Education Program Manager - NE Syria

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Role Purpose:

The Education Programme Manager will act as the technical lead on all education and Education in Emergencies -related programming for the Save the Children emergency response in Al-Hassakeh province, North East Syria. The Education Programme Manager will be expected, with limited support, to lead on education -related assessments, programme design and implementation and coordination with stakeholders in collaboration with colleagues in the North East Syria and the Iraq and North Syria Country Office in Erbil. In addition, she/he will oversee the monitoring & evaluation of Education activities and assist on relevant donor reporting. The Education PM will also be expected to play a leadership role within a response team, supporting and building the capacity of colleagues.

It is the responsibility of the Education Programme Manager to ensure that capacity is on-going for the effective scale up and also manage the existing Save the Children Education programmes to increase impact and enable positive change for girls and boys in northeast Syria.

The Education Programme Manager will play a strategic role in the establishment and effective scale up of Save the Children's multi-sector response in northeast Syria, and similarly ensure that the all Education are corresponding with the regional education programs for Syria response.

It will be the Education Programme Manager's responsibility to ensure that regular monitoring and reporting informs wider evidence building, accountability and learning from children and adults in this unique opportunity for Save the Children to carry out Education activities in Kurdish governed northeast Syria.

The Education Programme Manager will be responsible for building networks and coordinate with the Kurdish Self Administration, Community Based Organisations, the Inter-agency Community and other Stakeholders.



  • Minimum of 5 years' experience working in the field of Education in Emergencies including in a first phase emergency response
  • Education to Masters level in Education or a relevant subject and/or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations
  • Previous experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Budget development and financial management skills
  • Demonstrated experience in leading assessment activities and of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating education programmes in emergencies for international NGOs.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff in EiE technical skills and in delivering training to teachers
  • Experience of applying relevant interagency humanitarian frameworks and standards in education in emergencies (for example INEE Minimum Standards)
  • Experience of representation, including on coordination mechanisms (e.g. Cluster or working groups), and working with the Ministry of Education
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.


  • Language skills in Kurdish and Arabic
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts

Application Requirements

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Please apply in English using your CV and cover letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

Due to the urgency of the position, CVs will be reviewed on rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job description:

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Location: Syria, Syria

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Wednesday 18 January 2017

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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