Program Manager Cote d’ Ivoire

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JOB DESCRIPTION 

Position title: Program Manager

Reports to: Country Director Cote d’ Ivoire

Location: Abidjan Cote d’ Ivoire

Deadline: 25th July  2024             

TaRL Africa initiative is hosted by Empower Learning Africa, a not-for-profit organisation registered and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with teams in Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Zambia and locally registered offices in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire. TaRL Africa began as a joint venture by Pratham and J-PAL in 2019, with the goal of supporting governments and organisations across Africa to accelerate children’s foundational skill learning using the evidence-based “Teaching at the Right Level” (TaRL) approach. TaRL Africa's vision is for every child across Africa to have foundational skills so that they can have a better future. Our mission is to ensure education systems effectively equip children with these foundational skills.

We support governments and organisations in over 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to design, deliver and scale impactful TaRL programmes while learning and sharing how the approach can be improved for different contexts. Together with partners, TaRL Africa has reached over five million children with TaRL programming.

Summary of the Role: 

Under the supervision of the Country Director (CD), the Program Manager (PM) will lead the management and coordination of the TaRL Program in Côte d’Ivoire (CIV), and support efforts aiming at scaling up the program in the country. The Program Manager (PM) will also support activities related to Content and Training (C&T), Measurement Learning and Evaluation (MEL), as well as other TaRL initiatives in the West and Central Africa region (WCA) as required. The PM will provide support to TaRL Africa central teams and partners on cross-cutting initiatives and strategies aiming at improving TaRL programming especially in the WCA region.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Strategy 
  • Contribute to the strengthening of government ownership and program sustainability by setting up reliable and efficient systems, structures, processes and supporting the government in financial planning for scale-up.
  • Design and adjust programs to be effective, scalable and sustainable.
  • Work with the TaRL Africa research team to design and implement research projects/initiatives.
  • Support the communication, advocacy and fundraising strategies, as well as donor management.
  1. Program management and coordination
  • Manage the coordination of different stakeholders (government, partners, TaRL Africa country and central teams) in line with educational programs, policies, and TaRL Africa goals.
  • Engage with internal and external experts to evaluate program impact and gather data for decision-making.
  • Track program activities and progress against action plans and deliverables.
  • Lead reporting process: ensure quality submission of internal and external narrative and financial reports.
  • Support country-level financial management through the monitoring and management of relevant budgets.
  1. Program implementation (Content and training)
  • Ensure proper and quality implementation of interventions in the field with a view to continuous improvement.
  • Develop expertise in the TaRL approach; provide support to the development and improvement of pedagogical content for Reading and Maths; ensure smooth communication between country and central technical teams.
  • Provide technical support to other TaRL programs in the French-speaking West and Central Africa region.
  • Ensure lessons learned and good practices are shared and evidence from the program is applied to improve it.
  1. Partnership management 
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen critical relationships with government, policymakers, donors and other partners.
  • Represent TaRL Africa at events and technical working groups in Côte d’Ivoire and in the region as needed.
  1. Team management 
  • Manage, support and work closely with the Content and Training Associates and the Program Coordinator.
  • Collaborate closely with the Senior MLE Associate, the Finance and Admin team in Côte d’Ivoire, and the central team.
  • Support a cohesive, creative and comfortable working environment while keeping team members motivated.
  1. TaRL Expansion in other francophone countries/across West Africa
  • Support other TaRL initiatives and programming across West Africa.
  • Support the development of new TaRL programme proposals.
  • Work with the Central Team to identify and manage potential risks in new programs.

Profile

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Social Sciences, Project/program Management or relevant field.
  • 5 to 7 years’ work experience in the development field.

Required minimum Skills and Competencies: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work with various stakeholders and create trusted relationships.
  • Excellent organisational skills; capacity to manage multiple tasks with competing priorities.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication in French & English.
  • Ability to think critically and analytically, and to identify and troubleshoot issues.
  • Positive team player with a roll-up-your-sleeves, customer-first attitude.
  • Strong interest in children’s learning and quality education.
  • Working knowledge of academic policies and processes.
  • Experience working in an international context.

Nice to have

  • Experience working in West Africa and more specifically in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Experience working directly with government partners.

TaRL Africa Values

  1. We put children’s learning first.
  2. We are always learning, improving, and innovating.
  3. We are locally rooted for high-quality delivery and sustainable impact.
  4. We are kind, respectful and collaborative.
  5. We are proactive, committed to integrity and doing our best each day.

How to apply? 

Please fill in APPLICATION by 25th July 2024. Only applications submitted through the form will be accepted. Please note that, due to the large volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to short-listed applicants.

Salary: TaRL Africa provides a nationally peer benchmarked compensation package aligned with organizational salary scales, taking into account both qualifications and professional experience. Please contact "recruit@teachingattherightlevel.org" if you have further questions about compensation.

 

      TaRL Africa is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

Job Information

Status: Open Job type: Full Time Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 25 Jun 2024 Expire in: 3 months

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