GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY
The Senior Education Officer is responsible for the implementation and follow-up of the Education projects in Baidoa district and overall, in Southwest State of Somalia. The Senior Education Officer shall closely monitor the implementation of the education project/s and ensure the good quality of the activities and the timely development of procurement plans and work plans in collaboration with the Education Project staff and under the overall supervision of the Education Program Team Lead.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Under the direction and guidance of the Program lead and in liaison with senior education officer and other program staff, the Education officer will be responsible to perform the following job functions: –
- Program Planning and Implementation
- Responsible for the planning, implementation, and follow-up of Education Cannot Wait (ECW) funded education in Emergency project in Baidoa district in accordance with the Project Log frame and budget.
- Communicate, exchange information, and cooperate with the ministry of education at state and federal levels, CECs, school head teachers and consortium partners.
- Actively promote the Right to Education (including in emergencies) with an understanding of Protection and Child safeguarding principles along with an advocacy outlook.
- Collaborate with Baidoa Head of Office to ensure good quality administration and logistic support to the education programme implemented in Baidoa.
- Develop timely procurement plans in line with the implementation of activities and work closely together with the program team lead in ensuring proper budget expenditures.
- Work closely with the education sector partners and international and national NGOs.
- Attend and contribute to coordination mechanisms and forums as requested.
- Collaborate in the preparation of narrative reports as required internally by Mercy Corps (monthly, quarterly and yearly) and by all relevant donors.
- Monitor, evaluate and suggest changes and improvements in the project and materials based on observations and discussions with the beneficiaries and education team.
- Compile data as requested by the Projects’ Coordinator and in cooperation with the Knowledge Management Specialist.
- Coordination and Collaboration
- Represent the Mercy Corps in zonal inter-agency educational coordination meetings when the senior education officer or Program lead is not available.
- Establish good working relationship with respective regional/district level MoE offices, respective community education committees [CECs] and target communities.
- Liaise with zonal teacher training institutes for future engagement to train teachers in a more sustainable manner.
- Collaborate with project partners on program implementation and ensure that they fully take part in joint planning, managing and monitoring of project activities.
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Prepare program-monitoring tools to track activities and monitor achievement of objectives and impact of the program
- Ensure that field-based monitoring data and information is collected and collated on weekly basis and made available to Program team lead and M&E staff for reporting and monitoring purposes.
- Prepare periodic progress reports on a timely basis for Mercy Corps, donors, government ministries and other stakeholders.
- Ensure that good practices and lessons are documented and shared with M&E and finally with the PM for wider circulation.
- Travel to field project sites to conduct regular monitoring of projects quality together with MoE and other project teams.
- Team building
- Create an atmosphere where teamwork is nurtured, appreciated and enhanced in order to increase individual performance expectations and room for feedback
- Program Support Operations
- Coordinate with program support departments to ensure operational systems are in place to support field activities including logistics (transport, warehousing, and asset management), procurement, security, administration and human resources.
- Coordinate with other Mercy Corps’ programs to ensure smooth and efficient implementation of the Education program.
- Ensured that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: NONE
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: PROGRAM MANAGER
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH:
Other project staff, finance officers, logistics officers, human resources and administration officers.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education, social work, business, or any related field.
- Previous relevant experience (at least 5 years) with Children/Youth education/Youth project (planning, implementing/overseeing the implementation and reporting for education/livelihoods activities/projects) – formal/non-formal education projects (academic, life-skills and recreational activities for Children, vocational and life skills trainings, entrepreneurship, business set-up and employment for Youth).
- Good understanding of the Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and the Minimum Standards for Education.
- Teaching experience in schools or in delivering trainings and/or mentoring/ coaching teachers/facilitators/trainers (public or private schools, community centers or institutes, etc.).
- Experience in dealing with public stakeholders within the Education system (e.g. school principals, Ministry/Directorate of Education representatives, communities).
- Experience in contributing to the designing/ revision/ contextualization of learning/ recreational/ PSS materials / projects for children or youth.
- Knowledge in pedagogy, child/youth development and evaluation of learning.
- Previous experience from working in a humanitarian/recovery context, preferably as a project officer assistant of officer.
- Previous experience from working in a complex and volatile context.
- Fluent in Somali & English languages (written and verbal).
- Good cultural awareness and sensitivity.
- Delivering working tasks in a structured and professional manner
- Meeting deadlines
- Applying to the Mercy Corps standards, policies and guidelines
- Adapting and coping to change
- Communication with impact and respect
- Objectives have been reached according to the established work plan;
- Procurement plans have been developed and expenditures are in line with the planned and agreed upon budget.
- Quality reports have been produced at regular intervals.
- Mercy Corps logistical, financial, administrative and security procedures have been adhered to.
- Contributions to teamwork and a professional working environment is noted.
- Contact with relevant external actors (partners and education authorities) has been established and followed up upon regularly.
· Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
- We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
· Equal Employment Opportunity
- Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
- We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
· Safeguarding & Ethics
- Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis