Education in Emergencies Project Manager - Yei

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 06 February 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2019

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Position Start Date : 1st of March 2019

Duration : 12 months

Location : Yei – South Sudan

Terre des hommes does not set closing dates for this position; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled

Tdh :

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organization for children’s aid. Since 1960, Tdh has helped build a better future for deprived children and their communities, making an impact with innovative and sustainable solutions. Active in more than 45 countries, Tdh works with local and international partners to develop and implement field projects which improve the daily lives of over 3 million children and their relatives, in the domains of health, protection and emergency relief. This engagement is financed by individual and institutional support, with administrative costs kept to a minimum.

Context :

Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh) is the leading Swiss child relief organization, based in Lausanne (Switzerland). Every year our projects support more than 2 million children (3 million in 2016) and their families in over 45 countries. We are part of the Terre des hommes International Federation (TDHIF), with 9 other sister organizations in Switzerland, Europe and Canada.

Tdh has been working in South Sudan since 2013. In 2016, following the clashes that took place in the Equatoria Region, Yei River State (Former Central Equatoria State) was identified as zone of major humanitarian concern. At the beginning of 2017, Tdh launched a program in Yei town to improve overall child protection outcomes through an integrated approach, including WASH, FSL and education projects.

Tdh implements a full-scale child protection and psychosocial support project in Yei, aimed at supporting the most vulnerable children affected by the conflict, including unaccompanied and separated children, with case management, social services, direct and targeted support and capacity building of local child protection actors.

The security context in Yei remains concerning and attacks against the civilian population in the rural area happen regularly – leading to displacements of populations and access issues for humanitarian workers. With this context in mind, Tdh will implement Education in Emergency programming in areas within Yei River State with identified needs of support for access to education and with little to no access to humanitarian assistance. The project will deliver a two-fold approach to teacher training, providing regular in-service training and supportive supervision for teachers, in addition to partnering with the Yei Teaching Training College to deliver formal training in pedagogical skills to untrained but active teachers. Tdh will ensure mainstreaming of child protection through training on appropriate context related prevention and response mechanisms for child protection risks.

The EiE Project Manager, working in coordination with the Field Coordinator and Program Coordinator, will be in charge of direct implementation, coordination and supervision of the EiE project in remote, difficult to access areas outside of Yei town, and ensure appropriate participation of the targeted population is sought in designing and implementing activities.

Tdh intervenes without any affiliation for politics, religion or financial profit. The incumbent will direct his or her activities and engagements without preoccupation of political, racial or religious affiliation.

Responsibilities :

Team Management and Human Resources Management

  • Train and manage program staff, recruit and identify if needed;

  • Create and foster a positive working environment and good team dynamics, including identifying and finding solutions for potential conflicts, support coordination meetings and follow the staff under direct responsibility on a regular basis;

  • Create conditions for a good flow of operational information (verbal exchanges, e-mails, sitreps, reports, etc.);

  • Participate in the field coordination meetings;

  • Develop his/her subordinates' self-reliance and encourage collaboration;

  • Lead and manage staff, encouraging effective team work and providing supervision and guidance, including regular and constructive feedback;

  • Organize and lead regular team meetings and provides program updates when needed.

Project Management

  • Develop, implement and monitor the Education in Emergency projects in the area, in accordance with multiple objectives, activities and targets outlined within current donor proposals and in line with projects’ budgets;

  • Ensure that activities are appropriately monitored and evaluated and propose, when deemed necessary, amendments to the child protection and education strategy, in consultation with the Program Coordinator;

  • Contribute to the initial and regular assessments of the EiE projects and outcome/impact of activities, and propose adjustments to the project strategy if needed;

  • Forecast and follow up on expenditures related to the EiE project;

  • Prepare the project procurement planning and participate in budget revision exercises. Prepare when relevant timely purchase requests in line with the project needs;

  • Support required actions by the administration related to protection team management and supervision;

  • Identify logistic and admin support needs related to the CP and Education projects and communicates these to the relevant log/admin support person.

Project Strategy, planning and reporting

  • Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator and the Program Coordinator, participate in designing strategies and objectives for improved support to beneficiaries and contribute actively in monitoring, evaluation and revision;

  • Ensure timely and quality donor and internal reporting, and ensure quality monthly data analysis reports are completed;

  • Feed information to relevant Tdh colleagues;

  • Participate in Education and CP assessments in the geographical zone of intervention or outside;

  • Contribute to the development of quality project proposals;

  • Participate in the review of the strategy for South Sudan;

  • Contribute to the implementation of Tdh CPMS Institutionalization Strategy.

Capacity building

  • Coordinate the capacity building support to the CP and Education team, relevant local authorities, and community workers and community groups, as required by the project, specifically on recreational and play activities, PSS, and case management;

  • Provide technical support to CP and Education team members as needed.

Coordination & Representation

  • Coordinate with other Tdh sectors to ensure integrated implementation of standardized activities;

  • Work in close collaboration and consultation with available government structures, non-government actors, cluster system and community representatives;

  • Coordinate with other departments (programs and support) as necessary;

  • Ensure that EiE team adheres to all relevant internal and external security protocols and support the CD/SFP to follow the context and security situation in the project areas of implementation;

  • Represent Tdh in fora and meetings held at community and location level;

  • Develop a network to facilitate the project acceptance and stakeholder’s contribution and ownership;

  • Participate to the Education Cluster in the area of operations;

  • Increase Tdh visibility in terms of EiE South Sudan.


  • Comply with Tdh Security Regulations;

  • Report any security/safety incident and/or risk to the Field Coordinator;

  • Inform EiE staff under his/her supervision on security rules defined by the Field Coordinator;

  • Conduct regular context and security analysis in project areas of implementation and ensures that all activities are implemented in line with Tdh risk analysis and adhere to a Do No Harm policy.

Profile :

  • Good project management experience in emergency programs.

  • At least 2 years’ experience in a similar position position in the field.

  • Proven expertise/knowledge/experience in Education and Protection programming.

  • Good knowledge and experience in project management, including logistics, admin and finance.

  • Significant knowledge of international humanitarian response and development work.

  • Excellent written and spoken English.

  • Excellent writing, reporting and communication skills.

  • Ability to work in an inter cultural environment and in insecure locations.

  • Flexibility.

  • Responsive, motivated, good communicator.

  • Ability to work under pressure.

  • Advanced IT skills/Office Pack.

Salary :

Expatriate contract under Swiss labour code 2’950 CHF (~2’550 €) 4'300 CHF (~3’700 €) net /month according to experience x 13, Holidays: 25 days per year. Local accommodation and transportation, Health insurance, accident and medical repatriation insurance, return flight.

Child Safeguarding Policy :

  • Raising awareness within the Foundation on violence against children

  • Providing guidance to employees and others and defining expectations when it comes to preventing, raising, denouncing and responding to issues of child abuse

  • Reducing the risk of child abuse by selectively recruiting employees and others

  • Reducing the risk of child abuse by developing a culture of open and informed leadership within the organization and in our work with children

We offer an exciting and varied work, useful and meaningful, in a team that wants to make a difference for vulnerable children.

Are you interested? Do you want to face this challenge?

Procedure :

Please applying directly online:

Application files sent through our official website will be processed only if complete (CV + cover letter). Additional documents (diplomas, work certificates, etc.) will be requested at a later stage.

We will be in touch with the shortlisted candidates only in the selection process – with the large number of applications received, we unfortunately cannot provide personal follow-up to the larger candidate pool. Thanks for your understanding.

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