Senior Education Project Manager

Relief International
  • Location
    Iran (Islamic Republic Of)
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 26

Position description

The Senior Education Project Manager (SPM) reports to the RI Program Director in Iran. The SPM provides direct technical and managerial supervision and support to Education and Child Protection Project Officers and project teams for ensuring effective and efficient implementation of assigned projects within the RI country program in Iran. S/he will manage all aspects of project planning and quality implementation, including providing technical expertise, project finance and budget compliance, supervising staff tasks and performance, coordinating with partners, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting, building staff and partner capacity as required. In addition, as SPM, s/he is responsible for developing new project proposals, related to Education and Child Protection that build on the successes, lessons learned and needs assessments of ongoing projects and/or are new project ideas. S/he is also expected to work closely with the Country Director for project related issues and represent the organization in external meetings and workshops when required.


Program Management (70%)

  • Provide technical support and supervision on efficient and effective implementation of assigned projects as per workplans, M&E plans, budgets, timeline and contractual obligations;
  • Design relevant technical monitoring and implementing materials to ensure quality project implementation;
  • Manage project teams to ensure delivery of agreed deliverables, plans and strategies as per RI policies, procedures and standards;
  • Ensure project activities are on track, including developing and implementing solutions as necessary;
  • Manage project budgets and spending in accordance with BVAs, adherence with donor and RI procedures and policies;
  • Conduct capacity building and/or mentoring activities for project staff and/or NGO partners as required;
  • Facilitate team building and cohesive working amongst team members;
  • Review and support elaboration of project documents and reports;
  • Maintain project transparency and accountability within country team and with donors;
  • Support the PD and CD in relevant tasks of program management, including resource allocation and ensuring appropriate controls are maintained at all levels;
  • Provide feedback to project team to ensure optimal performance;
  • Frequent travel to other cities to attend project sites and provide support to team as needed.

M&E and Program Development (20%)

  • Support development and implementation of mobilization and M&E plans for assigned projects (including databases and data collection; outcome and impact evaluation; success stories);
  • Conduct regular project monitoring, evaluation, documenting and clear reporting on progress of project implementation against indicators and targets and determine corrective measures to improve project delivery;
  • Ensure effective mainstreaming child protection mainstreaming in project design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Developing SOPSs and tools for core sectors to mainstream child participation approaches throughout RI’s program;
  • Support the development and roll out of needs assessments including tools, training and participating at the field level;
  • Develop new project proposals related to Education and Child Protection, building on lessons learned, needs assessments, and coordination with key stakeholders;
  • Support development and implementation of country strategies and plans;
  • Oversee timely submission of program reports, meeting institutional and donor requirements, sharing challenges and successes.

External Coordination and Communication (10%)

  • Represent RI-Iran in coordination meetings, working groups and external relationships;
  • Maintain organizational consistency through maintenance of strong and positive relations with field teams and Tehran Office.


  • University degree relevant to the child focused programming e.g. Education Management, Teacher Training, International Child studies etc.;
  • 5 years of professional experience in implementing education in emergencies programming at the field level with NGOs or other relevant actors in emergency contexts, preferably protracted crises;
  • Experience in working in consortium and external representation including with donors and education coordination meetings;
  • Demonstrable experience of project management, and understanding of donor compliance including ECHO and DEVCO;
  • Demonstrable experience of managing an education program, experience of ECCD programming desirable;
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment of, design and delivery of programming in Education in emergencies, including monitoring and evaluation;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Strong understanding and demonstrated ability and experience to train others on international standards related to education including INEE Standards etc.;
  • Strong understanding of international humanitarian standards (Sphere etc.);
  • Demonstrated capacity and experience in capacity building approaches in their technical area (trainings, on the job support, mentoring) including the development of individual capacity building plans;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, adapting programming tools and guidance for their technical area in emergencies and introducing and practicing these with field based staff;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in stressful environments;
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;
  • Flexibility and can cope with stressful workload;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the field (including on short notice) when required.

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