INEE Coordinator, Psychosocial Support and Social Emotional Learning Job Vacancy in Kenya - International Rescue Committee

The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open, global network that works to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. INEE is composed of more than 15,000 practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, governments (including Ministries of Education), and universities who work together within a humanitarian and development framework. INEE was conceptualized in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar where UNHCR, UNESCO and UNICEF took forward Strategy Five of the Dakar Framework for Action and convened the First Global Consultation on Education in Emergencies (Geneva, 2000). INEE has since grown to a network of more than 15,000 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 190 countries. Guided by a Steering Group and agreed upon bylaws, INEE serves its members through the core functions of community-building, convening diverse stakeholders, maintaining knowledge management, amplifying and advocating, facilitating and learning, and providing members with the resources and support they need to carry out their work on education in emergencies.

INEE’s 2018-2023 Strategic Framework presents the network’s vision for how to reach its overarching goal:

To ensure the right to a quality, safe, and relevant education for all who live in emergency and crisis contexts through prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The Strategic Framework outlines four strategic priorities that will enable the network achieve its goal:

  1. Provide thought leadership and global advocacy
  2. Strengthen capacities to deliver quality, safe, relevant, and inclusive education for all
  3. Provide, curate, and organize knowledge to inform policy and practice
  4. Strengthen and diversify theINEE membership

INEE’s current Thematic Priorities will support these priorities through collective action that includes a focus on:

  • Learning Continuum: Early Childhood Development, primary, secondary, education for young people and youth, Professional Development
  • Cross-cutting Issues: Inclusive Education (specifically Gender, Disabilities, and other responses to discrimination), Psychosocial Support and Social Emotional Learning (PSS-SEL), Child Protection in Humanitarian Action-EiE (CPHA-EiE),
  • Targeted Interventions and Modalities: Accelerated Education, Distance Education
  • Underpinning our work with best practices and evidence in understanding the best interests of learners, educators, parents and communities, and the systems meant to support them.

Position Summary

This position will serve each of INEE’s Strategic Priorities, with a primary focus on Strategic Priority 1 and 3. Psychosocial Support and Social and Emotional Learning (PSS-SEL) is a key priority area for the network. This position will coordinate the work within INEE’s network spaces on mental health and wellbeing, including coordinating and facilitating all activities within the PSS-SEL Working Group, ensuring delivery of the work plan, budget management, reporting, and communication. As well, the person in this position will be responsible for engaging with others within the education in emergencies and child protection sectors for the purposes of identifying and enhancing synergies, convening, advocating, facilitating learning, community building, and sharing tools and resources (per INEE’s core functions).


In alignment with INEE’s core functions, and the Strategic Priorities outlined in INEE’s Strategic Framework this role is responsible for the following:

INEE Strategic Priority I: Thought leadership and advocacy

  • Promote and sustain the values of INEE.
  • In collaboration with the Team Lead for Thematic Areas, represent INEE in various events and partnerships, and build relationships with key stakeholders. Liaise with INEE Working Groups, INEE Secretariat, and INEE Steering Group to ensure collaboration and shared goals are reached.

INEE Strategic Priority II: Strengthen capacities

  • Coordinate activities and events prioritized by the PSS-SEL Working Group members to promote resources (e.g., webinars and meet-ups)
  • Support the INEE Secretariat in the roll-out of capacity building initiatives as they relate to PSS-SEL.

INEE Strategic Priority III: Provide, curate and organize knowledge and resources

  • Ensure quality communications and consistent follow-up internally within the PSS-SEL Working Group and INEE Secretariat, and externally with relevant INEE constituents related to PSS-SEL thematic areas of work
  • Identify and enhance synergies and partnerships across relevant humanitarian and development sectors working in the MHPSS, PSS, and SEL thematic areas of work. This involves acquiring, filtering, organizing, synthesizing, and disseminating relevant PSS-SEL information for the network.
  • Maintain regular communication with INEE members to provide information on PSS-SEL learning and opportunities through INEE communication channels; develop, manage, and share a calendar of INEE training events.
  • Create, update and maintain relevant information and pages on the INEE website.
  • Provide technical inputs to and review PSS-SEL Working Group products and deliverables. Assist with compilation of edits and feedback on related INEE tools and resources, editing and reviewing documents as needed. Where applicable, the position may be required to oversee consultants or advise on other work being carried out by consultants, interns, reference groups and working groups.

INEE Strategic Priority IV: Strengthen and diversity membership

  • Encourage substantive participation from diverse stakeholders, especially under-represented members and organizations, for collaboration and communication related to PSS-SEL on behalf of the network.
  • Foster collective action to support members to develop capacities on PSS-SEL that support their work implementing education in emergencies programming (prevention, preparedness, response and/or recovery) more efficiently and effectively.
  • Facilitate multilingual global sharing and promotion of best practices related to PSS-SEL by collaborating with INEE’s language communities and supporting INEE’s multilingual web platforms.

Project Management and Administration

  • Project management of INEE’s PSS-SEL Working Group work plan, including:
    • Overseeing the development and dissemination of the PSS-SEL core framework and tools for contextualization.
    • Facilitating collaboration between the PSS-SEL Working Group and the Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) Collaborative on teacher wellbeing activities
    • Supporting and enabling PSS-SEL Working Group members to successfully implement group priorities
  • Manage partnerships (as needed) with others collaborating on specific outputs and products
  • Manage PSS-SEL activity budgets and contribute to reporting to donors in collaboration with the INEE Secretariat

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports to: INEE Thematic Areas’ Team Lead

Position directly supervises: Consultants and interns, as relevant

Indirect Reporting: INEE Director, INEE Secretariat; INEE fiscal & administrative hosts; INEE Steering Group
Internal Contacts: IRC education unit, HR, admin, finance, legal

External Contacts: Representatives of UN agencies, NGOs, donor agencies, education authorities (Ministries of Education, relevant Ministries), academic institutions, including mid-level to senior-level representatives



  • Minimum university degree in a related field. Advanced degree in a related field preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of directly relevant professional experience
  • Strong theoretical and practical background in the field of education, including and understanding of education in humanitarian and development contexts
  • Strong technical knowledge and field experience related to PSS-SEL (mental health, child protection, psychosocial wellbeing, social and emotional learning) and education in emergencies
  • In-depth understanding of INEE’s role in the EiE sector
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written in English
  • Flexible work attitude, with the ability to follow direction, and work independently across a virtual work environment
  • Willingness to travel up to 4 weeks/year as needed
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to track and follow-up on various tasks
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, with the ability to draft briefs, reports, proposals and syntheses
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people

As a member of the INEE Secretariat, the person in this position will also support and contribute to core Secretariat functions and will uphold the below core values and competencies:

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Communication skills (spoken, written)
  • Working with others and teamwork
  • Results-orientation
  • Formulating strategies/concepts and analyzing
  • Risk analysis and coordination skills (participatory)
  • Cooperation
  • Collaborative approach


  • Knowledge of INEE languages in addition to English highly valued (Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Understanding of networks and network theory highly valued
  • Familiarity and experience utilizing INEE resources and tools; experience facilitating INEE related workshops highly valued

Application Process

Submit CV and cover letter to Your cover letter should include specific experiences and expertise relevant to the position.


Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity:

IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

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