Ended Senior Manager, Education Capacity Development

The Job

Job Title: Senior Manager, Education Capacity Development

Location: Al Dhale, Yemen

Duration: 1 year,


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 education 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: Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Senior Manager, Education Capacity Development (ECDSM) is one of the senior IRC positions working on Improving Access to Quality Education in Yemen. The ECDSM is the central interface between the Program and the IRC field teams, administrators, vendors and partners. As capacity development and service delivery lead, the ECDSM will supervise and participate in the day-to-day activities of teacher training and community engagement and oversee the field officers who are in the field working with communities and beneficiaries.

The ECDSM is expected to travel to the field frequently for coordination, support, monitoring and evaluation.


Programmatic Leadership

  • Provide oversight of work and performance of managers, officers and other field workers.
  • Prepare detailed work plan(s).
  • Track budgets to ensure that all spending is in line with approved budgets and timelines, including participation in developing procurement plans, monthly program spending plan and cash forecasts,  
  • Support and achieve the overall grant timeline and completion date,
  • Share relevant information and direction to improve quality and achieve timelines,
  • Work to establish and foster relationships with relevant counterparts in the respective governorate and communities;
  • Participate in management of the project budget ensuring expenditures are allowable and allocable according to IRC and donor regulations;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with IRC’s other sectors to enhance synergy and better outcomes.
  • Supervise effective coordination among field works and taskforces in all governorates. 
  • Ensure, in collaboration with related IRC’s sectors, that staff and working environment are in line with IRC’s rules, code of conduct, and standards.
  • Represent the IRC in sectoral and technical coordination bodies, as required.

Monitoring & Reporting

  • Monitor implementation of work plans.
  • Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required,
  • Ensure all monitoring activities, including beneficiary questionnaires, regular market monitoring, post-distribution surveys, and vendor spot-checks are fully documented, including systematic and timely data collection as required under the grants and for IRC M&E purposes,
  • Prepare regular reports for IRC and its donors on grant activities, progress, indicators, and achievements as specified in grant agreements and reporting schedules,

Staff Management

  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; 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 for IRC programs,
  • Support Education field managers and officers and office based administrative staff in coordination with related senior staff in HR and components of training and community engagement,
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing necessary oversight and guidance for better work environment,
  • Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probations reviews and annual performance reviews,
  • Oversee staff work plans, performance and vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities,
  • Identify related staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address them in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies,
  • Build staff capacity in writing activity and monthly reports to document the program


  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs,

 Professional Standards

  • All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.


  • Bachelor of Education, or related field,
  • Minimum 5 years of technical experience in education development projects.
  • 3-5 years of experience leading teams in a humanitarian or development contexts, preferably during an emergency,
  • Experience facilitating technical trainings and workshops,
  • Proven abilities in managing teams, monitoring staff performance, and providing technical support and coaching to field teams,
  • Prior experience in developing program implementation work plans, data collection and analysis, and program reporting,
  • Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail,
  • Excellent 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, INGO experience preferred.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, written and spoken.

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

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their CVs in English to aden.recruitment@rescue.org not later than 12 November 2018 putting the job title as the email subject to be considered.

Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. IRC is an equal opportunity Employer. Only short listed candidates will be contacted