Education Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council, Herat, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th February, 2020

Job Description

Purpose of the Job:

Education programme seeks to enable vulnerable displaced people (returnees from Iran or Pakistan, as well as people internally displaced by conflict) to access to quality education. this programme aims to ensure that displaced people able to meet their essential needs – in terms of quality, diversity and quantity – both in times of emergency and in situations of protracted displacement.

The Education Officer will be responsible for implementing, reporting and ensuring the quality of Education current project being implemented in Herat. This will include participating in data collection field work; overseeing the beneficiary selection process in coordination with communities, local stakeholders and other NRC units in the Herat office ensuring that projects are being implemented on schedule (including keeping clear records of distributions); ensuring that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans are being implemented, and immediately flagging any challenges or delays to the Education PM in Herat.

Duties and responsibilities

Generic Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement and monitor activities related to educational needs of Returnees and IDPs children
  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated CC project portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders at the community level
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Maintain transparency and accountability in all education projects.
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and marked based programmes
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement

Specific responsibilities

  • Having full understanding of all programs’ goals, objectives , implementation plan and expected result/ output
  • Oversee the analysis, implementation, and communication with MoE and school shura for the conditional cash grants
  • Analysis of access to schools in all target locations, specifically, analysis of barriers to education and how to respond to such barriers
  • Development of education information pack containing all necessary steps and conditions to enroll returnee and IDP children in education services
  • Mapping of government and NGO supported schools in areas of return
  • Coordination of activities in relation to the conditional cash grants to schools enrolling returnees
  • Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programmes in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies
  • Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses
  • Provide leadership in the process of integration of IDP children into government and NGO supported schools
  • Coordination with regional counterparts to facilitate the processes of project implementation
  • Participate in the selection of the school age children in accordance to related SOP and NRC criteria
  • Develop sensitization activities related to NRC education programs
  • Organize regular meetings with Community advisory board
  • Establish CBE, ALP and EiE classes based on project target
  • Prepare and develop procurement plan based on project needs
  • Keep updated about the BLP training curriculum used at national level
  • Deliver trainings promoting psychosocial care/Better Learning Program (BLP) including risk management, stress management, basic psychosocial planning, incident management, information management, and communication and personal hygiene considerations to Hub schools
  • Review and help develop and/or contextualize training material with a psychosocial perspective.
  • Team building, leadership and team management.
  • Conduct capacity building sessions to sub-ordinate colleagues.
  • Participate in EiE WG meetings and lead the coordination among NRC and other EiE partners.


  • University degree/ Certificate/Diploma in Education and Social science.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ working experience with humanitarian programme in Education with at least 1-years’ experience engaging with IDPs or other vulnerable populations environment, Minimum of a university degree in social science, Education or in other related fields. Prior experience with Education is required
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal is mandatory
  • Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market based programmes
  • Knowledge of a 2nd Afghan language
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Report writing skills both in Persian and English
  • Knowledge of INEE Minimum standard is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analysis skills (qualitative and qualitative)
  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Effective team leading and management
  • Good understanding of complex emergencies and crisis contexts
  • Flexible and creative

Personal qualities

  • Result and process oriented
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Initiate action and positive change


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