Education Specialist, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Closing date: Sunday, 22 May 2016

Child Safeguarding
Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
Save the Children is expanding its activities in the education sector, particularly in early childhood development and basic (primary) education. The Education Specialist will provide strategic and technical leadership in this process. She/he will assume the overall responsibility for the growth and development of the education portfolio, including training for staff implementing in the field and operations research to test new approaches or the application of approaches in Tanzania. S/He must bring an innovative leadership profile with a proven track record in education and a sound technical background in programme design and delivery. The postholder should also have a solid understanding of the public education sector in Tanzania and some of the current challenges to delivery of quality basic education. The position is a core actor in mobilising new resources for our education portfolio.
Reports to: Director of Programme Development and Quality
Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania (starting in Zanzibar) since 1986. It is currently starting a new strategic plan period (2016-2018), with approximately $8 million projected spend in 2016. The advocacy work at Save the Children in Tanzania is a strong component of the Programme Development and Quality Team, but is implemented through Programme Operations in the field offices and through projects. The 'Every Last Child' campaign in Tanzania focuses on ending child marriage which has not yet attracted sufficient political action. The necessary policies, systems and operational structures required to address child marriage are largely lacking and accorded low-priority on the national development agenda. The project funded by Breakthrough Strategic Investment will support the campaign by piloting a diagnostic toolkit to identify which children are excluded and what are the drivers behind their exclusion. The project will be designed in consultation with national statistics authorities, local academics and other organisations working on exclusion and data to engage their expertise as well as build longer-term relationships with these actors in support of other activities connected to the campaign.
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