Position Title:Education Coordinator
Duty Station: Dhangadhi
Position Category: Full-time Part-time AND Regular Temporary
Salary Level: M1
Current Employee: N/A
Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps works in more than 40 countries, and has been present in Nepal since 2005. In Nepal, Mercy Corps works to build the absorptive, adaptive, and transformative potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across the country. Through a systems-based approach to market development, financial services access, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and youth engagement, Mercy Corps builds resilience among target communities.
The STEM II program is a 3 year, DFID-funded program focused on supporting the education of marginalised girls in Kailali District in the Far Western Region of Nepal, which is part of a DFID-led global initiative called the Girls Education Challenge (GEC). The GEC is supporting a growing portfolio of almost 40 projects in around 18 countries being delivered by different I/NGOs, of which Mercy Corps Nepal is one. By the end of the program STEM II is expected to reach around 5,000 in-school girls between grades 8 and 10, and out-of-school girls who dropped out from school grades 6 to 10 since 2066 BS from 30 STEM schools. The project will target 10 VDCs -Basauti, Dododhara, Hasuliya, Masuriya, Gadariya, Pabera, Naryanpur, Ratanpur, Pahalmanpur, Udasipur,- one municipality, Ghodaghodi and one sub-metropolitan city, Dhangadhi in Kailali district. The project works with 30 lower secondary and secondary schools in Kailali district. Program activities include: campaigning to promote girls’ education; training school teachers, school management personnel and parents; upgrading school infrastructures; offering vocational training and business start-up/expansion loans; delivering critical academic support, life skills and sexual and reproductive health training to girls; and providing training and employment opportunities to help girls transition from school into employment. Project implementation is preceded by a 6 month period comprising of Changeover Period (May to July 2017) and Inception Phase (July to September 2017) where the STEM team will toward towards the initial development and design of the programme, oversee implementation and continuous development during the Implementation Phase (October 2017 to March 2020), and thereafter a 3 month M&E and research phase until programme close-out in June 2020. The project is jointly implemented by Mercy Corps and a partner organization. The project will target 10 Village Development Councils, one municipality and one sub-metropolitan city in Kailali district. The project woks with 30 lower secondary and secondary schools in Kailali district.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Education Coordinator (EC) will work under the supervision of the Programme Manager (PM) and work closely with the whole STEM II team, providing technical and logistical oversight of two major outputs of the programme: training to school management personnel/parents and some aspects of Girls Clubs for in school and out-of-school girls. He/she should be experienced in the areas of training, M&E, communication and curriculum development. The EC will also play a pivotal role in providing adequate technical monitoring support to the STEM team to ensure technical quality throughout the program implementation cycle. She/he will work with other members of the MC team to promote and disseminate good practices and lessons learned in technical aspects in programs internally As gender and social inclusion (GESI), governance and M&E are cross-cutting components of all Mercy Corps program(s), the Education Coordinator is required to own these components and ensure GESI sensitivity and integration, governance practices and M&E systems are integrated into his/her work area.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The specific duties and responsibilities of the Education Coordinator includes, but are not limited to, the following:
Technical Capacity Building and Support
• Deliver trainings to teachers for the girls’ clubs facilitation workshops in close collaboration with the Sr.
• Program Officer (Training and Child Protection).
• Support the Area Training Teams in delivering the Management for Quality Education (M4QE) and Parents
• for Quality Education (P4QE) trainings at the community level.
• Proactively pre-empt requirements for donor reporting and provide information as necessary to the Program Team.
• Advise the field team on relevant government acts and policies relevant to the STEM programme.
• Provide support to implementing partners and ensure that they apply appropriate program
• implementation strategies and approaches as indicated in the program documents.
• Engage the SPO (Training and Child Safeguarding) in discussions on developments in thinking and backstop where necessary to ensure programme quality.
Documentation and Communication
• Lead in designing, reviewing and adapting the training contents for the capacity building of parents, communities, schools, teachers, SMCs, PTAs etc.
• Finalize the girls ‘clubs curricula’, Gender friendly classroom resources and best practices from STEM II program with support from the SPO.
• Consolidate and compile SMC and PTA profiling study from the field in close coordination with all SPO.
• Prepare necessary training materials in advance of trainings, developing them in consultation with the STEM field team, and thereafter reviewing and signing-off with management.
• Prepare IEC for the program including brochures, short publications, and event invitations and signage for wider dissemination. Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation
• Maintain oversight of girls’ clubs implementation, liaising regularly with all SPOs to solicit information regarding the schools/ clubs under their designated areas, and monitor quality and effectiveness.
• Consolidate learnings and document field observations about girls’ clubs, providing the DPM and PM with regular feedback about progress.
• Assist the STEM team in designing and conducting technical assessments.
• Support the STEM team and partners to carry out regular monitoring to measure and report on achievement and progress towards program objectives and results.
• Carry out extensive field monitoring visits including classroom/club observations, document observations and experiences and share them with the PM to influence management action for improvement of technical aspects of the programme.
• Work with the SMEO and DPM to carry out relevant studies, and to document and disseminate good practice information regarding programme activities.
• Ensure that sound M&E systems/tools are developed and applied in close coordination with the SMEO and thereby ensure that program progress (activities and outputs), results and immediate objectives (outcomes) and impacts are systematically tracked, documented and shared as appropriate.
Representation and Coordination
• Establish a good working relationship with the DEO and other relevant officers/ offices at the district level and ensure their engagement and support in delivery of STEM.
• Keep abreast of other I/NGOs programmes and activities in the education sector in Kailali that could help identify areas of collaboration/coordination and planning
• Ensure proper integration of GESI aspects into sector specific program planning and implementation working closely with GESI officers.
• Mercy Corps as a humanitarian agency is expected to response as and when crisis and humanitarian situation engulfs. As an MC employee all staff are expected to be part of humanitarian and emergency
• response in addition to their regular roles and responsibilities.
• Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
• Other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor and or Country Director.
ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNINGS: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
ACCOUNTABILITY TO BENEFICIARIES: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: None.
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program Manager STEM
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Program Manager, M&E Manager, Mercy Corps Support Functions Team and partners (local NGOs, private sector, government bodies).
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Program Manager, Position Description; National Staff Policy Handbook; Code of conduct and Mercy Corps policy and procedures.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
• Post-graduate degree in education or a related field with additional training in education planning and management.
• A minimum of 4 years of relevant hands of experience in developing curriculum for in and out-of-school girls or at-risk youth, teachers’ training and capacity building of teachers/School Management Committee (SMC) /Parents Teachers Association (PTAs) or other similar bodies.
• Proven experience of working with adolescent girls and an awareness of their particular needs and issues are desirable.
• Proven experience of thinking creatively and dynamically to develop and produce to finalization high quality, innovative and cost-effective education materials and initiatives.
• Demonstrated skills and experience in writing high quality reports and producing sound M&E tools.
• Proven experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff.
• Ability to extensively travel (with driving license for two wheelers) for programme monitoring and provide on-site technical support to the field team.
• Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation, consensusbuilding, facilitation and coaching.
• Strong written and spoken English language skills.
• Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.
• Experience of working directly with SMC and PTAs is preferred, as is experience of working in the Far West Region of Nepal.
• Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.
• Excellent negotiation, representation, skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
• Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment
A successful Educational Coordinator would provide high level technical support to the program team. Multitasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to team work and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
Last date to apply: January 22, 2018
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates are requested to submit cover letter and Mercy Corps Application Form available at http://nepal.mercycorps.org by COB January 22, 2018 to the address below:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further selection process.
Telephone enquiries will not be entertained.
Attn: Human Resources Department
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