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Senior Education Project Officer

TITLE:  Senior Education Project Officer

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Education            

LOCATION: Mae Sot, Tak

CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year

ROLE PURPOSE: In the given context, the role is to support the implementation of the BEST/PREPS project through provision of intensive education assistance to refugee trainers, teachers, and partners; provide project management support to BEST/PREPS Coordinator in planning, monitoring, reporting and joint implementation of activities with partners.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to: BEST/PREPS Coordinator

Staff reporting to this post: Education Officer

Direct: 1 staff member

Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Role Dimensions: Save the Children works in nine refugee camps along the Thai / Myanmar border: Seven Karen refugee camps under the auspices of KRCEE (Karen Refugee Education Entity) and two KnED camps (Karenni Education Department).

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Project implementation

  • Provide inputs for donor and organization reports
  • Ensure project compliance processes related to finance and documentation are maintained
  • Support the BEST/PREPS Coordinator with annual planning and review processes
  • In collaboration with the Project Coordinator, provide significant inputs into yearly project plan
  • Participate in regular team meetings and meetings specific to teacher professional development and KRCEE and OCEE’s sub-award

Education quality support

 Ensure education quality via the following:

  • Provide intensive technical support to KRCEE Core Teacher Trainers and OCEE camp based Resident Teacher Trainers, as well as KnED educators through capacity building and one –to-one mentoring
  • Provide intensive technical education support for Pre-service and In-service Teacher Training program and regular weekly camp based teacher support sessions in KRCEE camps through capacity building and one-to-one mentoring
  • Trouble shoot and problem solve education issues that arise with trainers and teachers
  • Undertake regular observation and monitoring of trainers and teachers in the nine camps to assist in the planning and delivery of lessons, and compliance with established education frameworks
  • Assist Project Coordinator and Education TA in developing standardised systems, tools and materials (teacher subject guides, ToT training program) for Teacher Training programmes; take the lead in ensuring they are implemented
  • Collaborate with Project Coordinator and MEAL team in the development of appropriate evaluation and monitoring tools; take the lead to ensure all tools are implemented in the field;
  • Support MEAL team on field monitoring visits as needed

Partners

  • Act as key liaison with local education authorities for the 7 camps under Karen Refugee Committee (KRC) administration; KRCEE and OCEE
  • Collaborate with KRCEE and OCEE in the areas of teacher training planning, materials development, delivery and reporting
  • Provide administrative support for KRCEE for implementation of their activities
  • Undertake monitoring of KRCEE, and JRS and KnED Teacher training activities
  • Provide support for additional training and resources for partners, as needed
  • Play an active role in training KnED, KRCEE and OCEE administrators
  • Represent Save the Children in camp based and partner meetings, including reporting

Administrative

  • In collaboration with the BEST/PREPS team, develop quarterly financial planning and budget phasing
  • Ensure that cash advances are reconciled as per Save the Children’s policies and procedures
  • Support the Project Coordinator to update and submit the Issue Log, Indicator Project Performance Tracker (IPTT); Management Action Tracker (MAT) and Project Action Tracker in a timely manner
  • Ensure that monthly work plans are developed and accompanying documents are submitted on time, e.g. Travel Authorization Requests (TAR)

Staff Management

  • Review the performance of Education Project Office on quarterly basic=s
  • Provide support for staff career and professional development

 Internal support

  • Input on the design of project proposals and funding priorities
  • Ensure that camp partners are prepared for visits by Save the Children staff from other offices
  • Support translation for non-Karen/Burmese speaking staff
  • Attend monthly team meeting

Authority

  • Request and hold cash advance / outstanding receipts up to the value of one month’s salary
  • Request partner materials for project implementation for review

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

Accountability:

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Work with the team and upholds the role of ensuring team and partners are accountable to deliver on their responsibilities
  • Creates / maintains a work environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding

Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self, colleagues and partners, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same
  • Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale

Collaboration:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
  • Always acts in the best interests of children

QUALIFICATIONS 

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Essential

  • Thai Nationality
  • Bachelor degree in primary education or related field in development or education
  • At least 3 years professional working experience in development education management, human resources development or other related fields
  • Ability and experience in delivering education-focussed training or teacher training
  • Ability and willingness to work in a remote area and travel in the 9 camps along the Thai-Myanmar border.
  • Ability to speak and write English and Karen languages
  • Demonstrated excellent team player, self – directed
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated project co-ordination and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated administrative skills
  • Demonstrated budgeting skills

Desirable

  • Experience in financial administration
  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • Knowledge of education systems in Thailand, Myanmar, and refugee camps
  • Ability to speak write Burmese language

Additional Job Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding Our Staff

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Anti-Harassment Policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Interested candidates should apply and submit a motivational letter, comprehensive CV, expected salary and details of at least 3 referees via the following link;

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=210002UG&tz=GMT%2B07%3A00&tzname=Asia%2FBangkok

 “We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse”

Contact : 02 684 1286 - 8 ext: 608


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