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Host Community Education Officer

Published on 29.03.2021


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Position : Host Community Education Officer

Duration and type of contract:  9 Months

Being an employee of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Ethiopia, the Host Community Education Officer is expected to represent NRC in a responsible manner and always act in accordance with NRC’s Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable. 

Role and responsibilities

The Host Community Education Officer will lead all community mobilisation and field level implementation of host community education project activities in close collaboration with the Education Coordinator and Education Manager.

The following is a brief description of the role.

Generic responsibilities

  • Management and support of Education CC project activities in the target host communities.
  • Adherence to Education CC tools and handbooks and other NRC policies.
  • Contribute to Education CC proposal development and provide input on needs and gaps assessments from relevant area of operations.
  • Support and contribute on the preparation and development of annual budget and work plan and follow their implementation.
  • Conduct needs assessment for teaching learning activities at host community school level and share with the Area Office
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities
  • Ensure capacity building of education Assistant and other refugee incentive workers.
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and stakeholders

Specific responsibilities

Project Assessments

  • Participate in community needs assessments for the design of new education projects for host communities.
  • Lead the on-going assessment of beneficiary needs during project implementation and recommend actions and changes to improve the impact of project activities on beneficiaries.
  • Participate in external assessments and evaluations by NRC Consultants or other stakeholders in the Gambella education sector.

Project Planning

  • Develop project implementation plans including the activity plan, procurement plan and recruitment plan.
  • Update the project implementation plans on a monthly basis to provide status of implementation of planned activities.

Project Implementation

  • Prepare procurement requests, Terms of Reference or Concept Notes for activities and follow up with relevant departments for approval.
  • Lead the implementation of education activities in the target host communities in line with the approved budget, log frame, project implementation plans, NRC Policies and FDRE Education Standards.
  • Lead community mobilization for assessments, enrollment and other education stakeholder meetings.
  • Lead the distribution of education materials and non-food items (NFIs) to beneficiaries
  • Prepare beneficiary lists and acknowledgment forms for items distributed to beneficiaries in line with NRC Policy for signatures and thumb prints.
  • Prepare and periodically update students’ registration and attendance lists and to take actions to address any variance in enrollment rates.
  • Provide training to education professionals including Woreda and Kebele government education officials, teachers and Parents-Teachers-Students’ Committees (PTSCs).
  • Ensure that all activities have the right visibility for the donor and NRC as per visibility guidelines.
  • Prepare Change Requests for any alterations to approved activities and gain approval from the relevant NRC departments before the implementation of the changes.
  • Represent NRC at relevant meetings in the Woreda, Kebele and sometimes regional level.
  • Work closely with government education officials and schools to improve and create a conducive school environment by applying school improvement plan (SIP) principles.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitor and follow up on the usage of materials provided to the beneficiaries in the host communities.
  • Monitor the implementation of activities by Consultants, Contractors, Partners or other service providers to NRC.
  • Collect and share accurate data for enrollment, completion, dropout rates
  • Provide data to the Education Coordinator on a weekly basis for the completion of PCM reports.
  • Provide data and other information necessary for the completion of reports.
  • Monitor and report on project risks and issues that have an impact on project implementation and success.
  • Participate in the review of BvAs and implementation reports.


Participate in external evaluations by providing relevant information to Consultants.

Required profile for job ad : Host Community Education Officer
  • A university graduate in Education, Educational Planning, Educational Psychology or Business Education.

Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  • Experience of working in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, analytical and negotiation skills
  • Ability to prioritise responsibilities, carry out multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experiences in areas of Educational leadership and any other related jobs with humanitarian /development NGO’s
  • Knowledge of the context of education in Ethiopia in general and Gambella specifically host communities
  • Experience in implementing Formal education
  • Knowledge of the local language especially Amharic
  • Experience from working an education project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Behavioral competencies

  • Work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Provide inspiration and leadership to project staff as well as all the partners;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Developing and implementing conceptually innovative approaches to the provision of technical expertise
  • Adoptability and willingness to work in fragile situation
  • Diplomacy and negotiation skills
Job criteria for job ad : Host Community Education Officer
Job category :
HR, training
R&D, project management
Industries :
Associative activities
Employment type :
Fixed-term contract
Region :
Addis Ababa - Afar - Amhara - Awasa - Benishangul-Gumuz - Dire Dawa - Gambela - Harari - Oromiya - Somali - Tigray
Experience level :
2 to 5 years
Educational level :
Spoken language :
Number of Position(s) : 1

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