Education Specialist

Plan International Nepal View All Jobs By Recruiter
Surkhet, Regional Office 9/22/2020 - 10/5/2020

Position Details

  • 1
  • None Specified
  • Masters(Graduate)
  • Education
  • Surkhet, Regional Office

Summary of Position


Title : Education Specialist

Functional Area :  Program ( Education)

Reports to : Regional Manager-West

Location : Regional Office-West

Travel required : Yes

Effective Date : 1 October 2020

Grade :  D1

Type : Fixed term employment until June 2022 based in Partner Office in Surkhet



Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners in over 75 countries. Our programs are underpinned by a core of defined values, including transparency and accountability, team collaboration, inclusion and integration, as well as the overall ambition to empower girls and young women as legacy.

Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978 and developed a strong reputation as a respected development and humanitarian actor helping marginalised children, their families and communities to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. Through the support of local partners, Plan International works in 24 districts in Nepal.

Plan International Nepal has a vision for 2030 as “an inclusive, just and safe society where all girls and young women enjoy their rights and live in freedom”. This is coupled with the ambition of taking action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive as “Girls and young women in all of their diversity reach their full potential as equal and active citizens” by 2023. The country strategy is put into action through the implementation of three interrelated program areas defined as follows:

LEARN: the “Education and Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE)” program aims to assist vulnerable and excluded girls and young women in adapting and thriving in a changing climate;

LEAD AND DECIDE: the “Youth as Active Drivers of Change and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)” program aims to empower girls and young women in leading change, having control over their bodies and making informed decisions; and

THRIVE: the “Early Childhood Development (ECD), Child Protection and Child Poverty” program enhances vulnerable and excluded children, especially girls, to be valued and cared for without discrimination, fear and any forms of violence.

Plan international Nepal seeks candidates who practice feminist leadership, promote diversity, actively seek innovative solutions for problems, courageously and respectfully share their opinions and ideas, break down barriers and engender cross-department collaboration, practice active listening, maintain confidentiality, build trust and are passionate about children’s rights and equality for girls.



[A concise statement, capturing the primary reasons that this role exists and a clear articulation of the context of the role. How will this role contribute to creating lasting change for children?]

Plan International’s new strategy is designed to promote gender transformative and inclusive quality education for all children especially for girls, children with disabilities and Dalit children. For this purpose, Plan will act at multiple levels to eliminate gender disparities in accessing quality education for all children through gender-sensitive educational contents, pedagogies and learning environments with government approved gender transformative policies, guidelines and manuals. Moreover, Plan also engages for promoting model classrooms /schools with gender transformative pedagogies and safe learning environments; advocate for model safe schools with target of disability and social inclusion in education and reduce the barriers for children with disabilities (CWDs) for a welcoming learning environment. Similarly Plan  strengthens ability of girls, CWDs and Dalits to claim their rights to equal education opportunities and quality education. Education services will also improve early learning and reading comprehension of all young learners; assist completion of basic and transition to secondary education; and strengthen inclusive and gender sensitive educational governance at school/village/municipality.

Education Specialist will provide technical expertise and guidance to implement overall education program and Karnali Education Project under the supervision of Regional Manager (RM) and Headof Education. The Education Specialist is fully responsible in implementing the education projects’ activity towards the achievement of country strategy 2 and its 4 outcomes – education sector program. The Education Specialist will work closely with Regional Office Team, and also the Project Team while planning and implementing the project activity towards in the fields. S/he will ensure that the implementation of Project activities is realized according to the country strategy and education project objectives. S/he supports the RM in ensuring effective and timely implementation of all Project activities, with special attention to providing overall coordination and facilitation at inter-agency, municipal, district and provincial levels. Similarly, s/he ensures that the project deliverables are met in a timely and efficient manner. Particularly, s/he will technically leads implementation of all project activities including planning, M&E, financial management, procurement and knowledge management in close guidance of the Area Regional Manager and Field team.

S/he ensures the quality of program delivery and the achievement of agreed outcomes in accordance with program/project design. S/he is responsible to achieve a rights-based, gender transformative and inclusive program. S/He will also support on influence work approach in program implementation, ensuring efficient technical support to partner NGOs. S/he is accountable for supporting the innovation and ensuring lessons learnt are constantly integrated in program interventions, thus continuously improving efficiency and effectiveness at Field level. S/he leads the local level networking and advocacy in coordination with the Head of Education and Head of Influence. S/he will also work together with other sector coordinator such as Child Protection, Girls Agency, Resilient Girls and Boys and Program team of Regional Office. S/He plays a vital role in identifying the training needs/gaps of our partner staff and recommend for the capacity development plan to the Regional Manager. The position holder is also responsible for active engagement in education projects design, proposal development and to ensure delivery of project outcomes against key project indicators based on baseline and end line survey findings.



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Education Specialist reports to Regional Manager and works closely with Head of Education. S/he will be a budget holder and have to monitor and manage the field budget under her/his portfolio. S/he will be responsible for timely spending and liquidation of program/project budget as per phased budget as agreed with the donor based on Grants Agreement Document.

This is a managerial position responsible for ensuring achievements of intended outcomes and impacts of overall Education Program of the Field Office and Karnali Education Project. Working closely under the guidance of and reporting to the Regional Manager (RM), s/he will technically lead the preparation of various plans including annual detail implementation plan (DIP) and budget, and monitoring the embedded activities, evaluating the results, communicating with the stakeholders (government agencies, NGOs, CBOs and CSO) and service providers, supervising the work of implementing partners on their specific assignments and ensuring a smooth running of the project. The person should have a grasp of the entire project activities and initiatives and be able to provide necessary leadership especially on technical aspects of the project implementation.

S/he provides technical and advisory support to the partners, coach them and identify their training needs to provide/build their technical capacity. S/He will coordinate and collaborate with other agencies including R/Municipalities, sectoral units at district level and concerned ministries/departments at provincial level for successful implementation of the program/program. S/he also represent Plan International Nepal in external meetings including thematic clusters at district and provincial level.



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Design and Develop strategy/framework

  • Lead project planning and implementation of overall education program with special responsibility on Karnali Education Project.
  • Lead drafting and finalising Education program sector proposals working with program team at Field & Country Office along with partner staff and Business Development team at Country Office
  • Provide technical support to partners and local governments to formulate gender transformative education plans contributing to gender sensitive and inclusive education contents and pedagogy.
  • Provide technical support to authorities of provincial Education Sector Master Plan Contribute to develop strategies that support, model and advocate for disability and social inclusion in education and reduce the barriers for children with disabilities (CWDs) to ensure a welcoming learning environment. 
  • Ensure the programs are designed to strengthen ability of girls, CWDs and Dalits to claim their rights to equal education opportunities and quality education
  • Ensure the programs are designed to strengthen inclusive and gender-sensitive educational governance at school/village/municipality.


Project Management

  • Lead project planning and implementation of Education Program and Karnali Education Project covering Dolpa, Jumla and Kalikot districts.
  • Ensure project cycle is followed for each project including kick off meetings, drafting of project outlines, implementation of activities as per detail implementation plan (DIP), mid and end term evaluation
  • Review all Field Office projects under Education program periodically and ensure project objectives are achieved effectively.
  • Provide technical support to Education Development and Coordination Units of three districts to develop annual instructional plans based on the curriculum.
  • Ensure establishment and operation of gender responsive mechanisms in targeted schools to report and manage cases of bullying, sexual abuse and violence and harassments in close coordination with CP Program Coordinator and Head of CP.
  • Review Partners proposal/ provide feedback before forwarding it to Head of Education Program at Country Office
  • Review project documents and progress report to ensure activities carried out are of quality and implemented punctually.
  • Identify risks and challenges in the project implementation, management and provide solution to achieve project goal / results.
  • Identify the training needs/gap of Plan and partner staff and provide/recommend training plans to develop their technical expertise. Monitor their progress through an annual capacity assessment
  • Knowledge management through sharing of good practices and lessons learned.
  • Conduct regular reviews of budgets and work plans to ensure compliance with donor specific requirements and address any changes to the original plan in time.
  • Ensure timeliness and quality of periodic reports submitted to the donors as agreed.
  • Work closely with thematic heads and sponsorship department at FO level to ensure Sponsored Children and their families, especially girls, are benefitted through projects implemented by Plan,the local government and other organizations working in the area


Monitoring and supervision

  • Work closely with MER Team to carry out baseline and end line surveys on the basis of key project indicators of Karnali Education Project.
  • Ensure effective project monitoring by taking necessary corrective actions that are being followed up and reviewed periodically
  • Undertake frequent field monitoring visits and report performance against established schedules and targets with regular update in SAP as per the milestones set in Regional Office
  • Work closely with Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Coordinator at Field Office and also with ECD and MER Specialist, and the Sr. Technical Advisor at Country Office to ensure that implementation of activities is done in line with M&E requirements. This include ensuring that links exist with reporting requirements, data management, documentation of best practices,case studies and learning and as set out in plan/log frame of Karnali Education Project.
  • Consolidate and report all education projects quarterly to the Sr. Technical Advisor- Learn and MER Specialist at Country Office, and Regional Manager.
  • Ensure capacity building of local government staff in effective management of IEMIS Data.
  • Coordinate with provincial government for monitoring students’ progress and periodic review of overall project.
  • Provide technical support to municipal and provincial level government to make best use of data in their education planning process through input, analysis and utilization of data. 


Working in Partnership

  • Liaise with Karnali Provincial Government, mainly with Ministry of Social Development and the office of the provincial education directorate for effecting project implementation, policy dialogue and influencing.
  • Work closely with Field Office team and partners to achieve program quality as per Program Quality Policy, building better partnership-global guideline, global approach to program and influence.
  • Assess the partner’s capacity in terms of technical skills for project delivery, design a training plan to enhance their capacity and monitor it regularly in coordination with Regional Manager and Sr. Technical Advisor- Learn .
  • Strengthen the capacity of implementing partner organizations on strengthening gender transformative and inclusive education facilities and system for all children especially for girls,children with disabilities and Dalit children.
  • Working together with local authorities to identify key area to strengthen stronger inclusive and gender-sensitive education governance at school and village/municipal level.


Advocacy & Campaigns

  • Contribute to develop priority province/district/local level campaigns ensuring harmonisation with global/national priority campaigns in collaboration with Sr. Technical Advisor- Learn and Director of Influencing, Communication and Campaigns
  • Maintain close coordination with AIN member organizations at provincial level for collective presence, cooperation and influencing for the promotion of inclusive and gender transformative education
  • Lead sectoral networking and representation and build relationships and alliances with relevant networks, government bodies, federations and other agencies at province, district and local level.
  • Lead evidence based lobby and advocacy within the sectoral program in planning and delivering campaigning and advocacy work and ensure that programme plans include influencing objectives
  • Represent Plan in relevant committees, professional networks and mechanism to maintain organisation’s professional image.
  • Be innovative to lead campaigns at local and advocacy for disability and social inclusion in education and reduce the barriers for children with disabilities (CWDs) to ensure a welcoming learning environment.
  • Contribute to communications and media work as required. 


Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures. 



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The position holder will work with Program, Finance and operations team at Regional Office to achieve project deliverables in a timely and efficient manner. S/He will bring technical expertise to the team achieve the organization influencing goals working with Head of Influencing. S/He will work closely with Sr. Technical Advisor- Learn for technical areas and Regional Manager to support project implementation, progress monitoring, budget spending/ liquidation, donor compliance and  reporting. S/He will work and coordinate with Department of Program Quality and Innovation as well Partner Management and Impact team as needed.

The position holder will represent Plan International Nepal's internal and external networks within the province, district and local level to develop strategic relationships with stakeholders, including government officials, UN agency, other likeminded organizations and partner organisations. S/He will establish a good rapport with civil society, local level government agencies, policy makers at provincial level, multilateral agencies, academics, Community people, Private sector and Chamber of Commerce at district and local levels. 



Education Qualifications and experience

  • Master’s Degree in Education or equivalent relevant field with 2-3 years of experience
  • At least 3-4 years of demonstrated experience in designing/managing Education portfolios with a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of International and National Education program,projects and policies
  • In depth knowledge and experience on policy provisions in education at federal, provincial and local levels, understanding of gaps and scope of influencing
  • Proven experience of managing team, budgets and other management domains
  • Work experience on local level partnership/coordination
  • Experience of development and humanitarian issues affecting children, women and families
  • Up to date on various project design and evaluation models and government program and policies
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, a variety of teammembers and external contacts through good written and spoken communication skills.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the socio/political economic and cultural issues of Nepal.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of National Education program, project and policies
  • Experience of development and humanitarian issues affecting children, women and families
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in successfully using key influencing strategiessuch as advocacy, lobbying, movement building, or policy development
  • Strong knowledge of child and women’s rights and gender justice
  • Good understanding of the development and NGO sector.



  • Analytical, strategic thinking and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to build effective relations for influencing and team work.
  • Excellent organisation and prioritising skills
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely in English and Nepali
  • Innovative and creative thinking with problem solving
  • Managing work relationships (internal/external), coordination and networking.
  • Proven IT skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint etc.
  • Report writing and documentation.
  • Ability to prioritise and multitask work when dealing with competing deadlines, sometimes withlimited resources.


Attitude and Behaviours

  • Respect and promote marginalized people; men/women, boy /girls, youth and young womenand recognize their capabilities and ideas.
  • Takes responsibility for social change, gender sensitive and transparent.
  • Taking initiative to be innovative and creative to achieve results.
  • Strives for quality in all they do, respecting deadlines, working continuously to improveperformance.
  • Takes responsibility for their actions, and learn from behaviour, successes and failures. 
  • Supports gender equality, diversity and multi-sociocultural and challenges forms of inequality orharassment.
  • Encourages children young people, partners and colleagues to be meaningfully involved indecisions that affect them.
  • Listens to and understand views of colleagues and partners. Draws on their experience andlearning to ensure high quality and result oriented work.
  • Ability to build, nurture and manage team.
  • Ability to work comfortably and sensitively across cultures.
  • Uses evidence-based results to make choices and drive change. 



We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people


We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed prioritiesor crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.


We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and allchildren.


We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and ourworkplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their ownlives.



The position is based in Surkhet, Regional Office, with frequent travel to project areas, community.



High level: Frequent interaction with children 


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