Program Lead, Education Pathways to Peace
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Project Overview and Role
Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.
Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.
The Program Lead (Technical) is part of Pathways senior management team, with responsibility for ensuring effective oversight, coordination and leadership of program technical functions, and the delivery of a coherent technical strategy and implementation plans, aligned with the programme results framework and implementation principles. He/she will bring knowledge and understanding of the education sector, as well as governance and accountability processes, ideally in fragile, conflict or transition settings.
The role will include managing a team of Technical Lead Advisors (Curriculum, Learning and Delivery; Teacher Development; Policy and Planning; Institutional Strengthening; Governance and Conflict). He/she will ensure a coordinated and strategically coherent body of technical work is being carried out by these advisers and other short term specialists or partner organisations working on Pathways technical delivery. The Program Lead (Technical) reports directly to the Team Leader and will form a coherent senior management team with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability Research and Learning Lead; and the Program Manager, ensuring an integrated approach to program delivery.
He/she will be accountable for the quality of program technical deliverables, providing recommendations for technical intervention activities, liaising with the various technical advisors. The position will be responsible for providing guidance on how cross-cutting themes such as political economy analysis (PEA); gender, equity, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI); child protection; peace-building and sustainability can be integrated with program activities, working with relevant specialists in these areas. He/she will also play a key role in driving the strategy for effective engagement between all key stakeholders, ensuring all communications and engagement plans are informed by robust, up-to-date, objective and politically informed stakeholder analysis, and that the approach to engagement is sensitive to political and peace building/transition dynamics.
The following are required or desirable attributes in terms of skills and experience needed to carry out this role successfully.
- Demonstrated senior level professional management and technical advisory experience in an international development or public sector reform program;
- Demonstrated in-depth experience of working on education and/or governance reform;
- Demonstrated senior level experience successfully managing diverse and talented staff and a proven track record in motivating staff, delegating responsibilities, facilitating team work and collaborative efforts to achieve the program outcomes;
- High level analytical skills to guide program activities in dynamic and complex settings, with an ability to operate flexibly, adaptively and in a politically smart manner. Experience of using adaptive management and political economy informed program management and technical approaches would be an advantage;
- Ability to work collaboratively with counterparts, partners and stakeholders to achieve outstanding results;
- Excellent writing skills and demonstrated ability to produce high quality reports and program technical deliverables in a timely manner;
- Demonstrated proficiency in client management and coordination with multiple stakeholders and ability to engage in a sensitive and political astute manner. Experience in a conflict or transition setting would be highly desirable, with experience of Mindanao a benefit;
- Decision-making ability and judgment based on significant technical and management experience;
- Results focused attitude, with demonstrated ability to ensure that technical deliverables are aligned with overarching strategic and results frameworks;
- Proven problem solving, analytical and evaluative skills;
- Effective interpersonal communications in a wide range of team, client and stakeholder contexts and high levels of professional integrity;
- Ability to travel in all project areas;
- Fluency in English.
- Proficient in use of MS Office;
- A degree or similar level qualification in a relevant topic such as international development, public sector reform, social sciences or education.