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Programme Manager

Education Partnerships Group

This is a Full-time position in Lusaka posted 06/01/2022.

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# Job Description

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Contract: 12 months, potential to renew subject to funding; Candidates must
have the right to work in Zambia

Salary: £31,000 – £38,000; Commensurate with experience

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:

1\. Generating and using research to inform policy

2\. Supporting the design and development of policy

3\. 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

About the project:

EPG have been awarded a grant to support the Ministry of Education MoE in
Zambia under the USAID-funded CATALYZE programme. EPG is working closely with
the MoE to review, prioritise, and develop education policy in three core
areas: regulation, accountability and public/private partnerships, all of
which are highlighted in the Government’s Education Sector and Skills Plan
ESSP framework.

We are currently nearing the end of the first year of the project, which has
focused on setting up a team in Lusaka, conducting diagnostic work, and
building relationships with the MoE and other key stakeholders to inform our
work going forward beyond Year 1.

About the role:

The Programme Manager will play a central role in delivering EPG’s work and
ensuring the successful delivery of the EduFinance-CATALYZE project in Zambia.
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
Lusaka-based Associate and working closely with a global team; overseeing all
elements of project ; contributing to monitoring, feedback and
evaluation mechanisms; liaising with donors and funding partners and
supporting the set of an EPG office in Zambia.

This project has strict reporting requirements that will require timely
delivery and attention to detail.

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 Zambia.

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, 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 Lusaka for EPG, with the potential to leverage
ministry partnerships to have an embedded office space in the MoE;
Liaise with partners, including wider Catalyze 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;
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
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
Commitment to EPG’s core valuesResponsivewe start from a place of “yes”
Accountablewe accept ownership and healthy conflict
Rigorouswe create and meet high expectations
Inclusivewe seek diversity of perspectives and experiences
Respectfulwe are quick to listen and empathize

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link below. Please disregard the UK based questions as they do not apply to

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The deadline for applications is 28th January 2022. Applications will be
considered on a rolling basis as they are received.

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