Save the Children
Job Title: Regional Education in Emergencies (EiE) Technical Advisor
Team / Programme: East and Southern Africa Region, Programme Development and Quality
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contract Length: Fixed Term
Child Safeguarding: 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.
Role Purpose: Regional Education in Emergencies (EiE) Technical Advisor will drive the quality, accountability and timeliness of humanitarian responses and contribute to emergency preparedness in the region.
Regional technical experts use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise and relationship building skills to provide a critical link between Save the Children’s global and country level technical work in both sudden onset emergencies and protracted crises, strengthening our technical offer at the regional level.
They play a strong role in regional capacity building efforts, mentoring and building networks across country office (CO) technical experts, and foster cross-CO learning on humanitarian response. They support regional advocacy and influencing and drive regional strategic partnerships for learning and new business development.
They provide quality assurance and demand driven technical assistance (TA) to COs across the humanitarian education portfolio, in line with regional priorities and together with other regional staff supporting emergency response and education programming.
A core function is to ensure that our Education Cluster Co-leadership role is developed and maintained in the region.
Scope of Role:
- Reports to: Regional Programme Quality & Development Director.
- Staff reporting to this post: none
- Budget Responsibilities: none
Role Dimensions: The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external humanitarian/development Education stakeholders including country office PDQ teams and humanitarian response teams, Save the Children Members, SCI Programme Quality & Impact team, regional Humanitarian Director and other regional (Humanitarian) Advisors, education technical counterparts in other organisations, CAFU, advocacy, donors etc. In particular, they maintain close contact with EiE technical Working Groups/Communities of Practice.
Key Areas of Accountability
1. Strategy & Leadership:
- Provide overall thought leadership of education in emergencies work in East and Southern Africa (ESA) Region.
- Monitor humanitarian and education trends and policies in the region, supporting countries to plan, take early action and respond when alerts are raised.
- Maintain an overview of all programmes in the EiE sector within the region, and facilitate collaboration between Save the Children Members, regional and country offices to strengthen both preparedness and response quality.
- Support country offices in the design of their preparedness, response and transition strategies (program and advocacy), ensuring alignment to Save the Children’s global education thematic priorities and programme policies, including a focus on gender equality and resilience.
- Work closely with other technical advisors from the regional team to develop and implement knowledge and best practice for evidence-based education programming.
2. Support to Response Design, Development and Implementation:
- Foster regional strategic partnerships for new business development, e.g. strategic positioning with donors at regional level, and positioning Save the Children as a leader in emergency education.
- Lead the design of any regional education in emergencies initiatives, facilitating collaboration between COs and Members, ensuring high quality, coherent technical design.
- Ensure that COs have access to and use internal and external best practice and evidence in the design of new programmes, as well as lessons learned from previous responses and Real Time Reviews, in line with Humanitarian Technical Working Group (HTWG) standards.
3. Supporting Technical Programme Quality Assurance:
- Support to CO implementation and monitoring of EiE programmes, to ensure high quality, timely, delivery, monitoring and evaluation.
- Lead or support education needs assessments in line with sectoral standards and Save the Children policies, ensuring a clear focus on gender inequalities. Support two-way dialogues with communities.
- Understand and ensure alignment with operational humanitarian policy and commitments and HTWG priorities. Support countries to respond to emergency education using the Core Humanitarian Standard, Grand Bargain commitments and education best practice standard (e.g. INEE/Red Cross/NOG Code of Conduct, SDGs, Save the Children Common Approaches)
- In coordination with the Regional Humanitarian Director and the HTWG, deploy to the field at short notice to help set up new emergency programmes and/or fill critical gaps within the region, including leading technical assessments, developing response strategies and plans, coordination and representation.
- Support resourcing of new emergency responses and critical gaps in the region with appropriately experienced staff. Specific focus will be on ensuring our Education Cluster co-leadership is staffed and well managed in the region. TA will provide guidance, on-boarding and on-going support to Cluster Co-leads, in collaboration with the Global team.
- Provide humanitarian TA backstopping support to new emergencies in the region, when appointed by the Humanitarian Technical Working Group, or help COs to source backstops.
4. Technical Capacity Building & Mentoring
- In coordination with the Regional Humanitarian Director and the Humanitarian Technical Working Group, carry out learning needs assessments and identify critical areas for capacity building.
- Support the development of and/or facilitate in-country preparedness trainings, applying learning from previous responses and other regional experience, ensuring minimum thematic quality standards/benchmarks are met, including INEE standard, minimum standards for education, Country based minimum service packages, Red Cross/NGO Code of Conduct and CHS.
- Technical mentoring to CO technical colleagues to support learning and professional development.
- Support recruitment and talent management of country office technical EiE staff.
- Working with the Humanitarian Technical Working Groups, to plan and deliver technical training programmes and events within the region, in line with priority learning needs.
- Provide subject matter advice to EiE technical staff who have been accepted as Humanitarian Standby Surge as part of the GHSP, and develop potential talent to join the pool.
5. MEAL, Innovation & organisational learning
- Providing support for health quality benchmark development and monitoring and supporting high-quality Real Time Reviews, evaluations and research at CO level
- Work collaboratively as part of the global Education Technical Working Group to ensure technical work contributes towards organisational objectives and priorities.
- Explore innovative opportunities and trends which could be applied in our humanitarian programming in the region and support country offices to pilot, and document, new or updated tools and guidance, especially with a focus on gender, youth, resilience and migration.
- Coordinate with the ESA regional advisors to carry out monitoring and evaluation support visits and work with CO teams to develop programme improvement plans to improve outcomes.
6. Representation and networking
- Build collaborative regional partnerships, through representation on regional EiE working groups and technical fora, in partnership with UNICEF (regional MOU) and with other key forums in order to facilitate learning on child-sensitive approaches and promote child rights and participation in humanitarian responses.
- Maintain oversight of the humanitarian education sector in the region, regularly sharing relevant information with Save the Children COs and Members.
- Lead on specific areas of advocacy and representation directly related to EiE programming using documented evidence generated from CO emergency programs.
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
- University education (Master’s degree preferred) within education, humanities, social science or the equivalent (e.g. professional teaching college).
Experiece and Skills
- At least 7 years’ experience of delivering high quality education in emergency response and preparedness programmes, including first phase experience.
- Understanding of education sector, especially emergency response, in ESA.
- Good knowledge of theories and practices in education programming, especially for early childhood development and primary education.
- Knowledge of global education issues, specifically relating to pre-primary and primary children, and the current trends, methods, approaches, policies and strategies to address gaps in education due to humanitarian crises such as conflict, migration, natural disasters and other emergencies.
- Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights.
- Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
- Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children.
- Sound understanding of and commitment to SC generic programme approaches and core standards in humanitarian response, including safe programming, gender equality and child safeguarding.
- Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
- Experience of developing and supporting teams, and the ability to lead, motivate and build the capacity of staff through training, coaching and mentoring.
- Results focused and ability to develop and drive innovative and pragmatic programmatic and operational solutions, including proposal development experience.
- Good knowledge of cross sectoral linkages with Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, and Food Security, and willingness to engage with other sectors for shared outcomes.
- Experience of strategy development and planning.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Ability to work well across different functional areas and departments.
- Excellent technical writing, and editing.
- Track record in successful business development/fundraising.
- Language skills relevant to the East and Southern Africa region.
Additional job responsibilities: Willingness to travel up to 30%, often at short notice. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency in the region, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
Equal Opportunities: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Child Safeguarding: We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Health and Safety: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
Interested applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through the below URL.
The advert will close on 15th December 2020.