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Inter-Regional Education Coordinator

Organisational Context

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.  The organisation was founded in November 1980 and has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term wellbeing of refugees and displaced persons, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. JRS offers opportunities to a wide variety of staff, local and international, while maintaining a realistic and localised scheme of salary/stipend, insurance, etc. 

Operational Context/Role

The Regional Education Coordinator is responsible for supporting JRS teams in terms of conception, supervision, and implementation of projects responding to the specific needs of forcibly displaced people in the Eastern Africa Region (Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia) and Southern Africa Region (Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Angola).  The Regional Education Coordinator will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, allocating approximately 65% of his or her time to Eastern Africa, and 35% to Southern Africa (or as determined by the Regional Directors).  The position requires good communication skills, leadership, and the capacity to work with a team.  Analytical thinking and the capacity to research innovative intervention methods, as well as creativity and flexibility are also expected.


Eastern Africa and South Africa

Report to
Regional Directors


Key Responsibilities

1.       General

  • Serve as a technical resource to Regional Directors and Regional Programmes Officers to evaluate and assess new education projects and the direction of existing projects.
  • Lead contextualized training of teachers (i.e., responsible for the training of team members and of teaching personnel).
  • Liaise with local government officials, education ministries and other relevant authorities and stakeholders in order to represent the priorities of the organization, provide necessary technical expertise, and support local teams in implementation of projects.

2.       Planning

  • Under the supervision of the Regional Directors, and in collaboration with the International Education staff and the rest of the regional team, define the strategy and priority actions of the educational programs in the regions.
  • Provide technical support to the annual review and planning of JRS projects taking into account regional and international strategies and guidelines, as well as international standards for education in emergencies.
  • Lead and manage all educational needs assessment activities within the region for new sites.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to country and project educational staff for ongoing evaluation and needs assessment at existing educational projects.
  • Develop technical inputs for all proposals with educational outcomes and activities within the region.
  • Propose innovative strategies and activities to address educational needs in the region.

3.       Supporting Project Implementation

  • Define and coordinate actions that guarantee the implementation of strategic priorities in the region.
  • Support JRS teams and reinforce their capacities in terms of education by:
    • Drafting and preparing key documents in order to implement and harmonize key interventions and support interventions (information regarding educational systems, key documents, INEE, etc.).
    • Planning and implementing training to reinforce the capacities of educational teams.
  • To coordinate with other actors in the educational sector in the region:
    • To ensure the effective exchange of information, technical support, and advocacy regarding education in emergencies in the regions among JRS and other key actors (beneficiaries, NGOs, UN Agencies, Education Cluster, Ministries of Education, etc.).
    • To support the technical work of the teams in the field and coordinate their interaction with local authorities.

4.       Reporting

  • Visit JRS educational projects and monitor their implementation, reporting to regional and international staff on progress.
  • To write and submit bimonthly activity reports to the Education in Emergencies Specialist in the International Office.
  • Support the Regional Offices in the consolidation of reports coming from the field.
  • Propose and create tools to evaluate impact indicators and the quality of JRS education projects.


Qualifications and experience:

  • Master’s degree in Education or related field;
  • Experience (at least 3 years) working in project management, preferably in education in emergencies and protracted crises;
  • Proven experience in managing people/teams in low resource environments;
  • Demonstrated experience of and commitment to working with marginalized communities;
  • A commitment to the education of girls and people with special needs.  


  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) and excellent writing skills;
  • Good level of French would be an asset.

Technical Skills

  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office and experience with managing computer networks and software;
  • Strong analytical, reporting, and planning skills with demonstrated solutions focus;
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation skills/experience;
  • Knowledge of project cycle management;
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) standards. 

Core values and ethics

  • Good understanding of and compatibility with the values of JRS;
  • Very good pastoral sense combined with ability to listen and excellent communication/inter-personal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability and experience of working in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to the regional and country offices, when appropriate;
  • Compassion for refugees and displaced people, a motivation to serve, and (desirable) experience of working in the context of forced migration;
  • A capacity to adapt to basic living and working conditions particularly to operate in a sub-optimal working environment subject to power cuts / intermittent electricity;
  • Demonstrable experience of, and capacity for, working collaboratively as part of a team and putting in practice team building skills;
  • Flexibility in work hours as needed, including some evenings and weekends.



The contract is for 1 (one) year, renewable with an initial probationary period of three months. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos of offering effective and professional services and at the same time expressing solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and the degree of responsibility of the role. Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.


All applicants are requested to submit the following documents through the form below:

1) Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English including three (3) professional references with their contact information, phone and email address.

2) A cover letter describing the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how your qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.


Deadline for application: 18 January 2018


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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