Education in Emergency Officer at Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

  1. Assessment


  • Provide sectoral leadership and expertise in the assessment.
  • Conduct initial rapid assessment of current situation in collaboration with local specialists and affected population; determine priorities and immediate activities and resources
  • Review, assess and update the child protection situation in areas affected by emergency (including, but not limited to –)
  • Highlight education issues requiring a response – both immediate (less than 2 months) and medium term and make recommendations on specific PLAN actions required. Ensure core commitments to children are taken into consideration.
  • Represent PLAN to Education and other protection clusters, stakeholders and Governmental and non-Governmental agencies (and military where present) for the purposes of the protection aspects of the assessment.
  • Assess in-country resources, human, material and financial for response with relevant staff and agencies and assist in capacity building of national staff.
  • Identify potential partnerships to implement recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
  1. Program Design


  • In collaboration with national and international Education and Child Protection Actors, map current institutional response capacities – including conducting an education specific 3Ws.
  • In collaboration with Education Actors, develop a realistic evidence‐based, education program plan, including both programmatic and advocacy activities (results oriented).
  • Design most appropriate education interventions based on the outcomes of assessments and the context.
  • Ensure that issues of gender, protection, DRR, and conflict sensitivity are factored into the program design.
  • Ensure PLAN’s guidelines and UN education cluster standards are considered and any departures documented.
  • Work in close collaboration with other program specialists to ensure that emergency interventions build upon each other and link in to longer term programming.
  • Develop an education Program Plan, concept papers, and proposals in respect of the above.
  1. Response Management and Implementation


  • Work closely with the relevant implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised manner in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction to PLAN for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of agreed education plans with special emphasis on the most vulnerable children and their families.
  • Design and develop appropriate surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems for education interventions.
  • In coordination with Child Protection staff, support the Monitoring and reporting of child protection concerns and violations of child rights commitments embodied in the UNCRC, resolution 1612 and other legal instruments.
  • Ensure early and rigorous implementation of quality and accountability mechanisms.


  1. Response Reporting & Evaluation


  • Evaluate the implementation of PLAN Education activities and draft recommendations for improved program design
  • Draft education interventions reports to serve as standalone deliverables or to be included in larger emergency response reports for both donor and internal purposes.
  • Submitting reports to EiE Coordinator as per the agreed time line.


  1. Information and Co-ordination
  • Provide regular updates to Education in Emergency Program coordinator, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing on an agreed frequency.
  • Engage and follow up with relevant EiE Program Coordinators)
  • Represent PLAN to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with the Team Leader.
  • Support the implementation of, and represent PLAN in, emergency education coordination mechanisms including any relevant cluster.
  • Brief updates and reports on sectoral activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders.


  1. Human Resources and Administration


  • Coordinate and/or implement training and briefing of PLAN staff, partners, and other key stakeholders on Education and/or related issues.
  • Coach and lead all staffs working under her/his to fully takeover each other’s responsibility on one’s absence.
  • Participate in team building process as a Program Unit management Team (PUMT).
  • 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.


Dealing with Problems:

Resolves many challenges which typically occur in camp management at the PA level, while introducing innovations as needed to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment while ensuring Plan systems and policies are adhered to.



Key relationships

  • Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact


Externally: Initiate, develop and maintain a range of working relationships, including with government counterparts, implementing partners and other development organizations with the region.


Internally: Effective working relationships within the program area are also essential. The job holder will have some level of communication with, Plan staff and various internal staff networks.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge



  • Please add the minimum requirements that an applicant must possess before being considered.

Educational Qualification and Experience

  • BED/MED, BA/MA University degree in Education, Educational Leadership and management, community development or any related Social Science fields.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in teaching and supervising the education system in humanitarian and development projects.
  • Minimum of 3 years managing education in emergency program in the refugee context.
  •  Minimum of 3 years of experience in programs/projects dedicated to refugees and working as school principal, supervisors, education officer.
  • Minimum 3 years working of experience and Knowledge of humanitarian activities at refugee camps and understanding of international NGOs is preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the Ethiopian education policy, strategies and programs.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Awareness of child protection issues Sensitivity to gender and child protection.


  • Knowledge of humanitarian activities at refugee camps and understanding of international NGOs is preferred.
  • Awareness of child protection issues
  • Sensitivity to gender and child protection.


Skills Specific to the Post

  • Competent in use of word and excel
  • Commendable writing and communication skill

Level of contact with children

  • High level: Frequent interaction with children

Plan International’s Values in Practice

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 priorities or 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 all children.


We are inclusive and empowering


  • 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 all children.


Type of Role: Education

Reports to: Education in Emergency Coordinator

Grade: C1

Closing Date: 01-June-2022


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.


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