Education Officer

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The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalized and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality. Our organization is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls.

In Ethiopia, Plan has more than 25 years of experience in implementing its programme. Currently PIE mainly operates in seven geographical areas; Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Gambella, Benishangul Gumuz, Afar, and Addis Ababa City Administration on different projects funded by different donors including sponsorship. Plan International Ethiopia’s main purpose is to seek Gender Justice for Girls, Adolescent Girls, and Young Women. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls, adolescent girls, and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIE will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly 2.1 million Girls, Adolescent Girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2020-2024 and to reach an additional 6.3 million beneficiaries through its interventions.

This position is responsible for assessment, response analysis, design and implementation of the education components of the project. S/he will need to co-ordinate with other Emergency Response team members and Plan staff, especially Implementation Management, protection and other relevant technical sectors, to ensure a rapid, proportionate and effective response. S/he will need to ensure response to immediate child education issues with simultaneous consideration of longer term needs and possible scenarios. The officer may be expected to take a very active role in technical co-ordination, support and advocacy with the country specific education Clusters and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector.

Dimensions of the Role

The EIE officer will be responsible and ultimately accountable for education project quality and results achievement, stakeholder and partner relations, and donor deliverables. Gender sensitive principles of collaboration, participation, transparency and respect for the agency of women’s organizations will be integrated in all aspects of this role.

  • Management of Education component at primary school in IDP and host community
  • Technical responsibility for the development and
  • Liaison with government offices and bureaus and also with UN agencies, NGOs and other civic organizations  operating specifically in the Woreda/ zone
  • Has responsibility to comply with organizational and statutory policies and laws on HR legality matters and also on matters related to protection of children in gender and child rights in particular in emergencies and disasters.
  • Ensure high quality activity management and maximize safety and wellbeing of all inhabitants especially children
  • Ensure effective collaboration and support of procurement, logistics, water, sanitation, health, security and education is ready duly and
  • Supervise and coordinate Education component in host community area.

Accountabilities

  1. Assessment
  • Provide sectorial leadership and expertise in the assessment. Conduct initial rapid assessment of current situation in collaboration with local specialists and affected population; determine priorities and immediate activities and resources
  • Review, assess and update the child learning  situation in areas affected by emergency/IDPs
  • Highlight education issues requiring a response – both immediate and medium term and make recommendations on specific PLAN actions required. Ensure core commitments to children are taken into consideration.
  • Represent PLAN to child and other protection clusters, stakeholders and Governmental and non-Governmental agencies for the purposes of the protection aspects of the assessment.
  • Assess in-country resources, human, material and financial for response with relevant staff and agencies and assist in capacity building of national staff.
  • Identify potential partnerships to implement recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.

  1. Program Design
  • Define aims and objectives of the overall emergency education program.
  • In collaboration with national and international Education and Child Protection Actors, map current institutional response capacities – including conducting an education specific 3Ws.
  • In collaboration with Education Actors, develop a realistic evidence?based, education program plan, including both programmatic and advocacy activities (results oriented).
  • Design most appropriate education interventions based on the outcomes of assessments and the context.
  • Ensure that issues of gender, protection, DRR, and conflict sensitivity are factored into the program design.
  • Ensure PLAN’s guidelines and UN education cluster standards are considered and any departures documented.
  • Work in close collaboration with other program specialists to ensure that emergency interventions build upon each other and link in to longer term programming.
  • Develop an education Program Plan, concept papers, and proposals in respect of the above.

  1. Response Reporting & Evaluation

  • Work closely with project Coordinator,  education in WASH officer ,Child protection officer and Health and Nutrition Team and education plat form at Woreda and school level to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised manner in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction to PLAN for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of agreed education plans with special emphasis on the most vulnerable children and their families.
  • Make frequent field visits to all affected provinces to monitor implementation of activities, identify opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed including additional staffing or staff training or other.
  • Design and develop appropriate surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems for education interventions.
  • In coordination with Child Protection and WASH officer and support the Monitoring and reporting of child protection concerns and violations of child rights commitments and other legal instruments.
  • Ensure early and rigorous implementation of quality and accountability mechanisms.

  1. Response Reporting & Evaluation
  • Evaluate the implementation of PLAN child protection activities and draft recommendations for improved program design
  • Draft education interventions reports to serve as standalone deliverables or to be included in larger emergency response reports for both donor and internal purposes.

  1. Information and Co-ordination
  • Provide regular updates to project manager and emergency team on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing on an agreed frequency.
  • Engage and follow up with relevant implementation manager(s)
  • Represent PLAN to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with the Team Leader.
  • Support the implementation of, and represent PLAN in, emergency education coordination mechanisms including any relevant cluster.
  • Brief updates and reports on sectorial activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders.
  1. Human Resources and Administration
  • Coordinate and/or implement training and briefing of PLAN staff, partners, and other key stakeholders on child protection and/or related issues.

Educational Qualification and Experience

  • B.E. degree in Education, pedagogy, Community Development, Psychology, social science
  • Minimum of 3 years of  practical experience in Education in emergency (EiE)
  • Minimum of two successful assignments in a complex  IDP  emergency situation (at least one of these must be field level post);
  • Experience with the following technical areas:
    • Mobilizing and training of school teachers
    • Knowledge and experience of using and providing training on the INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies
    • Participation and/or coordination with the Education Cluster
  • Knowledge and experience in formal and non-formal education

Knowledge & Skills Specific to the Post

  • Knowledge of humanitarian activities at refugee camps and understanding of international NGOs is preferred.
  • Awareness of child protection issues
  • Sensitivity to gender and child protection.
  • Good command of the English language (both spoken & written)
  • Knowing Afar  language is an asset
  • Easily understand   different software intended for Education Information Management System (EIMS)
  • Competent in use of word and excel
  • Commendable writing and communication skill

Location:  Amhara – Tewledere and Were babu – South Wollo Zone

Type of Role: Education

Reports to: 

Grade: 

Closing Date: 23-March-2022

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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