Education Technical Advisor


To provide overall technical leadership in support for the education sector programming (Sponsorship and other education projects) in program design and implementation, as well as representation in education events and providing support to SMT in management decision making on education priorities.

I. Key Responsibilities (JD: 20220630-jd-education-ta

A. Technical Leadership:

  1. Provide technical leadership for Education programming and advocacy for the Country Office, in particular in areas of early childhood education, basic education, MTBMLE and inclusive education approaches and any emerging education issues, for example education in emergencies.
  2. Set the strategic approach in relation to the wider country strategy
  3. Capacity build, mentor and build a supportive education community across the Country Office, in conjunction with other colleagues in Education and Child Sponsorship and other thematic sectors.
  4. Actively engage with DSPQI, Sponsorship program TAs and Education Program Manager in shaping the education strategy, Child Sponsorship transition, ensuring the technical excellence as well as tracking CSP goals’ implementation and reporting.

B. Ensuring Programme Quality (Design & Implementation):

  1. Work closely with new business development colleagues to identify and pursue funding opportunities that allow for both integration into broader programmes and standalone education projects; engage with technical partners, donors and colleagues across Save the Children
  2. Lead the technical scoping, planning, and design during new programme development, and ensure that we design and deliver high quality integrated/comprehensive education programmes for children with public education resources, building on global best practice. Ensure that gender, disability and resilience considerations are reflected in our programme design and implementation.
  3. Work with Child Rights Governance colleagues to ensure that a rights based approach is reflected in our programme design and implementation (in line with our child rights programming approach), with a strong focus on child participation
  4. Promote an Education Systems Strengthening approach as the overarching framework, that supports working in collaboration and partnership with governments and national bodies, local partners and working towards impact, scale and sustainability.
  5. Provide oversight and guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice (e.g. Save the Children Common Approaches); and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results.
  6. Promote and monitor integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of education programmes at all levels.
  7. Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to carry out gender and power analysis, and conduct quality monitoring against international standards through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality and social justice (including child-friendly and gender sensitive/transformative methodologies).
  8. Contribute towards the creation of an organisational learning culture that promotes the use of disaggregated data, evidence and analysis (including gender and power analysis) and understands its link to quality and accountable programming; Contribute to strengthening the use of equality-focused programme principles and good practice across themes and sectors.
  9. Undertake field visits to project sites; work with implementation teams to understand impacts, operational challenges, and continuously identify opportunities for learning and improvement.
  10. Contribute to organisational learning on education ensuring that learning from our programmes is shared across the Country Office and our partners, as well as with colleagues in the wider regional and global education community in Save the Children. Contribute to strengthening the use of education competencies within training and learning initiatives in the sector. 
  11. Support Humanitarian colleagues (as needed) to develop emergency preparedness plans, and conduct sectoral assessments (including gender analysis and disability situation analysis using SC assessment processes and tools) and to design and deliver emergency response and recovery programmes. Ensure synergies between cross-thematic humanitarian teams, data and programme design.  

C.   Networking & External Engagement:

  1. In alignment with Country Office strategy and leadership, engage in strategic positioning with donors, partners and government in-country, and ensure that Save the Children is a partner of choice in Education programming and advocacy.  
  2. Ensure that Save the Children is influencing and learning from others through national technical coordination and networking bodies such as education sector group (ESG) and other forum.
  3. Represent the program to National and Local government representatives, donors, partner agencies, etc. as required.
  4. Ensure the quality, clarity and consistency of technical components of internal and external reports (e.g. programme reports, sit-reps, internal updates), working closely with awards, programme implementation and communications colleagues as needed.
  5. Leverage and liaise with technical colleagues from across Save the Children, including technical working groups and centres of excellence, ensuring that learning from the Country Office is shared with others and global lessons brought back.

II. QUALIFICATIONS 

  • At least Master’s Degree in Education or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in education programming with demonstrated experience in technical capacity building, research and report writing skills;

III. EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Essential

  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience working in a development context (INGO, ministry, etc.);
  • Good understanding of challenges facing vulnerable children and communities in Vietnam;
  • Good experience in training, and capacity building of workforce and health staff
  • Quick learner with ability to think strategically and creatively;
  • Experience of the national context, strategies and policies to enable advocacy at national / regional level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights, including the right to education services.
  • Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children.
  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Vietnamese
  • Commitment to and understanding of SCI mission, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and at different levels, to motivate and inspire team work;

Desirable

  • Flexibility, live and thrive in challenging circumstances;
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness;
  • Experience of working in an emergency setting and/or commitment to build that capacity;
  • Excellent people management and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond effectively to challenges, and work effectively in a cross-culture environment.

IV. The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education, and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize children’s rights and ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

V. Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document and use format. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at:

Job Description - Hanoi - Education Technical Advisor (220004WC) (taleo.net)

If you have any issues with applying via our system, please send an email explaining your troubles to vietnam.applicationhelpdesk@savethechildren.org

Closing Date for Application: 12th July, 2022

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties by our global anti-harassment policy.

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