Education Technical Advisor

War Child
Duhok, Iraq
Full time Staff

WCUK is recruiting an Education Technical Advisor to bring technical expertise and input to its current and planned programmes in Iraq. Currently, WCUK is running an informal education project in Ninewa Governorate in Iraq, and over the coming months the programme will significantly expand its education programming in other locations.
The Education Technical Advisor will support the development and delivery of War Child UK’s education programme, provide strategic input in clusters and design education projects relevant to the context in KRI and Iraq in general. This will include Education in Emergencies but not limited to it. Leading WCUK’s engagement with the Ministry of Education at different levels and the relevant coordination forums, the Advisor will position War Child UK in Iraq to be seen as a strategic partner in improving access and quality of education for children in Iraq. The Advisor will split their time between the various educational programmes in Iraq, ensuring high quality technical input at all stages of the programme cycle.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Technical input, content development and training (50%)
• Identify needs and provide technical assistance and training to Project Officers, field staff and partners in the preparation, roll-out and implementation of education-focused programmes.
• Work with Ministry of Education and other technical partners involved in the education programme.
• Review, revise and update existing Learning Support materials ahead of future implementation including classroom management.
• Provide on-going technical advice to all Education programmatic technical staff and local partners when required.
• Ensure proactive technical coordination and collaboration among implementing partners;
• Train project and partner staff on education methodologies, best practices and relevant standards related to education programme delivery.
• Oversee the quality of the programme activities, through technical support extended to service delivery.
Result: War Child UK education programmes in Iraq are of high quality and implemented by competent and well trained staff.

External representation and liaison (25%)
• Ensure technical buy-in and support from all stakeholders including the Ministry of Education at different levels in collaboration with WCUK Iraq, WCUK teams in London, WCH global teams and EIE network.
• Engage in technical discussions with MOE in Iraq and ensure continual Ministry buy-in to War Child UK programmes.
• Ensure effective collaboration with the DNGO office, which oversees all NGO implemented programmes in Iraq, including inputting technical details into reports and information requested.
• Identify important education focused findings and results and share these widely on a regular basis.
• Represent the organisation in relevant (inter)national events, networks and sector groups related to education.
• Regularly attend the Education Cluster meetings and other sub-groups meetings to ensure close coordination with other (I)NGOs and actors. Present key programmes and findings in the relevant forums on a periodic basis.
Results: Various stakeholders and partners are actively and positively engaged with the projects and programme and contribute to deliver the best results possible through learning and accountability mechanisms;

Monitoring, Reporting and Learning (15%)
• Work closely with the national Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officers team to ensure coherence between M&E approaches to successfully monitor educational outcomes, outputs and overall impact.
• Advise and assist national technical advisors/offices, Project Officers and PMs on matters related to partner compliance in technical programming including capacity-building in various technical areas.
• Prepare and review narrative reports for education technical content and education programmes.
• Collaborate with War Child UK's London-based global Child Protection, Education-in-Emergencies, MEAL Advisor and Programme Quality Officer to ensure coherence of technical quality and adherence to international standards.
• Support beneficiary accountability through complaints and feedback mechanisms
• Develop ToR and conduct education programme evaluation.
• Support learning from assessments and evaluations by developing learning papers through and sharing lessons learned and best practices from programmatic interventions to improve quality
• Increase awareness and support replication, sustainability, and expansion of project successes whilst focusing on quality.

Result: Findings and (sub) results of the Programme are shared and used for learning purposes both in War Child as well as in the educational sector.

Programme Development and Continual Improvement (10%)
• As required, identify and lead the technical design of new programme opportunities in close collaboration with the Programme Managers and relevant support staff in HQ.
• Work closely with relevant colleagues in the programme development process including consultation with stakeholders and conducting needs assessment.
• Design and develop quality project proposals and concept notes at short notice
• Support the development of accountability mechanisms with MEAL officers

Closing date: 
5th September 2017