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Lebanon: Education Manager

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Lebanon
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

The IRC’s Education programming is currently implementing Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Retention projects across Akkar and Bekaa governorates, working closely with local leaders and Formal School Directors to effectively target new programming, as guided by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s (MEHE) national NFE framework. The IRC is also working to support the government’s MEHE through mobilizing communities in its Back to School Campaigns and collect data on retention and access issues, as well as disseminating schooling and protection information at the community level through Refugee Outreach Volunteers (ROVs). The IRC also supports Syrian youth for youth vocational education (TVET) opportunities, and provides transportation support for the most vulnerable youth to access these programs.

Job Overview/Summary:

Under the direction of the Education Senior Manager, the Education Manager for Bekka will supervise the implementation of safe and appropriate early childhood, community-based education and community outreach activities as part of a broader education strategy. The Education Manager will be responsible of supervising the education team in the governorate, providing technical and operational support and ensuring timely and quality implementation of program activities and strategies. The Education Manager will work in coordination with key Education stakeholders and partners, representing the IRC Education program in the governorate. The position will be based in Beirut, with weekly travel to Bekaa.

Major Responsibilities:

Staff Supervision & Development

  • Directly supervise the education team in Bekaa (50 staff aprox.).
  • Ensure leadership, training and technical support to all program staff.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming.
  • Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probations reviews and annual performance reviews.
  • Plan/coordinate and oversee staff work plans, work and vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities.
  • Mentor and support staff’s professional development, providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions
  • Ensure staff adhere to best-practice principles when working with children, youth, and community members.

Activity Planning & Implementation

  • Prepare and maintain/update detailed work plan(s) that support and achieve the overall grant timeline and completion date.
  • Provide direction and monitor staff in their implementation of the work plan and quality of technical activities, share relevant information and direction to improve quality and achieve timelines
  • Approve expenditures to designated level; assist in managing and monitoring monthly expenditures and tracking budgets.

Grant Monitoring & Reporting

  • Ensure that the program is implemented according to schedule and budget and that project objectives are met.
  • Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical and/or implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
  • Produce/contribute to internal and donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements.
  • Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented, including systematic and timely data collection as required for internal M&E purposes.
  • Support the collection, analysis and dissemination of project data and information for problem analysis, planning and evaluation with all stakeholders.
  • Assist in the collection of data, assessments and proposal development for the sector.

Coordination & Representation

  • Work in close coordination with the teams in Beirut and North governorate to ensure harmonized implementation of activities and strategies;
  • Work closely and coordinate with logistics, finance and grant departments to ensure timely and complete program activities and expenditures;
  • Work closely with other IRC programming sectors to ensure information sharing about geographic targets, cases to be referred or supported by other sectors, and holistic integrated support to communities;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including community leaders and other implementing partners.
  • Undertake/participate in liaison, coordination, and information sharing activities with national NGOs, international organizations, donors and government authorities.
  • Coordinate with and/or advise peer agencies, local government, and other stakeholders to promote delivery of high quality education programming and to ensure adherence to best practices for education in emergencies.


  • Consistently and proactively assess the safety and security of the team; promptly report concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Education Senior Manager

Position directly supervise: Education Senior Officers

Indirect Reporting: Education Coordinator

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Education Technical Manager, Senior Project Officer, Country Director; Country Program Sector Coordinators (WPE, ERD, Protection); Field Coordinators; Grants Manager.

External: UNHCR education officers; Education Working Group; Education colleagues at peer agencies.

Job Requirements:

  • 3 years professional experience in Education programming, of which at least 2 in a managerial position;
  • Clear understanding of education in emergencies, including barriers that children face in accessing their right to education.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods of community development and mobilization.
  • Experience in teaching or in school administration, providing teacher professional development/training, psychosocial support activities, curriculum development and community mobilization for education.
  • Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Experience facilitating trainings and workshops on education topics.
  • Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • INGO experience preferred.
  • Lebanese national

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong management and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, cheerful personality and team spirit.
  • Patient, flexible, able to accomplish huge workload, handle pressure well and team spirited.
  • Good computer skills including, at minimum, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Language Skills*:*

  • Excellent drafting and oral communication skills in English

Working Environment*:*

The position will be based in Zahle, with some travel required between the North and Bekaa governorates and the main IRC office in Beirut.

Experience required:

  • 5 to 10 yearsEducation degree: Bachelor Degree

Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Syria Response Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. 5

How to apply:

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. 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. Please submit your application by email to with the job title in the subject line no later than July 31, 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.