The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014, the IRC moved into Adamawa State in Northeast Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations.
IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri, Gwoza and Monguno of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State.
The IRC is responding at scale to the humanitarian situation across sectors including Education, Child Protection, Health, Nutrition, Women Protection and Empowerment, Environmental Health, Economic Recovery and Development, Protection and Rule of Law, and Governance.
Job Summary The Education Coordinator will provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical and management support to education programs in Nigeria.
He / she will be responsible for ensuring program quality, effective and timely implementation of education projects across BAY states and identifying new areas for Education program expansion across the IRC operation geographical areas.
The position is based in Maiduguri (Borno) with 30% travel to the field for technical assistance, and support. Key Responsibilities Program Development and Design :
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 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 ControllerMonitor 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.
Lead and participate in the Project Cycle Management (PCM) of all education related grants. Technical Quality :
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 Education Managers, and other education staff to implement IRC education programs to a high-quality standard
Ensure timely recruitment, comprehensive on-boarding, and the general growth and well-being 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 Coordination :
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 donorsCoordinate with the SPC, Deputy Director of Field Management (DDFM) and Deputy Director for Programs(DDP) 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. Requirements
Minimum of seven 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.
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
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.
Ability to work under pressure in challenging working and living conditions Key Working Relationships : Position Reports to : Senior Program Coordinator, with technical oversight by Technical Advisor Education Position directly Supervises : All Education and Education M&E Staff in BAY States Key Internal Contacts : Grants Unit, Finance Unit, Supply Chain Unit, Senior Area Managers and other Program Technical Coordinators.
Key External Contacts : MoE, SUBEB, SAME, other key education development actors (INGOs, LNGOs) Standards of Professional Conduct : The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way Code of Conduct.
These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
Gender Equality : IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.