Education Protection Officer at International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Kasulu, Tanzania, United Republic of | req44816
Requisition ID: req44816
Job Title: Education Protection Officer
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Kasulu, Tanzania
Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to serious humanitarian crises around the world and helps victims to survive and rebuild their lives.
For over half a century, Tanzania has been a country of asylum, hosting one of the largest refugee populations in Africa. Currently, the country hosts approximately 287,903 Burundian and Congolese refugees, many of whom arrived in 2015 as the crisis in Burundi increased. To date, refugees continue to co-exist with the host communities in Kigoma region expressing multiple reasons and needs. Within this context, IRC provides protection and basic assistance in the areas of Safety (comprises of Protection and Rule of Law, Women Protection and Empowerment, and Child Protection), Health (mental health and psychosocial support services and reproductive health), and Education.
Under the direct supervision of Education Program Manager, the education Protection Officer is responsible for the successful execution of education activities in conjunction with Education Program Manager. She/he is responsible for supporting, guiding and monitoring progress of educational activities, providing technical support, training and highly quality assistance to develop education interventions for refugees.
- Oversight of Education Protection Activities in schools.
- Capacity building of Education Officers, INS officers, Education Manager and Education Community Outreach Workers in protection, including PSEA, Teacher Code of Conduct, Referral Mechanism and reporting.
- Ensure any SEA cases in schools are reported using the appropriate referral pathway, through close coordination with CYDP and WPE teams.
- Complete monthly, quarterly and annual SEA reports for submission to UNHCR.
- Work closely with PTA and CPC to ensure protection in schools.
- Work closely with HR and Education Protection Officer to ensure all teachers are trained on the Teacher Code of Conduct and Violations are properly addressed.
- Work closely with the Education Officers to ensure the safety and security of children and teachers in school.
- Ensure integration of programming through partnership with other IRC sectors, including Women’s protection and Empowerment, Child Youth protection and Development and Health teams.
- Prepare education supply needs for education program in all schools and education centers and ensure distribution to all school, teachers and students, following IRC distribution protocols.
- Work with incentive coordination team, PTA and wider community to identify vulnerable children, including those with impairments, to ensure they are enrolled and attending school.
- Work with Education Community Outreach Workers to follow up on student attendance in schools and working with parents through making sure that children have access to informal education.
- Support and monitor extra-curricular activities, including school clubs, recreation, sports and games as well as linking children to Child Friendly Spaces.
- Ensure education activities are well coordinated with those of IRC sectors and NGOs present in the camps, including community mobilization, referral systems and creating awareness in an integrated manner.
- Support education activities in the host community including teacher training and monitoring of activities.
- Prepare activity reports, monthly and donor reports based on the prescribed template.
- Notify the Education Manager of any problems, complaints or useful information about all aspects of the education program.
- Work with the M&E Manager and officer to undertake assessments in coordination with partners, UNHCR, UNICEF where appropriate.
- Attend and participate in trainings identified and/or organized by the Education Manager or Coordinator.
- Follow all IRC policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Report any violations of the IRC Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, The IRC way, and Child Safeguarding Policy (TZ specific and global), as per the IRC Tanzania reporting mechanism.
- Represent IRC at interagency and coordination meetings, as assigned.
- Assist in control and proper usage of stationary and other items relating to work.
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Education Manager or Education Coordinator.
Key Working Relationships: ·
- Position Reports to: Education Manager
- Degree in education from recognized institutions
- 2 years’ experience in working with rural communities desirable
- Capacity to plan and manage effective and creative education responses both in immediate and longer-term
- Ability to summarize and communicate key findings for management decision making
- Ability to work independently, but enlist the support and decision making of senior management
- Ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse background and cultures
- Ability to facilitate training and meetings
- Referee should come from previous or current supervisor
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies
- Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong computer literacy.
- Must be able to multi-task effectively and balance competing priorities, reporting lines and deadlines.
- Advanced interpersonal skills he/she must be able to relate well with others, dictate responsibilities, offer support and constructive feedback.
- Must have excellent problem-solving skills. He/she must be able to adeptly and quickly solve problems as they come up.
- Highly collaborative and consultative approach
- Basic IT skills: knowledge of MS word, Excel and outlook required.
- Fluent in Swahili and English, written and oral skills required.
Security level yellow - The situation in most of the country is calm. Some parts of Kigoma experience insecurity-highway banditry.
Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality: IRC acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. IRC is also committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits.
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.