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Education Specialist - Yemen


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

NRC has been working in Yemen since May 2012. In response to the current conflict and political-economic crisis, NRC has scaled up and expanded its programming across 7 Governorates, reaching approximately 197,000 beneficiaries in the sectors of WASH, Shelter and Emergency Food Security. Prior to the current crisis, NRC was working in the non-formal education sector; supporting youth with vocational skills training and providing livelihoods grants.
Yemen is now considered the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world within a single country, with 21.2 million people (approx. 82% of the population) in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. The growing humanitarian crisis has alarming consequences for the education and well-being of thousands of children and youth. About 1.8 million children have been out of school since the conflict began, placing them at increased risk of recruitment by armed groups and other forms of abuse. More than 1,100 schools are currently unfit to re-open for the school year, the start of which has already been delayed several times due to conflict. With 75% of the population below the age of 25 and a growth rate estimated to see the population triple by 2050, Yemen, one of the world’s least developed countries, is under pressure to find solutions to meet the needs of children and youth. There are few humanitarian agencies responding to emergency education and gaps in this sector remain high. Globally, NRC remains committed to the sector of education in emergencies, and has pledged to enable one million children to access education by 2017. NRC is now looking for an experienced Education Specialist to assess, design, develop and support the implementation of NRC’s Education programme in Yemen. Initial funding has been obtained from Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to re-start the programme.

The Education Specialist is to design, develop and coordinate the education programme; leading its strategic direction via the provision of technical advisory support and to represent NRC in relevant fora, influencing policy and practice through analysis and advocacy. This position has overall responsibility for programme quality and ensuring that programme design integrates WASH, Shelter and Food Security.

The Education Specialist reports to the Head of Programme.

Job description

  • Generic Responsibilities:
  • Develop the education core competency strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
  • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
  • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within Core Competence, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation
  • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from implementation, and incorporate them in staff development processes
  • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

  • Specific Responsibilities:
  • Develop, coordinate, and support the implementation of NRC’s education programme in Yemen, taking the lead in assessments as required.
  • Overall responsibility for drafting the NRC Yemen Education Core Competence Strategy and annual education plans with support from Area Managers/Head of Programme.
  • Develop project proposals, budgets and operational plans in close coordination with the Head of Programme, Area Manager, Finance Manager and Operations Coordinator.
  • Ensure the quality of the education programme, suggesting action/corrective measures and supporting in the monitoring of progress against activity and budget as well as impact.
  • In coordination with Area Managers, logistics and finance, support logistical needs of the education programme, including procurement.
  • Work in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, and local authorities to ensure learning exchange, capacity building and their support for NRC programme.
  • Support Area Managers to develop education staff’s work plans, providing technical advice and capacity building and feeding into their performance appraisal process.
  • Prepare timely, quality monthly, quarterly, project end and any other reports requested by the management and or the donors. These must cover the deliverables and analysis of issues, approaches and lessons learnt.
  • Undertake and or supervise research and assessments, develop their terms of reference, and ensure quality reports are produced and shared with line manager and as agreed.
  • In coordination with the M&E Officer, ensure the required quantitative and qualitative data is collected and provided as required. To further ensure close monitoring and support to the education programme.
  • Documentation of good practices:-- case studies, successful programming approaches and lessons learnt.
  • Contribute to education debates at regional / global level, sharing best practices with Yemen team.
  • Work in coordination with NRC’s other core competencies to build synergy and develop cost effective implementation approaches


  • Five years’ experience or more in management/coordination of humanitarian education programmes, preferably in conflict or protracted/complex environment;
  • University degree in Education / Pedagogy or other relevant fields such as Development Studies or Social Sciences
  • Experience with formal (primary) and informal education sector (youth education and vocational skills training) is essential;
  • Proven track record of setting up and implementing monitoring, documentation and learning systems;
  • Experience of advocacy and relationship building;
  • Experience of working with partners, government, local authorities and the Education Cluster system
  • Proven track record of developing quality strategies, proposals and budgets;
  • Experience of capacity building and remote management.

Personal qualities

  • Behavioral competencies:
  • These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. The following are essential for this position:

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

We offer

  • Commencement: ASAP
  • Contract period: 12 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
  • Duty station: Yemen , Sana'a.
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Yemen
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Emergency Aid
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-09

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