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Specialist, Education
Full Time (Fixed Term)
Conakry, Guinea
Global Operations
Program Delivery Support
CHILDFUND INTERNATIONAL
JOB DESCRIPTION

Title:                                Specialist, Education
Div/Dept:                             Program
Location:                             Country Office (Guinea)
Reporting Relationship:               Program & Sponsorship Director

summary
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Program & Sponsorship Director, in close collaboration with the Partnership and Capacity Building Specialist of local partners, the Education Specialist ,develops programs that support children to grow and develop in the area of early childhood Education that drive the outcomes we seek for children between the ages 0-5 and  5-14 years and education outcomes for all children. He will also work in coordination with the program team in the pursuit of securing grants that support positive outcomes for children of the first ,second life-stages. Provide technical support and leadership for the conceptualization, development, and support of the Country Office’s Strong Core Program portfolio, to accomplish ChildFund’s core intent and outcomes within a theory of change and rights-based approach.
This is a mid-level management position in line with ChildFund Global's strategic focus area to ensure that ChildFund Guinea produces strong networks of families and local organizations that provide an enabling environment for child development.

                             DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Design
  • Technical support for local adaptation of program models using program design tools that enable the implementation of program models with clear and consistent quality standards across all life stages, inclusive of child agency and participation.
  • Support the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) process; provide technical expertise on concept papers, program pipelines and proposal development.
  • Generation of life stage content for internal and external communications.
Program Management and Implementation
  • Build capacity of relevant staff on technical elements related to life stage interventions through mentoring, training, knowledge/information exchange, experience sharing and technical expertise.
  • Planning and executing the roll-out of program models with partners.
  • Adhere to ChildFund International procedures and policies
  • Regularly review and monitor progress of programs in accordance with established indicators, guidelines, and evidenced based best practices; recommend improvement actions.
  • Support identification and selection of consultants or partnerships needed for program support in the country office.
  • Positive outcomes for the first ,Second life stage of children of 0-5  and 5-14 years old:
  • Opportunities to develop and learn through play and exploration; Stronger relations with the adults who care for them
  • Good nutrition and care during the prenatal period and early years; Protection against potentially life-threatening childhood illnesses
  • Strong networks of families and local organizations that provide a supportive environment for children to develop such as:
  • Knowledge and life skills in school, at home and in the community;
  • Foundations to build lifelong learning and confidence for today and hope for the future
  • Interaction with other children, family and community members to develop social skills
  • Leading the implementation of CO LS1 -2 strategy
  • Ensure timely and quality collection of data on target groups i.e. infant and children as well as indirect beneficiaries such as parents, families etc.
  • Lead baseline surveys process on target groups that are infants and children when necessary.
  • Develop effective and sustainable programs for parents, with focus on reproductive health, nutrition, health, child protection and child enrolment and maintain at school.
  • Improve of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Education programs in terms of curriculum, environment, equipment, teaching, learning and entertainment.
  • Support the implementation and dissemination of School Based Violence model in CF working areas.
  • Promotion of parent income generating activities for infant and children well-being.
  • Orient  Federations budgeting in light with PDD elaboration , targeting child priorities and needs
  •  Secure at least two grants annually for the Infants and Children departments.
  • Work in partnership with other sector departments such as sponsorship, LS3 and Child Protection, Health, M&E, Finance and HR to contribute to organizational alignment both vertically and horizontally.
  • Represent ChildFund in ECD and Education technical working groups and partners meetings.
  • Create and maintain a good working partnership with state ECD and basic education technical services and other partners.
  • Monitor program implementation and submit monthly and quarterly reports to the Program & Sponsorship Director and donors when requires in coordination with the M&E & KLM Specialist.
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Program & Sponsorship Director.
  • Link with Finance Department to ensure that monthly departmental analysis of Budgeted vs. Actual (BvA) is provided by the Finance and variances are addressed.
  •  Communication/Reporting
  • Keep the Program & Sponsorship Director and all concerned and interested parties informed of all significant sectarian programmatic developments.
  • Ensure information sharing among the ChildFund various actors (staff, partners, region, donors, government, etc through meetings, site visits and useful reporting mechanisms.
Grants acquisition and Management Support
  • Support grants acquisition, including project and proposal development. Support the intelligence gathering, country office positioning, rapid response to competitive bids, and general project development and negotiations with donors.
  • Facilitate appropriate and legally sound relationships between the country office, region and organization with funding institutions based on a risk framework and in a manner that shields organization from direct or indirect liabilities.
  • Support editing of program reports for submission to donors and International Office.
Research and Innovation
  • Ensure high quality implementation of research and evaluation activities to support program models and other interventions across life stages.
  • As directed, undertake special project activities to research and or innovate program models and practices.
Visibility and Representation
  • Build/deepen partnerships with external partners and stakeholders based on organizational strategy; promote networking, collaboration and engagement with relevant platforms and processes within the country office’s Strong Core Program portfolio.
  • Help promote ChildFund’s learning network of practitioners that can serve as a capacity building resource and facilitate the sharing of information.
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Develop learning and knowledge products in the area of technical expertise that meet standards and enable organization-wide learning and sharing by documenting approaches, project and program designs and lessons, case studies and other knowledge products. Seek and leverage existing knowledge products in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Child Safeguarding
  • Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures, and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
Required                                         
  • At least 3+ years’ experience in area of expertise, preferable with an international development organization.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in serving as a technical specialist in multi-cultural work environments focusing on program development and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, develop and foster relationships internally and externally.
  • Excellent administrative, communications, negotiation and decision-making skills.
    
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