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Background 

War Child Holland (WCH) and the Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training (LOST) are in partnership to provide quality education and psychosocial support to vulnerable communities in Baalbek-Hermel Governorate by implementing the education technology programme Can’t Wait to Learn and psychosocial support project Time To Be A Child.

Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) proposes new (cost-) effective solutions to the urgent challenges facing education for children in emergencies. By utilizing innovative technological solutions with a focus on serious gaming, CWTL builds on concepts which have been successfully piloted in Sudan (e-Learning Sudan). CWTL has ambitions to increase the number of children with access to quality education in mathematics in areas affected by conflict in Africa and the Middle East. The CWTL team, including its technical partners, worked together to digitize the Lebanese curriculum onto tablets, which will be used by children with guidance from a trained facilitator. In addition to mathematics, reading and psychosocial well-being-focused materials will be introduced to the CWTL portfolio during 2018. Developing fresh, interactive materials based on the national curricula and creating effective partnership structures to distribute these, creates new opportunities for making education accessible to those children who have been excluded. By facilitating their access to an effective and innovative learning tool, the CWTL programme seeks to increase children's resilience and support their educational (re)integration and progression.

 

Time To Be A Child (TTBAC) project addresses the need to protect Syrian and vulnerable Lebanese children from abuse, exploitation, violence and provide them with skills and resources to foster their resilience and healthy development. The project adopts a community-based approach (CBA) prioritizing participation of all community members, especially children, to ensure future recovery and social stability. To do so, War Child follows the ecological model, paying attention to coping at individual level, investing in capacities and resources of children, support parents and caregivers in their protective role and strengthen communities and institutions to ensure a nurturing environment fostering healthy development and emotional well-being. Children participate in project activities, which focus – amongst others - on the provision of safe spaces where children can play, structured psychosocial support (PSS), early childhood activities (ECCD), psychosocial support to parents, awareness raising and community events as well as capacity building of child protection structures and networks in the communities.

 

 

General objective of the job

 

The Field Coordinator – Education/PSS monitors, coordinates, and supports teachers, community facilitators, and researchers involved in the Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) and Time To Be A Child (TTBAC) projects. 

 

 

Position in the organisation

 

The Field Coordinator - Education/PSS is a War Child Holland employee and is hosted by the LOST Head Office in Baalbek. The Field Coordinator - Education/PSS reports to the TTBAC Project Manager. S/he does not manage programme staff but provides technical and field support as delegated by the TTBAC Project Manager and in close collaboration with LOST staff. S/he also collaborates with the Program Implementation and Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Units.

 

 

Responsibilities

 

 

Result areas

 

  1. Supporting teachers and community facilitators

 

  • Ensures and monitors planned activities that take place in centers  
  • Assesses facilitators’ needs based for competency building through visits to project on center and collection of regular data. Provides ongoing advice and coaching to teachers and facilitators.
  • Assists in developing a monitoring and evaluation framework for both children’s and facilitators’ assessment
  • Ensures, promotes and facilitates the principles of child protection and child participation are integrated into all programme activities
  • Prepares and submits reports on facilitators’ and children’s performance
  • Ensures a strict adherence to War Child Holland Child Safety and Protection Policies at all times including respect for confidentiality and child centered approach, acts in the best interests of the child

 

 

Result: Facilitators are supported in implementing CWTL and TTBAC according to WCH’s standards and a monitoring and evaluation framework is established and implemented.

 

2.         Coordinating and communicating

 

  • Works closely with LOST staff and coordinates and communicates with CWTL and TTBAC Project Managers
  • Coordinates professional development opportunities and workshops as requested
  • Organizes regular meetings with parents and other stakeholders as needed
  • Ensures child protection concerns are communicated to the Child Protection focal point
  • Coordinates, communicates, and collaborates closely with community focal points, outreach staff, and social workers.

 

Result: Coordination and communications are conducted in such a way that requests are answered and Child Safety/ Protection concerns are reported.

 

 

Knowledge and Experience

 

  • Degree in relevant field (Psychology, Social Work, Education or other relevant major)
  • At least 5 years’ experience in humanitarian work in education, mental health and/or psychosocial interventions, with experience that includes direct implementation, as well as the competency-building and supervision of implementation staff
  • Experience working with children (teaching, social work, volunteer work, etc.)
  • Experience in advising and coaching teachers/facilitators (experience of facilitating learning is desirable)
  • Good knowledge in the Lebanese Primary educational system and curricula  
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate quality education including developing tools
  • Keen to work in unsecure and unstable environment
  • Experience in research is a plus

 

 

Skills and Competencies

 

  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills
  • Good coaching skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong Writing skills
  • Knowledge of child protection
  • Excellent communication skills in Arabic and English (oral and written)
  • Flexibility
  • Team player
  • Cultural sensitivity 
     
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