Systems Strengthening Technical Advisor (Proposal Recruitment) Re-Advert – Save the Children

Location: Addis Ababa

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Nov 5, 2021

Systems Strengthening Technical Advisor (Proposal Recruitment)

Work location: Addis Ababa


Save the Children is seeking a Systems Strengthening Senior Technical Advisor for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Early Childhood Education activity in Ethiopia. The program focuses on increasing the effectiveness of the early childhood education system. The specific Objective is to strength the system’s capacity to provide, oversee and coordinate continuous high-quality, responsive early childhood development and education, at the federal, regional, woreda, Kebele and Household levels.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Design and lead strategies to assist country to assess their progress toward sustainability, and identify gaps, strategies and approaches for education system mainstreaming and sustainability.
  • Ensure sustainability strategies and activities are aligned and/or linked with project
  • Collaboratively map local systems focusing attention on the 5Rs—resources, roles, relationships, rules and results.
  • Support in local level ECE policy, strategy, guidelines, curriculum and structure analysis and contribute in systems strengthening
  • Support in identifying challenges in the transition from ECE to primary and provide technical support.
  • Promote strengthening of cross‐sector collaboration in Ethiopia, based on the country context, including with education, early childhood development. ETC.
  • Play a lead role in proactively identifying potential implementation bottlenecks, key decision processes and decision-makers, and helping to expedite implementation education system strengthening and sustainability measures as per relevant USAID guidance and strategies, annual work plans and country sustainability plans.
  • Prepare or contribute to project reports and define budgets for education system strengthening activities.
  • Represent Save the Children with partners and key stakeholders, maintain and create positive relationships with USAID, local ministries, and the country office team;
  • Establish effective communication and coordination with personnel from the government in order to implement interventions and incorporate country-wide priorities;
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence;
  • Incorporate SC’s vision and values and full adherence to Code of Conduct principles;
  • Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or higher in education, public health, policy, strategy or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility managing designing and implementing large and complex education programs, ideally in East Africa.
  • Experience leading a highly successful education systems strengthening program in Ethiopia or in a similar setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of Early Childhood Education service delivery programs within Africa, as well as high impact Education services in the Ethiopian context or similar setting.
  • Five+ years of experience demonstrating technical expertise in systems strengthening activities, as well as integration with several areas including: Early Childhood Development and Education; quality improvement/quality assurance; gender; and the use of education related data in program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience improving data-driven decision-making through education management and information system assessment and development; refining decentralization policies to bring decision-making closer to parents, students, and communities; altering school funding formulas to equitably distribute resources to urban and rural schools; and aligning institutional incentives with educational outcomes through modern human and capital resource management policies
  • A minimum of three years of experience managing and supervising a team
  • Proven experience building capacity of programs with local NGOs and government bodies in-country and working collaboratively with partners and/or key stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Fluency in English required.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of local language preferred.
  • What’s In It for You
  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities and with the American Management Association, as well as language learning opportunities

Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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