International Rescue Committee
Requisition ID: req43524
Job Title: Senior Education Officer
Employment Category: Fixed term to 25th June 2025 with possibility of extension
Employment Type: Full time (37.5 hours perweek)
Salary: 39,500 per annum
Location: Remote with travel in SouthWest England, some travel to London required
Over the past 90 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster.
The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
IRC UK is part of the IRC global network, which has its global headquarters in New York. Our team in the UK works to raise profile, deliver policy and practice change, and increase funding to help restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Since 2021, IRC UK has also provided integration services directly to refugees in England, a programme that is rapidly growing.
In Europe, the IRC also has offices in Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Geneva and Stockholm.
The Purpose of the Role
The IRC UK launched its first Resettlement Asylum and Integration (RAI) programme in the UK called RISE in 2020, working in partnership with local councils, to provide integration support to resettled refugees in Southeast England. The IRC now supports refugees and asylum seekers throughout England. In September 2023 we will launch a new Refugee Employability Project (REP) in the South West of England, a large part of which is focused on supporting refugees English language acquisition.
The Senior Education Officer ESOL is responsible for the coordination, management, and development of IRCs ESOL programming in the South West of England. This forms a crucial part of the IRCs Refugee Employability Project in the South West of England.
Key Working Relationships
The position reports to the Education Manager.
The position supervises an Education ESOL officer. The ESOL coordinator also works closely with and receives technical guidance from RAI Education technical units and the REP project lead, as well as the Grant Management team.
Programme design and delivery
–Lead ESOL and digital literacy programming for the IRC in SW England.
–Effectively map and establish relationships with ESOL providers and key stakeholders in SW England.
–Lead ESOL programme design processes that ensuresprogrammes are aligned to IRCs Outcomes to Evidence framework, evidence-based, and appropriate to context in order to maximize impact.
–Ensuring all project targets are met and working with the MEL officer effectively collect, analyse and act on client feedback.
–Oversee high quality processes to adapt or create resources and programmatic tools including an ESOL curriculum and resources to facilitate conversation classes.
–Some delivery of ESOL programmes may be required.
–Align the UK ESOL programme with REP employment programmes.
Coordination and management
–Coordinate closely with other IRC project staff to contribute to coherent management and growth the SW REP project.
–Recruit and supervise direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback.
–Meet regularly with staff, and partners to assess progress toward objectives, discuss issues and assist in finding solutions to identified challenges;
–Analyze data emerging from the ESOL program and ensure that this analysis informs programming and advocacy;
–Ensure that all reporting requirements are met, that reports are of a high quality and are submitted on time;
–Develop effective working relationships with key partners specifically ESOL providers but also including NGOs, community organisations, public authorities, and education institutions and education institutions at the national and local levels.
–Support in the development of new business opportunities to allow the portfolio to grow and develop;
- Progressively responsible relevant work experience, especially in the implementation and management of ESOL projects in support of refugees and asylum seekers.
- Experience crafting non-traditional, innovative programming and creating suitable organizational structures; strong proposal writing skills.
- Experience with programme monitoring and evaluation and demonstrated success using data to drive high quality decision-making;
- Previous project management experience is desirable.
Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:
- Solid understanding of the current situation regarding ESOL provision in England. Preferable specific understanding of the context in the SW of England.
- Professional written and oral communication skills in English
- Proven diplomatic and networking skills: the ability to effectively handle and maintain a variety of internal and external relationships including with education sector leaders and local government staff.
- Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, producing high-quality outcomes
- Ability to travel to the South West of England on a regular basis and occasional travel to London.
Candidates must have the right to work in UK.
The closing date for applications is 20th August 2023. We will start doing interviews as applications come through so the deadline might close earlier.
IRC UK strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC UK is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.
IRC UK welcomes applications from all candidates, including underrepresented groups and refugees who have the right to work in the UK.
IRC UK will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application and/or interview process, and for essential job functions if appointed to a role. Please contact us if you may need such adjustments.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the online recruitment process, please contact the UK HR team at [email protected]
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