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Education Officer at Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Education Officer

Job Identification: 4511
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Job Category: Education
Reports to: Education Project Manager
Supervision of: Education Assistants
Travel: 50%
Project number: NGFM2103 – 5295/ NGFM2111-5295
Duration and type of contract: 12 months, renewable based on performance and funding


  • The Norwegian Refugee Council has been working in northeastern Nigeria since 2015 with a presence in Borno, Adamawa and Plateau state. NRC implements Livelihoods and Food Security, Shelter, WASH, Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) and Education activities benefitting internally displaced returnees and host communities.
  • The Education Program supports formal, nonformal and vocational education with funding from ECHO, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AFD, GIZ, Education Cannot Wait and UNICEF.
  • All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs guide our actions and relationships.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The Education Officer is responsible for supervising implementation and monitoring of project activities in the field, managing Education Assistants and reporting progress to supervisors.

Generic Responsibilities:

  • Ensure adherence to NRC policies, tools, handbooks, guidelines and donor requirements including strict adherence to the Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding Policies
  • Prepare plans based on proposals, log frames and budgets
  • Represent NRC and coordinate with government, partner, and education stakeholders
  • Provide capacity building for staff and contractors
  • Identify and share ideas for improvement of the Education program
  • Implement activities in coherence with project documents
  • Prepare regular reports and other documents to capture project progress and achievements

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement program activities in compliance with project log frame, budget, work plan, proposal, NRC, donor and humanitarian practices and guidance provided by the Education Manager or Coordinator and Education Specialist
  • Develop and apply work plans, procurement plans and spending plans to ensure on-time implementation of project activities
  • Contribute to monthly, quarterly and annual internal and external reports
  • Formally or informally identify capacity development needs for Education staff and contractors, identify or provide training and follow up mentoring.
  • Oversee the work of Education Assistants, identify capacity building needs and provide technical and administrative support and mentoring as needed
  • Engage and coordinate with government authorities, communities, community leaders, parent groups, school management and other organizations implementing education activities including the Education in Emergencies Working Group and implementing partners
  • Ensure effective coordination with NRC’s Shelter, WASH, Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA), Camp Coordination and Camp Manager (CCCM), Monitoring and Evaluation, Protection and Compliance units.
  • Supervise and submit needs assessment, data collection and submission and collection of documentation and verification of project activities
  • Supervise the collection of data including baseline
  • Ensure that all necessary documents and means of verification for all activities are captured and stored electronically
  • Oversee recruitment and procurement processes in coordination with Education Assistants and NRC’s Human Resources and Procurement units and follow up as necessary
  • Represent NRC to government authorities and ensure that all project activities are done in coordination with the government
  • Any other task relevant to the position as requested by the line and/or technical manager.

Critical interfaces:
Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Project planning: Education Coordinator, Manager and Specialist
  • Area operations: Procurement Officers, Human Resource Officers, Finance Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Field Office Coordinator
  • Implementation: Education Coordinator, Shelter and WASH Officers, Protection Officer, M&E Officer, Support Officers, Compliance Coordinator.

Scale and scope of the position:

  • Staff: Line management of Education Assistants and incentive staff
  • External Coordination: State MoE and SUBEB officials, NNGOs and INGOs and local NGOs, civil society, governmental bodies, community leaders, headmasters and teachers, SBMCs
  • Internal Coordination: Education Manager, Coordinator and Specialist; NRC Shelter; Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA); WASH, Livelihoods and Food Security (LFS); Camp Coordination and Rapid Response; Monitoring and Evaluation; Protection; Communications; Finance and Logistics units
  • Budgets: Management of budgets for specific areas, no budget holder responsibility
  • Information: Monthly data collection and submission, GORS / Monthly dashboard, Bi-Weekly reports, Project Proposals, Intranet
  • Legal or compliance: Donor guidelines relating to Education projects, NRC Terms of Employment, NRC Security policy, NRC Code of Conduct, NRC Policies, NRC security Standard Operating Procedures, vendor requirements.

Performance Management
The employee will be accountable for and evaluated on the responsibilities and the competencies, based on NRC’s Performance Management System. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description
  • The Work and Development Plan
  • The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template
  • The End-term Performance Review Template
  • The NRC Competency Framework.

Professional Competencies

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Development, Management or a related field with a master’s degree preferred.
  • At least two years of experience working with a national or international NGO or United Nations agency in the northeast of Nigeria.
  • Experience mobilizing communities and interacting with government education authorities
  • Analytic and computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral required.
  • At least one year of experience managing program staff and implementation in the field with experience in education preferred.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Understanding of data collection and analysis and documentation of results

Context-specific skills, knowledge and experience:  

  • Understanding of the education context and humanitarian and development response in northeastern Nigeria, with specific experience in Borno state preferred.
  • Fluent spoken Hausa language, with other local languages an advantage
  • Experience with nonformal and vocational education and support to formal education preferred
  • Documented experience working with local government authorities and IDP, returnee and host communities
  • Experience with budgeting, procurement and recruitment of staff and contractors
  • Understanding of humanitarian, development and protection standards and their application in the field.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Managing resources and achieving results
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Management of teams.
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Empowering and building trust

Behavioural competencies: 
The following behavioural competencies are essential for this position:

  • Handling insecure environment
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note: Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


Application Deadline  8th February, 2022, 01:00 AM.

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