Ended Community Engagement Officer
Job Title: Community Engagement Officer
Location: Hodeida, Yemen
Duration: 1 year, with possible extension
Salary Range / Band: 8B - Functional Support
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and has been plagued with internal conflicts in recent years. The current conflict in Yemen has created the world’s largest humanitarian crisis with 22.2 million people in need of assistance and millions on the brink of famine. At least 10% of the population has been driven from their homes, the economy is in freefall, and malnutrition and disease are widespread. For education, as for other basic services, the impact has been disastrous. Teachers are unpaid, school buildings are occupied or destroyed, and classrooms remain without basic materials and supplies. In short, the education system has largely collapsed, weakened as it was already by previous conflict, limited public funding and rapid population growth. As many as 4.5 million children have been out of school since the start of the school year in October 2017, with the hardest-to-reach and worst affected children from families among internally displaced populations (IDPs).
In such a context, addressing the education and protection needs of Yemen’s children calls for a local, community-centered approach that at the same time rebuilds the capacity of educational institutions from the bottom-up, bridging immediate humanitarian response with longer-term sustainable development objectives.
In this regard, IRC will implement a three year program, Improving Access to Quality Education in Yemen (IAQY), with the goal of restoring education opportunities for out-of-school children (OOSC). This program will increase access to safe and quality education through improved service delivery at all levels and will expand equal access to education that meets the needs of crisis-affected OOSC. It will improve the quality of teaching and learning, increase the wellbeing of children and teachers, provide teacher training, ongoing school-based support and professional development, and raise the knowledge, skills and abilities for inclusive education of local and education district government officials, caregivers and community members. By the end of year 3, this program will have reached 14,040 OOSC aged 6 to 14, and bring the benefits of improved community and parental engagement, safer school environments, better trained and supported teachers to an estimated additional 16,200 children; furthermore, 2,025 School Father and Mother Councils (FMCs) members and 756 teachers will receive training and support.
SCOPE OF WORK: Under the supervision of the Community Engagement Manager, the Community Engagement Officer (CEO) will deliver community engagement and participation activities at level of school and alternative learning spaces, facilitate training, engage in community mobilization campaigns, develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, and implement social accountability tools based on the needs expressed by the communities.
IRC Community Engagement Officers will work closely with Father and Mothers Councils.
- Contribute to review and revision of community engagement and participation plans.
- Implement community engagement and participation plans.
- Ensure timely completion of work tasks and their related reports.
- Share relevant information and knowledge to improve quality and timeliness of community engagement results.
- Facilitate training, focused on strategies to improve safety of school environments.
- Establish safe routes of access.
- Reinforce school codes of conduct and safeguarding procedures.
- Engage with local officials to address particular barriers to attending school, particularly girls’ access.
- Conduct back-to-school re-enrolment campaigns, among other topics.
- Do other relevant tasks as required by management.
Monitoring & Reporting
- Ensure collection of accurate and relevant monitoring and evaluation data.
- Keep record of all their training work.
- Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented.
- Assess and report satisfaction of trainees about training’s implementers, timing, contents, duration, management, place, results …etc.
- Carry out monthly monitoring visits, to the full extent that access allows.
- Write monitoring and evaluation reports for supervisors as required.
- Collect relevant monitoring and evaluation data and contribute to reporting requirements.
- Do other duties as assigned by the supervisors to effectively develop and implement IRC programs.
- All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
- Bachelor or higher in education or community engagement/participation/ mobilization related field.
- 3-5 years of technical experience in community engagement and participation works, preferably in education. For example:
- Community mobilization and outreach strategies,
- Social accountability tools such as community scorecards, and
- Training and strategies to strengthen the role of communities in using and overseeing education services.
- Improving on safe school environment and routes to school.
- Back-to-school campaigns.
- Community-school partnership.
- 2-3 years of experience in leading teams, preferably during an emergency,
- Experience facilitating trainings and workshops related to community engagement and education.
- Proven abilities in managing teams, monitoring staff performance, and providing technical support and coaching to field teams,
- Ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail,
- Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility
- Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well,
- Fluency in Arabic writing and speaking, English will be an asset.
Qualified and Interested individuals are required to apply for this position via the IRC Career at the following link: https://rescue.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=1&c=rescue&id=5242
Deadline for Applying: June 16, 2019.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.