Job Purpose

The purpose of the Education Core Competence (CC) Specialist position is technical development, strategic direction and quality assurance of education programs in Syria Country Office. The Education Specialist is responsible for mentoring, training and capacity building of staff on education technical capacity.

What you will do:

  • Design and conduct the process for developing / updating the Education strategy for the Education CC as well as develop Macro LFAs that are aligned with regional and global strategies and priorities
  • Develop technical documents to communicate key process in the implementation of the education strategy to the education staff
  • Identify the needs to conduct internal reviews and / or evaluations for Education activities / Strategy
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop proposals to ensure the implementation of NRC’s strategy and objectives in the country regarding education
  • Participate in project start up and follow up meetings according to assigned responsibilities
  • Review project proposals and reports in order to ensure the technical quality and adherence to the Education Strategy and NRC Program Policy.
  • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within CC, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation
  • Conduct regular visits to field offices to provide technical support and direction and ensure that the Education strategy and quality standards are being followed
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from CC implementation, and incorporate them in CC and staff development processes
  • Ensure the proper filing of information related to the Education Strategy
  • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff according to the identified needs as well as in various approaches including cash-based interventions and market based programme
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

Professional Competencies and Qualifications Required

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

  • Bachelors Degree in a relevant field of study.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in designing, developing and leading education programs in multiple humanitarian/ recovery contexts
  • Good overview of the humanitarian and socio-political context in Middle East Region in general and Syria in particular will be considered as an advantage;
  • Experience of working in complex and volatile contexts, preferably including the Middle East Region
  • Educational and/or practical expertise in children and youth education
  • Previous experience in leading quality assurance of education programs, including staff capacity building and mentoring.
  • Strong coordination, inter-personal and management skills
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of arabic language will be an asset.

Behavioural competencies

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Influencing
  • Initiate action and change
  • Analysing

What We Offer

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

We offer an opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause and a chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take initiative.

We are also looking for people who share our values:

  • To be dedicated in what we do;
  • To be innovative with our solutions;
  • To act as one unified and inclusive team;
  • To be accountable to the donors that make our work possible; the people we exist to serve, and to each other… the members of our NRC family.

Additional Information:

Duty Station: Damascus, Syria

Contract duration: 12 months

Travel: 60%

Grade 9 in NRC’s grading structure

Reporting line: Head of Programme

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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

How to apply

For more information regarding the role, here is the detailed job description.

We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Send in your application here by latest January 28, 2023.

Please ensure you attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.

Learn more about NRC’s operations in Syria here.

For any queries, please email us at[email protected] with “Education Specialist Syria Country Office ” as the subject line.

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