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Education Officer at Street Child Nigeria


Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the world's most vulnerable children. Street Child began its work in Sierra Leone in 2008 working with a small number of street children, eight years later we have helped to transform the lives of more than 50,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal. In 2017, we launched our first project in Nigeria helping children impacted by conflict in the North East to access education.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

 

 

Job Title: Education Officer

Location: Maiduguri, Borno (with frequent travel to Adamawa)
Report to: Education Project Manager

Background
Street Child believes that every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn. Our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihood support to address the social, economic and structural issues that underpin today’s education crisis. We partner with local organisations and communities to deliver our locally rooted programmes, using evidence to drive learning and the refinement and scale up of programmes to create maximum impact for the most children at the lowest cost.

We pride ourselves on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places where others won’t, including remote, hard-to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Since 2008 we have helped over 338,000 children to go to school and learn and supported over 29,000 families to set up businesses so they can afford the cost of educating their children.

Role Purpose

  • Street Child is looking for an education project officer to support the implementation of two multi-year projects funded by ECW and Educate a Child.
  • The project officer will work under the support and supervision of the Project Manager and will submit regular reports with evidence of the progress.
  • The position requires proven knowledge and experience of delivering integrated programming with particular technical skills in education and child protection in emergencies.
  • The ideal candidate would have good communication skills, analytical thinking, innovative problem-solving skills, as well as creativity and flexibility.
  • The projects seeks to provide quality inclusive education for conflict affected children across the Bay states by providing access to education, ensuring quality education through building capacity of teachers, providing case management services first children and supporting caregivers with economic empowerment.
  • Street Child’s primary areas of operation will be in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
  • The main responsibility of the project office will be to support the project manager to manage and coach implementing partners to deliver high quality programming and progress the project implementation against the work plan and the objectives, achieving timely project outputs and outcomes.

Key Responsibilities
Project Implementation (60%):

  • Monitoring of all activities implemented by partner staff, ensuring they are contributing to the targets and indicators outlined in the programme documents and results framework.
  • Support Project Manager to develop quarterly workplans and budget forecasts
  • Support national implementing partners to reflect quarterly activity planning and budget forecasting in line with the timeline of the project.
  • Ensure that all activities implemented are in line with budget expenditure and forecasting.  
  • Report any issues with project implementation to Project Manager with suggestions for innovative solutions to challenges as they arise.
  • Identify gaps in implementing partner capacity and support project manager and Partnership Coordinator.

Reporting (30%):

  • Preparation of internal narrative progress reports on a monthly and quarterly basis, including submission of project case studies.
  • Support project manager in preparation of donor narrative progress reports on a quarterly, midterm and annual basis, or additionally as requested.
  • Conduct monthly BVA’s with the implementing partner to ensure accuracy of spending and identify any clear areas of over or underspend that may effect the project delivery timeline.
  • Provide support to project manager and MEAL team to prepare for required baseline, midline and endline assessments.
  • Ensure there is a functioning information pathway with submission of project data, MoV’s and activity reports to MEAL team in order for verification checks to be carried out. 
  • Ensure that implementing partners are submitting monthly narrative progress reports to Street Child in a timely manner, with support and guidance to improve reporting capacity.
  • Support project manager with review of monthly BVA’s and forecasting to ensure spending is in line with project timeline and activities implemented are in line with the work plan.

Leadership (10%):

  • Display excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills among colleagues, partners and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure safeguarding practices are adhered to by Street Child and implementing partner teams, and immediately report any concerns. 
  • Demonstrate ability to work and deliver under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in flexible, sub-optimal, stressful and unstable environment.

Person Specification
Education / Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Science, Education or equivalent.

Experience and Knowledge:
Essential:

  • Experience (at least 4 years) working in international development in programme management roles.
  • Experience (at least 2 years) of working in North-East Nigeria on the emergency response in education or other relevant sectors.
  • Experience in managing sizable teams.
  • Proven evidence of having led the delivery of successful programmes, ideally with a budget of $1m or above.

Skills and Abilities:
Essential:

  • Strong analytical, reporting, strategic thinking, and planning skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply INEE standards an advantage.
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation skills/experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge of project cycle management and results framework.

Other:
Essential:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) and excellent writing skills.

Desirable:

  • Hausa and additional local language skills are highly desirable.

 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their updated CV with three (3) References and a Cover Letter explaining why they believe they qualify for this job: [email protected] using "Application for Position of Education Officer" as the subject of the mail.

Note

  • Only self-motivated individuals, who also believes in the mission and vision of this organization and meet the above-mentioned skills and qualifications should apply
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Telephone inquiries will not be entertained.
  • Female candidates and candidates form local areas, minority community, groups and cast are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Street Child of Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work.
  • All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks.
  • Attempt of canvassing at any stage of the recruitment process will lead to direct disqualification

Application Deadline 25th August 2022.


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