Education Coordinator-JRS

JRS Job Description

Identification of Position

Position Title: Education Coordinator
Location: Tongogara Refugee Camp (TRC), Zimbabwe
Reports to: Regional Director
Starting date: 17th of June 2019
Contract duration: Twelve (12) Months (with possibility of extension, funds permitting)

Position Requirements

Organisational Context
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced people, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. The organisation was founded in November 1980 and has a presence in 52 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office in Rome. JRS’s approach to service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term wellbeing of refugees and displaced persons, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. JRS offers opportunities to a wide variety of staff, local and international, while maintaining a realistic and localised scheme of salary/stipend, insurance, etc.
JRS is now hiring an Education Coordinator for its operations in Tongogara Refugee Camp in Zimbabwe.
Operational Context/Role
With the direction of the regional director, the Education Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be to oversee quality design, implementation, and offer monitoring and evaluation to JRS’s education programmes in Tongogara refugee camp. He/she will measure student achievement and promote effective teaching methods at the same time guiding the school administration into adhering to a myriad government standards and goals as committed to JRS’s back donors.

Key Responsibilities
1. Project Management
• Provide technical assistance on a range of education projects including but not limited to Secondary Education.
• Mentor Education project staff including but not limited to Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher, school and homework teachers on conflict sensitive education (CSE)
• Oversee the overall management of JRS activities at St Michael’s Secondary School, in line with the project proposals and plans.
• Support the school Head in ensuring that interventions are relevant and appropriate and that quality standards are maintained across the school.
• Collect data and/or conduct surveys on all areas of education program activities for evaluation of program effectiveness.
• Ensure that project activities are monitored on a continuous basis, whereby corrective actions (clear recommendations based on monitoring outcomes) are taken according to set time and standards.
• Prepare and submit annual project proposals; monthly; quarterly; yearly and any other reports as deemed necessary within a time frame agreed by JRS and its donors.
• Undertake needs assessments and design new interventions as appropriate in collaboration with the School Head and Regional Director.
• Work with Inter-Regional Education Officer and Regional Programmes Officer to develop and design concept notes/project proposals on a continuous basis, when and as required. Ensure that the project is implemented in a consultative, participative and gender sensitive way.
• Observe and maintain record of children progress and maintain all transition procedures for all child safeguarding settings in the school.
• Respond to and resolve problems of program participants through vocational, career and academic counselling.
• Maintain strong communication with School Head, School Management Committee and Parent Teacher Association of St Michael’s Secondary School.
• Attend relevant school meetings and provide minutes to the Regional Director.
• Ensure application of all JRS policies and procedures, including the Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding.

2. Staff Management

• Coordinate with other stakeholders to ensure that all education staff and volunteers adhere to JRS organizational policies (i.e. Code of Conduct, Child Safeguarding Policy, etc.) and Zimbabwe’s child protection mechanisms.
• Ensure enough, qualified and appropriate staff and volunteers are in place to support and implement education projects.
• Assist in recruitment, placement and management of personnel and volunteers associated with education projects.
• Support staff to identify areas for development and jointly plan capacity building opportunities. i.e. teacher training, curriculum development etc.
• Continuously support the professional development of education staff and volunteers by providing clear orientation, feedback and learning opportunities
• Train all education staff and parent leaders on the appreciation and their role, ie home study programs for students.
• Appraise performance of personnel under his or her supervision
• Ensure performance objectives are produced, worked towards and achieved.
• Convene periodic meetings with education staff to ensure common understanding of progress against indicators and update on current policies and developments in education.

3. Finance & Budgeting

• Responsible as the primary budget holder for the education project
• Verify requisitions and ensures they are in accordance with the approved budget and project objectives, then providing authorization if all is in order
• In collaboration with the Finance Department, review and analyse expenditure reports (on a monthly basis) and take necessary steps to ensure proper management and utilization of budgets so as to ensure 100% of budget lines are spent by end of project.
• Account for JRS assets and interests and safeguard from loss arising from fraud, waste, weak administration and poor value for money.

4. Representation of JRS

• Provide direct liaison with educational personnel associated with secondary education, Ministry of education (MoE) Zimbabwe, UNHCR and other partner agencies, to develop program linkages, support and referral systems.
• Represent JRS at meetings of NGOs, UN and Government but not limited to as requested by the Regional Director
• Work with UNHCR and other implementing partners as necessary to advocate for refugees in cases of human rights violations and/or protection issues and concerns
• Represent JRS program in a highly professional and dignified manner

5. General
• Organize all logistics processes, including purchasing, warehousing, communications and transport, as well as the related administrative procedures, for JRS operations
• Any other duty as delegated by the Supervisor.

Core values and ethics
• Good understanding of and compatibility with the values of JRS;
• Very good pastoral sense and listening abilities and communication/inter-personal skills;
• Demonstrated ability and experience of working in a multi-cultural environment with good multicultural sensitivities and in a flexible environment;
• Willingness and ability to travel to the field, when appropriate, for project monitoring visits and live a simple lifestyle;

Qualifications and Experience
• At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related fields
• Be self-starter and able to work under minimal supervision
• At least 7 years of teaching experience. Teaching experience at both primary and secondary level will be an added advantage
• At least 3 years’ school leadership experience
• High level of creativity and innovation in contemporary approaches in teaching and learning to be able to effectively coach and mentor teachers
• Computer knowledge, including Microsoft Office suite, Internet, Google Docs, Google Sheets and electronic database management
• Ability to work in a rural setup and refugee camp
• Ability to work in a culturally and religiously diverse environment.
• Experience in an education program cycle management

• Contract is for six (6) months, renewable (depending on funding) with an initial probation of 3 months.
• JRS remuneration policy is in keeping with JRS ethos to offer effective and professional service and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary scale is calculated with the use of a Post Adjustment Multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role.
• Willingness to stay at Tongogara Refugee Camp (TRC) or in an area closeby

Application Guidelines
The application should include the following documents:
• Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English including three (3) professional references with their contact information, phone and email address.
• A cover letter describing the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how his/her qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.

Please send all applications to the Regional HR Manager, Mike Nyamarebvu on and copy the Regional Director, Mr Tim Smith on by the 31st of May 2019.

Please note that due to an urgent need, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply!!!

No late applications will be accepted!
No walk-in applications will be accepted!
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted!

Created: May 17, 2019
Category: Human Resources, She, Teaching, Training
Location: Harare
Salary: Not Stated
Expiry Date: May 31, 2019

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