Education Specialist (Education in Emergencies) NGO Careers – Right To Play (RTP)

Job Title:    Education Specialist (Education in Emergencies)

Organisation: Right To Play (RTP)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda


About US:

Right To Play (RTP) is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child’s life, we help 2.3 million children to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse.


Job Summary:  The Education Specialist reports to the Director, Education and will support the development of education programming, policy, advocacy and research initiatives at the global level. You will lead on the development of the Education in Emergencies (EiE) technical area supporting learning outcomes, while working closely with a diverse team of program specialists within the Program Quality and Impact team to ensure quality of programming.


You will develop and deepen education programmatic thinking and design including resources and technical guidance; provide continuous support to the country teams implementing education programming to enhance program effectiveness; and build capacity in education programming and approaches. You will provide direct support to country level Education Specialists implementing education programs in development contexts and contexts of protracted crisis. Up to 25% of time travelling to Right To Play (RTP) program countries is expected.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development and Quality (45% of Time):

  • Lead the development of internal technical guidance notes, tools, resource packages and theories of change to support effective education program design, planning, implementation and learning
  • Support country staff to design programs and projects aligned with RTP’s global strategy, education strategy and e program models including education in protracted crises and conflict-affected settings.
  • Lead the review and development of RTP education resources and tool kits focused on education with support of in-house play and facilitation specialists.
  • Act as a ‘focal point’ for a number of RTP’s large education programs, in particular for the ‘EMPOWER’ project in Mali.
  • Continually stay abreast of research, external trends on play-based learning and education, and key initiatives of education actors, and coordinate with country teams to ensure best practices in play-based learning and education are integrated into country programs.
  • Support country teams to situate programs within the local education landscape, and to influence relevant policy development, planning processes and systems to promote integration of play-based approaches.
  • Collaborate with Child Protection and Psychosocial Support (PSS) Specialists to ensure mainstreaming of child protection and PSS interventions, including in education programs delivered in protracted crisis and conflict affected settings.
  • Partner with Education Technology Specialists to identify opportunities and ideas to leverage digital routes to deliver impactful programs at scale

Coaching and Technical Exchange (20% of Time):

  • Provide technical insights on ongoing efforts to assess and address the organization’s capacity needs in education, including related to program development, planning and implementation in fragile and/or conflicted affected settings
  • Lead global training and capacity sharing initiatives including coaching on Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises (EiEPC) program design and implementation
  • Lead an organisational Community of Practice to share learning and help define RTP’s position on EiEPC
  • Facilitate training for, and provide coaching to, country program staff on new and promising approaches to education programming with a focus on learning through play and in low resource contexts.
  • Promote cross country learning by creating opportunities for documentation and sharing of best practices and technical exchange amongst teams, including on influencing education system integration of play-based learning
  • Collaborate with RTP’s Communication team to share learnings and innovation from our programs and trends from the sector resulting in high quality programs that lead to improved learning and wellbeing outcomes for children.

Thought Leadership and Learning (20% of Time):

  • Collaborate with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team, support the development of measurement indicators, identification and review of tools for education programs that align with global education indicators and data sets, and identify adaptive learning approaches to strengthen program quality.
  • Collaborate with MEL team to identify the research agenda for RTP’s education programs in alignment
  • with thought leadership strategy and positioning of RTP’s work within global trends/conversations
  • Lead the development of research, case studies and policy briefs on education for internal and external distribution.
  • Consolidate learning from country programs to inform strategic direction, program design, organisational priorities and cross-country learning.
  • Support advocacy initiatives at the global level, to advance key education positions and contribute to policy papers, standards and tools in collaboration with global networks.
  • Collaborate with country teams to position RTP in local Education groups, Education Cluster and Working Group meetings, coordination and activities

Business and Partnership Development (10% of Time):

  • Provide support to proposal development for multi-country and strategic initiatives integrating education, with Global Program Partnerships team and Country Offices
  • Represent RTP’s education strategy externally and support positioning of RTP in education related networks and opportunities
  • Support country teams and Global Partnership team in development of strategic partnerships to deliver quality programs
  • Collaborate with communication and fundraising team to support development of collateral that outlines our strengths and contribution to the education sector, particularly in relation to learning through play
  • Other Tasks as Assigned (5% of Time)

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in education, education psychology, human development or relevant field; or equivalent professional experience
  • Training in education and research
  • Professional experience advising on or implementing education programs supporting learning outcomes in multiple countries across Africa, Asia or the Middle East (including programs in fragile, conflict and crisis affected; can include child-centered pedagogies, play-based learning, psycho-social support and social emotional learning, IDP/refugee education, non-formal and alternative basic education, teacher education)
  • Working and/or lived experience in Africa, Asia or the Middle East
  • Working within a humanitarian or international development setting
  • Working on projects funded by major institutional donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, FCDO, LEGO Foundation
  • Leading staff training, mentoring and/or coaching within a cross-functional organization


Competencies/personal attributes:

  • Demonstrates a high level of interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships internally and externally
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a workload comprised of varying and changing tasks and responsibilities
  • Outstanding influencing, negotiation, coaching, diplomacy and engagement skills
  • Ability to coach country teams to enable their leadership without being involved in operations/project management
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and oral) with a wide range of stakeholders, and public relations and report writing skills
  • Strong representation skills and ability to develop relationships with NGOs, multilateral and government agencies



  • Strong technical skills in education coupled with experience advising on or implementing education programming internationally
  • Solid understanding of classroom pedagogy
  • Solid knowledge of international development and education programming and humanitarian principles and standards
  • Strong skills and experience in developing technical guidance notes, resources and tool kits
  • Strong knowledge of issues related to conflict sensitive education, integration of child protection, gender equality, inclusion and localization approaches
  • Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English


Bonus if you’ll bring (not essential):

  • Experience implementing education programs on the ground in Africa, Asia or the Middle East
  • Fluency in Arabic, French, Portuguese or other languages used in countries where RTP operates


How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.


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NB: While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately, and interviews may be held before the closing date.


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Date Posted 2024-05-17T09:27
Valid Through 2024-06-07T00:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization Right To Play (RTP)
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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