Regional Education Advisor-Vacancy-RI-Feb252020-0102982

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Relief International

Regional Education Advisor-Vacancy-RI-Feb252020-0102982

Location: International
Position Location: Africa – Kenya
Job Title: Regional Education Advisor

Reports To: Africa Regional Director

Location: Nairobi


Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.


The Regional Education Advisor is responsible for the overall management and development of Relief International’s (RI) Education program in Africa and representation in Nairobi related to education programming. This involves ensuring that the grants programming meets stated objectives, that all activities are in line with RI’s mission and strategy, and the programming is meeting the needs of beneficiaries. The REA is also responsible for spotting and pursuing new program opportunities and identifying gaps in services, oversight and close collaboration with partners/consortia to expand existing opportunities and explore future program opportunities. Oversee the program’s finances in collaboration with relevant Country and RSO Finance staff to ensure that activities are delivered within budget; provide written reports to RSO and GSO as and when requested; supervising staff working on the program.


Program Planning and Development

Develop, in cooperation with other staff, short, medium and long-range strategic plans maintaining program focus in areas congruent with RI’s program objectives
Assess and design updated EiE strategy for future education programming in emergencies;
Assess and design updated education strategy building on success and niche areas within the education sector.
Liaise and consult with Consortia partners, Fund Manager and Donors, acting as the main representative and principal interlocutor.
Lead resource mobilization that is fully responsive to beneficiary needs
Maintain effective communications with donors by tracking trends and anticipating the likelihood of funding opportunities
Spot and aggressively pursue new opportunities for program growth and start-up including conducting full-scale assessments, in coordination with regional and global Programs and Program Development Team members.
Assess other implementing organization’s activities using all available means to identify gap areas and overlap
Identify and participate in forums and meetings for the NGO sector where a strategic benefit for the organization exists
Negotiate contracts and agreements with donors and partners, in coordination with regional and global programs, program development and Grants and Contracts teams
Maintain effective communications with RI’s regional and global support departments, regarding program development, funding agreements, security, human resources and other operational issues
Identify, and where necessary, initiate and maintain program partnerships with external agencies.

Program Management

Manage project implementation, including allocation of resources and ensuring that appropriate controls are maintained at all levels, by working with program managers
Ensure that team members are effective and efficient and contribute the necessary work to ensure their programs are a success. Provide feedback to staff to ensure optimal performance.
Ensure all programs are completed within time, on budget and achieve their objectives
Provide adequate support to each program, including but not limited to strategic vision, technical input and advice, and hands on support with assessments, reporting, budget follow-up and problem solving.
Monitor project implementation, communication and report both internally and externally
Serve as a link between RI and all project counterparts through sector coordination
Ensure overall audit compliance, financial transparency though supervision and direction of financial and administrative staff.

Personnel Management

Provide leadership and management of national and expatriate staff ensuring a participatory management style that empowers all education staff.
Assess international personnel requirements for the education project and programs in Africa in conjunction with regional and global support, and program managers
Provide briefings to all incoming expatriate staff covering RI goals and objectives, country and program background, vision and future plans, policies and procedures and security
Supervise all expatriate personnel and provide annual or end of contract evaluations for each expatriate
Supervise national key personnel and provide regular evaluations.
Ensure that the hiring, promotion, and determination of compensation levels of national staff in accordance with local laws and practice
Ensure the continued safety of all personnel and establish and implement emergency security evacuation plans as appropriate

Reporting and Control

Provide program reports and regular situation reports that are timely, meet information requirements and professionally written as needed by RI and as required by donors
Liaise and consult with Consortia partners, Fund Manager and Donors, acting as the main representative and principal interlocutor.
Manage partnerships with relevant ministries, local authorities, civil society organizations and UN and international agencies.
Evaluate and monitor all country programs to determine the extent to which they are meeting goals and determine action needed to improve achievements
External Representation
Maintain a suitable image for the program and protect RI’s interest and assets
Effectively liaise with donor governments and other lead agency representatives, as well as national government officials and counterparts within partner organizations, legal counsel, audit firms, etc.
Initiate RI’s response to disasters and emergencies when appropriate
Facilitate donor visits to project sites as appropriate


10+ years of experience in senior project management, preferably in the field of program management and operations.
Experience managing regional and field-based programs of large scale.
Experience in program design and implementation particularly targeting socio-economically marginalized communities in complex emergency and post-conflict settings.
Fluency in English required
Excellent diplomatic, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Demonstrated decision making, problem solving, and team building ability.
Experience administering sub-grants is preferred.
Experience with civil society and community-based approaches is preferred.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

Transparency and Accountability
Agility and Innovation

Due to the critical nature of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews conducted prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this job is posted.