Senior Program Manager, Leaders in Teaching
Jobs at:Mastercard Foundation
Deadline of this Job:
23rd August 2019
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa
Date Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based in Toronto, Canada with several offices in Africa. Our programs promote financial inclusion and advance education and learning in Africa, primarily for young people, and in Canada for Indigenous youth. The Foundation was established in 2006 through the generosity of Mastercard when it became a public company. From inception, the Foundation was designed to be a separate entity and independent from Mastercard. Our policies, operations, and funding decisions are made by our President and Board of Directors.
The Foundation believes that youth employment is key to unlocking prosperity, both for youth and their societies. Enabling young women and men from disadvantaged communities to secure dignified and fulfilling work will ensure inclusive development and economic growth in Africa.
Values are timeless, they transcend and rise above all. They guide everything we do, as employees of the Foundation. We share a common vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. We make mistakes, we reflect, and we grow so that we can impact our world – it’s why we are here. We are ambitious and driven. We encourage you to bring your bold ideas, curiosity, and expertise to your work. We laugh at ourselves and with each other. We are a team. Our journey together makes our impact even more meaningful.
THE WORK AT THE FOUNDATION
Agri-food and rural SMEs are often a critical link in the economic transformation of a country as they allow farmers to commercialize their activities and lift themselves out of subsistence farming. The majority of the population across Africa depend on the agricultural sector for livelihoods and employment and agri-food and rural SMEs can help to provide a route out of poverty for smallholder farmers and rural communities while spurring economic diversification, sustainable development, creation of jobs and trade.
To ensure that the Foundation leverages the great opportunity for youth employment that the agricultural sector offers, an Agriculture Technical Expertise Group has formed to provide technical expertise that supports the development of country strategies and programs. The Agriculture Technical Expertise Group supports the development of country strategies, provides technical support in the development of country-led programs, helps colleagues build a shared understanding of key issues and opportunities related to inclusive agricultural economies in Africa, and contributes to the Foundation’s learning agenda.
Africa remains a continent where most people, and a large majority of disadvantaged people, live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods. Under the Rural and Agricultural Finance (RAF) initiative, the Foundation has committed over $175 million in funding to programs that provide financial services to smallholder farmers, provides access to essential inputs, and strengthens their capability to apply tested farming practices to improve the productivity of their farms. The initiative supports MFIs, banks, agribusinesses, MNOs, investment funds, and technology companies to provide these services to farmers. As a learning institution, the Foundation continues to generate and disseminate evaluation analysis to guide its future programming under its new Young Africa Works strategy and to benefit the wider financial inclusion industry.
Reporting to the Associate Director, Programs, the Senior Program Manager will be responsible for a portfolio of existing Rural and Agricultural Finance programs and partnerships. They will work collaboratively with the Agriculture Technical Expertise Group Lead and other Foundation staff.
The Senior Program Manager will be expected to provide expertise to identify constraints that prevent agricultural systems from functioning effectively at the country level, including, those that prevent youth from developing skills relevant for work in the sector; agribusinesses from accessing the finance; capacity and markets needed to grow; the development and design of programs in the agricultural sector and incorporating the agricultural sector’s needs into country strategies.
This individual will be expected to interact effectively with senior levels of partner organizations to advance the current work of the Foundation, while concurrently contributing to the Foundation’s country strategy development and new programs..
• Lead the Foundation’s Leaders in Teaching initiative in Rwanda, overseeing a portfolio of education programs and ensuring program objectives are achieved.
• Facilitate the coordination of partner activities and ensure ongoing coordination with government education initiatives and other donor-funded programs in education. Participate and contribute actively to local education and development partner coordination working groups.
• Represent the Foundation as education lead in Rwanda, build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, government stakeholders and other key education stakeholders at the country-level.
• Deepen the Foundation’s education work in Rwanda, identifying teacher development gaps, issues and trends that affect the quality of teaching and learning, as part of the Foundation’s country strategy and program development processes, lead the development of new programming and partnerships.
• Manage and coach program managers, associate program managers, interns and consultants as relevant.
• Undertake regular partner/site visits to monitor progress and capture program learning.
• Plan and co-chair bi-annual initiative Technical Working Group meetings and coordinate with the Country Representative and program colleagues on the planning and management of bi-annual Advisory Committee meetings.
• Provide education expertise, with a particular focus on secondary education, to support Foundation colleagues’ design and management of programs in other priority countries.
• Assist in expanding the Foundation team’s capacity relating to teacher training and development, by sharing learning.
• Support the design and delivery of appropriate mechanisms to monitor effectiveness and impact of teacher development interventions in close collaboration with the Strategy and Learning team, initiative Learning Partners and LIT colleagues.
• Oversee the planning and management of annual learning events and partner coordination workshops.
• Provide support as needed to the Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning, located at the Mastercard Foundation Rwanda office.
• Other duties as required.
Job Skills: Not Specified
• Graduate degree in education and/or a youth development-related field.
• Minimum 10+ years of relevant experience leading program interventions with partner organizations/grantees; education sector experience is desirable.
• Minimum 5 years of leadership and management experience including managing staff and coaching, mentoring and providing feedback.
• Expertise on the key issues, challenges and trends in basic education, particularly secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa and teacher development.
• Significant experience in global grant-making in education and/or leading education-focused programs in the non-profit or public sectors.
• Solid familiarity with the key organizations, development partners, donors, international organizations and other actors relevant to education globally and particularly in Africa.
• Excellent project management skills, including in multi-stakeholder projects.
• Knowledge of education policy and reform in one or more African contexts, preferably Rwanda.
• Experience managing and coaching small teams.
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity.
• Able to confidently engage with a range of stakeholders, including senior government representatives.
• Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
• Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Proficiency with MS Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Demonstrated written, presentation and spoken communication skills in English required. Fluency in other languages relevant to the work, particularly French or Kinyarwanda would be an asset.
• Experience living and/or working in Rwanda is highly desirable.
• Willing and able to travel internationally when required.
Job Education Requirements: Not Specified
Job Experience Requirements: Not Specified
Job application procedure
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