Save the Children Education in Emergencies (EiE) Working Group Coordinator Career Recruitment in Nairobi, Kenya June 2017


Jobs Vacancy: Employment Nairobi Kenya 2017 

Job Description: Today Save the Children Work Kenya 

Save the Children
International Programs
Job Title: Education in Emergencies (EiE) Working Group Coordinator
Reports To: Response Team Leader with a dotted line to the Education Specialist
Location: Nairobi, Kenya (with travel to   drought affected counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs)


Grade: 3
Contract Length: 6 months

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; re because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

Role Purpose: Save the Children and UNICEF share global responsibility as co-Leads of the Global Education Cluster as part of the UN humanitarian reform (

The EiE Working Group Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and supporting on-going Education activities and strengthening sector coordination in Kenya; in line with the Inter Agency Standing committee (ASC) Sector approach.
The EiE Working Group Coordinator will work impartially, serving the needs of all members of the Education Sector, and should work closely with staff from our co-lead UNICEF.
The EiE Working Group Coordinator is accountable to the Humanitarian Country Team (KHPT) through the co-lead agencies (Save the Children and UNICEF).
The Kenya Country Office (CO) is seeking an EiE Working Group Coordinator to ensure a coherent and effective response to education needs being addressed by agencies engaging in Education interventions, as required by the activation of the United Nations System.
The EiE Working Group Coordinator will lead this initiative by working closely with the education stakeholders (children, families, communities, authorities, education institutions and INGOs and UN agencies) to provide an effective, timely and strategic collective response to emergencies in Kenya.
Depending on the scale of the emergency it may be necessary to facilitate the set-up of teams at sub-national level and to work with/supervise dedicated information management staff.
Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners.
Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.
In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya.
In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own.
Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country.
We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$20 million.

Key Areas of Accountability:

Sector Programme Support:

  • Support both multi-sector and education specific rapid joint needs assessments followed by comprehensive Education needs assessment; and utilise existing secondary data to inform sector response planning.
  • Ensure the Sector is guided by a coherent and needs-based strategy developed through consultation with relevant partners.
  • Coordinate partners (through meetings and other communications channels) in the implementation of the strategy to ensure response activities are harmonized and that overlap and duplication are prevented.
  • Ensure a continuity plan is in place for the maintenance of Education functions following the end of the deployment.
  • Liaise with other sectors to ensure education needs are being met such as with the food and safety net to provide food to schools; WASH cluster for water and hygiene intervention at school level and CP level on protection issues.
  • Facilitate key activities within the Humanitarian Programme Cycle including development of the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), development and revision of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and, peer review processes for pooled-funding opportunities including Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
  • Ensure that the Information Management function is fully integrated into the sector strategy and approach.
  • Track and monitor sector members fundraising for Education specific interventions.
  • Ensure that inter-agency response strategy for Education reflects key findings from needs assessments, identifying gaps, and formulating a sector-wide interagency response plan, taking into account the cross-cutting areas from other sectors.
  • Ensure that information is shared amongst members, and that information from other sectors is made available to members in order to improve planning, integration and implementation.
  • Work closely with key members of the Education sectors guaranteeing clear communication with school officials, National, Provincial or Local Governments, OCHA, UNICEF and all other members.
  • Ensure clear and effective communication occurs between sub-national and the national Teams.
  • Contribute to regular OCHA and agency-specific sitreps, and take an active part in OCHA co-ordination meetings.
  • Ensure education is explicitly included and prioritized in all multi-sector assessments and reports, including OCHA Sitreps.
Capacity Building:
  • Lead in conducting a capacity mapping of all education actors within the sector.
  • Ensure that capacity building of country staff, government counterparts and agency staff in order to guarantee on-going sustainability and quality of the response.
  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Education members and work to increase capacity in preparedness and response within the sector.
  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Display neutrality and act as representative of all education members.
  • Develop and maintain a strong and positive relationship with key counterparts at the Ministry of Education / relevant directorate and UNICEF.
Competencies for this Role:

1. Leading and Inspiring Others

  • Demonstrates leadership in all our work, embodies our values, and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children.
  • Accomplished
2. Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation.
  • Leading Edge
3. Communicating with Impact
  • Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
  • Leading Edge
4. Working Effectively with Others
  • Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Leading Edge
Qualifications and Experience


  • Solid experience of Education Sector coordination at the national level in similar context (emergencies).
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
  • Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge of Education in Emergencies, particularly in a drought context
  • Understanding of the Humanitarian Program Cycle including experience with Humanitarian Response Planning and/or Humanitarian Needs Overview
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in Education (or a related field) or equivalent field experience with EiE
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to facilitate diverse groups
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrable ability to work and represent views across different stakeholders taking part in the Education Meetings.
  • Experience of high level co-ordination and chairing of meetings
  • Demonstrable understanding of international humanitarian response and co-ordination mechanisms
  • Understanding of opportunities to provide integrated or cross-cutting humanitarian interventions with other sectors.
  • Experience of applying relevant interagency humanitarian frameworks and standards in education in emergencies (for example INEE Minimum Standards)
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Strong information management skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Language skills in English – both written and verbal
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
Application procedures:

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory cover letter quoting the Job Title.

The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to 
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.