Responsible for the co-leadership of the Education Cluster with UNICEF to ensure coordinated, timely and accountable cross border education response and work closely with the Education cluster/sector
coordinators at WoS. To be the technical lead on behalf of Save the Children on the Education Cannot Wait investment from the supported hub.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Head of Office
Number of direct reports: Education Cluster Support Officer, Education Cluster Information Management Officer
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
• Assume overall responsibility for co-leadership of the Education Cluster
• Represent the needs and issues of the Education Cluster membership in various forums including donor meetings, ICCG and WoS meetings in a tactful manner.
• Ensure coherent and consistent education response in Syria and ensure clear and effective communication occurs between different hubs.
• Be the focal point from SC on the Education Cannot Wait investment from Gaziantep hub and ensure timely and quality reporting on ECW programme to donors.
• Ensure timely input into response plans, contingency plans and other planning documents.
• Be the focal point for HF, draft Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HF) priority activities and locations with input from the Strategic Advisory Group members and Cluster members, lead the HF project vettings by establishing Technical Review Committees, scoring projects and follow up on issues with members.
• Lead the Periodic Monitoring process by reviewing projects on OPS.
• Draft Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan narrative with input from WoS, lead the vetting of proposals for HRP.
Cluster Coordination and External Communication
• Work closely with other key members of the Education Cluster including education authorities inside Syria, WoS, OCHA and other cluster leads.
• Develop and maintain a strong and positive relationship with colleagues at the Whole of Syria level for education
• Display neutrality and act as the representative of all education cluster members.
Capacity Building and Technical Guidance
• Provide technical guidance to Education Cluster Working Groups such as Education in Camps, Standardization WG etc
• Facilitate and support capacity development initiatives across the Education Cluster.
• Strengthen members’ programmatic implementation in the field by providing technical guidance and standardizing commonly used tools and approaches.
Identify learning and training opportunities for Education cluster members and work in increase capacity in preparedness and response within the cluster.
People Management & Development
• Lead, coach, support and mentor EC Support Officer and EC Information Management Officer in the areas of responsibility and in the delivery of their goals and objectives.
• Provide leadership to the EC team, including strategic vision and direction, team cohesion and team building and an enabling environment where staff can develop to their full potential
• Lead, in coordination with HR, the recruitment, professional development and promotion of direct line reports as appropriate, including the identification of development opportunities, such as coaching/training/stretch assignments to build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading first class programmes
• Provide day-to-day direct line management, including technical and strategic guidance and undertake performance management, including setting of annual goals and quarterly deliverables, undertaking quarterly reviews, and provision of feedback to ensure delivery of results.
• Supervise and guide IM Officer in developing and improving IM related mechanisms and tools within cluster including but not limited to 4W reporting, data collection and analysis, member surveys, mapping needs, response, reach and gaps; and proposing improvements in templates, tools, approaches.
• Supervise and guide EC Support Officer in implementing EC work plan and in ensuring a robust coordination level with all partners and stakeholders on a timely manner including acting as focal point for following up on action points, developing a functioning analysis system of 4W results and being responsible for administrative duties including but not limited to translating guidance, notes and presentations shared by the cluster.
Undertake administrative and secretarial tasks including but not limited to taking meeting minutes, drafting Standarding Operating Procedures (SOPs), setting up survey, registration forms if needed etc.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- 2-3 years of experience in coordinating Cluster or Education Sector Working Group coordination.
- Experience of working internationally in humanitarian programmes, including education. Previous experience of working in large-scale complex emergency response.
- Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field of experience.
- Experience of applying relevant interagency humanitarian frameworks and standards in education in emergencies (for example INEE Minimum Standards).
- Ability to write/advise on clear and well-argued assessment and project reports.
- Excellent communication skills.
- A high level of written and spoken English.
- Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy. Ability to be resourceful and flexible.
- The capacity and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
- Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of SC’s child focused mandate.
- Language skills in Arabic
- Experience of working internationally in Education cluster coordination and humanitarian programmes within child protection
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.
This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
Benefits Package provided to National Staff:
- Salary commensurate with the pay-grade of the position.
- Transportation allowance
- 20 days annual leave
- Life and critical diseases insurance
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.