Girls’ Education Project Director


Identification of Position

Position Title: Girls’ Education Project Director – Dzaleka Education Project

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi – Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Reports to: Country Director

Starting date: March 2018

Contract duration: 1 year


Position Requirements 

Organisational Context
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980 and has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term wellbeing of refugees and displaced persons, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. JRS offers opportunities to a wide variety of staff, local and international, while maintaining a realistic and localised scheme of salary/stipend, Insurance, etc

Operational Context/Role 
The Girls’ Education Project Director will be responsible for the initiation of the Naweza project in Dzaleka, which aims to improve girls’ education and wellbeing and advocate for girls’ rights and gender equity. The Naweza project is a multi-year commitment between donors, Jesuit Refugee Service, local community members, and other stakeholders to transform the educational landscape for girls in Dzaleka and beyond The main activities of the Project Director will involve implementing and monitoring scholarship activities, working with school-based staff to develop and monitor girl-focused interventions, and working with the education,
higher education, and psychosocial teams, implementing partners, and other stakeholders to carry out long-term planning and advocacy efforts to improve girls’ education.

The position requires a strong background in programme development and management, particularly with a focus on girls’ education and gender equity. It also requires strong communication skills, a high level of personal initiative, leadership, and the capacity to work with a team. Creativity and flexibility are also expected, particularly with regard to the need to develop solutions in a context with limited resources.

Key Responsibilities 
1. Implementing and Monitoring Scholarship Activities

  • Identifying, In consultation with other stakeholders, methodology and criteria for secondary and tertiary scholarship support

  • Managing recruitment, application, and selection processes for scholarships. with particular focus on factors unique to female students

  • Identifying secondary and tertiary institutions for placement of scholarship students, and managing relationships with these institutions

  • Monitoring progress of scholarship activities and reporting periodically to Country Director and other relevant staff on progress towards programme goals and objectives

  • Identifying needs for student support and developing creative programmatic responses to help promote success of students

  • Providing and tracking budget and expense information for scholarship activities


2. Implementing Community and School-Based Interventions

  • In collaboration with the Education and Psychosocial Project Directors and School Leadership Teams, assist in managing school-based interventions to support girls’ access to and success in primary and secondary school, including. support activities by school social workers and infrastructure upgrades that increase security.

  • Train and lead project staff in facilitating activities to build capacity for girls and women to know and claim their gender rights and empower them within Dzaleka camp, within Malawi, and beyond

  • Provide support to project staff and local implementing partners to mainstream upgrade gender equity-based approaches to education and other programs.

  • Meet regularly with Education Project Director to ensure alignment of actions with and mainstreaming of gender equity into the greater education strategy

  • Engage and mobilize community members, groups, and leaders in order to promote girls’ education and gender equity

  • Provide updates to relevant stakeholders on progress of community and school-based activities supporting girls’ education and empowerment.


3. Data Collection and Long-Term Planning for Girls’ Education and Empowerment

  • In collaboration with Inter-Regional Education Coordinator and Education Project Director, develop and carry out data collection plan to inform future girls’ education activities.

  • Organize and facilitate meetings with key stakeholders (in camp and out of camp) to inform ongoing and future activities in support of girls’ education.

  • Assist in development of long-term plans to support girls’ education in Dzaleka

  • Staying up-to-date on refugee, gender and security issues relevant to Malawi, Africa, and the wider response to the refugee reality.

  • Engage stakeholders at the local, district, and national government levels, as well as NGO partners and other external stakeholders, in promoting and advocating for girls’ education and gender equity.


Leadership Behaviours

  • Excellent interpersonal, listening and communication skills:

  • Ability to positively influence others to grow through constructive feedback and support:

  • A self-starter with the ability to complete tasks independently without direct supervision;

  • Ability to hold oneself accountable to meeting the demands of a schedule and producing required outputs.


Core values

  • Commitment to JRS mission, vision and values, and the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and in advocating for their right to protection and a life in dignity;

  • High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with situations, people and information;

  • Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value.

  • Willingness to work in flexible, sub-optimal, stressful and unstable environment.


Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, development studies, women’s and gender studies, social work, or similar field

  • Master’s Degree in education, project management, development, or women’s and gender studies programming preferred



  • 5+ years of experience in advocacy, gender equity, protection and social inclusion, and policy program management, preferably within an international humanitarian or development organization:

  • Experience with the Malawian educational system, financing, and admissions process at secondary and tertiary levels preferred

  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research, developing evidence-based programmatic interventions, and carrying out programme evaluations

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized communities

  • Experience managing projects and expectations of diverse stakeholders


Language –

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) and conversational Chichewa (spoken) strongly preferred. Working knowledge of French. Swahili, and Kinyarwanda beneficial. Strong public speaking and negotiation skills


Technical Skills

  • Strong project design and planning skills. Knowledge of MS Suite and Google Apps

  • Experience in advocacy and coordination

  • Experience with proposal writing. reporting, and monitoring/evaluation



Contract is for one year, renewable with an inItial probationary period of three months. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role. Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents through the form below:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English including three (3) professional references with their contact information, phone and email address

  2. A cover letter describing the candidate’s desire and motivation to work for JRS and how your qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.

Applications should be sent via email to:


with the subject line “Girls’ Education Project Director”. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Malina U.

13th of February, 2018 8:18:56 pm

Location: Lilongwe

Employment Type: Contractual

Salary: N/A

Job deadline: 17th February, 2018

Company: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

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