Education In Emergencies Advisor

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 40 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees delivers lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

IRC is seeking an Education in Emergencies (EiE) Advisor for an anticipated USAID-funded multi-year project in Ethiopia which aims to improve holistic foundational skills learning for children aged 7-14+ affected by crisis in Ethiopia. The EiE Advisor will oversee education technical activities and provide expertise on Education in Emergencies, specifically the integration of EiE approaches, standards, and best practices into federal and regional level education service delivery. The role will also be responsible for ensuring effective and collaborative engagement with/among Ethiopia Ministry of Education, EiE coordination bodies, and other key education stakeholders to improve the quality and cohesion of learning for all children in contexts of acute crisis through recovery. This role will work at the nexus of EiE and long-term development, helping ensure that children living in crisis affected settings can persist in a quality, relevant education. This position is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in January 2025.

Job Responsibilities:

• Provide technical leadership on Education in Emergencies (EiE), rapid response mechanisms for education, conflict sensitivity, systems strengthening/system resilience, evidence-based interventions to help students recover learning (including accelerated learning, remedial, bridging classes, etc.), community and/or school-based early warning systems, and psycho-social support.

• Coordination of EiE and early warning system, team activities (field management, monitoring and evaluation, grants and operations).

• Regular communication and coordination with the Chief of Party and Technical Advisors from TU on technical and project management issues.

• Manage the education team and strengthen the technical capacity of staff to implement high quality EiE programming.

• Conduct regular visits to project sites, to provide technical assistance and ensure proper implementation and monitoring of project activities.

• Produce inputs to monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports for the Chief of Party and donors, as needed.

• Represent the project in external and internal technical meetings and conferences.


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in education or related field (though Master’s is preferred).

• At least 10 years’ experience managing technical assistance for education programming, with at least four years of experience with work specifically in crisis or conflict-affected contexts is required, preferably in the East Africa Region and/or Ethiopia.

• Significant prior experience with education in emergencies and/or rapid response mechanisms for education. (Additional experience on USAID-funded education projects would be a plus.)

• Experience in technical tools and materials development, monitoring and evaluation, and research in relation to education in emergencies is highly desired. Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired.

• Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders.

• Previous experience working in education in emergency (EiE) contexts.

• Strong experience in SEL/PSS, children’s safety in schools, to and from school, and child protection in crisis and conflict-affected setting is highly preferred.

• Strong communication skills, both oral and written.

• Fluency in English required; proficiency in Amharic and other Ethiopian languages is strongly preferred.

**Standard of Professional Conduct:**The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

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