MINELRES: Roma Education Fund: Programme Officer Vacancy

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Sat Jan 23 09:11:42 2010

Original sender: Toby Linden <tlinden@romaeducationfund.org>


The REF is recruiting a Programme Officer in its head office in

Job description

The programme officer will be responsible for developing and managing a
country programme in selected countries where REF is active. The
programme officer will participate in the strategic thinking on REF
activity and directions, in particular on building large scale,
sustainable activities for inclusion of Roma in education in line with
REF’s 2010-2015 Strategy. The programme officer will be part of the REF
Project Management Committee, therefore participating in all decisions
related to REF project management and which are the responsibilities of
the Committee. More particularly the programme officer will: 

- Have specific responsibilities for the management of country
programmes for one or more countries. This activity will involve (a) the
review and assessment of grant proposals, establishing appropriate
indicators to monitor project progress, supervising the grants
throughout the project cycle, building the capacity of the implementing
organisations to achieve the project objectives more effectively and
ensuring appropriate evaluation of the project when it is finished; (b)
the review and assessment of applications for the REF revolving fund and
endeavouring to ensure that reimbursable grants are repaid; and (c)
leading the policy dialogue with governments and NGO sector so as to
develop large-scale interventions for Roma education. The programme
officer supervises the REF country facilitators who are locally-based
consultants and who are the main point of contact for project applicants
and implementers. 
- Work closely with other programme officers and country facilitators so
that the lessons of experience across REF projects in different
countries are shared within REF and with project partners and other
external stakeholders. 
- Liaise closely with the other REF programmes so as to promote
synergies between different REF activities 
Participate in REF communication activities, by attending conferences
and seminars, prepare and present papers and contribute to the policy
dialogue with partners 
- Take part in monitoring visits to other countries and provide advice
on the overall grant programme of REF   
- Assure REF visibility in Roma education-related events, especially in
the country/countries for which the programme officer is responsible
Expected qualifications

- Bachelor level degree in relevant subject such as education, political
science, social science, economics, law or public administration 
- At least five years’ demonstrated success in managing education or
Roma related projects. Experience in managing a non-governmental
organization or in working for a government ministry will be an
- Knowledge of issues related to education of minorities in Central and
Eastern Europe. Knowledge of Roma issues will be an advantage. 
- Fluent written and spoken English. Working knowledge of Romanes will
be an advantage as will working knowledge of languages spoken in
countries of Central and Eastern Europe in which REF is active. 
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural team in various contexts. 
- Commitment and passion to the REF mission
Please send a letter of interest in English and a CV with at least three
references to tlinden@romaeducationfund.org before Friday 12 February
2010. Please put ‘Application for Programme Officer’ in the subject line
of the

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