Education in Emergencies Sector Coordinator Maiduguri

Published date: 11/28/2017
  • Location: Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria

The Organisation:

Save the Children employs 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 realise the right of children and to 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 a quality basic education and that,
Violence against children is no longer tolerated.


An estimated 19,000 teachers have been displaced since 2009 and 645 killed and approximately 1,200 schools damaged or destroyed. Schools have been used for military purposes and teachers have been harassed as a result of the conflict that started in 2009. Save the Children is piloting Schools as Zones of Peace and at the same time engaging the government through the EiEWG to commit to the Safe Schools Declaration and make schools safe for both children and teachers and to ensure continuity of learning even in places affected by conflict.

Save the Children (SCI) and UNICEF share global responsibility for the coordination of Education in Emergencies as part of the UN humanitarian reform and the Cluster system. The Education in Emergencies Sector Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and supporting on-going Education in Emergencies Sector partners and activities in North East Nigeria and for strengthening sector coordination nationally in Nigeria, according to the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Cluster/Sector approach.


Reports to: SCI Deputy Team Leader in Maiduguri (Administrative matters);

UNICEF North East Education Specialist and SCI Nigeria Head of Education Advisor (Technical Matters)

The Coordinator will be provided office space in both SCI and UNICEF and will share his/her time evenly between the two offices.

• Number of direct reports: UNICEF Education in Emergency (EiE) Specialist in as supporting co-lead and UNICEF Emergency Specialist
•UNICEF Education Specialist in Borno as State-level EiE Sector working group lead and SCI Education Manager inBorno as State-level working group co-lead;
•OCHA and other Cluster/Sector coordinators in Nigeria as part of the Inter-Cluster Coordination mechanisms(esp. Child Protection sub-Sector and WASH Cluster);
•Education in Emergency Working Group (EiEWG) – co-led by UNICEF and SCI - as overarching education coordination forum in, and channel for EiE and response coordination.
•ETWG Sub-Working Groups established for EiE and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education
•All Sector members implementing education in emergency-affected areas of North East Nigerian States.
•Key Government contacts (MoE and other departments) at the national and State levels where appropriate and feasible


The overall aim of the SZOP is to ensure that Schools are safe from any form attach and use for military purpose to ensure continuity of the teaching and learning process for the children affected by the conflict. On the other hand, the EiE Sector in Nigeria is to ensure a timely, coherent and effective education response by mobilising and coordinating stakeholders to respond in a strategic manner to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Nigeria which has resulted in the current displacement of 1.8 million people, 20,000 death and 4,000 abduction in North East States and to develop Sector preparedness capacity to effectively respond to man-made or natural hazards resulting in new disasters

In order to achieve this aim, the Education in Emergencies Sector Coordinator will be accountable for collaborating with key stakeholders on the implementation of the following core EiE Sector functions at State level:

To support roll out & implementation of SZOP in North East Nigeria
•Support schools to conduct a child centred hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessment and develop Disaster Risk Reduction and Management plans.
•Taking lead in supporting the target schools to rollout SZOP activities as agreed in the School DDR plans.
•As SZoP Coordinator together with the EiEWG members advocate for the signing of the Safe Schools Declaration by the government.
•As SZoP coordinator, review target school Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) plan and provide support in the improvement of the strategy.
•Based on the school based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management plans, monitor progress of plan implementation and support schools to keep on track or revise strategies.
•Through the EiEWG advocate for ratification of Safe School Declaration by the government.

Cluster Coordination:
•Assume overall responsibility for co-ordination of the Education Cluster.
•Work closely with other key members of the Education Cluster, including school officials, National, Provincial or Local Governments, OCHA, UNICEF and all other cluster members.
•Secure commitments from humanitarian actors responding to or supporting the emergency response.
•Support both multi-sector and education specific needs assessments and utilise existing secondary to inform sector response planning.
•Lead development of the Education Cluster work plan, and co-ordinate the harmonisation of response activities, ensuring that activities prevent overlap and duplication.
•Ensure that inter-agency response strategy for Education reflects key findings from needs assessments, identifying gaps, and formulating a sector-wide interagency response plan, taking into account the cross-cutting areas from other sectors or clusters
•Ensure that information is shared amongst cluster members, and that information from other sectors and clusters is made available to cluster members in order to improve planning, integration and implementation.
•Ensure clear and effective communication occurs between the field and the national cluster.
•Contribute to regular OCHA Sitreps, and take an active part in OCHA co-ordination meetings.
•Ensure education is explicitly included and prioritized in all multi-sector assessments and reports, including OCHA Sitreps.
•Ensure cluster members are aware of relevant Minimum Standards, policies and guidelines with apply to all agencies.
•Track and monitor cluster members fundraising for Education specific interventions, and ensure that members are aware of funding opportunities.
•Consult and identify how the education cluster should facilitate the move towards early recovery and plan an exit strategy for the cluster.

Capacity Building:
•Where appropriate, ensure that capacity building of country programme staff occurs in order to ensure on-going sustainability and quality of the response
•Identify learning and training opportunities for Education cluster members and work in increase capacity in preparedness and response within the cluster.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

•holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
•holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

•sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
•widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
•future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

•builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
•values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
•approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

•develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
•willing to take disciplined risks.

•honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

•Bachelor’s degree, and preferably post-graduate university degree, in subject related to role. (Substantial experience can be considered in lieu of academic qualifications.)
•Solid experience of Education Cluster/Sector coordination at the national level in similar context (chronic emergencies).
•Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge of Education in Emergencies, particularly in a protracted displacement context
•Experience in establishing and managing education in emergencies programmes with participatory approach to government authorities and community leaders
•Experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and managing grants.
•Ability to analyse information, develop information management tools and consolidate the existing ones with the support of GEC, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
•Ability to, and experience of, identifying and addressing capacity gaps including delivering training in thematic area.
•Solid proposal development and review skills.
•An in-depth understanding of national and international development issues related to the thematic programme, including cross-cutting issues (conflict sensitivity, gender, disability particularly important)
•Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and the ability to lead and motivate others.
•Fluency in written and spoken English.
•Commitment to and understanding humanitarian principles, the convention on child rights and the Cluster approach and relevant standards (Sphere and INEE)
•Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as may be required.

Due to the urgency of this position, recruitment process will be on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.

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