Education Coordinator – PLANE at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Education Coordinator – PLANE

Job ID: 220003NF
Location: Kaduna
Grade: 3
Employee Status: Permanent
Post Type: National
Contract Length: 1 year, Fixed Term
Reports to: Field Manager Jigwa/Kaduna with dotted reporting to Education Manager Kano
Staff directly reporting to this post: Education Officers & Community Mobilization Officers, Jigawa & Kaduna.
Budget Responsibilities: Yes

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3.  The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
  • he post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Role Purpose and Description

  • Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) Windows 3 is an FCDO funded program with a key outcome to promote learning and inclusion of girls in Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa states and policy at federal/national level as appropriate. The Education Manager will lead in all Education activities for the project and consortium partners.
  • This includes, leading in the development and implementation of the project Detail Implementation Plan (DIP), Procurement Plan, Activity Based Budget (ABB) for Education Component that will generate evidence, maintain accountability standards and ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and learning of the education project. FCDO funded PLANE Window 3 is an innovative model for education interventions focusing on out of school children especially girls.
  • The PLANE Window 3 Theory of Change focuses on provision of basic foundational skills and improved learning environment for out of school children in the North-western Nigeria. The funding for PLANE Window 3 – Community Support to Learning is ensured that out of school children (OOSC) in priority areas have flexible, responsive routes into learning opportunities, that support their transition into formal schools and further levels of education and that support their holistic wellbeing and development.
  • Education coordinator provides both operational and technical assistance on all aspects relating to education interventions for PLANE Window 3 project. The job holder will provide coordination and management of education component including; planning, implementation, capacity enhancement, monitoring/ evaluation and reporting both internally (within SCI) and externally (for/with partners).
  • The job holder may be called upon as and when necessary to support the emergency team in cases of humanitarian crisis.
  • Under the guidance of the Education Manager Kano and Field Manager Jigawa/Kaduna the Education Coordinator will ensure that PLANE Window 3 is implemented in a coordinated, harmonized and aligned manner, in line with donor requirements and commitments.
  • The Education Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the Education Manager in submission of timely and regular progress narrative and financial reports.

Key Areas of Accountabilities
Projects Coordination &  Management:

  • Oversee the coordination and implementation of the PLANE Window 3 project in Jigwa/Kaduna in line with the design of the project and donor requirements.
  • Establish, maintain and strengthen linkages in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and capacity enhancement of education and community mobilization staff in all PLANE Window 3 Project.
  • Create and sustain positive working relationships with the partners and other stakeholders.
  • Plan and coordinate State and LGAs level engagement with partners and key stakeholders.
  • Monitor and ensure timely and quality reports are submitted as per the reporting requirements.
  • Working closely with Education Manager Kano to ensure quality program design, delivery, documentation and reporting of education activities in the respective State.

Operational Planning and Implementation:

  • In close coordination with Education Manager Kano and Field Manager of respective State, provide support to ensure design, planning, monitor project detail implementation plan, procurement plan, phased budget, MEAL Plan with documentation and reporting for all Education interventions in the State.
  • Overseeing and provide technical solutions to speed up the implementation and budget performance in line with the project plan and budget.
  • Effectively support the education projects staff and partners in developing annual plans, in line with EIE best practices, INEE Minimum standards for education project design and Save the Children International planning guidelines and ensure compliance with the agreed work plans and that programme objectives and targets are being achieved in line with the funding proposal.
  • Provide guidance to the Education Staff and partners through the planning processes to develop plans that are cost effective and in line with proposal.
  • Maintain high standard of transparency and accountability in the course of programme design and expedite implementation while ensuring integrity and timeliness of project duration and meeting programme objectives, compliance with donors & Save the Children policies.
  • Provision of regular operations and implementation updates to Education Manager and Field Manager on project progress and challenges to allow for timely interventions and corrective actions by management.
  • Ensure the timely reviews and adjustments for the project operational and implementation plan and budget as may be required from time to time.

Finance and Budget Management:

  • Overseeing the budget performance to ensure that project implementation is on course as per the detailed implementation plan, procurement plan and phased budget.
  • Conduct project monitoring, suggest necessary revisions and prepare draft reports for corrective actions.
  • Ensure that the budget variance analysis are monitored and reported as per in time and with accurate information.
  • Working closely with Education Manager and Field Manager to ensure that partners are well guided, supported and their capacity built in community mobilization, advocacy and reporting.

Partner Development and Management:

  • Participate in partner’s capacity assessment and identify capacity building needs for the PLANE Window 3 consortium partners.
  • Undertaking partners’ capacity building programmes in order to address identified capacity gaps and areas of support that the partners will require for effective implementation of the projects.
  • Develop and Monitor the partner’s detailed implementation/work plans and phased budgets.
  • Provide capacity building and support in project implementation by partners.
  • Monitor and follow up the implementation of the agreed work plan and budget to ensure that the program objectives are being realized in accordance to the program and partnership agreement and take the necessary actions for any identified deviations.
  • Undertake field visits to the partners on both programmatic and operational support.
  • Ensure timely, accurate and high quality financial and programmatic reporting by the partners and take corrective actions for any non-compliance by the partners.

Program/Project Narrative and Financial Reporting:

  • Work in close collaboration with the Education Manager Kano and Field Manager in the review and guide project teams in preparation of timely and high quality progress and end of project narrative and financial reports which are in accordance to the donor reporting schedule and formats.
  • Review all programme financial reports ensuring that donor guidelines have been followed and high standard met. The project deadlines met in reporting and keep a track record of reporting (Narrative and Financial).
  • Organize and facilitate quarterly follow ups and progress review meetings to address key performance issues from the reports.
  • Overall Budget Vs Actual expenditure analysis and variance explanations.

Internal and external engagements:

  • Ensuring that the PLANE Window 3 is represented and given recognition at stakeholder meetings, workshops, donor, networks and any other engagements.
  • Develop and maintain regular channels of communication with partners and key stakeholders at all levels (Community, LGEA and State).


  • Effectively support teams in MEAL aspects, which include assessments, baseline and evaluation studies, putting in place a functional Activity Tracking Table.
  • Ensure that the projects quality bench marks are followed up.
  • Collecting and managing complaints and feedback in close coordination with MEAL team and Education Team.
  • Ensure regular monitoring of projects results, documentation of projects case studies, lessons learnt, significant changes and best practices and  coordinating  learning  and  reflection meetings/sessions
  • Ensure an effective programs/ projects monitoring and evaluation systems is in place.
  • Monitor programs/ projects activities to ensure quality, timeliness and adherence to both Country Office and Save the Children policies and procedures.

Human Resources Management and Development:

  • Working together with the Education Manager Kano, Field Manager and Project Teams to identify learning and development needs of the project teams and develop specific plans to address the learning needs.
  • Coaching and mentoring the Education & Community Mobilization Teams on the provision of technical support and implementation of quality programmes.
  • Capacity building of Education  and Community Mobilization Teams through trainings, coaching, performance management, implementation as well as in learning and reflection events
  • Participate in monthly/weekly project management meetings to enable adequate staff support

Technical Oversight:

  • In liaison with Education Manager Kano and Field Manager to provide guidance and support to projects team, partners and stakeholders.

Internal and external engagements:

  • Ensuring that the programme experience is represented and given recognition at stakeholder meetings, workshops, donor, networks and any other engagements.
  • Develop and maintain regular channels of communication with partners and key stakeholders at all levels (Community, LGEA and State).


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Education.
  • Experience in managing integrated programmes across different thematic areas such as education, child protection, child rights, governance or Teaching at The Right Level (TaRL) is a must.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 5 years of accrued working experience in program implementation with a minimum of 2 years in a management level position in an international NGO and those applying partnership approaches is desirable.
  • Experience in strategic thinking and planning skills, be able to set priorities, prepare manageable plans and to evaluate progress.
  • Experience of working on TaRL and with Out of School Children (OOSC) with local partners and Local Government and State Authorities in the Northwest Nigeria is an added advantage.
  • Strong analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.
  • Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
  • Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Ability to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Excellent time management and planning capacity.
  • Fluent English language skills (written and verbal) and Local language skills (Hausa, Fulfulde etc.).

Behaviours (Values in Practice)

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

Deadline: 24th May, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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