ECD Senior Officer
International Rescue Committee
Community & Social Services
The Early Childhood Development (ECD)Senior Officer will be based in IRC Terego field Office. The ECD Senior Officer will coordinate field level project implementation and provide technical oversight and technical support to the field-based project team. Th
- Minimum Qualification:Bachelor
- Experience Level:Senior level
- Experience Length:5 years
The Project Will Contribute To The Achievement Of Three Key Project Outcomes
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has received confirmation for funding from Save the Children under the Uganda Education Consortium funded by the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) to implement an eight month project titled ‘Watoto Wasome – meaning ‘Children Learn.’ Watoto Wasome is an initiative aimed at responding to challenges relating to early access to learning, protection and play opportunities for children aged 3-6 years with sustainable, community-driven solutions at the household and community levels in Imvepi and Palabek settlements. In households, IRC will support responsive caregiving by working collaboratively and closely with caregivers and parents to ensure that they are in the drivers’ seat for the care, protection, learning and development of their children, to improve holistic nurturing care. Our entry point will largely be working with and at the early childhood development (ECD) centers and parents of the children in the supported ECD centers. IRC will work closely and collaboratively with local leaders such as refugee welfare committees, IRC’s women and girls' centers and other existing structures to better engage the parents.
- Improved access and retention to inclusive and gender transformative learning and training opportunities,
- Improved delivery of quality education and training, and
- Strengthened systems for effective and resilient service delivery.
The Early Childhood Development (ECD)Senior Officer will be based in IRC Terego field Office. The ECD Senior Officer will coordinate field level project implementation and provide technical oversight and technical support to the field-based project team. The role will closely work and collaborate with the Education, Gender and Inclusion Manager (who will also be coordinating the project implementation) and other project staff to ensure that ‘Watoto Wasome’ project is smoothly implemented. The role will ensure that there is coordination of implementation of project activities between the locations of implementation (Lamwo and Terego districts).
The Senior Officer will work closely and liaise with the Education, Gender and Inclusion Manager as well as the Education Sector Coordinator to ensure close collaboration in the implementation of the project. The ECD Senior Officer will work closely with MEAL teams to ensure quality program data collection, analysis and reporting. The ECD Senior Officer will play a key role in documenting and reporting on the learning and impact of the Watoto Wasome project to the Consortium Management Unit and donors and government stakeholders especially at the field (district) level. Given that the ECD Senior Officer will be based at the field, they will be expected to conduct frequent visits to field operations (Imvepi and Palabek settlements and the respective host communities supported) and be able to provide feedback on the quality of the project implementation, what could be improved or maintained to ensure that the project implementation is dynamic and building on context realities.
Technical implementation of project activities:
- Work in collaboration with the Education, Gender and Inclusion Manager to prepare, maintain, and update detailed work-plan, also in collaboration with project partner/s.
- Provide technical guidance in relation to the implementation of ECD approaches of the work-plan and quality of activities, share relevant information and direction to improve quality and ensure timely implementation of activities.
- Collaborate with internal (Education Coordinator and Education , Gender and Inclusion Manager) and external partners (Save the Children, UNHCR, Street Child, Uganda Education Consortium among others) in the planning and implementation of all ‘Watoto Wasome’ activities within project implementation locations.
- Work collaboratively and very closely with the Education, Gender and Inclusion Manager to prepare, maintain, and update detailed work-plan, in close consultations (as needed) with project partner/s (Save the Children, UNHCR and Street Child).
- Foster a cohesive ‘Watoto Wasome’ project identity at the field level and across sectors and the consortium.
- Work with the Education, Gender & Inclusion Manager for the Watoto Wasome project to develop procurement plans, monthly project spending plan and cash forecasts.
- Support MEAL team/staff in conducting data collection in line with Watoto Wasome project MEAL plan.
- Collaborate with the Education, Gender and Inclusion Manager to ensure that activity implementation is in accordance with the budget and track budget expenditure.
Project Monitoring & Reporting responsibilities
- Conduct regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
- Work closely with MEAL in the collection of data, assessments and contribute to proposal development in close collaboration with the project coordinator.
- Develop project reports as per set schedules (monthly and or quarterly) on project implementation progress and grant activities, indicators and achievements.
- Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented, including systematic and timely data collection as required under the grant and for IRC MEAL purposes.
- Ensure proper documentation and maintain an archive of Watoto Wasome project activities and related procurements.
- Support in the development of the MEAL framework and tools related to the Watoto Wasome project
- Work very closely with the field Coordinators and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising
- Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of beneficiaries during the promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment.
Coordination, Representation, And Partner/stakeholder Relationships
- Work closely and coordinate with IRC supply chain, finance and other program staff at the field level to ensure timely and compliant project activities and expenditures, including active participation in grant opening/closing and review meetings.
- Represent IRC in different platforms at the field level and in coordination with the Education, Gender and Inclusion Manager attend any meetings, working groups relevant for the project.
- Attend and actively participate in sector related working group meetings and represent the interests of the IRC especially at the field level.
- Coordinate closely with partners implementing the Education Cannot Wait grant in Terego, Lamwo and other locations (as possible).
- Work with the Project Manager (Education, Gender and Inclusion Manager), to coordinate the Partnership Project Opening, Review, Monitoring and Closing Meetings, together with the project teams, and ensure partner participation in all project cycle meetings accordingly.
- Coordinate and participate in timely and effective partner program, finance, and compliance review and reflection (monitoring), and work with the project team (partner teams) to address any project performance issues accordingly.
- Work in collaboration with the Consortium Management Unit in refining the technical approaches, reporting tools and templates to ensure achievement of desired outcomes.
Monitoring, Reporting And Communication Responsibilities
- Monitoring ECD performance/progress and documenting best practices, lessons learned and success stories in line with the agreed templates and formats.
- Prepare weekly and monthly program reports, and compile lessons learnt to inform continuous project implementation.
- Collect relevant data (in collaboration with the MEAL Officer) during project implementation and provide regular reports.
- Monitor client payment processes at participating Money Transfer Agents’ locations accordingly.
- Participate in the collection of data, during assessments and post-distribution surveys as and when required including design of required tools by providing technical input.
- Participate in the verification exercise, research or MEAL whenever needed
- Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
- Works well in the refugee contexts and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
- Dem onstratable ability to engage and build excellent working relationships with local partner organizations, create synergies while implementing the project is vital.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Community Development, Project Planning and Management, Public Health or related field.
- 5 years of experience leading teams, implementing ECD projects.
- Experience working in humanitarian settings required
- Experience in community based ECD programming, and/or child nutrition programming, coordination, and stakeholder analysis.
- Experience in working closely with partners
- Proven abilities in coordination within teams and with other stakeholders.
- Prior experience in developing project implementation work-plans and project reporting
- Fluency in English Language both written and spoken is required
- Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage
Standards For Professional Conduct
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.
Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request reasonable accommodation.
This position is only for Ugandan nationals to apply; IRC strives to attract, motivate, and retain qualified national staff in our programs.
NB: This advert will close on 29 th May 2023.
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