Senior Education Officer at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Senior Education Officer

Requisition ID: req24043
Location: Damaturu, Yobe
Sector: Education
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Job Summary

  • The IRC is partnering with ECHO under the Pilot Programmatic Partnership to deliver a three- year regional Programme titled ‘Protective and Adaptive Education Approaches for Children in Emergencies (PEACE)’ in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon between May 2020 and April 2023.
  • In Nigeria,  PEACE supports more than 94,000 school-aged boys and girls most affected by crisis across Damaturu and  Gujba LGas of Yobe State,  Gwoza and Bama LGAs of Borno State, and Michika and Madagali LGAs of Adamawa State to access and learn in safe educational environments.
  • Under the supervision of the Senior Education Manager (based in Yobe), the Senior Education Officer will be responsible for providing technical leadership for and coordination of PEACE education activities in two LGAs in the Yobe.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the implementation of all PEACE education activities in Damaturu, and Gujba LGAs of Yobe State.
  • Coordinate training, coaching and on-going support of teachers, tutors and learning facilitators in order to improve instructional practices in literacy, numeracy and social and emotional skills.
  • Ensure technical coordination of LGA-level activities related to teacher education and obtain support from local government authorities as needed.
  • Facilitate identification, selection and training of learning facilitators and tutors for the intervention in coordination and collaboration with the CP team members.
  • Monitor progress towards the objectives and intended outputs pertaining to teacher education using routine data, spot checks, observation, and other methodologies.
  • Provide technical supervision and guidance to Education Officer(s) in the LGA(s).
  • Promote the quality of teacher education activities by setting up quality assurance mechanisms and checks in collaboration with other staff.
  • Represent the project in major LGA meetings, and local communities’ events as appropriate.
  • Provide supportive supervision to non-formal learning facilitators and local partners.
  • Provide regular written and verbal reports on education activities to Education Manager.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC education programs.

Key Working Relationships

  • Position Reports to: Senior Education Manager
  • Position directly supervises: 2 Education Officers and 1 M&E Officer
  • Key Internal Contacts: IRC Child Protection Team, Supply Chain, Finance, HR and Senior Education and Child Protection Manager
  • Key External Contacts: Local Government Education Authorities, State SUBEB and SAME.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Education Psychology, Social Work, Human Development or relevant field or equivalent is required.  Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least four years of experience working in education sector (including teaching, teacher training, and materials design) with an international or civil society organization.
  • Experience in direct implementation of education programming in conflict or post conflict contexts.
  • Strong knowledge in social and emotional learning and/or child psychology/child development preferred.
  • Strong understanding of educational context in North East Nigeria.
  • Classroom teaching at the primary school level preferred.
  • Flexibility, commitment, work ethics and team spirit.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required; Hausa/Kanuri proficiency preferred.
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Standards of Professional Conduct

  • The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.
  • In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality:

  • IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

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


  • IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


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