Website EPG

JOB TITLE: Associate
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: 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 looking for an exceptionally organised, highly motivated, and capable Associate with excellent communication and problem-solving skills to support EPG’s work in Ghana. The Associate will report directly to the Programme Manager and will be responsible for supporting project set-up, management and delivery, administration, and team coordination. The Associate will also support the Programme Manager to deliver project outputs such as stakeholder mapping, and to cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with senior Ministry officials and other key stakeholders, and will support on drafting key project outputs and reports.
The right candidate will be passionate about the role education plays in transforming lives and see this role as an opportunity to build their project delivery, programme management, and stakeholder engagement skill sets, which will ultimately have a positive impact on improving children’s learning in Ghana.
Indicative responsibilities:
Working under the guidance of an EPG Programme Manager, often with tight deadlines:
Schedule all internal and external meetings – both in person and remotely – attending meetings when required and taking detailed meeting minutes for external circulation;
Regularly update project documents including programme and project-level workplans, monitoring and learning frameworks, and reporting templates;
Support the Programme Manager to cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with senior Ministry officials across the MoE and other development and service delivery partners;
Support the Programme Manager to fulfil reporting requirements;
Support the Programme Manager in setting up an EPG office in Accra;
Liaise with MoE officials and development partners to set up meetings and interviews, as needed, taking detailed minutes when required;
Support the Programme Manager to collate relevant information on the education sector and policy development process to inform project set-up and work planning;
Work in close partnership with the wider EPG Ghana and Global team to ensure efficient and high-quality delivery of all technical assistance projects;
Provide overall coordination and administrative support to the EPG Ghana and Global team.

Candidate requirements:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences (Law, Public Administration, Economics, Education or related field);
2+ years of professional experience;
Excellent project management skills, including planning, monitoring and reporting;
Exceptional organisational skills with excellent attention to detail;
Experience with the professional use of the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
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;
A commitment to improving education quality for all children;
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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