Education Coordinator, South Sudan
Position type and closing date
The closing date for applications is 16 August 2020
Contract duration: 1 year, with possible extension
Starting date: as soon as possible
Lutheran World Federation (LWF) World Service
LWF World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation. We are a widely recognized, international, faith-based organization working in over 20 countries. We seek to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.
A commitment to the human rights of every individual, regardless of their status, guides our work, actions, and operations. We are particularly known for our timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian work, and for our field presence in hard-to-reach areas. Our work is people-centered and community- based. Above all, we work with the most vulnerable, and in order to claim and uphold their rights, we engage proactively with local government and community structures.
Our funding partners in South Sudan include related agencies, UNHCR, BPRM and Act CoS/SIDA, and Education Cannot Wait (ECW). The LWF is their key implementing partner.
For additional information please see www.lutheranworld.org/WorldService.
The Education Coordinator – Ruweng Special Administrative Area, is responsible for the overall supervision and management of all LWF Education programs in Ruweng Special Administrative Area (part of former Unity State).
The position entails overall responsibility for the effective and efficient management and implementation of education activities and maintain documentation in accordance with established LWF South Sudan guidelines and procedures
Master’s degree in Education or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
Knowledge and Experience
Minimum of five years’ international experience managing complex development and humanitarian projects with many staff in a reputable international organization.
Professional experience in diverse geographical locations preferred.
Confident, eloquent and organized, as the education team will rely on his/her leadership during times of high pressure and competing priorities.
Adequate experience in developing, resourcing and leading large budget, complex projects spanning multiple technical specialties.
Knowledge of and experience with UNHCR, UNICEF, ECHO, SIDA, BPRM, ECW, and LWF World Service related agencies.
Demonstrated ability to influence peer agencies, local government and community leaders to work effectively towards a common and agreed upon result.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate and implement best practices and processes affecting multiple technical specialties to achieve rapid, consistent and high quality outcomes.
Awareness of the general political, economic and development dynamics of the region. Strong organizational and management skills.
Excellent team work and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated experience and skills in training facilitation, conducting assessment, baselines and evaluations using participatory methodologies, data analysis and interpretation.
Practical skills in writing concept notes, and proposals and reports to donors.
Sound understanding of SPEHRE, CHS (Common Humanitarian Standard), INNEE and the Code of Conduct.
Practical experience in protection and safeguarding.
Computer literacy with full knowledge of office applications, internet and email.
Commitment to train national staff and communities to increase their capacity for self-help and development.
English - Excellent verbal and written skills.
Arabic skills would be an advantage.
LWF Core Skills
Working effectively with others
LWF Functional Skills
Facilitation / Negotiation
Responsible for the implementation of the education elements of emergency projects in accordance with approved time schedules, budgets and LWF and donor guidelines.
Supervise the education staff and ensure the staff prepare and follow weekly and monthly work plans.
Oversee the training workshops on education for the target beneficiaries in the refugee camps and host community.
Design education data collection forms and carry out school management assessments in conjunction with the education personnel.
Oversee the implementation of Early Childhood Development, Primary Education, Accelerated Learning programme, Secondary Education, Adult Literacy, WASH in schools and Vocational Skills training in the refugee camps and host community.
Oversee and give guidance on technical trainings as identified by the needs of beneficiaries.
Oversee the participatory needs assessments and identify issues affecting education operations for emergency projects in the project area as organized by relevant agencies.
Devise and implement innovative and adaptive approaches in delivering education as in the current COVID-19 pandemic where schools have not yet reopened.
Coordination and accountability
Lead the organization, plan and management of targeted beneficiaries for the education interventions.
Lead the organization of training workshops for members of teachers, PTA and SMC for the LWF supported schools.
Oversee the activities of the schools supported and provide necessary advice to them.
Lead in building the capacity of the County Education Departments (CED) in the project area to develop / strengthen their capacities for improved educational management.
Prepare and submit weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual operational plans and reports of education activities.
In collaboration with the County Education Departments, PTA’s and SMC’s promote girls education in the state.
Monitoring and reporting
Prepare monthly reports and document case studies, best practices and lessons leant from each of the activities implemented as per the approved log frames.
Coordinate with the County Education Departments in the project area in the distribution of scholastic materials to the LWF supported schools.
Coordinate with logistics staff for supplies to the project area for education related activities.
Represent LWF and liaise with local, national or government partners at local or state level in coordination meetings and workshops related to education.
Undertake continuous monitoring visits to all the beneficiaries and project activities.
Design the job descriptions and manage the performance of staff under his/her direct supervision.
Maintain team work and an enabling working environment for education and other field teams including ensuring clear reporting and communication channels and regular documented meetings.
Support the professional development of the Education team members and through conducting regular performance appraisal of the team members.
Support the identification of training needs and plans and their execution.
Ensure that recruitment is gender-sensitive with the goal of gender balance within the staff, both in terms of numbers and levels of responsibility.
Ensure that the skills of national staff are developed and utilized to the fullest extent possible for the furtherance of the program.
Certify all education related requests for procurement and contracts in conjunction with the Procurement Committee and ensure that procurement of Education project supplies are done in accordance with established LWF/WS South Sudan policies and procedures.
Implement planned activities, ensuring compliance by way of guiding education field staff and inducting them into organizational systems and procedures.
Ensure safety and security of education staff, advise and consult with the LWF/WS Team Leader on security matters, and takes appropriate action in line with the security policy.
Maintain a close and consultative working relationship with stakeholders, including UNHCR, through frequent informal contact, coordination and collaboration.
Maintain the requisite consultative relationships with the relevant governmental authorities at State level, and other agencies engaged in rendering assistance related to the Education program objectives of LWF/WS.
Foster and maintain good coordination and collaboration with international and bilateral funding partners, particularly UNHCR, governments and their agencies, and other international and national NGOs.
Carryout any other appropriate duties as assigned by the Team Leader.
Applicants are required to uphold the core values of our organization.