Programme Manager

  • Full Time
  • Ghana
  • 1000 USD / YEAR

Website EPG

JOB TITLE: Programme Manager
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contract: 12 months, contingent on funding; candidates must have the right to work in Ghana
Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
Reporting to: Senior 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:

The Programme Manager will play a central role in delivering EPG’s work and ensuring the successful delivery of projects in Ghana. This will include: cultivating and maintaining trusted relationships with senior Ministry officials and other key stakeholders; designing and delivering contextually-relevant advice and support to Government partners on education policy reform design, planning, implementation and monitoring; reviewing and drafting policy-related documents; coordinating and overseeing research and policy development work by commissioned partners and consultants; managing one Accra-based Associate and working closely with a global team; overseeing all elements of project management; contributing to monitoring, feedback and evaluation mechanisms; liaising with donors and funding partners and supporting the setup of an EPG office in Accra. This project has strict reporting requirements that will require timely delivery and attention to detail.
The candidate will support EPG to work alongside the MoE to ensure that projects are carefully and thoughtfully developed and implemented across the country. The role will be based in the MoE and will also require supporting the MoE to coordinate with relevant ministries and agencies as well as non-government partners.

The right candidate will find EPG an exciting and entrepreneurial environment and see this role as an opportunity to build 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:

Cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with senior MoE officials, maintaining regular contact and check-ins through in-person visits, meetings, workshops, and electronic communication;
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;
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, and advocacy groups;
Lead on monthly and quarterly reporting to the funders, engaging with partners as necessary to coordinate on reporting, and participate in monthly and quarterly partner meetings on progress;
Lead on setting up an office in Accra for EPG, with the potential to leverage ministry partnerships to have an embedded office space in the MoE;
Liaise with partners on a regular basis, and ensure efficient project delivery and reporting, which has strict and specific requirements on a monthly and quarterly basis;
Support the establishment and/or refinement of policy development, delivery and/or monitoring systems within government, including the creation of coordination structures, decision making and project monitoring systems and problem solving interventions;
Manage the relationship with and the deliverables of the technical consultant(s) hired to support the delivery of the project with oversight and support from the Senior Programme Manager;
Line manage the Associate based in Accra;
Work in close partnership with the wider EPG global team to ensure efficient and high-quality delivery of all technical assistance projects and the exchange of insights and learning across projects;
Drive regular project and programme team meetings;
Be accountable for regularly updated project workplans, budgets and monitoring frameworks;
Collaborate with colleagues to nurture new funding partnerships and deepen existing partnerships interested in EPG’s work;
Participate in the development of EPG through regular team meetings, knowledge exchange and professional development.

Candidate requirements:

A Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, Social Sciences or a related field;
A track record of high-level relationship building and influencing of senior government officials and other relevant stakeholders;
Considerable professional experience in the design and delivery of policy-related projects, including strong strategic thinking and analytical skills;
Commitment to education as a critical lever for success
Strong written communications and presentation skills in English;
Strong interpersonal skills with a sense of humility and willingness to work with diverse team members, often remotely
Experience in project management including planning, monitoring and reporting.
Proven ability to synthesise and analyse qualitative data.
Experience with the professional use of the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
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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