Emergency Education Manager

The Education Manager will act as the technical lead on all education-related matters for the Syrian Refugee response in KRG and Anbar Governorates. The ED PM will be expected, with limited support, to lead on education-related assessments, programme design and implementation at proposal and strategy level, as well as support on fundraising, recruitment and procurement, liaising and linking with other sectors as appropriate. In addition, the advisor will oversee the monitoring & evaluation of education activities and take the lead on the education cluster coordination. The Education Manager will also be expected to play a leadership role within a response team, supporting and building the capacity of colleagues. The role is based in Kurdistan Regional Governates and for 12 months.

Key areas of accountability:

Programme Support: The Education Manager, working with the Response Team will:

  • Expand the Education Program Strategy for KRG refugee camp and urban populations;
  • Prepare and oversee programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities, including monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans, identifying programme supplies needs and coordinating with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
  • Programmes to develop and implement may include;
  • Literacy/ Remedial Education programming
  • Creation of additional learning spaces to serve refugee populations
  • Outreach meetings in the camps and urban settings (specifically targeting child/youth, parents, care-givers, other duty bearers) to build better understanding of family / community priorities for education.
  • Teacher education/ training workshops on health, nutrition and child protection topics – targeting 80 teachers in the urban areas in the KRG.
  • To ensure integration (where appropriate) with other sectors, especially looking to strengthen the links between Education programmes and protection, NFI and WASH.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Lead on technical education assessments in coordination with other SC thematic areas and other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Develop education program monitoring tools and work with the M&E and Assessment Officer to monitor education programming; Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team put in place a sector M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.
  • Prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Put in place Education accountability mechanisms, ensuring that feedback is incorporated into programme design and learning disseminated to the wider sector.

Fundraising and advocacy

  • Lead on fundraising for Education (and integrated programming), including development of high quality concept notes and proposals.
  • Implement a 6 month education advocacy strategy;
  • Save the Children is a dual mandate organisation and as such the Education Manager is also expected to support the ongoing development work of the Iraq CO as the workload and needs allow.

Qualifications and Experience: Essential

  • Substantial experience of working in humanitarian programs or in fragile states
  • Skills and experience in the education sector
  • Previous experience of managing a team
  • Previous experience of programme management across multiple locations
  • Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in participation and accountability approaches
  • Demonstrated experience in leading assessment activities and of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating education programmes
  • Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems.
  • Experience of senior level representation, including Cluster coordination
  • Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills with a high level of written and spoken English
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Experience of urban programming
  • Language skills in Arabic and/or Kurdish
Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Iraq,
Save the Children International