Program Officer Education Job in Rwanda

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Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda

BACKGROUND:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirteen districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 94 staff. SC is implementing an emergency response programme to support the Burundi refugees in Mahama Refugee Camp.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced nationals to fill the following position.
Program Officer – Education ( 1 month renewable)
Place of Work: Kirehe
Reports to:Staff directly reporting to this post: Response Team Leader
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Tentative start date: Mid September 2015.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Undertake a rapid emergency assessment in coordination with the government, affected communities and other agencies/NGOs to review the impact on the existing school system and to identify priority needs, available education opportunities and potential constraints on implementation. The education program officer will work towards developing and implementing appropriate interventions for improving access to quality education for the Burundi refugees.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
• Develop a clear strategy for education response, both in the immediate and longer term, giving special attention to marginalized children and taking into account official education policies and plans.
• Ensure children participate in project design, implementation and monitoring.
• Oversee implementation of planned education activities.
• Support the education team in the development of work plans, proposals, budgets, narrative and financial reporting, monitoring etc.
• Develop a monitoring and evaluation system to track educational project activities and promote periodic reviews of education progress highlighting strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned.
• Use participatory techniques with children, parents and teachers to identify suitable community – based activitiesthat provide a safe, child friendly environment for children in programme locations.
• Work with communities to establish safe settings for group activities and recreation for children, including establish ing temporary learning spaces and/or rehabilitating existing learning facilities.
• Identify, mobilise and train teachers, education volunteers, youth workers or peer educators. Work with education staff to review training needs, design training content and ensure training occurs.
• Work with programme staff in other sectors to develop applicable education materials, curriculum on health education, safety, child protection, environmental protection, children’s rights or other relevant subjects.
• Determine educational supply needs and arrange for procurement.
• Work with teachers, children and parents to identify and help children who are particularly affected by the conflict or natural disaster, or who are thought to be at particular risk e.g. displaced children, those from minority ethnic communities, ex-combatants, female or disabled children.
• Liaise with relevant education authorities and participate in coordination meetings with other agencies/NGOs in relation to operations, planning, coordination and information sharing.
• Develop the capacity of the education team and partners to advocate on behalf of children for the protection and promotion of their rights.
• Strengthen emergency response mechanisms and participate in emergency preparedness planning

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Essential:
• A bachelor’s degree preferably within experience in education programs and project circle management.
• Minimum of 1 year experience of working within government, international agency or private sector in the relational education.
• Strong understanding of the contextual situation related to education including the local education system.
• Demonstrable exxperinec working with partners both NGOs and government
• Good hands on experience to use MS Excel and MS Access packages
• Good written and spoken English and local language/s
• Good communication, strong computer knowledge and organizational skills
• Must be proactive with good problem-solving skills
• Capable to work under pressure in a multicultural environment
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with others
• Basic understanding of Relational Database Management Systems like Microsoft SQL Server and excellent in dealing with numbers, preparing tables, pivot tables and Charts etc.
Desired:
• Background in Emergency programme is an asset.
• Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of children in the school and community.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Proven technical knowledge and skills in the field of participatory development, child participation, education.
• Ability to travel independently, including to rural communities and work long hours.
• Strong verbal and written English skills and in the local language
• Strong interpersonal skills the ability to work collaboratively with others
• Strong reporting skills
• Good computer skills (MS Office, including Outlook for email)
• Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
Interested candidates should send an application letter plus an updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to mailto: [email protected]. The deadline for receiving applications is 11th September 2015.

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