The Education Coordinator will be responsible for the overall strategy, management, coordination, and implementation of education activities across three states in northeast Nigeria.
S / he will be responsible for monitoring and assuring technical quality, overseeing budget and grants management, the creation and dissemination of training materials, and managing relationships with external actors including government authorities, humanitarian working groups, and project partners.
S / he will report to the Senior Program Coordinator (SPC) and will receive technical guidance from the IRC’s Education Technical Unit.
Program Development and Design
Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical and management support to education programs in Nigeria
Lead and / or contribute to project design processes for new or adapted education programming, including the development of budgets, proposal narratives, log frames, and other supporting documents
Utilize the IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework (OEF) and related theories of change in project design and promote understanding of OEF tools among education staff
Coordinate closely and liaise regularly with the SPC, Deputy Director of Programs, and grants unit to ensure quality grant management
Support the technical project team to produce high-quality reports and ensure timely submission.
Coordinate with the M&E unit to produce a robust M&E system for the sector.
Ensure that key learnings are extracted from education implementation, and incorporate them in program and staff development processes
Coordinate education program activities with other IRC sectors to ensure program integration
Program Implementation and Management
Lead the education team to implement timely, effective, and high-quality project activities in line with identified needs, donor requirements, and strategic objectives and indicators
In close coordination with the Senior Education Manager, SPC and Deputy Director of Field Management (DDFM), ensure all education projects have detailed implementation plans, detailed spending plans, monitoring plans, and procurement plans which are reviewed and updated periodically.
Manage the projects budget in coordination with SPC and Assistant Finance Controller
Monitor and oversee project budgets and performance and ensure that projects implementation is on course as per the detailed implementation plans and phased budgets.
In coordination with the SPC and DDFM, conduct budget monitoring, suggest necessary revisions and prepare draft reports.
Ensure that the budget monitoring reports are responded to in time and with accurate information.
Ensure that all projects are implemented in accordance with global technical guidelines and best practices in the education sector
Liaise with Education Technical Advisors regularly and proactively, and pursue technical guidance as needed
Stay abreast of developments in the IRC Education Technical Unit and global working groups related to new tools and guidelines
Identify, monitor and report on unmet needs and make informed recommendations to senior management on the capacity of the IRC to address identified needs
Provide technical assistance including supportive supervision to IRC and partner education staff.
Contribute to the technical interpretation of M&E data and apply output and outcome indicator findings to improve program quality
Support the development and maintenance of a coherent education strategy across IRC’s areas of intervention in Nigeria
HR & Team Management
Supervise and provide technical support to Senior Education Manager and education managers, and other education staff to implement IRC education programs to a high-quality standard
Ensure timely recruitment, comprehensive onboarding, and the general growth and wellbeing of team members
Maintain open and professional relations with colleagues, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to perform in their positions successfully
Ensure team members are aware of job expectations and have clear performance objectives; regularly review performance and initiate corrective action as needed
Identify training needs and develop specific capacity building plans for education staff to promote progressive levels of management responsibility
Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures
Regularly attend technical working group meetings and other relevant coordination structures to ensure harmonized implementation approaches
Represent IRC in relevant forums / clusters, including with national authorities and donors
Coordinate with the SPC, Deputy Director of Field Management (DDFM) and Field Coordinator to ensure field concerns and challenges are brought to relevant stakeholders for the development of improved standards and procedures
Proactively collaborate with other sector technical leads to promote program integration and an outcome-based approach
Play an active role in the execution of the country Strategic Action Plan
Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
Minimum of five years of professional experience in the management of education programs in emergencies
Masters degree in education or other relevant areas
Strong knowledge of technical tools, resources, and standards related to education in emergencies and post-conflict settings
Competency in literacy, numeracy, and social and emotional learning methods for children affected by crisis, familiarity with the Healing Classrooms model an advantage
Demonstrated experience developing training materials and facilitating workshops and training for adult learners
Excellent budget planning and management skills, previous experience developing and effectively managing multi-million, multi-donor grants required
Previous experience managing diverse teams to deliver results on short timelines, including the development of spending plans, procurement plans, and work plans
Strong verbal communication skills and effective in representation and liaison with external actors
Proven technical writing ability in English including skills in proposal and report writing
Capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct implementation, advisory functions, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others
Promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle stress and pressure with professional grace
Previous experience in an insecure or conflict-affected setting preferred
Experience with remote management preferred
The position will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with frequent travel throughout Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states. The situation in northeast Nigeria continues to be volatile, and the security phase is orange or red depending on location.
The Education Coordinator will be provided shared housing in a comfortable guesthouse with electricity and internet. This is a non-accompanied position.