Education Specialist

Norwegian Refugee Council, Erbil, Iraq

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th April, 2019

Job Description

NRC in Iraq

Iraq has seen an unprecedented rise in displacement over the last several years, reaching a peak between 2014 and 2017. Of the more than 5.8 million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, two million remain displaced. Over four million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges include: lack of security, community rejection, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational opportunities.

The UN estimates that more than 6.7 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, of this, those in critical need include 1.75 million people which includes both in- camp and out-of-camp IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host communities. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 701 million USD to deliver basic assistance to these Iraqis (HRP 2019). With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure displaced populations return home, receive adequate services while ensuring inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation efforts that will sustain peace.

Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra and Anbar Governorates.

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach areas. In 2018, NRC scaled-up programmes across Iraq to respond to the large-scale displacements and returns, especially in Anbar governorate, around Kirkuk and in Ninewa using our water and sanitation, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, camp management, and cash activities.

Role Specific Information:

Directorate of Education key staff:

  • Represent NRC at the Education Cluster, ensure Sub-National Cluster co-lead roles are carried out in line with the ToR; regularly attend and contribute to Cluster activities, and build relationships with key UN and NGO partners
  • Create strong linkages between Child Protection actors and NRC projects; devise clear referral pathways
  • Contribute to the development of integrated programming approaches, including GBV mainstreaming, livelihoods mainstreaming, collaboration with ICLA, and integrated school construction and rehabilitation in cooperation with the WASH and Shelter teams
  • Develop SoPs, technical guidance notes and overview monitoring plans in collaboration with other members of the team, develop an overall advocacy plan for the education programme; harmonise education approaches across Area Offices
  • Develop modalities for education programme, which includes local partnerships, remote management, and collaboration with other agencies, research etc.
  • Ensure education team members are trained on Child Safeguarding and Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and are aware of relevant reporting mechanisms
  • Actively promote and support the nationalization of the management of education teams in the areas offices
  • Devise exit strategies as relevant and expansion plans in new geographies, leading on needs assessment processes

Our Ideal Candidate: A university graduate in a relevant field(s) with minimum 4 years experience within Education in a humanitarian/recovery settings, especially in complex and volatile environments. Fluency in English, both verbal and written is required. Knowledge of Arabic and previous work experience in the Middle-East and Iraq will be a distinct advantage.


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