster, other operating partners, community, and other CiE actors to ensure programme coherence and avoidance of service gaps and overlap.

  • Engage in CiE cluster and sub cluster meetings. Demonstrate WV capacity to the clusters.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Capacity Building/Training:

  • To assess, design and implement appropriate training programs to equip and upgrade knowledge and skills of CiE staff, and MoH in conjunction with WHO.

  • Assist coordinators and team leaders in other sectors in development of appropriate to CiE, hygiene and nutrition promotion information.

  • Capacity build CiE teams with reference to community processes.

  • Document training program results.

Humanitarian Accountability:

  • Ensure the programs take into account local capacities of local personnel and local community groups, ensure open community participation and consultation.

  • Orient and train staff, community and partners on international standards (eg. The Sphere Project etc.) and their application.

  • Ensure the Program Accountability Framework is integrated in the CiE and nutrition.

  • Promote local capacities for peace by periodic analysis of program impact on and potential for conflict between beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries, and adjust program accordingly.


  • Master’s Degree in education or relevant social science.

  • Proven ability in program design, management and proposal development.

  • Proven ability in sector approach and strategy development.

  • Proven ability in capacity building including training.

  • Working knowledge of Child Protection and Education in Emergencies programming.

  • Excellent written and oral ability in English. Good Arabic communication skills (oral and written) preferable but not mandatory.

  • Knowledge of the Minimum Standards (MS for EiE; MS for CP in Humanitarian Action; Inter-Agency Guideline on Mental CiE & Psycho-social Support) and experience in active participation on key coordination forums.

  • At least 5-10 years in humanitarian and development work in past decade with most in emergency responses.

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written). Good Arabic communication skills (oral and written) preferable.

  • Understanding of project timelines, budgets and deliverables. Ability to adapt when and as needed.

  • Strong experience in managing staff, partners and facilitating capacity building.

  • Ability to lead/contribute to multi or single sector assessments from CiE perspective and inform program design based on assessment results and analysis.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • A high level of diplomacy and networking skills is required.

  • Able to use a computer, with word-processing and spreadsheets, (e.g. Microsoft Office; Excel).


  • Essential: completed a recognized personal security course in the past 3 years.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Attendance at course on INEE/ Child Protection Minimum Standards course within the past 3 years.

  • Previous experience with early childhood development, basic education and youth in emergencies programming.

  • Technical competency in child protection and education in emergencies and ability to work effectively in chaotic environments.

  • Working experience in the Middle Easter countries or Syria Crisis would be favourably considered.

Work Environment/Travel:

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