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Xavier Project

Job Vacancy:
Assistant Education Officer
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Salary: 50,000 - 60,000 ksh
 
Answers to: Xavier Project Kenya  Education Director.

Open to: Kenyan nationals

The vision of Xavier Project is for a world where everyone has the right to equal opportunities and protection wherever they live and whatever their background. 

This right is denied to refugees and we use education to change this. Education provides protection and is the best possible tool to help refugees to access equal opportunities. 

At Xavier Project we use pioneering education as the means to achieve our vision. We are promoting education for refugees in Kenya and Uganda in particular, so that they can have a positive difference on their communities, whether in their host countries or countries of origin.

Xavier Project has two departments each with their own strategic objective designed to meet this vision. 

The Education Department aims to increase access to relevant, quality formal education delivered in a safe environment for refugee children. 

The Tamuka Department aims to make vocational and life-long learning available to all refugees even in emergency situations, primarily through the use of ICT.
 
Xavier Project is registered as a local NGO in Uganda, an international NGO in Kenya and a company and charity in UK. All operations are in Kenya and Uganda, but a majority of funds are raised in UK. 

We have a three way partnership agreement between the branches of Xavier Project and one executive team primarily based in the Xavier Project headquarters in Nairobi. 

Xavier Project currently employs 28 permanent staff and has an annual income of $500,000 which has been increasing by 50% every year since its founding in 2008.
 
Background: Urban refugees in East Africa face unique challenges. Culturally, it is difficult to assimilate into their new communities as they can be victims of xenophobia and can struggle from language differences. They cannot easily find jobs in a saturated and often nepotistic job market. 

There are administrative barriers to economic sustainability such as the challenge of obtaining work permits, and the rejection of foreign qualifications from employers and institutions. 

At present many refugees in Nairobi or Kampala do not have access to quality, relevant education delivered in a safe environment and their opportunities in education lag behind those of their local counterparts. 

In both Kampala and Nairobi there are over 10,000 refugee children who are not in formal education, amounting to around 50% in Nairobi and 60% in Kampala. 80% of those in formal education are not happy with the quality of the education they are receiving.
 
Job Description and Expectations
 
Xavier Project is partnering with UNHCR  to provide access to education to over 2000 refugees in Nairobi and its environs, Nakuru  and Mombasa Counties. 

Through this partnership, we hope to provide access to education to over 200students through the secondary school sponsorship program.

he Assistant Education Officer will play a key role in selection of beneficiary students, school monitoring,  record keeping and other responsibilities  pertaining to this role.

Xavier Project is looking for an  assistant Education Officer who will:
  • Assist in conducting School and home monitoring  visits for students supported  under the secondary school sponsorship program
  • Assist in organizing student events such as   Youth camps, Education days  and parents meeting among others.
  • Assist in writing status update reports for secondary students and monthly reports.
  • Assist to recruit and conduct interviews during the scholarship recruitment process.
  • Assist in the data management of supported students
  • Preform any other duty as required.
  • The Assistant  Education Officer will work closely with the Secondary Education Officer and Education Specialist to develop good working practice.
Requirements
 
Essential:
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree in education or other relevant fields
  • At least 1 year  working in child related environment; especially youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Good understanding of the Kenyan education sector.
  • Excellent Communication skills in English (both written and oral)
  • Ability to use Ms Office
  • Ability to work perceptively with refugee or marginalized communities.
Desired:
  • Ability to conduct monitoring and evaluation
  • Competent in Kiswahili
  • Interpersonal skills with ability to work with people from different back grounds
  • Advanced analysis and problem solving skills
  • Good organization skills
Applications
 
Candidates interested in applying for this job should send their CV and a covering letter to jobs@xavierproject.org by 4th August 2017. 

Applicants are urged to apply as soon as they can and not wait until the deadline if possible. 

The covering letter should be no more than one side of A4 and should describe the suitability of the candidate for the job as well as including reasons why working for Xavier Project interests them. 

Candidates should use email title KENYA ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER. 

Please also include the names and contact details of two referees. 

Only  Short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

For more information on what we do please visitwww.xavierproject.org
 
Xavier Project is an equal opportunity employer and therefore does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,colour, origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

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