Education Development Center (EDC)
Posted Job
7 months ago

Provincial Manager

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

Job Description:

The USAID Let’s Read Project is a 5-year, $48.9 million project in the five target provinces of Eastern, Muchinga, Southern, Northwestern and Western Zambia that works to improve reading outcomes for approximately 1.4 million children attending pre-primary (kindergarten/ECE) through to Grades 3 and provide professional development for teachers to support reading interventions in Zambian public and community schools.

Position Description:

The Provincial Manager (PM) will be based in Solwezi, Northwestern Province (no relocation allowances are provided for this position), and be responsible for ensuring effective implementation of all technical components of the project at the provincial level), establishing strong relationships with provincial education and other relevant stakeholders, and working closely with District Resource Center Coordinators (DRCCs), Zonal Inset Coordinators (ZICs), and Head Teachers to ensure coaching of teachers around literacy, and with Provincial Education Officer (PEO) office staff in support of the same.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervise and provide mentoring and support to, the members of the provincial staff team;
  • Proactively assist in problem-solving/troubleshooting program delivery issues as they arise, in close coordination with other project staff
  • Facilitate ongoing technical discussions with the Provincial, District and Zonal Education Offices
  • Direct the implementation and ensure compliance, quality assurance, coordination, and integration of program activities at the Provincial and District levels
  • Work closely with other Let’s Read teams in admin/finance and ME&L to ensure smooth and timely activity implementation
  • Contribute to the design and/or completion of technical resources by serving as resource person, workshop facilitator, technical writer, or lead documenter (as may be assigned)
  • Facilitate cross-cutting issues by engaging in facilitation of policy discussions
  • Provide timely inputs to periodic project reports and Outreach and Communications activities, as appropriate
  • Abide by EDC policies and procedures
  • Provide regular and timely updates on the status of work plan implementation, identify potential issues, and recommend relevant actions to Senior Leadership team in Lusaka; and
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Reporting and Organizational Relationships:

The Provincial Manager reports to the Deputy Chief of Party for Implementation.

Qualifications

The candidate for the position of Provincial Manager shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:

Education:

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in education or related field.

Skills and Experience:

  • A minimum of eight years’ professional experience in development projects
  • A minimum of 4 years’ demonstrated experience managing education programs is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working with government agencies, actors, and other stakeholders at the national and state levels
  • Knowledge of/experience with USAID-funded projects
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with teams
  • Excellent people skills at all levels, ability to work well under pressure, negotiate diplomatically, and the ability to work well in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary work environment
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and preparing effective presentations and reports
  • Ability to travel throughout the province assigned.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead workshops, trainings, and strategic planning sessions; and
  • Experience in financial management best practices is highly desired.

Language:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of (and proficiency in) Bantu languages highly preferred.

Additional Information

Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.

Applications submitted without a resume will not be considered.

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