Save the Children Education Coordinator (EU-SERD) Job in Kenya

Save the Children

Education Coordinator- EU-SERD

Team / Programme: Programme Development and Quality

Location:  Dadaab

Grade:  TBC

Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose: The Education Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring high-quality execution of the EU SERD Education project activities in Dadaab Refugee camp.

S/He must bring program management skills with a proven track record in education and a sound technical background in programme delivery.

They should also have experience managing complex programming delivery in marginalized communities in a refugee setting.

The individual will be responsible for managing the education project and ensuring maintenance of high professional standards through continuous mentoring and follow-ups.

S/He will play a key role in monitoring and evaluation of programmes and provide appropriate guidance where necessary.

She/he will ensure and strengthen links between Education and existing Child Protection in Dadaab.

Scope of Role:

Reports to:  Area Program Manager with technical reporting to the Nairobi-based Education Advisor

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own.

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country.

In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO.

In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  Two Education Officers

Key Areas of Accountability:

Programme Delivery

  • Lead in the development of annual detailed implementation and procurement plans; monitor performance against work plan deadlines and ensure accurate data collection on performance indicators.
  • Lead the implementation of the Dadaab Education project, including training and materials adaptation as appropriate, as well as monitoring outcomes.
  • Support in the development of, conduct and/or supervise trainings for targeted schools Boards of
  • Management, head teachers, teachers and communities as appropriate, to ensure programming meets quality standards.
  • Plan, organize and implement quality community sensitization forums in partnership with the community.

Partnerships for social mobilisation

  • Develop partnerships with religious groups, women’s groups, community leaders and other organised groups in the community to orient them on the project goals and to solicit their involvement in the implementation of the project.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other aid agencies, governmental institutions and community level structures in order to ensure the success of the project and promote sustainability of education initiatives.
  • Represent Save the Children in county and national education fora to share good practice and ensure the achievement of advocacy and policy objectives.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team for monitoring and evaluation of programme activities including taking corrective action where necessary; preparation of monitoring reports, documents and lessons learned.
  • Together with the accountability focal person, support the development and implementation of an accountability mechanism for participants in the BASF education project.
  • Lead in the dissemination of information, best practices, and ensure exchanges and sharing of experience, lessons learned, best practices, and new methods to government officials, programme staff, and other SCI partners as well as more widely within the organisation.

Grants Management and Reporting

  • Coordinate with finance and awards team to ensure effective budget monitoring for the project in line with donor requirements and contractual obligations, including Grant opening, mid-term reviews and closure meetings
  • Oversee project activities budget expenditures and ensure they are allowable and allocable according to SCI and donor regulations; review monthly Budget vs. Actual and expenditure sheets and collaborate with the finance department to ensure accurate expenditures and reporting.
  • Ensure timely production of technical project progress reports as well as donor reports as per the agreed timelines.

Skills and Behaviours (our 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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • 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

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, an advanced degree is preferable;
  • Minimum of five (5) year’s work experience in managing education programs especially within nomadic settings;
  • Demonstrable award management skills with experience of managing awards from donors;
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to be respectful, kind, sensitive to culture and religious beliefs;
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets;
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in;
  • Experience in managing programmes in complex security settings;
  • Ability to write high quality donor reports;
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.  Swahili preferred;
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions;
  • Strong team management experience and Motivates others while identifying with Save the Children’s mission.

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Updated: April 24, 2017 — 10:43 pm