Job Title: Technical Adviser – Education
Reports to: Program Manager
Department: Education and Psychosocial Support Program
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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
As the Russian invasion expands in Ukraine, an enormous humanitarian crisis is developing across the country and region. Neighboring countries are quickly easing entry restrictions and preparing to host large numbers of refugees, as cars are lined up for miles on the Ukrainian sides of borders. Recent numbers suggest around 90,000 refugees from Ukraine are in Moldova, among them, approximately half are children. As the school year has begun, refugee children and their parents are facing challenges. In particular, there is a huge need for early childhood programming and kindergarten, as well as support for refugee youth who are by and large attending school online.
As a member of the CRS Moldova project team, you will work with CRS’ International Technical Advisors to strengthen the quality of CRS’ educational programming, with an emphasis on early childhood programming. You will work with the project team and International Technical Advisors to develop modules for early educational programming based on best practices and train, coach, and mentor CRS’ implementing partners to provide quality educational support to refugee children and their Moldovan counterparts. Your experience working in early childhood programming and/or technical expertise with early childhood programming and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
CRS is hiring for this position for 6 months, with the opportunity to extend. CRS will also consider part-time or consultancy agreements for candidates who prefer this option.
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Liaise with CRS International Technical Advisors, the CRS education and psychosocial support program team, and CRS partner staff to develop modules for CRS’ education program, with an emphasis on early childhood programming
- Liaise with CRS International Technical Advisors, the CRS education and psychosocial support program team, and CRS partner staff to develop and lead trainings for facilitators/educators/teachers implementing educational programming
- Work with CRS International Technical Advisors, the CRS education and psychosocial support program team, and CRS partner staff to provide technical feedback, mentoring, and coaching
- Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan in line with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices.
- Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
- Collect information on staff capacity needs and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and monitor capacity building and technical support activities to ensure effective impact.
- Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
- Bachelor’s degree in education, with either a degree in early childhood education or experience working in early childhood education. Master’s Degree in early childhood education preferred. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
- Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience in early childhood education or working with young children. Experience developing trainings, modules, or curricula would be a plus.
- Computer skills required
Required Languages – Written and spoken proficiency in English and Russian and/or Romanian required. Proficiency in Ukrainian or any other language spoken in Moldova or surrounding countries is a plus.
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel within Moldova up to 15%.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of Moldovan and/or Ukrainian education system, social work system, and psychosocial field
- Ability to work with educators/facilitators of education programming, previous experience working with young children
- Knowledge of early childhood education and previous experience working on early childhood education programming
- Ability to create modules/curriculum for education programming and training for educators
- Knowledge of social and emotional learning (SEL), based on the CASEL framework, a plus
- Communicates strategically under pressure
- Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment
- Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners, community members, and government officials
- Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities
- Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Program Manager, Project Officer, Project Assistant, logistics staff
External: Caritas Moldova, Family Federation, Sunflower Center, MilleniuM Training and Development Institute, Ministry of Education and Research, local government officials, community and Church leaders, local partners, etc.
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer