Deployable Education in Emergencies Specialist
Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.
We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Plan International is committed to ensuring gender equality is core to our humanitarian work
The Deployable Education in Emergencies (EiE) Specialist is a member of Plan International’s Global Hub Education in Emergencies team. While on deployment the specialist provides technical support to Plan International’s Country Offices (COs). This normally involves responding to medium and large-scale emergencies to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate EiE programmes. When not on deployment the specialist contributes to Plan’s EiE workplan as agreed with the team. This may include continued follow up from a distance with deployment countries.
DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE
· The post holder will deploy (sometimes at short notice) to support Plan International’s COs to respond to specific humanitarian crises. When on deployment:The post-holder may have budget responsibility
Up to five staff may report to the post holder, as well as a number of indirect reports.
The post holder will ensure effective representation of Plan International in internal and external for accompanying colleagues based in the country as appropriate.
When not deployed, the post-holder contributes to Plan’s EiE workplan as agreed with the team. This may include continued follow up from a distance with countries where the post-holder has been deployed.
Accountabilities described apply during deployed and non-deployed time
Programme Design and Assessment (15 %)Ensure all work has a strong child protection, gender and inclusion focus, in line with Plan International’s Global Strategy.
Lead on multi-sectoral needs assessments, coordinating with Plan International’s other programmatic areas (for example, Child Protection), the Education Cluster/working group, education authorities, teachers and community members including children and young people in all their diversity, ensuring assessment findings are documented and disseminated.
Support Plan International’s COs during emergencies on assessment of education and protection needs, gender analysis and the design and evaluation of programmes, maximising community participation and ensuring a portfolio of high-quality, conflict sensitive EiE programming globally.
Provide technical assistance to COs in the formulation of gender-aware (or better) and inclusive EiE programme strategies, plans and proposals that are developed in collaboration with education authorities, that strengthen community capacity and support participation, particularly of adolescents.
Ensure that EiE interventions are linked to longer-term programming and national education plans and systems.
Support Plan International COs in the development of preparedness and disaster risk reduction plans for education.
Programme Implementation (35 %)The post holder will deploy to COs to provide technical support and leadership on safe, inclusive and quality education programmes during humanitarian crises.
Coordinate with education, early childhood development (ECD), child protection, gender advisors and other staff to ensure coherence with Plan International’s Inclusive Quality Education framework and to build synergy with existing skills and training.
Work with the key emergency and development staff focused on: Inclusive Quality Education (any longer term education work complementing education in emergency programming), ECD, child protection, gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Water and Sanitation/Hygiene Promotion (WASH), Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA), Food Security and Nutrition (FSN), to support integrated programming that reduces protection risks and multi-dimensional barriers to education, and through a strong focus on learning environments that promote social and emotional learning and psychosocial support, supporting the wellbeing of children and young people in all their diversity.
Ensure alignment of Plan International’s EiE work with key cross cutting priorities (for example, child protection, gender and inclusion) whilst also ensuring innovation is central to our approach.
Ensure the effective planning, implementation and coordination of education programming, to support access, retention and positive transition through different levels of accredited formal and non-formal education, including strategies that support referral and cross-sectoral service delivery.
Contribute to the development of gender-balanced staffing plans to implement EiE programme activities and work with the Human Resources (HR) team to recruit in line with approved grants.
Ensure that EiE interventions are aligned with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards (INEE MS) and related resources, and other global humanitarian standards, guidelines and tools.
Identify EiE programme supply needs and coordinate with the logistics team to ensure timely procurement and delivery.
Representation and Partnership (10%)Work with country office colleagues to represent Plan International at relevant clusters, working groups, and in other fora related to EiE and facilitate coordination across sectors.
Participate in the development of the Education Cluster/Working Group response strategies, including the Humanitarian Response Plan, Humanitarian Needs Overview and Rapid Response Plan processes, ensuring a focus on gender and inclusion.
Identify opportunities and establish dialogue for partnerships and collaboration with other humanitarian agencies and education stakeholders, particularly local partners, representatives of people living with disabilities (DPOs), women’s and youth groups, education authorities, vocational and tertiary education institutions and teaching unions.
Support the development of Plan International’s profile in EiE programming, particularly in regard to girls and young women in all their diversity.
Resource Mobilization (10 %)Build and maintain relationships with relevant government departments, UN agencies and NGOs.
Establish/maintain new/existing relationships with key donors.
Support Plan International’s COs to build a diversified portfolio of funding for EiE.
Support development and submission of quality proposals in response to identified opportunities at CO level and in collaboration with local partners.
Programme Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting and Accountability (10 %)
Work closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team in COs to analyse assessments and develop an EiE M&E framework that appropriately monitors the evolving needs of learners and teachers and aligns with the Education Cluster/working group response strategies.
Build capacity of EiE and M&E staff to collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data, ensuring all data is disaggregated by sex, age and disability.
Document and disseminate key learning from EiE responses and use assessments, evaluations and lessons learned to redefine response strategies and EiE interventions, in coordination with the Education Cluster/working group, education authorities, teachers and members of the community, including children and young people in all their diversity.
Prepare timely reports on EiE projects in compliance with internal and donor requirements.
Provide input for regular CO sitreps.
Ensure accountability activities effectively and efficiently support community members, including teachers and children and young people in all their diversity and that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered throughout all phases of the response.
Learning and Capacity Building (10 %)Develop capacity building plans and tools for CO colleagues, or support the implementation of existing plans.
Support the provision of training, coaching and mentorship to programme colleagues, partners and other key stakeholders on EiE and related issues such as gender equality and inclusion to build capacity to support safe, effective teaching, wellbeing and learning. Identify and if necessary develop training manuals, guidance documents, and toolkits on key education and ECD in emergencies issues, as required.
Promote the application of best practices in EiE both internally and externally.
Research, Policy and Advocacy (10%)Drive learning, knowledge management and policy impact by authoring, commissioning and contributing to publications, policy documents, briefing notes and other resource materials ensuring that Plan International has distinct knowledge and evidence on gender in emergencies. Support COs to develop case studies and reports of programme innovation and successes.
Engage with key technical groups within Plan International, representing EiE.
Contribute to relevant global advocacy and policy objectives with documented learning and evidence.
Work with the Education Cluster/working group to develop advocacy strategies informed by contextually relevant evidence and analysis to influence national-level plans, programmes and policies.
GeneralEnsures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
Global Hub DRM Team, EiE Team, Research and MEAL teams, Plan International networks including longer-term development programming
CO programme and operational support staff
Regional DRM staff
Plan International National Organisations, particularly DRM units
EiE related Working Groups and relevant in country fora such as the Education Cluster and associated working groups.
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
University Degree or equivalent in education or related fields.
Significant experience in the planning, design and implementation of integrated, conflict sensitive, gender-aware (or better) education programmes, including in humanitarian settings, that link to contextually relevant, long-term development frameworks. Technical expertise should include:
Knowledge and understanding of key issues relevant to education, particularly in emergency contexts: resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals and related development frameworks, diversity, gender equality and rights-based approaches.
Knowledge of child protection principles, child safeguarding, and familiarity with referral systems.
Good knowledge of INEE Minimum Standards and related resources, and other humanitarian standards (including the Core Humanitarian Standard and Child Protection Minimum Standards)
Experience of conducting education needs assessments and M&E activities and an understanding of Sex Age and Disability Disaggregated Data (SADDD), Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and child/youth participation.
Experience with advocacy, particularly influencing around girls’ education, inclusion and education continuity in crisis contexts.
Experience of capacity building and mentoring on education technical areas with a variety of audiences, and the ability to work comfortably with diverse colleagues in sensitive environments.
Ability to secure funding from public and private funding streams; excellent skills in writing funding submissions and donor reports
Excellent negotiation and representation skills
Fluency in English & French, written and spoken.
Strong team management, staff capacity building and motivation skills in teamwork and networking.
Experience of working in a range of humanitarian contexts (e.g. refugee, conflict, rapid onset), including with the Education Cluster and cross-sectoral and education authority collaboration.
Fluency in Spanish, Arabic or any other languages
Significant network with other organisations involved in this field.
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About Plan International
Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War.