The Director of Education Programs will provide leadership to a global team of staff who are responsible for the technical/programmatic support and resource development for early childhood development (ECD), early grade success and adult education projects in FH fields. The Director of Education Programs will report to the Senior Director of Program Quality & Design and coordinate extensively with the Regional Education Leads, the Director of Food Security, Director of Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, Director of Social Behavior Change and related team members. The Director of Education Programs will also provide direct support for the development of new proposals in the areas of ECD, girls’ education, early grade success, and adult education in coordination with the Grant Development Department.
*Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Key Result #1 – Provides strategic direction, leadership and training to equip Regional Staff to design, implement, and monitor projects for increased education impact (60%).
Provides strategic direction to education log frames, indicators and project activities to support education projects to improve child literacy and numeracy outcomes in the first 9 years of life;
Further tasks, if necessary; Manages capacity building opportunities for Regional and Country-level education staff including, but not limited to, webinars, recorded presentations, cross-visits and workshops;
Researches best practices in the field of education and disseminates through the Education Community of Practice (CoP) quarterly as well as uploading to FH’s internal website;
Provides technical backstopping to regional and country-level staff through regular communication and site visits;
Leads, participates in and supports education assessment and enumerator training as well as analysis and application of results in baseline and midterm evaluations;
Provides input on education outputs, activities and indicators for community graduation;
Provides ongoing technical support in development and local adaptation of education job aids to increase caregivers’ capacity in ECD and support of early grade success through FH’s cascade groups;
Provides technical support to regional staff for MOE collaboration, and government partnerships and supports staff plans for technical training of teachers;
Provides guidance on community based partnerships for increasing enabling environments for improved literacy and numeracy.
Key Result #2 – Grant Development and Partnerships (20%).
In coordination with the Grants Development Unit, provides technical input, design, and writing for education grant opportunities from government, multi-lateral, and private sources;
Provides managerial and technical support to ensure the timely and technically accurate submission of education proposals;
Represents FH education projects by actively participating in relevant meetings with donors, practitioners, and others;
Maintains ongoing relationships with Save the Children to share education results, reports and information related to the International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA);
Presents on FH’s education work in professional forums and participation in education working groups and task forces in order to influence other NGOs development practice as well as form relationships for future collaboration and partnership.
Key Result #3 – Staff Development and Unit Management (20%).
Develops and empower staff to work efficiently and grow in their skills;
Maintains and manages individual technical capacity goals; meet regularly to discuss/monitor development plans and individual goals;
Provides leadership and coaching and timely completion of annual and mid-year reviews;
Pursues ongoing training, professional and personal development for FH’s technical team and self in the forms of seminars, conferences, offsite time spent at library or other venues;
Manages and maintains the annual income and expense budget and other financial measures of the department.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty/function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in The Heartbeat: our Values, Vision, and Purpose;
Excellent people skills including warmth and sensitivity, conversational, able to relate to and effectively communicate with people from different cultures (at various levels within the organization);
Able to self-manage a diverse and dynamic set of responsibilities, proactively solve problems and / or suggest viable solutions while advancing goals and objectives;
Demonstrated computer operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and/or GoToMeeting;
Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes;
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to train, motivate, teach and mentor staff;
Comfortable and persuasive when speaking before both large and small groups;
Excellent technical writing, editing and proofreading skills;
Ability to organize time to meet hard deadlines for proposal or training needs;
Ability to interact positively with all levels of the organization and across organizational and cultural boundaries;
Ability to sit at a computer for up to 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard;
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds above shoulder height;
Ability to stand for long periods, walking over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces at times;
Ability to travel up to 30% of time per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.
Education and Experience: Master’s Degree in Education and seven years of education program management experience required; or equivalent combination of education and experience Candidates with field experience in early childhood development, teacher training, girls’ education, adult and child literacy and numeracy, IDELA, curriculum development, and social and behavior change methodologies preferred.
Supervisor Responsibilities: Directly supervises one staff person with matrix management of regional staff in technical areas. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, resolving problems, etc.
Language: Proficiency in written and spoken English required; speaking / writing ability in Spanish and French preferred. Ability to read, analyze and interpret education technical documents, and government agreements and regulatory documents. Ability to write education proposals, business correspondence, policy manuals, training curriculum and reports. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from FH and staff members.
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