ChildFund is a child-focused international development organization that works in 24 countries to connect children with the people, resources and institutions they need to grow up healthy, educated, skilled and safe.
ChildFund is cultivating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment where everyone is seen and welcomed equally. In our culture of connection, you will have ample opportunity to grow, learn, and lead while contributing to our inspiring vision.
ChildFund’s education portfolio currently has a strong focus on the intersection of protection and education, particularly school-based violence prevention initiatives, but also focuses on quality education interventions aimed at literacy and numeracy skills and teacher training, caregiver engagement in children’s education, and social-emotional learning. Other notable activities in education include increasing access for children with disabilities, digital literacy activities for students, mother-tongue literacy materials, and non-formal education for nomadic children. While several ChildFund education programs link early childhood development activities with basic education (primary), most activities support children 6-14 years of age. Activities for youth older than 15 focus on life skills in school clubs and supporting exams.
About This Role
The Education Advisor is a new position. The Advisor will provide technical support to strengthen ChildFund International’s global education program portfolio and enhance program quality. This role includes significant responsibility for resource mobilization and will provide technical leadership in the pre-positioning, capture planning and preparation of grant proposals. Specifically, the Advisor will provide technical leadership for grants acquisition on teacher training and building key foundational skills (i.e., literacy, numeracy, social-emotional learning) and support existing education initiatives for children’s protection and well-being.
This is a great opportunity for you if you are committed and passionate about education and want to work in a global position, with 20 countries across 3 regions. ChildFund’s education programs integrate quality education with protection and well-being and offer the chance to work on designing new programs on social-emotional learning and teacher training in collaboration with communities.
- Collaborate with Business Development team and country office staff to support the technical design and writing of grant proposals for education programs.
- Build capacity of colleagues in country offices on evidence-based interventions through trainings, webinars, and mentoring.
- Contribute to the roll-out of ChildFund’s education strategy through technical guidance to country colleagues.
- Contribute to high-quality implementation of research and evaluation activities to support education interventions.
- Represent ChildFund in education-related internal working groups.
- Build and strengthen external partnerships with education and research actors.
- Support the generation of education programming content for internal and external communications through writing briefs, blogs, and articles.
- Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures, and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
- Ability to write, speak, and read fluently in English.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
- Demonstrated experience with proposal development, including technical strategy design.
- Strong and demonstrable narrative writing skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of program design, including monitoring & evaluation frameworks, implementation, and evaluation for education programs.
- Demonstrated coaching and training capability in virtual and in-person environments.
- Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and schedules.
- Strong organization skills; self-starter and self-motivated.
Required Experience and Education
- University degree in education, international development/relations, or other relevant field.
- At least 6 years of overall experience with education programs in an international/multi-country context.
- At least 3 years of international field experience in education programs.
- Experience working with children experiencing deprivation, exclusion, and vulnerability and their families.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
- Fluency or advanced proficiency with another language (Spanish, French, Portuguese) is desired.
- Advanced degree is preferred.