The incumbent will be responsible for the coordination and supervision of ARCS Education unit as well as for the quality and effective preparation and implementation of the unit’s annual plan of action in order to ensure the achievement of the unit’s set objectives. The Incumbent and Unit will be supervised and supported by ARCS Education working group and the Movement education approach working group (comprising of the Armenian Red Cross, IFRC, ICRC and Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross).
- Supervise, coordinate and manage the Education unit, including its annual planning, action plan implementation, evaluation, and reporting processes;
- Lead/Support (joint/multisectoral/education) needs’ assessment to identify potential gaps and develop the 2022 Plan of Action accordingly;
- Update the Movement approach to education in Armenia, and ensure its alignment with the global Movement approach to education as well as its proper positioning among ARCS strategic directions;
- Develop, implement and mobilize sustainable resources for ARCS needs-based education programme and related projects, methodologies, and activities;
- Strengthen the knowledge, operational capacity and engagement of ARCS staff and volunteers in education, especially in emergencies (EiE) - including through training on relevant international and Movement standards and frameworks (e.g., The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) minimum standards, Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI), Safe Schools Declaration, Comprehensive School Safety Framework, etc.), and through the development of Standard Operational plans (SOPs) on EiE for local branch staff and volunteers;
- Support the continuation, quality improvement, measurement and expansion of existing ARCS education projects and activities, especially in EiE, including through the integration of protection standards and use of innovative pedagogical approaches, tools and methods where appropriate with the view to establish a comprehensive and sustainable education programme;
- In close cooperation with relevant Movement partners, develop and pilot a new ‘all-hazards movement approach to humanitarian diplomacy for the education sector including strengthened engagement with authorities and key stakeholders towards enhancing compliance with relevant legislative and policy frameworks (e.g., International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Safe Schools Declaration, National Disaster Relief Legislation, Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF). Represent ARCS in external education-related fora and liaise with all key stakeholders of the education sector in Armenia (e.g., Ministry of Education, UNICEF, national/local education groups, etc.) to foster information exchange and cooperation;
- Actively engage with Movement partners (ICRC, IFRC, sister National Societies) and contribute to global Red Cross/Red Crescent (RCRC) education-related frameworks, strategic approaches, plans and initiatives (e.g., through the Global RCRC Education Network, statutory meetings and other relevant platforms).
- Participate in the development of ARCS strategic and policy documents;
- Participate in the overall ARCS capacity-building efforts and RCRC thematic trainings, and share the knowledge gained through workshops/meetings;
- Perform other relevant responsibilities related to the National Society activities under the supervision of the Department Head.
- Higher education degree, preferably in the field of Education, Public Administration, Social Work, Pedagogy, Sociology, or another relevant social science discipline;
- At least 5 years of experience in education-related activities in the humanitarian sector and at least 3 years of experience in management/ coordination of education projects/ programs;
- Proven analytical skills and the ability to think strategically;
- Sound knowledge of the programme management cycle, and preferably experience in project design, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, as well as in resource mobilization;
- Ability to work with due sensitivity in a multi-cultural environment and virtual and/or geographically dispersed teams;
- Skills in coaching, mentoring and training;
- Excellent negotiation, consultation and management skills;
- Ability to work in team and build trust for inclusive National Society relations;
- Focus on quality and standards, results, and accountability;
- Excellent networking and representational skills, and preferably experience in multi-stakeholder cooperation;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Armenian languages;
- Ability to travel to RA regions;
- Fully IT literate (Windows, MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Email);
- Understanding of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will be viewed as an asset.
The qualified and interested candidates should submit their Curricula Vitae both in English and Armenian languages to: firstname.lastname@example.org
, mentioning the position("Education Program Coordinator") they are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) is a non-profit organization, established based on common interests of its’ members, the only National Society on the territory of the Republic of Armenia, which does not pursue any religious, political goals, not affiliated with any political stream, and carries out its activities throughout the country. As an authorized member of the International Red Cross Movement, Armenian Red Cross Society is guided by the fundamental principles of the Red Cross, and is an auxiliary organization to the government. Armenian Red Cross Society's mission is to reduce the vulnerability of the population through mobilization of the power of humanity, to get prepared to cope with situations, which may cause vulnerability among the population, as well as by assisting people made vulnerable by harsh socio-economic conditions. After all the necessary organizational changes, ARCS became the largest and the most competent humanitarian organization, which aims to support the vulnerable social groups, help disaster victims and distribute humanitarian ideas in the society, as well as implement other activities for the benefit of people, provided by law, regardless of nationality, racial, gender, religious and class affiliations and political views.
EDUCATION APPROACH: The UN Armenia Sustainable Development Cooperation ramework 2021-2025 indicates the urgent need to improve school structures, enhance access to education in remote areas and the provision of quality preschool education, enhance educational outcomes and quality of teaching, as well as improve inclusiveness of the education system. Indeed, access to formal education continues to be particularly limited for displaced children from Nagorno-Karabakh who do not attend school due to stress, trauma, language dialect and the uncertainty regarding the duration of their stay in Armenia . While the number of cases of children who do not attend schools due to socio-economic barriers tends to decrease, the need of high school and university students to work in order to support their families, is often at the root of their schooling disruption or drop out. Furthermore, the capacity of the national education system to integrate all displaced children in preschool, secondary and higher education remains limited and additional support is required to ensure educational continuity through the provision of relevant assistance (e.g., electronic devices, school supplies, clothes, etc.) and special education support.
Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) has a longstanding experience in education which started in the early 1990s with teaching students in schools how to safely behave during disasters, and later expanded to include values-based learning and activities promoting safety and resilience, risk prevention and reduction. ARCS currently records over a dozen non-formal education projects that seek to raise awareness, trigger behavioural change and strengthen resilience of children and thereby of their families and communities. It counts with a pool of approximately 1,500 well-trained, competent volunteers and experts in pedagogy, children and youth rights, engagement and protection who know how to work with and support learners and teachers. Since 2003, ARCS is also actively engaged in responding to the education needs of children affected by the armed conflicts.
In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, ARCS’ auxiliary role in the humanitarian services of the government got further acknowledged and strengthened. In parallel to its humanitarian response, ARCS actively engaged in the working groups and networks initiated by UNICEF Armenia and the Ministry of Education with a view to sharing its expertise in the provision of educational activities in times of emergencies. At the end of 2020, immediately after the escalation of the NK conflict, ARCS created safe spaces for the internally displaced children through which they provided psychosocial support and facilitated continued access to formal education and learning opportunities. ARCS delivered 300 IT devices for remote classes and organized homework support for children in shelters alongside other educational activities aimed at building children’s resilience. ARCS also implemented mine risk awareness projects targeting students at the international border communities and internally displaced children who would later return to their home communities.
Since 2021, with the converging interests, capacities and ambitions of partner National Societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a ‘Movement approach to education’ is being conceptualized and operationalized in a few pilot countries namely Ukraine, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Such a collaborative and complementary approach between the different components of the Movement is required to comprehensively address education-related needs, especially when compounded by situations of armed conflict, disasters and other emergencies. Building on ARCS long-standing experience in education, the establishment of an Education Unit in ARCS is an important piece in this endeavor and a natural next step to further strengthen and consolidate ARCS capacity, role and efforts in education, especially those related to crisis and conflict. The establishment of the Unit also provides an opportunity for Movement partners to improve collaboration and complementarity for better education outcomes in Armenia and gives an example for the global Movement approach in terms of how to structure and implement well-coordinated, complementary education work on the ground.