Regional Education Specialist

at Finn Church Aid (FCA)
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted November 9, 2019
Category Education / Teaching
Job Type Full-time
Currency UGX


FCA is Finland’s largest organization in international aid. Our action is guided by international human rights standards and principles. We realize our mission and vision through development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and advocacy work. We contribute to positive change by supporting people in the most vulnerable situations within fragile and disaster-affected areas. We consider three thematic areas as central to sustainable change: the right to peace (R2P), livelihood (R2L) and quality education (R2QE). We operate in 15 countries, where the needs are most dire. We work with the poorest people, regardless of their religious beliefs, ethnic background or political convictions. Finn Church Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance (ACT), an alliance of faith-based development and humanitarian aid organizations forming one of the world’s largest aid organizations.

FCA is looking for a Regional Education Specialist to support FCA’S Right to Quality Education theme in the Eastern Africa region, based in Kampala - Uganda. The position will cover Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia.

Primary purpose of the position: To offer technical expertise to FCA’s education projects both in the education in emergency response and in the longer term humanitarian and development context . Reporting directly to the Country Director for Uganda, the role holder serves as principle point for Education work in Eastern Africa. The Education Specialist will provide technical capacity building to project staff and partners to ensure that all FCA education programmes and projects are of high quality.

Main tasks

Strategic Planning, Education Programme Design and Development

  • Liaise with relevant regional and country-level education partners (NGOs, inter-government, private partners, ACT Alliance, donors, UN agencies) to coordinate and contextualize education activities in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda, including inter- agency regional and continental initiatives.
  • Provide technical expertise and advice to education programmes in Eastern Africa in accordance with FCA policies, guidelines and strategy, including planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, promoting joint initiatives and learning between FCA country programmes.
  • Contribute to the education in emergencies and in development strategies, response plans and project design and development, bridging the  humanitarian /development gap and ensuring that provision is made for mainstreaming of child protection, psychosocial wellbeing and other linked sectors, fulfilling the right of all children, boys and girls, and children with disabilities and other excluded children, adolescents and youth, to quality education.
  • Undertake field visits as necessary to identify and respond to specific needs, to monitor implementation of education projects, provide support to the work planning, prioritization and capacity building, with a special focus on support for the country based education specialists/advisors.
  • Collaborate with FCA senior global education advisors and other relevant colleagues at HO and in the COs to enable innovations and pilot new solutions for quality education as relevant in the region.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts (needs assessments, project design, concept notes and proposal development) in the region, with a bigger role in multi-country initiatives.

Learning and Knowledge Translation

  • Support the monitoring, research and learning activities in the region and support communication of evidence to key stakeholder groups and partners and learning between the Country Programmes.
  • Participate in capacity building and support of FCA education project staff in education in emergencies, programme design, research, and M&E of education-related programming.

Advocacy and Partnerships

  • Identify potential opportunities in the region and build, develop and maintain key partnerships, networks and alliances for synergies to advance advocacy efforts.

Competence, experience, skills, knowledge needed

  • Master’s degree in Education or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience of working in education programmes
  • In depth experience in education in emergencies
  • Experience of education work in fragile contexts
  • Good knowledge of the East African region/context
  • Good facilitation, presentation and writing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Knowledge of recent developments in Education sector
  • Excellent written and spoken English, knowledge of local language/s asset
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