Aga Khan Foundation
Head of Programme Quality & Learning
Team / Programme: Programmes
Location: Regional Office – Kenya
Initial Duration: 2 years (with a possibility of extension)
Scope of Role: The Head of Programme Quality and Learning (PQL) Unit is responsible for assuring the consistent quality of programme strategy, proposal design, compliance, and learning.
The Head of this unit will manage and backstop a unified team of technical specialists and consultants on programme quality.
In addition, among others, the Head of PQL will act as the Focal Point in the astute application of the quality assurance protocol and validation of processes for generating data for the organisational dashboard.
Reports to: Regional Programme Director (RPD).
Staff Directly reporting to this role:
· Thematic Technical Advisors
· Regional Managers – (Thematic and MERL)
· Project Director – SESEA
Key Areas of Accountability:
Programme and Concept Design & Development
· Support the thematic advisors and managers in the process of conceptualization, project design and proposal development to produce cost effective, innovative, and high quality sustainable programmes.
· Ensure that all relevant AKF EA policies, protocols and procedures are applied throughout the programme design stages
· Liaise closely with other Units, particularly the Resource Mobilisation Unit, in the proposal development and writing process
Strategic planning and leadership
· Provide support to thematic advisors in the development of sector strategies, ensuring adherence to AKF’s global strategy
· Ensure joined-up strategic planning across core sectors with a focus on programme integration and the strengthening of multi-sectoral approaches.
· Maintain oversight of progress against sector strategies in coordination with technical advisors.
Program Quality Oversight
· Ensure evidence-based programming by leading in setting AKF EA’s regional agenda for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning.
· Provide direct management oversight to the PQL Unit, ensuring quality programming in compliance with donor requirements and internal specifications.
· Develop quality assurance plans, conduct regular programme risk analyses, identify critical control points, and suggest preventive/mitigation measures to the Programme Implementation Team and other Units
Learning, Policy Dialogue and Reporting
· Oversee the scheduling and production of formal and informal reports on all aspects of the program in a timely and efficient manner, including key evaluation activities and learning briefs capturing key program learning for public dissemination.
· Ensure that MERL team members focus on assisting programs to generate practical information that can be used for ongoing program decision-making and policy influencing while also capturing results at the impact level.
· In Liaison with the communications team, lead on policy dialogue and dissemination of lessons learned to internal and external stakeholders and adopt best practices.
Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development
· In close liaison with the RPD, create a work atmosphere conducive to the development of a motivated, professional, multisectoral team fit for purpose.
Manage performance of direct reports through:
· Effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measurable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews, and fair and unbiased evaluations
Coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities
· Defining expectations and providing appropriate one to one support to direct reports and others within the PQL team.
· Ensure the PQL staff devote fairly equitable amount time and effort in supporting programmes across the region
Qualifications and Experience
· Minimum Master’s degree or equivalent in international development or other relevant fields;
· Minimum 8 years senior management experience in managing multisectoral teams, preferably in programme design, learning and quality assurance at country or regional level
· Experience in management, leadership and mentoring staff with willingness to visit programmes in the field
· Experience in working with Governments and development partners to influence policies and practices.
· Exceptional English communication skills, able to make strong presentations and produce high quality written reports
· Experience of working across geographical, organisation boundaries, cultures & diverse development stakeholders.
· Experience of working in East Africa and knowledge of local cultures
How to Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three professional referees by 4th January 2017 via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org).
Regional Education Advisor East Africa
Are you interested in finding innovative ways to improve education opportunities for the children of East Africa?
Aga Khan Foundation East Africa (AKF) is seeking a dynamic, creative Regional Education Advisor (REA) for East Africa.
Working closely with the Regional Education Programme Manager, the REA will provide technical leadership on programme strategy, design, quality assurance and learning across Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
AKF is a private, non-denominational development agency promoting creative solutions to problems that impede social development.
AKF works broadly across five thematic areas: Health, Education, Early Childhood Development, Economic Development and Civil Society Strengthening. AKF is an equal opportunity employer.
Responsibilities / Competencies
· Lead in the development and review of the education and early childhood development sector strategies
· In conjunction with the Resource Mobilisation & Partnerships Unit, lead in the development of ideas, programme concepts and proposals for growing the education portfolio
· Provide quality assurance and technical support in education and early childhood development to the Programme Implementation Team
· Lead in the development of policy briefs and position papers for policy influencing in conjunction with the communications team Lead the communication of programme learning to ensure findings are shared across and between countries
Qualifications and Experiences
· Postgraduate degree in education or related sector, especially in early childhood development or primary education
· Minimum 8 years’ working experience in the education or early childhood development sectors
· Familiarity with international development organisations and donors, especially DFATD, USAID and DFID
· Experience working with governments, bilateral, multilateral, and other development partners to form positive relationships and effective partnerships
· Experience working across cultures with proven skills to communicate effectively
· Experience working in the East African context a plus
· Strong interpersonal skills to influence programme direction and meet diverse stakeholders’ expectations
· Excellent verbal and written skills to deliver messages clearly to various target audiences
How to apply:
Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications with CVs, and a covering letter explaining why they are best suited for the position by 22nd Decenber, 2016 by e-mail to: email@example.com.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. www.akdn.org