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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
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.
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Yobe, Nigeria
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.
SCOPE OF WORK
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 building literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills.
In May 2019 IRC will begin implementation of a two year project entitled: Adamawa State school-based education strengthening project (ASSESS) with the aim of ensuring education services are high quality, safe, functioning and responsive. ASSESS will work with over 2,000 teachers, building their capacity to deliver high quality education developing their subject knowledge and pedagogical practices. It will also work with 50 School Based Management Committees to help ensure that schools are safe and functional.
The Education Manager will be responsible for the overall management of ASSESS education activities in Adamawa state. S/he will ensure that project activities are delivered on time, contribute to strategic objectives of the program, and meet global and IRC technical standards for education in emergencies. The Education Manager will supervise a team of education officers, providing supervision and guidance in line with agreed performance objectives. This position reports to the Education Coordinator.
This position is contingent on funding.
Program Development and Management
HR & Team Management
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
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.
The position will be based in Maiduguri, Nigeria with frequent travel throughout project areas in the northeast, 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.
Standards for Professional Conduct:
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
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability
Interested and qualified? Go to International Rescue Committee (IRC) career website on rescue.csod.com to apply