Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Job Posting with Norwegian Refugee Council

Education Specialist
Norwegian Refugee Council
Bogotá, Colombia
24 February 2019


Are you passionate about ensuring that vulnerable boys and girls have improved access to quality education? 
Do you love working in the field and delight in giving technical guidance to committed teams? 
Do you want to lead the Education programme in one of NRCs most diverse offices covering Colombia, Ecuador and Central America? 
NRC Colombia is seeking a diligent and committed Education Specialist. Someone who will ensure the programmatic development and quality management of our impact from both access and quality outcomes. We are looking for someone who can inject a fresh perspective to the current education team and strengthen their skills even further. An experienced education professional who is able to manage and provide technical leadership to expanding and grow our education portfolio. This is an exciting opportunity to work with our fantastic Education teams in Colombia and the region. 

If this sounds like you, read below for more details about the position and send us your application today! 


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) established operations in Colombia in 2003 and is now a well-established regional programme covering Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela and Honduras. We work with internally displaced people, people in need of international protection and people fleeing violence, by providing Protection, Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance, Education, Shelter, Food & Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Emergency response. Through our programmes, we both respond to sudden onset emergencies and promote durable solutions in protracted and complex emergencies. 

The Education Specialist reports to the Head of Programme.

  • Develop Education strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
  • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
  • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within Education, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation
  • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from Education implementation, and incorporate them in Education and staff development processes
  • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

  • Minimum 4 years of experience within Education technical expertise, on senior level, area in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Strong expertise and experience in designing and developing Education in emergencies programming in durable solutions
  • Proven fundraising and proposal writing skills
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Fluency in English AND Spanish, both written and verbal
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of the Colombian and regional humanitarian context is an asset

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Influencing
  • Initiate action and change
  • Analysing
  • A good sense of humour is an asset
  • All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusiveness and accountability


Commencement March/April 2019
Duty station: Bogotá, Colombia
Travel: Extencive travel to field locations
Duration: 18 months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
Grade: 9
Approved health certficate will be requested before contract start.
Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location

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