PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The position holder ensures the technical quality of WVI work in the Education sector in Jordan and Syria.
The Education Specialist is responsible for:
Ensuring quality implementation of Education programming from design to completion according to World Vision and global best practice.
Development and revision of country sector strategies in line with One Syria and global EiE strategies.
Partnering with the Programmes teams to design Education programming across funding streams.
Supporting the Operations teams to execute technically strong, quality programming that fulfils our donor promise.
Provide external sectoral, governmental and donor representation for Education programming, including cultivation of partnerships.
Build organisational capacity and provide training to support quality implementation and evidence-based practices.
Spend time in the field working with field operations staff to troubleshoot implementation issues.
Provide input on the design of tools for monitoring, evaluation and other evidence building initiatives.
Review data and reports to understand and influence the quality of Education programming.
Work with Advocacy and Communication Teams to set our research agenda, develop case studies and ensure Education work is profiled externally.
Strategy & Program Development:
Develop the technical/sectoral components of new proposals, in coordination with the programme team and the Evidence, Learning, and Accountability (ELA) team.
Provide input into budget of technical components within new proposals.
Lead in project design with the programme team and Operations team for potential new proposals in Education based on emerging new educational needs. Provide input to designs based on needs assessment findings, evidence based information and analysis targeting the most vulnerable.
Meet donors to preposition for new program ideas and models based on evidence.
Participate in revision of WV strategies and priorities based on emerging needs and donor interests.
Lead the revision of Education Technical Approaches and Technical Programs in alignment with strategy. This will include maximizing opportunities to integrate education with other priority sectors such as Child Protection, Livelihoods and WASH.
Support Programme Quality, Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting:
Provide technical supervision to field education staff including coaching, sharing resources and materials, revision of reports, analyzing lessons, etc.
Monitor progress of education projects and discuss challenges and support needed with field teams. Address implementation delays and issues with the relevant project managers and Ops Managers.
Participate in the recruitment of relevant staff for the sector.
Co-lead with MEAL team the development of Evidence Building Plans (EBPs) for Technical Programs and for new projects.
Develop sector measurement tools in collaboration with MEAL team. Specifically, set sectoral/technical tool questions based on accredited global tools.
Intervene, when necessary, at procurement level, to facilitate/find solutions to material purchase difficulties or delays that are affecting the program quality implementation.
Review grant progress reports and M&E reports specifically program findings and recommendations.
Contribute to annual reports that document progress against strategic objectives.
Support the development of external communication materials relating to WV Education sector achievements.
Staff Management & Capacity Building:
Provide input to sector organizational structure and staffing plan and ensure reviewing/adjustment of JDs as needed.
Contribute in setting performance indicators for the education project teams in close coordination with the project manager.
Develop Education capacity building plans and share with P&C.
Assist staff & partner agencies in understanding and adapting project models to local contexts in alignment with local strategy.
Orient and train WV staff partner agencies on Education Technical Programs, standards, tools, models, etc.
Networking & External Engagement:
Engage in networking and coordination with external Education Stakeholders and partners (Education Partners working groups, MoE’s, ECE Forums, NLG, INGOs, National NGOs, etc.).
Participate in workshops, training, conferences and internal meetings, workshops, etc.
Coordinate with Education internal stakeholders at the regional and Global levels to share best practices and access information.
Coordinate with relevant departments and field Ops on the promotion of WV education programs at the level of the national and local government related institutions.
Learning and Research:
Identify key sources of information around education including government bodies, local and international organizations, academic institutions to identify learning, trends, and new parameters that could affect the implementation of current or future education projects.
Participate in all education projects’ lessons learned events.
Determine the research and evidence-building agenda for WV Education.
Participate in design and roll out of new research proposals and initiatives of WV.
Conduct regular situational analysis of the sector and feed recommendations back to WV for decision making on future priorities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s degree in Education related field or Social Sciences.
Understanding of principles and standards for Education in Emergencies.
Creative and able to come up with, embrace and coordinate innovative thinking, partnership building and problem solving skills.
Experience and willingness to take initiatives in all potential Education areas: early childhood education, care and development, basic literacy and numeracy, Remedial Education, etc.
Excellent analytical and writing skills.
Good interpersonal skills, influencing skills and cross-cultural sensitivity.
Strong networking skills and experience in external engagement.
Experience working through a partnership model.
Excellent capacity building skills.
Effective in written and oral communication in English.
Able to work on multifunctional tasks in the pressure of time and organizational changes.
Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Four to five years of technical expertise in the areas of Education.
Proven experience in working with MoE’s, donors and other education stakeholders.
Experience in capacity building processes, tools and methodologies.
Three years or more NGO experience in the humanitarian and development fields respectively.
Experience in needs assessment and project design.
Excellent written English, with fluency in speaking Arabic and English.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Master’s Degree in the above mentioned areas.
Experience participating in program implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.
Experience with child focused empowerment programs.
The position requires 75% of the time to be office based.
The position requires 25% of travel.
The position requires ability and willingness to continue to function during a crisis, including during a World Vision response to a manmade or natural disaster.
The position requires availability and willingness to work outside regular office hours occasionally.