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Kenya Early Childhood Development Programme

Chief of Party
 
Position Summary: RTI's International Education Division is supporting education development around the world by strengthening education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning. 

From our well-established reputation in education system strengthening, to innovative work in early grade assessment and learning, RTI is improving education quality, relevance and efficiency through implementation of projects funded by USAID, DFID, Australian Aid and other donors and clients.
The International Education Division is seeking qualified candidates for the Chief of Party position for a three year education programme in Kenya focused on improving Early Childhood Development (ECD) systems and outcomes. 

The project will consist of a main office in Nairobi and two County offices that will be charged with implementing interventions at the County level. 

This project will be focused on improving the quality of ECD systems and instruction. The instruction will be focused on development of early reading, mathematics, psychosocial and health skills and concepts. 

The Chief of Party will lead the management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the programme.  

In this role, s/he will be RTI’s primary point of contact with RTI, donors and Kenyan government counterpart agencies.  

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, the Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall implementation of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme , to include development of materials in local languages and English; development and support of ECD mathematics, support to the ECD system at the national and county level, and strengthening of teacher and community health worker support mechanisms for improving knowledge and practice. 

Essential Job Functions:
 
The COP’s roles and responsibilities will include:  
  • Oversee technical, administrative and financial operations (e.g., operations, compliance, reporting, and implementation) in coordination with the RTI Home Office;
  • Provide technical leadership and quality assurance in the design, delivery and evaluation of technical assistance, implementation and research; all with a focus on ECD instruction and teacher support and training;
  • Collaborate with Ministry of Education, Science & Technology & Ministry of Health counterparts and other education and health stakeholders to guide implementation and ensure the timely and quality completion of technical, financial and contractual deliverables;
  • Develop and implement annual program work and performance milestone plans and negotiate an agreement of those plans with the client;
  • Maintain and effectively manage relationships with Kenyan and international partners and RTI home office staff implementing the programme;
  • Provide technical advice and input into developing: instructional materials in English, Kiswahili and Maths; programs for health implementation; and teacher professional development for ECD programs.
  • Provide oversight and technical input into the development and use of ICT for supporting and observing teachers.  
Qualifications and Competencies:
  • A Master’s degree or higher in education or a related field.
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant experience, including education reform, teacher training, literacy, gender issues, grants management, research and community mobilization;
  • A proven track record in managing large-scale education programmes in developing countries;
  • Prior experience working in Eastern Africa or Southern Africa preferred;
  • Extensive experience with British established education systems;
  • Experience and proven ability to build and maintain relationships with government counterparts and other stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate staff into a cohesive team;
  • Experience with donor programme management policies, procedures and reporting requirements;
  • Absolute fluency in English and superlative communication and writing skills.
To Apply:  

 Interested applicants should submit a current CV with contact information to internationaledu@rti.org and indicate “Kenya Chief of Party” in the subject title.  

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Only short listed applicants will be contacted. 

RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

Closing Date:
 15 Sep 2014

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Programs
 
Position Summary:RTI's International Education Division is supporting education development around the world by strengthening education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning. 

From our well-established reputation in education system strengthening, to innovative work in early grade assessment and learning, RTI is improving education quality, relevance and efficiency through implementation of projects funded by USAID, DFID, Australian Aid and other donors and clients.
 
The International Education Division is seeking qualified candidates for the Deputy Chief of Party (DOCP) Programs position for a four year education programme in Kenya. 

The USAID Tusome Early Grade Reading Program in Kenya is a basic education initiative to improve the reading skills of approximately 5.4 million Kenyan children.
 
The DCOP Programs will be responsible for overseeing, supervising and guiding the technical aspects of the Tusome Early Grade Reading Program. 

She / he will support the Chief of Party (COP) in leading and coordinating the county level programme implementation. As a member of the Senior Management Team, s/he will work closely with the DCOP Operations and serve as the acting COP as required. 

The position will oversee and provide guidance and support to technical staff to implement program components, including support for early grade reading instruction, teacher training, and youth and partnership funds management.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Provide management and leadership of the Tusome Early Grade Reading Program technical team
  • Oversee all training activities for technical teams, TAC Tutors, head-teachers and teachers in collaboration with the Tusome Early Grade Reading Program technical team
  • Provide guidance on materials development, materials quality and materials management including pupil books, teacher’s guides and pupil readers
  • Ensure timely and quality processing and delivery of all donor reports, research reports and  quarterly reports
  • Manage and oversee technical work undertaken by consultants and ensure that all deliverables are met as per the Terms of Reference (ToR) or Scope of Work (SoW)
  • Supervise the Partnership and Youth Funds supported by the Funds Manager and Dalberg
  • Represent the COP in meetings with donors and partners whenever assigned
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the COP
Qualifications and Competencies:
  • A Master’s degree or higher in education or a related field, and a minimum of 12 years of relevant professional engagement in the education sector
  • Proven management and implementation of large education projects and prior experience managing large-scale projects of US $10 million or more with geographically dispersed teams
  • Prior experience and familiarity with donor project management policies, procedure and reporting requirements, particularly USAID.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili.
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated by ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff, clients and consultants.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities.
To Apply:  Interested applicants should submit a current CV with contact information to internationaledu@rti.org and indicate “Kenya DCOP Programs ” in the subject title.  

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Only short listed applicants will be contacted. 


RTI is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

Closing Date: 30 Sep 2014

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