Program Coordination Lead – Education Can’t Wait

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Internal/ External Vacancy for Programme Coordinator Lead  – (Education Can’t Wait Multi Year Education Programme)


LOCATION:  Ministry of Education**,** Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (with significant field travel, up to 30%)

CONTRACT LENGTH:  12 months (Renewable depending on performance)


Level 3: The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people  either  frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Ethiopia’s Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP 2020-2023) aims to improve learning through equitable access, crisis-sensitive and quality relevant education for 745,997 emergency-affected children (380,418 boys, 365,579 girls (including children living with disabilities) in 44 prioritised woredas in Ethiopia.

The MYRP, through Seed Funding from ECW will initially focus interventions on addressing the critical educational needs of 60,487 out of school displaced children (30,717 boys, 29,770 girls) in 81 schools, 17 woredas and 3 regions (Amhara, Oromiya and Somali).

A ‘whole of school’ approach will be pursued in targeted areas through interventions that will expand access, improve quality and relevance of education, promote retention and transition of learners, and resilience of school communities. School-based interventions will be supported by system-strengthening efforts at all levels of the sector. Relevant capacities of key stakeholders (education sector officials, school management, teachers, community members, learners) will be developed to strengthen conflict and disaster risk sensitivity of education. Key aspects of the education sector (data management, planning, teaching-learning classroom practices, parental-community engagement, school-based early warning systems) will be supported to promote resilience of the sector, institutions, and communities through education.


The Programme Coordinator will work with a number of partners mainly The Federal Ministry of Education, UNICEF, SCI, other local and international NGOs and UN agencies that will be involved in programme implementation.

The Programme Coordinator will lead the MYRP Coordination Unit, which will be responsible for: (i) overall coordination of MYRP, (ii) resource mobilization and advocacy; (iii) coordination of steering committee meetings; (iv) overall monitoring, review and reporting processes of the programme, and (v) ensuring a harmonized approach across the entire programme.

The Program Coordinatro will technically guide and advise programme implementation ensuring that it is of high quality and aligned with national education standards and programmes. The role-holder will also be responsible for aligning the programme to the Education Clusters emergency response especially in establishing and maintaining inter-agency coordination mechanisms and guiding research and evaluations.

Given the emergency nature of the programme and areas of intervention, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to:  The Program Coordinator will report to the MYRP Steering Committee, but will have dotted line reporting to the Grantees; Save the Children and UNICEF and the The Ministry of Education. It will report administratively to Save the Children.

Staff reporting to this post: 2

Direct: 2

Indirect :  0

Budget Responsibilities:  Yes

Role Dimensions : communication and relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Federal Ministry of Education , UNICEF as Grantee, NGO partners, Regional Education Bureaus, the Education Cluster, the Sub-National Education Cluster, teachers, parents, learners and affected communities.


The Program Coordinator will be accountable for the following areas of work, reporting to the MYRP Steering Committee, and in conjunction with two team members: (Information and Communications Coordinator and M&E Specialist)

Programme Quality, Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Liaise with all relevant stakeholders, including the Education Cluster, local government offices and the various committees and units established within the MoE to support MoE’s overall leadership of the MYRP.
  • Ensure that the education programme is implemented by partners to a high technical quality and standard, aligned to and utilising inter-agency, national and global education standards with particular focus on Education in Emergencies.
  • Consolidate progress updates on implementation of the MYRP for the Steering Committee, including achievements and gaps, and prepare related reports and periodic updates for dissemination to relevant stakeholders
  • Prepare recommendations on updates /revision of the MYRP on an annual basis in consultation with concerned stakeholders (including the ECW Seed funding Grantees and Education Cluster) for review and approval by the Steering Committee
  • Ensure that MYRP planning is based on the experience of implementation as well as changes in the country context.
  • Set up a Monitoring and Evaluation framework and system for the MYRP, building on existing systems within the MoE, Education Management Information System (EMIS) and inputs from the Education Cluster and ECW Seed funding Grantees. In addition, manage the delivery of the MYRP Baseline and Endline for the overall plan.
  • Conduct monitoring visits of programme implementation and identify areas in need of support and follow-up; support partners to implement corrective actions.
  • Work with the M&E specialist to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation system is supportive of quality implementation and recommendations are implemented in line with quality standards.
  • Develop and oversee Quality Benchmarks for the Education Cannot Wait programme.
  • Ensure that programme implementation is gender sesntive and gender responsive (considering needs and conditions of girls, boys, women and men).
  • Ensure that that sex disaggregated data relevant to country programme are provided as integral part of programming.
  • Ensure the programme reaches and reports on the most marginalised groups especially children with disabilities
  • Programme monitoring and evaluations effectively conducted to improve programme performance, and programme status reports are prepared on time.

Advocacy, resource mobilisation and representation

  • Undertake key advocacy with a range of donors in order to mobilize further investment in the $165m MYRP plan
  • Deliver advocacy briefs and other documents as needed, in support of MYRP resource mobilization and delivery
  • Represent the MYRP Steering Committee within the education and wider humanitarian and development sectors, in consultation with the MYRP Steering Committee, MoE and the Education Cluster.

Support to the MYRP Steering Committee:

  • Support the Steering Committee in its coordination and oversight role to the whole MYRP, including:
  • Providing secretarial support to the Steering Committee (with the Information and Communications Coordinator), including organising Steering Committee meetings, sending invitations for meetings, preparing meeting minutes and other required documentation, ensuring that Steering Committee members are furnished with all pertinent information in a timely manner, maintaining updated lists of contacts, maintain records and archive information pertinent to the Steering Committee, and providing other related administrative support for the Steering Committee to implement its roles;
  • Ensure that decisions made by the Steering Committee are communicated through appropriate channels to other relevant stakeholders including MoE, ECW Seedfunding Grantees, and Education Cluster

Training & Capacity Development:

  • Oversee the development of technical training packages for the field and programme staff with focus on education in emergencies
  • Coordinate the field testing, monitoring and redesign of technical training packages accordingly
  • Facilitate training and capacity development for partner staff and field level government partners and beneficiaries.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Education and the Education Cluster to respond to emergencies. This includes supporting coordination mechanisms, data collection and advocacy.

Coordination, information and learning

  • Support coordination in order to insure the MYRP is aligned with and informed by the education sector and its stakeholders – specifically supporting the linkages between the following stakeholders in relation to the delivery of the MYRP: the Steering Committee, concerned government agencies, local government offices, relevant committees and units within MoE, relevant humanitarian and development actors, existing coordination systems at national, district, and refugee settlement.
  • Undertake the collection, processing, and analysis of relevant data on the education in crisis contexts in Ethiopia, and produce standardized information products in collaboration with other key sectors and stakeholders
  • Document and disseminate learning, best practice, ways of working, innovations and technical approaches that relate to the MYRP and the EiE response, in conjunction with the Education Cluster, ECW Seed funding Grantees, other Grantees (if applicable), MoE and other education sector stakeholders
  • Ensure that the Mult-Year Resilience Programment and the Education Cannot Wait are supporting and strengthening existing EiE coordination mechanisms and the Education Cluster.
  • Identify opportunities and materials that will support communication and advocacy work of Education in Emergency.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice )


  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling values of the Grantees- Save the Children and UNICEF
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


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


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


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


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

Ocassional Duties :

Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Grantees or the MYRP Steering Committee.


  • Minimum level, Master’s degree in a relevant field (Education, social work, social science etc.)
  • Training in Humaniatarian programming is an added advantage.



  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience working in education programmes, and a minimum of 2 years’ working in humanitarian context (refugee/IDP/Returnee response or post conflict setting)
  • Excellent knowledge of education in emergencies programming and links to long-term programming, including standards, policies, frameworks, and relevant networks and stakeholders.
  • Experience designing and conducting training and capacity building activities
  • Strong experience working in a partnership model and establishing and maintaining coordination and communication systems at inter-agency level and with the Education Cluster, and other clusters (mainly child protection and WASH).
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation, coaching and capacity building as well as ability to work with culturally diverse teams.
  • Excellent skills in results based management. as well as strong communication and data visualization skills are considered an asset.
  • Experience with data sources, data assessment, and data analysis, particularly related to data on children and women are considered an asset
  • Experience working with donors.
  • Cultural awareness and ability to work well in both international and local environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
  • Commitment to Save the Children and UNICEF values.
  • Willingness and availability to travel, including to remote and emergency locations and often at short-notice


  • Background in child safeguaring and protection in education environments

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.

Health and Safety

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

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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