Ethiopia: Education Specialist – Ethiopia

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Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 24 Jan 2018

The Norwegian Refugee Council in Ethiopia is looking for an Education Specialist to provide the technical development of the NRC Education Program in Ethiopia, as well as providing strategic direction and quality assurance. The position is based in Shire, but will require significant travel in order to provide technical oversight of all education activities across the country.

Job Description

• Develop the Education Core Competence (CC) Strategy, technical guidance and Macro Logframe;
• Provide technical oversight of the Education Program in Ethiopia
• Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposals, budgets and donor reports;
• Identify trends, technical standards and donor priorities;
• Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within the Education programme, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation;
• Provide technical direction and project implementation support;
• Ensure that key learnings are extracted from implementation of education projects, and incorporate them in the programme design and staff development processes;
• Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff;
• Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors;
• Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.


• First level university degree in Education/Qualified teacher with a minimum of a Certificate in Education from a recognised institution, and a minimum of three years’ teaching experience, including in minimally resourced education systems. Experience teaching large classes and developing own teaching and learning materials is an advantage.
• At least five years of relevant field experience in international project management, with technical expertise in a humanitarian/recovery context; including experience of proposal development and report writing.
• Strong co-ordination competence, with the ability to establish and supervise technical lines, promote communication and knowledge sharing, manage multiple work streams, and ensure quality.
• Ability to use child-centred, process-oriented teaching and learning methodologies, positive discipline, inclusive classroom management and curriculum strategies (including gender and children with disabilities or special educational needs), formative and summative assessment, and lesson planning and schemes of work, along with understanding of ‘traditional’ modes of delivery.
• Solid understanding of adult learning methodologies, with experience in delivering a range of teacher development activities.
• Ability to assess institutional and professional capacity, design capacity development strategies through participatory mechanisms, and deliver organisational and staff development through a variety of means, including formal and informal training, mentoring, coaching and workshop facilitation.
• Ability to rapidly understand the policy, strategic and institutional environment and to provide contextually appropriate and achievable technical advice.
• Understanding and experience of programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting, with the ability to design effective M&E tools and train implementation staff in their use, and to use evidence to inform programme design and management
• Knowledge of the context in Ethiopia is an advantage

Personal Qualities

• Sound interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with in particular the ability to write concise, accurate reports in easily-understood language.
• Commitment to participatory and inclusive methods of working, and cultural sensitivity.
• Ability to handle insecure environments and work in remote locations.
• Strategic thinking and analytical
• Ability to influence, empower and build trust

We Offer

• Duty Station: Shire, with 50% travel to Addis and other field locations
• Contract Period: 12 months with possibility of extension
• Salary/Benefits: In accordance with NRC's policy
• NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and employees to check they have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

How to apply:

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