Education Specialist

The role:

As a member of the Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) Team, the Education Specialist will be responsible for developing and articulating a full spectrum Education strategy including humanitarian, early recovery and development. In close coordination with the program operations team, the Education Specialist will provide technical guidance and oversight in the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all education activities, ensuring that they are implemented in a high quality and timely manner. This includes developing and implementing technical capacity building plans for SCI and partner teams. The Education Specialist will be a technical lead on developing high quality concept notes and proposals in close coordination with awards, partner organizations and the field teams. Develops and maintain strong relationships with Government, UN, INGOs and local partner counterparts. The Education Specialist will represent SCI and ensure ongoing coordination in the humanitarian Cluster/working groups and with the Department of Education at KRI and Governorate level and Federal Ministry of Education-Iraq, closely collaborating with SCI advocacy and communications team.




  • Master's Degree in Education, International Relations, Development studies or similar field
  • Minimum 7 years' experience of working in Education programmes in a humanitarian or development context including at least 1 year working internationally with technical specialities in ECD, EiE and inclusive education.
  • Previous experience of working with a large Education team of international and national staff
  • Capacity to support the development of monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes
  • Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes for a large Education team
  • Previous experience of implementing awards funded by institutional donors with medium to high levels of compliance requirements, e.g. ECHO, CIDA, USAID, OFDA, DfID. European donors, European Commission or Scandinavian experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of key education standards, in particular INEE
  • Proven ability of mentoring, coaching and training on Education related topics.
  • Experience of senior level representation
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • a high level of written and spoken English is required



  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Speaks Arabic


Contract length: 12 Months


The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.


We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated


We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

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.


Job description:

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Location: Iraq, Iraq

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Saturday 28 April 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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