National consultant – Technical Education

  • Full Time
  • Ghana
  • 1000 USD / YEAR

Website EPG

JOB TITLE: National consultant – Technical Education
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contract: Short term contingent on funding; candidates must have the right to work in Ghana
Reporting to: Programme Manager

About the Education Partnerships Group (EPG):

Incubated within UK education charity, Ark, the Education Partnerships Group (EPG) is an international not-for-profit consultancy that partners with 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:
Generating and using research to inform policy
Supporting the design and development of policy
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.

EPG in Ghana:

EPG has been working in Ghana since 2017 and has supported the Ministry of Education (MoE) with several projects, including supporting the design of a new contract-managed Public-Private Partnership (PPP) pilot to promote innovation in management practices and improve learning outcomes in poor performing government schools; undertaking research to explore the school and household-related factors that might be influencing learning disparities between government and private schools in Ghana; partnering with MoE, the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the RISE programme at the University of Oxford to develop concepts on accountability for learning, and, most recently, the MoE’s National School Inspections Authority (NaSIA) requested EPG’s support to develop a new School Licensing Policy.

EPG currently has several project ideas and several potential avenues for funding in Ghana to continue offering technical support to the MoE, especially on projects connected to our previous work and strong track records in the non-state sector and accountability for learning.

About the role:

EPG is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly skilled consultant based in Accra, to support us in cultivating and maintaining relationships with senior ministry officials. The consultant will have substantial experience working in the education sector in Ghana, have established links with the MoE and be able to support government partners on education policy reform. Significant policy experience and strong networks within the sector would be preferred.

The right candidate will find EPG an exciting and entrepreneurial environment and see this role as an opportunity to support a team and programme strategy together with internal and external stakeholders, which will ultimately have a positive impact on improving children’s learning in Ghana.

Indicative responsibilities:

Support and collaborate with EPG’s Ghana Programme team, reporting to the Ghana Programme Manager;
Liaising with and providing regular updates to the EPG Programme Manager, including progress against the deliverables and time used and identifying risks and delays as early as possible;
Cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with senior Ministry officials, maintaining regular contact and check-ins through in-person visits, meetings, workshops, and electronic communication;
Cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with key stakeholders and development partners, including but not limited to major bilateral and multilateral donors, UN agencies, donor implementing partners and consultancies, national NGOs, advocacy groups;
Work directly with senior officials in the MoE and related agencies to design and deliver policy-related technical assistance aimed at shaping and strengthening the education system;
Support the design and delivery of reports and outputs on the education sector in Ghana, demonstrating a clear understanding the role of the non-state sector and concepts of accountabilty for learning;
Support in conducting interviews with MoE officials to inform the approach to technical support and project delivery.

Candidate requirements:

A Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, Social Sciences, or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Considerable professional experience in the public policy process, including policy analysis, review, design, and implementation.
High level of demonstrable leadership and strategic management skills, being able to demonstrate success in providing strategic counsel and successfully navigating differing points of view.
A track record of high-level, strategic partnership building and relationship management with senior Civil Servants, senior executives and/or thought leaders in the public sector or civil society.
Effective communication skills including excellent written and oral presentation skills in English.
Ability to monitor state and local education policy activity, policy issues, positions, and trends related to education reform in Ghana.
Strong interpersonal skills with a sense of humility and willingness to work with diverse team members, often remotely.
Highly organized and detail-oriented, and able to effectively manage multiple and competing demands.
Ability to work independently, under remote management.
Experience working on USAID-funded projects and programmes is desirable but not essential

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

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit in a single document a cover letter (maximum 1 page) and CV (maximum 3 pages) on our online recruitment portal.

Please disregard the UK based questions as they do not apply for this role.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th May 2022, although we will review applications and interview candidates on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted on next steps.

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