Teacher Education Officer Recruitments at The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to people affected by war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
We are currently looking to recruit a competent and passionate team player as follows:

Job Title: Teacher Education Officer

Anticipated start Date: 25 August 2017

The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state followed by offices in Yola in Adamawa state in November 2014 and Maiduguri in Borno state in October 2015. With rapid expansion in late 2016 and early 2017, the IRC opened additional field offices in Monguno and Gwoza in Borno state and Damaturu in Yobe state. The country office is in Abuja. The IRC Nigeria implements programs in primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women's protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security, and livelihoods. The Boko Haram insurgency has created nearly 1.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeast Nigeria. Up to 40% of children aged 6-11 in the region are out of school. Factors impeding school attendance include children providing labor at home and on farms, widespread poverty and inability to afford fees, and cultural bias against formal education from parents, particularly for female students. The armed conflict has greatly exacerbated challenges in accessing education as Boko Haram deliberately targeted and destroyed education facilities, leaving communities without functioning schools and with no teaching or learning materials. Intensive violence, including violence targeted towards teachers and students, has created much fear of attending school among children. There is a shortage of teachers trained to deal with the psychosocial effects of the insurgency and even children with the desire and resources to attend school may opt to remain at home due to security concerns. IDP children are particularly affected.

Job Scope

  • The IRC Nigeria is currently expanding its education portfolio in the northeast of the country in line with its five-year Strategic Action Plan (SAP). A priority outcome for the country program is that girls and boys enroll in and attend safe, functioning, responsive education services. The IRC aims to both rebuild, reequip, and staff damaged school infrastructure and enhance the quality of education through curriculum improvements in formal and non-formal institutions, with a particular focus on social and emotional learning.
  • In partnership with Creative Associates, the IRC intends to implement a twenty month project under the Education in Emergencies (EiE) component of DFID's North-East Nigeria Transition to Development Programme (NENTAD) that aims to deliver an effective response to the basic needs of vulnerable people impacted by the crisis in northeast Nigeria. The EiE project will reach more than 100,000 children and adolescents in Borno and Yobe states with quality formal and non-formal education services, including literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills.
  • The Teacher Education Officer will be responsible for the overall management of DFID EiE education activities in either Borno or Yobe state. S/he will be responsible for providing technical leadership for all teacher education activities, including leading and coordinating the teacher education and systems support activities at the national and state level. The position requires experience with teacher training policy and practice, designing programs for data collection and analysis, and personnel management. The position reports to the Program Manager.
  • This position is contingent on funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Primary responsibilities

  • Oversee the implementation of all teacher education activities in Borno State in both formal and non- formal schools.
  • Oversee training, coaching and on-going support of teachers, tutors and learning facilitators in order to improve instructional practices in literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills.
  • Ensure technical coordination of state-level activities related to teacher education and curriculum development, and obtain support from directorates and local government authorities as needed

Oversight of teacher education interventions

  • Oversee the selection of learning facilitators and tutors for the intervention and contribute to tools for selection such as assessment tools.
  • Oversee the initial training of learning facilitators, as well as their continuous professional development.
  • Monitor progress towards the objectives and intended outputs pertaining to teacher education using routine data, spot checks, observation, and other methodologies.
  • Provide regular written and verbal reports on education activities to supervisor, senior management, project partners and donors.
  • Under the guidance of the Education Coordinator, provide technical supervision and guidance to Education Officers and implementing partners as required.
  • Promote the quality of teacher education activities by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.

Coordination

  • Lead integrated state and LGEA, SUBEB, and SBMC technical working groups and steering committees pertaining to teacher education, curriculum and assessment.
  • Work closely with consultants as needed to ensure effective implementation and quality content.
  • Coordinate with colleges of education and NCCE for the contextualization and validation of curriculum.
  • Represent the project in major state meetings and events as appropriate
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
  • Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, and local

HR & Team Management

  • Provide supportive supervision to Education Officers

Other

  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.

Working Relationship
Position Reports to:

  • Program Manager. Indirect reporting line to Senior Consortium Coordinator.
Position directly supervises:

  • Other internal and/or external contacts: grants unit; finance, HR and supply chain departments

Professional Standard

  • The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Requirements

  • University degree in education; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience with an international or civil society organization, including direct implementation of education programming
  • At least five years of experience related to teacher professional development.
  • Experience working with displaced or otherwise marginalized communities required
  • Strong verbal communication skills and effective in representation and liaison with external actors
  • Excellent spoken and technical writing ability in English, including report writing
  • Good computer skills in programs including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
  • Ability to work under pressure in challenging working and living conditions
  • Willingness to travel extensively in northeast Nigeria, including to remote and/or insecure locations
Working Environment


  • The position will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with frequent travel throughout Borno state, including to remote and insecure locations. The situation in northeast Nigeria continues to be volatile and the security phase is orange or red depending on location. This is a non-accompanied position.

Benefits
  • Monthly salary, 13Month Salary Inclusive, Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Creche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months. pan>


Job Location: Maiduguri, North East Nigeria

Application Closing Date
28 July 2017

How to Apply
Please send CVs and cover letter to email address : address it to: The Country Director, International Rescue Committee [email protected] or, Hand delivery applications should be sent in clearly labelled envelop to our and Maiduguri office, Borno State

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