Education in Emergencies

Professional Development Programme

Embedding education as a fundamental humanitarian response

Education is a fundamental component of humanitarian response: it contributes to the physically and psychologically protection of children, their families and communities; it supports and promotes the continuation of child development and learning and helps prevent drop out; it presents an opportunity to improve the reach, quality and relevance of education, including building resilience. 

A key part of being able to initiate, design and implement timely and quality Education in Emergencies (EiE) responses that can fulfil this role is that Education/EiE staff responsible possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes (competencies) - developing these competencies where they are needed - in emergency-prone context, countries and regions - is the aim of the inter-agency Education in Emergencies (EiE) Professional Development Programme (PDP). 

Launched in 2015, courses have been delivered in East Africa; Middle East, South East Asia (and China) and South Asia, with an advanced course cycle currently running in the Middle East and Eastern Europe (MEEE) region. Learning from each cycle has informed the next and supported the development of the University of Geneva-accredited advanced course (EiE Certificate in Advanced Studies – CAS). Courses employ a blended approach to learning combining 3-6 months of technical expert-led distance e-learning (self-directed study, webinars, open office hours, forum discussions, formatively and summatively assessed group and individual assignment), 5-10 days of face-to-face residential (incl. simulation and ToT), and follow-up components including skills-sharing training assignment and support, mentoring and coaching, exchange opportunities and an ongoing community of practice (CoP).  

The EiE PDP is increasingly delivered and managed by regional teams, with the aim to better reach local organizations, better engage and draw on regional expertise and better contextualise the content and services to the different regional contexts – all of which will contribute to the evolution and sustainability of the programme as a regional sector good. Future course offers (Advanced and Intermediate) and services will be focused mainly in the Middle East and Eastern Europe (MEEE) and East and Southern Africa (ESA) regions, but ad hoc services and support is also available upon request These three distinct but related EiE PDP offerings are outlined below:

Based on the premise that key individual agents of change and influence in EiE responses are in-country mid-high level Education/EiE practitioners who manage, influence, coordinate and/or represent field level operations (including via organizational and sector strategies and resources), it is this cohort that the EiE PDP Advanced course is targeting in order to improve the quality and timeliness of EiE responses.

The interagency EiE PDP Advanced course is accredited by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) as a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) and carries 14 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits which equates to a third of a Masters (the equivalent of a PG Cert in the UK). In total the course comprises 270 learninh/level of effort hours and takes nine months to complete. The CAS employs a blended approach to learning combining 6 months of technical expert-led distance e-learning (self-directed study, webinars, open office hours, forum discussions, formatively and summatively assessed group and individual assignment), 10 days of face-to-face residential (incl. simulation and ToT), and follow-up components including skills-sharing training assignment and support, mentoring and coaching, exchange opportunities and an ongoing community of practice (CoP).

 

EiE CAS Selection Criteria: You will...

  • be an educationalist with at least 3 years’ relevant experience;
  • have a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an institution recognised by UNIGE;
  • have a good level of written and spoken English (as the working language for the course);
  • be working in an education in emergencies programme or an education programme;
  • ideally have mid-high level education responsibilities (including oversight/support) which include some or all of the following tasks:
    • conducting needs assessments and analysis;
    • proposal development;
    • programme design and modification;
    • programme management (including of individuals and budgets);
    • programme/organisational representations (at working groups or Cluster);
    • monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
    • coordination (incl. Cluster/WG) and advocacy (internal and external).
  • be a national from and working in a country from the target region (priority target group) or be based in and working in a regional priority country (considered).

The call for applications for the next cycle of the CAS in/for East and Southern Africa (ESA) is open from 26th March - 25th April 2019.

The course will run from 13 May 2019 - 31 January 2020 (9 months). 

For more information please see the curriculum overview, the course flyer and apply via the ESA Regional HR portal. For any additional support or information about this, please contact eie@savethechildren.org.uk.

The EiE PDP Intermediate Course will comprise 100-120 learning/level of effort (LoE) hours over a four-month period and include self-directed e-learning, webinars, forum discussions, formative and summative assessments, group and individual assignments, and a 5-day face-to-face residential focussing on the practical application of learning. 

There will be an opportunity to access follow up mentoring upon completion of the course. 

No region is currently recruiting participants for this course, but these are planned for the second half of in 2019 in the Middle East and Eastern Europe (MEEE) and East and Southern Africa (ESA) regions.

More information on these will be provided here in due course so please monitor this web page or contact eie@savethechildren.org.uk.

The following support will be offered to any regional EiE-implementing organisation based on need and demand (some charged, some not, depending on organisation resources and profile – national organizations prioritised):

  • Tools and guidance on conducting EiE learning needs analysis
  • Support and materials to plan, deliver and evaluate an EiE training programme to address learning needs identified (incl. design of bespoke EiE training)
  • Tools and guidance on developing and delivering an EiE distance e-learning / online course, incl. storyboarding, content development, quality control, monitoring use, evaluation, etc.
  • Link to pool of experienced EiE facilitators to support delivery of programme, also comprising inter-agency training exchange service (as extension of EiE CAS Module 8 initiative)
  • Guidance on how to connect EiE capacity building to HR systems and process (incl. performance management)
  • Guidance on EiE communications and how to raise the profile of EiE work in your response/organisation
  • Link to ToT course and materials and facilitators (to support EiE skills sharing)

To find out more please contact eie@savethechildren.org.uk

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