Education Technical Lead

Education Technical Lead

Position: Education Technical Lead

Contract Length: 12 months with possibility to extension

Country Programme: Ukraine

Base: Kiyv

Line Manager: Deputy Country Director for Programme Quality

About the Ukraine Programme of People in Need:

PIN has been working in Ukraine since 2014, providing emergency relief and early recovery support to conflict-affected communities in Government Controlled Areas (GCA) and Non-government control areas (NGCA). Due to the escalation of conflicts and military intervention in Ukraine, Programmes for conflict-affected communities will focus mainly on MPCA, Emergency Food Assistance, WASH, Shelter, Protection, among other pressing needs. PIN’s contribution to the Ukrainian humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with an annual turnover of over $40 million, engaging full-time staff members across Ukraine and cross-border response hubs in neighbouring countries.

About the role:

Main responsibility of the role is to provide technical support to PIN programme staff on the design, planning, implementation, monitoring, coordination and technical supervision of education programme, that focus on emergency, early recovery and reconstruction type of programming, implemented in response to the crisis caused by the current military operations and to ensure the education programme is implemented in line with PIN global, cluster and relevant technical standards and guidance. Additionally, as PIN co-chairs sub-national Education Cluster for the northern region, person in this position will also be responsible for co-leading this group, as per the country-level Education Cluster strategy and guidelines.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Strategic guidelines and quality supervision:

  • Support in development and quality assurance of PIN Education programme as per PIN Ukraine Country Programme, Ukraine education brief, as well as PIN’s global strategy
  • Regularly coordinate with PIN HQ Knowledge and Learning Department, to ensure PIN’s education programming is in line with global education trends and guidelines, especially INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies and global education standards, as well as supporting development of global level tools and guidance together with HQ Knowledge and Learning team
  • Continuously evaluate PIN’s education programming in terms of quality, relevance and effectiveness, help to identify gaps and implement improvements;
  • Ensure that evolving contextual developments in the country’s emergency, as well as recovery needs, are well reflected in all Education programming implementation methodologies.

Education program design and implementation:

  • In close cooperation with the Programme Implementation Director, Deputy Program Implementation Director and Area Managers, lead in the design of new education oriented project proposals, concept notes and initiatives, as per PIN Ukraine’s country program strategy;
  • Lead in the development and revision of all Education sector technical SOPs and guidelines.
  • Lead in the design and implementation of Education oriented needs assessments, studies and researches, as per PIN Ukraine Programme strategy priorities and areas of interest
  • Provide technical support and capacity building to project teams to ensure the effective implementation of these tools;
  • Supervise the quality of the implementation of PIN Ukraine’s Education programme; organise and lead regular field monitoring and conduct audits of the implementation process as necessary to determine whether the implementation of the program is within the standards set in relevant SOPs and guidelines. Identify and flag issues and challenges impacting the quality of implementation to relevant staff.
  • Work closely with other Technical Leads, MEAL, and programmes, to ensure that PIN Ukraine’s Education methodology reflect the latest best practice in terms of delivery options, service providers, data collection, targeting criteria, beneficiary selection and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide technical advice to the MEAL team in the design and implementation of Education monitoring and evaluation plan, and development and use of adapted tools and processes;
  • Identify capacity needs within PIN programme implementation teams in Education programming, develop and provide necessary capacity building activities

External representation and coordination:

  • Co-chairs Sub-national Education Cluster for the North, ensuring efficient coordination of partners implementing education programming in the respective area and contributing to strategic cluster technical discussions and prepared guidelines
  • Represent and ensure active participation of PIN in national coordination and technical forums related to Education – national Education Cluster and relevant working groups
  • Develop functional partnerships with relevant partners, national and local authorities and other stakeholders, especially Ministry of Education and respective education departments at regional level
  • Identify opportunities for inter-agency learning, impact measurement and information sharing; exploring more formal opportunities to work in partnership with other agencies on Education (consortia).

Main Requirements:

  • At least 3-year’s professional experience with education in emergencies interventions within a humanitarian organization
  • Experience of implementing a large education in emergencies programme and active engagement at the national education cluster level
  • Degree and experience related to education in emergencies, child development, psychosocial support and/or international development
  • Familiarity working with INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies and other technical guidelines of institutional donors and cluster
  • Strong grasp of all stages of programme cycle management and quality standards in humanitarian and education programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms
  • Experience working with local partner organisations and in consortiums is desirable
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate organizational and problemsolving skills.
  • Experience of working with and through the Education Cluster/Working Groups and demonstrable experience of developing/influencing technical guidelines.
  • Excellent teamwork, communication, coordination and representation skills.
  • Proven ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural team environment, with appropriate sensitivity to social and cultural norms.
  • Proven ability to work in stressful environment.
  • Experience with remotely managed programming is a plus.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, knowledge of Russian and Ukrainian language is a strong advantage.

PIN Offers:

  • Working environment in a well-established middle-sized and continuously growing humanitarian organization in a challenging context;
  • Salary and benefits according to PIN salary scale and HR policies; expected salary 2350 – 2700 EUR super gross (based on experience), monthly subsistence allowance of 1350 EUR;
  • Hardship Allowance of 400 EUR
  • Accommodation/housing allowance;
  • 25 days of holiday per year + R&R policy;
  • Travel health insurance (covers health care incl. the repatriation);
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once every 6 months of work;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with the visa application procedure;
  • Reimbursement of the medical check-up before and after the deployment;
  • Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • Free access to e-learning sites, global PIN’s Induction Training, Knowledge and Learning department onboarding, and individually tailored capacity-building opportunities; incl. HEAT training (if relevant).

Security situation in Ukraine

Humanitarian workers continue to operate throughout Ukraine, although the front line areas are being shelled almost constantly, and main cities are being targeted with missiles and UAVs quite regularly. PIN security SOPs require PIN staff to proceed to shelter should the risk level be assessed by the Security Department as the highest (launch of missiles or drones) and remain there until the air raid siren is cancelled, which cumulatively can be several times a week, occasionally for several hours at a time (although shorter periods are as well occurring). While air strikes that were targeting energy infrastructure have finished after winter, they have succeeded in reaching their goals and are likely to resume in late autumn/winter. At the moment military and civilian objects are being targeted, including the west of Ukraine. While Kyiv enjoys relatively strong air defence systems that are intercepting most of the missiles and UAVs, other regions are covered much less significantly which results in bigger damage. Outside of the areas in the vicinity to the contact line, services such as medical care, shops, public transportation as well as restaurants or leisure facilities remain operational.

How to apply:

Are you interested in this position? Great. Send us your CV and short cover letter via our application form.

Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: ).

People in Need is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and committed to promoting the welfare of children and adults with whom People in Need involves. People in Need expects all staff to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need code of conduct and key policies (available at: People in Need Staff will undertake the appropriate level of training.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.