Senior Programme Manager (Education Partnerships Group)
Ark
London, UK
5d ago

Senior Programme Manager, Education Partnerships Group

Location : Nairobi, Lusaka, Cape Town, or Abidjan, with international travel, indicatively 40%

Salary details : : £43,000 - £51,000; salary quoted in GBP, commensurate with experience and location

Contract : Dependent on programme need (12 months up to permanent); candidates must have the right to work in the location in which they wish to be based.

Closing date : : Applications will be considered on a rolling basis

About EPG

Incubated within UK education charity, Ark, the Education Partnerships Group (EPG) is an international not-for-profit consultancy thatpartnerswith governments to shape and strengthen their education systems.

Our vision is that governments in low- and middle-income countries are equipped to ensure that every child goes to school and learns.

We believe that supporting government to design and implement contextually relevant and evidence-based public policy is the best way to drive sustainable progress towards achieving quality education for all.

We assist governments across three critical stages of the policy process :

1. Generating and using research to inform policy

2. Supporting the design and development of policy

3. Supporting the piloting and scaling of policy reform initiatives

Today, EPG works in five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa : South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, and Zambia.

In our work, we prioritise a genuine understanding of context rather than assuming ideas can simply be transplanted from one country to another.

We also focus on the system the roles, responsibilities, and relationships of all the different actors rather than working on one policy area in isolation.

COVID has demonstrated more than ever the importance of effective education systems capable of coordinating and targeting limited resources, through evidence-based approaches for impactful education service delivery.

With growing demand for our services, EPG is currently focused on seizing those opportunities to expand our footprint in current programme countries and new geographies.

About the role :

  • EPG is looking for a highly motivated and capable candidate to join the programmes management team. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in the organisation, working with the Director of Programmes in the design, oversight, and quality assurance of a portfolio of work across a range of country partners;
  • manage and support a small team of programme staff based within ministries of education; ensure all projects are rigorously designed, monitored and evaluated to maximize learning;
  • manage strategic relationships with senior government officials, delivery partners and funders; and provide financial oversight across country budgets.

    The right candidate will be passionate about education and the centrality of government in ensuring every child has access to a quality education.

    They will want to be part of an agile and flexible consultancy and aim to be responsive to the needs and contexts of government partners.

    They will see this role as an opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of children. This role can be based in Nairobi, Abidjan, Cape Town or Lusaka, and includes indicatively 40% international travel.

    Candidate requirements

  • Masters’ degree in a relevant area (eg. public policy, education, international development)
  • 7+ years professional experience in a relevant field
  • A commitment to improving education quality for all children
  • Significant professional experience in international development or international consulting, including experience in leading the design and delivery of projects.
  • Direct experience in global education is preferable but not strictly required.

  • Experience working directly with governments and the public policy process in low- or middle-income countries
  • Excellent relationship management skills especially with senior officials in government and non-government institutions
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and bring people along’ a decision making process
  • A strong track record in complex, end to end, project management, particularly in in low- or middle-income countries
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills in English
  • Experience in analysing and interpreting data, including familiarity with research and evaluation methodologies
  • Fluency in French is desired
  • Experience in leading and managing small and agile teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a sense of humility and willingness to work with diverse team members, often remotely
  • Commitment to EPG’s core values
  • Responsive we start from a place of yes
  • Accountable we accept ownership and healthy conflict
  • Rigorous we create and meet high expectations
  • Inclusive we seek diversity of perspectives and experiences
  • Respectful we are quick to listen and empathize
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