Education Specialist, South Sudan
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The purpose of the post is to effectively implement and respond to the technical needs of education in South Sudan, both emergency response and non-emergency response programming. The candidate will identify, design, implement and monitor quality education response to emergency and non-emergency contexts, including strengthening coordination in the education sector at regional, zonal and district levels.
The advisor will take the lead in representing Word Vision South Sudan’s (WVSS) educational programming externally. S/he will participate in coordination and coalitions with the ultimate aim to expand WVSS Education program in South Sudan. S/he will work closely together with the education project managers throughout the country, as well as with the WVSS senior leadership and WV specialists in the World Vision funding office and the international partnership office.
S/he will also lead take initiatives in liaising with national/state/local government.
Grant Acquisition and Resource Mobilization:
Provide technical support in needs identification and assessment.
Ensure compliance with donor requirement during project implementation.
Provide technical support in resource acquisition and project design.
Provide technical support in resource acquisition and project design related to education.
Write all technical sections in education proposals, design the activities per output, ensure the costing of these activities in coordination with field teams and finance.
Contribute to the expansion of the WVSS education sector port folio.
Contribute to “ go/no go decision’ for project location and resource allocation.
Technical Leadership and Technical Input:
Develop sector specific technical approaches/ technical programme, implementation guidelines and tools and promote implementation.
Coordinate the implementation of the WVSS education technical approach, including identifying on- going priority areas.
Ensure that sector budgets are aligned to project designs and DIPs.
Build capacity of WVSS staff to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate education project.
Provide relevant technical advice to WVSS on education technical issues.
Ensure that education projects adhere to set standards (donors, MOEST, government, education cluster, etc.)
Lead contextual sectorial analysis to inform strategy and programming.
Ensure integration with sector and department to optimize resource use and program impact.
Conduct education advocacy training for project staff and provide on- going technical support.
Provide technical support during project implementation to ensure the projects meets or supersedes established standards. Possibly contextualize international technical models to the context of South Sudan (such as Literacy Boost).
Finalize the last version of the Education Technical Approach for WVSS. Equip staff to adhere to technical approaches with tools such as standard operating procedures, ToRs, forms and training manuals.
Whenever necessary, provide surge capacity to field teams with direct implementation of critical projects.
Maintain adequate supply of education materials. Coordinate with UNICEF and the WVSS supply chain department and to ensure that education supplies are procured/delivered in a timely manner. Coordinate with the Gifts in Kind department for acquisition of education supplies by identifying and compiling needs, support preparation of distribution plans and preparation of post distribution reports.
Engagement and Networking:
Pre-position WVSS for increased funding by effective representation with relevant stakeholders especially Clusters donors, partner I/NGOs and technical working groups to profile WV and influence decision.
Represent WVSS in sector specific national, regional and global forums deemed necessary for quality programming and profiling WVSS with donors.
Oversee regular programming and coordination meetings between the Sector Specialists.
To strengthen WVSS representation on appropriate education task forces and networks within South Sudan.
To actively engage with various education networks within and outside the partnership (child rights, gender, peace and reconciliation) and regularly updates the national office.
Ensure representation on relevant education cluster and technical working groups to profile WVSS and influence decision.
Support field research, analysis and documentation of sector promising practices in collaboration with policy advocacy specialist, QA and communications.
Preposition WVSS in cluster meeting and networks.
Ensure technical program quality through the implementation of project review systems, World Vision’s DME guidelines and policies, and donor requirements.
Undertake periodic project monitoring and technical backstopping.
Support Quality Assurance Team in developing indicators, targets, measurement frameworks and monitoring plans; provide technical input for ToRs for country-level and project assessments and evaluations.
Review draft assessment and evaluation reports to ensure technical quality.
If needed participate in (Interagency Rapid Needs) Assessments. Review donor reports to ensure technical quality.
Participate in annual child well-being report development.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s Degree in Education or relevant subject. Master’s in Education.
At least 7 years Professional experience (of which 5 years in Education in emergency).
2 Years of experience in South Sudan will be an advantage.
Demonstrated experience in project management.
Demonstrated experience in capacity building, project design and budget management.
Strong understanding of South Sudan operational context.
Experience in working with and coordinating with the GOSS and other stakeholders.
Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills.
Excellent analytical and written skills, and good computer skills.
Fluency in English and Arabic, with strong English writing skills.
Additional qualities: ability to multi-task, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, adaptability to transition.
Working Environment / Conditions:
Work environment: National Office.
Travel: 30% domestic travels is required.