Education Technical Adviser

 

ROLE PURPOSE:

The Education Technical Advisor is a critical position for Save the Children in Lebanon and will play the lead role in ensuring the design, implementation and monitoring of high quality education programmes for thousands of children across the country.

The Education Technical Advisor provides technical leadership to all our work in the education sector, with responsibility for developing clear strategic and operational plans, identifying fundraising needs and leading the development of technical proposals, forging strong partnerships with Government, UN, NGO and local civil society counterparts, as well as providing technical support to our education teams across three different field locations in Lebanon.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

Level 3:  the role 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 in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: Director of Programme Development and Quality

Dimensions: Save the Children Lebanon Country Office currently has a large portfolio of education work across the country, with a strong pipeline of future funding and opportunities to further expand.

Number of direct reports: one (Education Specialist)

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Strategic Planning and Leadership:

  • Provide overall strategic leadership to Save the Children’s work in the education sector in Lebanon.
  • Lead the development and rollout of the Education Strategy for Save the Children in Lebanon, ensuring that the most vulnerable girls and boys can access quality and inclusive education.
  • Provide education technical input to the development of country annual plans, area plans, sector strategies and other planning documents.
  • Maintain a clear overview of programme progress across the education sector portfolio to be shared with senior managers.
  • Ensure that education programme design benefits from integration with other sectors where possible, and vice versa.

Programme Quality and Monitoring:

  • Provide technical expertise, quality assurance and guidance for Save the Children’s education programmes, ensuring they are of high quality with reliable data and outcomes.
  • Supervise and support the development of technical tools, guidance and documentation as required.
  • Promote and lead on roll-out of SCI’s Common Approaches, ensuring adaptation to context.
  • Conduct regular field monitoring of activities.
  • Support the development of monitoring, information management, and reporting systems that provide information for reporting and programme improvement (in conjunction with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and field staff). Ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are understood and used to improve programmes.
  • Ensure documentation of case studies, best practices and lessons learned and dissemination of these both internally and externally working with the MEAL and Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team.

Technical Capacity Development:

  • Supervise the development of a technical capacity building plan for education staff in Save the Children and local partners in Lebanon, working with Education Specialist and field teams to prioritise training needs and resource these appropriately.
  • Oversee knowledge sharing across teams, introduce learning opportunities, and provide one-on-one support/mentoring where needed.
  • Assess (in conjunction with line management)/support technical work of Education Programme Managers and support their professional development.

Programme Development and Resource Mobilisation:

  • Provide active leadership in Save the Children’s relationships with key donors and stakeholders for the education sector.
  • Ensure clear identification of fundraising needs and priorities in the education sector.
  • Identify and assess appropriateness of fundraising opportunities.
  • Lead technical development of high quality concept notes and proposals for education work.
  • Develop set of “off the shelf” concept notes for new or pilot activities.

Programme Implementation:

  • Lead on project components aimed at technical support to third parties at the national level (e.g.  Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), UN partners, etc).
  • Support high quality reporting by field staff through timely review and guidance.
  • Support recruitment of Education Programme Managers and other positions as needed.
  • Promote and facilitate synergies with other thematic programmes, including Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Livelihoods, WASH and Shelter.
  • As needed, lead in technical inputs to procurement of programme goods/services involving large-scale or high risk use of resources to ensure relevance, quality, and efficient use of resources.

Partnerships:

  • Ensure timely support to Partnerships Manager on technical identification, selection, and adequate assessment of Education strategic & implementing partners.
  • Provide technical support to partners (including National NGOs, CSOs and Government stakeholders) as necessary, including through mobilization of internal and external capacity building opportunities.
  • Promote joint program design for the advancement of mutual strategic priorities when relevant.
  • Commit to joint monitoring and assessment of results, feeding into programmatic adaptations.
  • Maintain strong working relationships with partners, including relevant government stakeholders.
  • Lead the identification of strategic partners (local or international) for potential consortia projects.

Advocacy and Representation:

  • Lead external representation of Save the Children’s education work in Lebanon, including with the Government and other key education stakeholders.
  • Serve as technical link with Save the Children Members, Regional Office, and Education Global Initiative.
  • Represent Save the Children in national/international technical networks as requested.
  • Represent Save the Children in education sector working group meetings and other sector coordination forums in Lebanon.
  • Provide backstop for the education sector co-lead in case of absence of SCI sector coordinator.
  • Contribute to the development of education advocacy messages, briefs and materials.

General:

  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in education, development or other relevant social science degree.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • A minimum of 5 years in a technical leadership role in education for an NGO, UN agency or other development or humanitarian organisation.
  • Previous management experience in an NGO or other humanitarian environment, including experience directing and implementing programs for children in both emergency and development contexts.
  • Proven experience leading education in emergencies (EiE) programming and in participating in emergency coordination forums (education cluster, education working groups etc).
  • Familiarity with key international standards for humanitarian work and education in emergencies (e.g. INEE, SPHERE, HAP principles, etc.).
  • Proven experience raising funds and developing proposals for education programmes in excess of $1million.
  • Excellent understanding of the Monitoring and Evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Proven representation and advocacy skills.
  • Strong report writing skills, including experience in writing funding proposals and donor reports.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
  • Knowledge of key areas of programme operations, logistics and grant management relevant to delivering quality education programming.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.
  • Previous work experience in Lebanon or other areas in the Middle East. Previous work experience in response to the Syria crisis.

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.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Date advertised: 22 Jun 2022

Closing date: 13 Jul 2022 - 22:59 CEST

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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