INEE Team Lead, Thematic Areas
Nairobi | San Salvador | San | Salvador | Washington D.C.
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), is an open, global network of over 18,500 individual members, affiliated with more than 4,000 organizations in 190 countries with representatives from UN agencies, International and National NGOs, donor agencies, government ministries, universities and educational institutions, and affected populations working together to ensure all persons the right to a quality, relevant, safe, and inclusive education in emergencies (EiE) and post-crisis recovery. INEE is a non-incorporated entity, INEE’s staff are hosted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
Job Overview:The Thematic Areas Team Lead (Team Lead) oversees, guides, and manages a technical team working to achieve INEE’s Strategic Priorities (SPs). This role is a leadership role responsible for INEE’s work on thematic areas including Early Childhood Development (ECD), Distance Education, Gender, and Psychosocial Support and Social Emotional Learning (PSS-SEL), and further relevant specialized domains. The Team Lead provides technical oversight, quality assurance and direction to the work undertaken in these workstreams. The role proactively communicates with team leads in other departments, the Director, and Steering Group, to ensure the Thematic Areas team’s outputs align with organization-wide priorities and follows process flows. This position represents the network in global forums, establishes relationships with key partners, and guides technical staff. The Team Lead, who is hired and hosted by the International Rescue Committee, works as a member of the INEE Secretariat. All core functions will be coordinated with the Secretariat staff in order to ensure coherence and harmonization across activities.
INEE Strategic Priority I: Thought leadership and advocacy:
The Team Lead proactively ensures the Thematic Areas Team’s work is relevant, timely, and meets the needs of network members and key partners. The position is responsible for ensuring strategic linkages with the Policy and Advocacy Team and others to connect INEE’s work in an intentional way across teams, individuals, and workstreams. The position encourages collaboration, communication, and cooperation across the Secretariat.
INEE Strategic Priority II: Strengthen capacities:
The role ensures the products and activities generated by technical staff are relevant to sector needs and standards. This includes supervising the development, curation, and dissemination of content of a vast portfolio of products for public consumption, including publications, dashboards, platforms, tools, resources, training packages, e-learning courses, and other multimedia products such as podcasts, infographics, videos, webinars, etc. The position also provides direction, advice, and guidance on workflows, funding, processes, and contracts related to product development, finding solutions to complex challenges. The role engages regularly with the Member Services Team to ensure thematic areas products align with the organization's Resource Protocols, Branding, and other internal processes and workflows. The position also coordinates with the INEE Evidence Team to align with INEE’s Learning Agenda and other strategic work on evidence.
INEE Strategic Priority III: Provide, curate, and organize knowledge and resources:
This position coordinates and collaborates with the Member Services Team. The Team Lead oversees team efforts to organize resources as well as disseminate knowledge and share opportunities, engaging the broader INEE membership in efforts to strengthen the EiE evidence base and data ecosystem.
INEE Strategic Priority IV: Strengthen and diversify membership:
This position motivates and empowers technical focal points to ensure thematic network spaces are inclusive and representative of the INEE’s diverse global membership, especially those living and working in crisis-affected contexts. The role strives to create a diverse and inclusive team environment, and guides and supervises staff to use inclusive and participatory approaches in their work. The Team Lead works with the Secretariat to ensure products and services developed by the team are made available and disseminated in multiple languages. The position engages directly in relevant network spaces and initiatives to stay abreast of developments, provide strategic input, and to engage key partners in the work.
Strategy, Finance, Administration, and Partnership:
This leadership role is responsible for oversight of the Thematic Areas Team portfolio and multiple donor funding streams. The position provides grant oversight, including monitoring project spending, supervising all project outputs, reviewing donor reporting, assessing implementation risks, and working with staff to seek mitigation strategies. The role works closely with the Operations Team to ensure donor requirements are met and solutions are found when projects encounter challenges. The Team Lead also promotes the sustainability of project activities through effective collaboration, networking, fundraising, and linkages to other programs, partners, and donors. This position coordinates closely with all of INEE’s team leads to ensure effective partnership and representation of the network.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: INEE Director
Position directly supervises INEE Secretariat Staff (2 positions, with the possibility of further positions as INEE’s Secretariat expands)
Indirect Reporting: INEE Secretariat; INEE fiscal and administrative hosts; INEE Steering Group
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: IRC Education Unit, HR, Admin, Finance, Legal, Procurement
External: Mid-level to senior-level representatives of UN agencies, international and national NGOs, donor agencies, education authorities (Ministries of Education, relevant Ministries), academic institutions, etc.
● Minimum 7 years of directly relevant professional experience.
● Strong theoretical and practical background in the field of education and education in emergencies, including both development and humanitarian contexts.
● In-depth understanding of INEE’s ways of working and role in the EiE sector.
● Experience working with networks and employing network approaches.
● Expertise in one or more of the thematic areas that this position oversees.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
● Understanding and experience in the areas of research, monitoring & evaluation, and data highly valued;
● Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in English;
● Strong technical knowledge of the field of education in emergencies and familiarity with INEE;
● Ability to be flexible and work well independently, virtually and under pressure, and in a fast-paced environment;
● Excellent organizational skills: the ability to track and follow-up on various tasks;
● Skilled in participatory approaches and in particular managing others with the aim of providing support and guidance;
● Excellent analytical and writing skills: the ability to draft briefs, reports, and syntheses;
● Willingness to travel 30% to challenging field locations;
● Excellent interpersonal skills: the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people;
● Flexible work attitude and contributes to teamwork while effectively learning and working within an inter-agency framework and approach.
Education: Advanced university degree (and/or experience) in a relevant field (international comparative education; international relations; etc.).
Language Skills: English required. Working knowledge of other INEE languages are highly valued (Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Spanish). If applicant is based in the Latin America region Spanish language is also required.
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Work Environment: This position is home based with the possibility of being hosted in IRC offices. When travel opens up again, it is encouraged that this role may travel 30% of the time. Staff hosted in IRC country offices are expected to coordinate their work with the country director along with country safety and security within the context and on any in-country work related activities.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances
Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.