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Senior Education Advisor – Secondary Education

VVOB – Head Office Brussels, Belgium

Deadline for applications: March 2, 2020

 

Hello! We’re excited to see you found your way to this job opening. That must mean you share our ambition to ensure learners around the world enjoy their fundamental human right to quality education, without exception. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

 

But first things first. Allow us to introduce ourselves, drawing on the great mystery behind our name. Since our establishment in 1982, ‘VVOB’ has evolved from a complex (Dutch) acronym to a stand-alone concept meaning education for development:

  • VVOB stands for ‘commitment’ – to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
  • VVOB stands for ‘integrity’ and ‘mutual respect’ – in working with our partner organisations across 10 countries/3 continents.
  • VVOB stands for ‘quality’ and ‘innovation’ – of everything we do in our effort to improve education worldwide.

 

Do you still feel like you’re in the right place? Great, because we’re hiring a senior education advisor, secondary education for our head office in Brussels (Belgium).

A senior education advisor’s duties

At VVOB head office, there are four senior education advisors, one per sub-sector we work in: early childhood education, primary education, secondary education and technical and vocational education and training. As our newly recruited senior education advisor, secondary education, you support VVOB’s country teams on our programmes and projects in secondary education. You also contribute to formulating and submitting new high quality programmes and projects.

 

You closely work together with our other senior education advisors, the country teams you support, as well as with our M&E and research advisors, our grants coordinators and our partnerships manager. You report to the programme director. On a regular basis, you travel to countries for limited periods of time.

If you’re our next senior education advisor, secondary education, your workweek at the office includes the following highlights

  • You log in to Skype for a discussion with the programme manager of the VVOB team in Rwanda. Together, you review the progress of the project in Rwanda, identify challenges and lessons learnt and draft a planning for submission of the project report to the donor before the deadline.
  • You have a meeting with the research advisor to consolidate the provided feedback on the research report that was submitted by our South African university partners. You discuss opportunities to disseminate the findings more widely in the coming months.
  • Off to the European Commission, where you will present at a lunch seminar on climate change education. You receive good feedback and leave with a few interesting new contacts.
  • You head back to the office for a meeting with the programme director to go over your agenda for your next visit to Uganda. In addition to team meetings, where you will discuss the specifics and budget of the new project proposal, you are advised to meet with the potential partners to discuss task division. Why not use the opportunity to meet with our current donors in the country too?!
  • Next week, another newsletter will go out. You finalise the article that you wrote last week sharing VVOB’s expertise in the field of general secondary education.

In short:

 

You are a team player who supports and strengthens VVOB’s interventions. You develop new projects and programmes and ensure high quality implementation of ongoing projects and programmes. You are a quality communicator who shares their expertise in international fora, in person and online.

 

Still on board? You might just be the person we need… Read on for the specifics.

Who are you?

Your expertise & experience:

  • A Master’s Diploma/University Degree in Education, Human Sciences, or related field; or equivalent by experience;
  • You are authorized to work in Belgium;
  • At least 7 years’ work experience in education, by preference in an international context;
  • At least 2 years’ work experience in international cooperation;
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of secondary education; teacher & school leader professional development; and capacity development of institutions;
  • Experience with Project Cycle Management, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes
  • Experience in formulating high quality concept notes and full proposals for a range of donors/investors;
  • Experience in presenting in international fora;
  • Experience with working in a multicultural team;
  • Language: Strong command of English. Language skills in French, Spanish and Dutch are a plus.
  • Preferred: work experience in low- and/or middle-income countries.

 

Matching competences

       

VVOB core competences:

  • Results and goal oriented
  • Lifelong learning and improvement
  • Cooperation within a team and with other stakeholders

 

Function specific competencies

  • Reliability
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Creativity
  • Strong analytical skills
  • 360° empathy

What we’re offering

  • A dynamic working environment in an international context;
  • An exciting job in a growing organisation with varied responsibilities and opportunities for professional development;
  • We offer a full-time contract of indefinite duration including a scale A111 salary (conf. Flemish government) based on relevant work experience, free commuting with bicycle, train, tram or bus, meal vouchers, hospitalization insurance and a group insurance.

Join us

As soon as possible!

What we’re offering

  • A dynamic working environment in an international context;
  • An exciting job in a growing organisation with varied responsibilities and opportunities for professional development;
  • We offer a full-time contract of indefinite duration including a scale A111 salary (conf. Flemish government) based on relevant work experience, free commuting with bicycle, train, tram or bus, meal vouchers, hospitalization insurance and a group insurance.

Your office

VVOB’s Head Office in Brussels

What’s next?

Your motivation letter and a detailed CV are expected to be sent by e-mail no later than March 2nd to recruitment@vvob.org. Don’t forget to refer to the job title in the subject line of your email. 

 

Shortlisted candidates will take a written test, go through an interview process (preferably in-person, through Skype if necessary) and an assessment, before a final offer.

 

VVOB firmly believes that quality education can only be achieved if equity is ensured. Qualities of people prevail, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability.

 

Is this not exactly the job you are looking for? Please have a look at our other vacancies at https://www.vvob.org/en/vacancies