Educate Education Reform Director Jobs in Rwanda

Educate Education Reform Director Jobs in Rwanda

About Educate!

What if there was a way to measurably change the trajectory of the lives of youth across Africa? Since its launch in 2009, Educate! has worked to do just this, delivering outsized impacts at scale and at disproportionately low cost, through a product-led approach to youth development.

As a disruptive, not-for-profit, social enterprise, our team leverages an obsession with evidence and entrepreneurial drive to tackle one our planet's greatest challenges - unlocking the potential of its youngest continent.

Educate!’s core model combines training in key skills with access to practical experience starting a business and mentorship, a formula that has been validated by several independent evaluations. This model is distributed through products targeting two lead channels.

First, Educate! works with governments to help reform education systems at scale through policy change, teacher behavior change and tech-enabled products targeting systems-level sustainability, while also working directly with select schools.

Second, Educate! builds employment-focused bootcamps and business support services targeting out-of-school youth left out of the education system. To date, more than 200,000 youth have been meaningfully impacted by this model across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya and along the way Educate! has become the largest youth skills provider in East Africa.

Educate! is a team of over 160 largely African staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We prioritize building an engaging, fulfilling and growth oriented work environment. 50% of our top 30 leaders have been with us for over 5 years, 10+ alumni have started other organizations and 5 current or former team members were Acumen Fund East Africa fellows.

We have been backed by top foundations and product leaders such as Imaginable Futures, Big Bang Philanthropy, Echoing Green, the 1st Google Employee’s foundation, the head of Google Search and Rippleworks Foundation.

Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize and a 2015 WISE Award, and has been highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE's Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, BBC, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.

Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Goalkeepers Accelerator.

Educate!'s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.

Performance Objectives

Technical leadership for Educate!’s government reform process and education system solutions

  • Provide subject matter expertise for E!’s education system solutions in one or more of the following areas: curriculum design, pedagogical standards, teacher professional development design, project-based learning and education system assessment design.

  • Provide technical leadership for a portfolio of consultancy, advisory and research projects to support Educate!’s government reform and advocacy agenda, typically as a technical team leader or in a substantial quality assurance role.

  • Provide technical education leadership for the design and delivery of E!’s at scale products, including train-the-trainer design and delivery, teacher syllabus guides and coaching manuals.

  • Represent E! with policymakers and funders at the highest levels as a technical expert.

  • Conduct and commission reviews of international best practices in relevant education policy reform areas to ensure Educate!’s design standards are informed by the latest innovations and evidence.

    Influence and co-design government policy

  • Lead the design of advocacy agendas for curriculum and pedagogical reforms to maximize Educate!’s impact for youth through new government partnerships.

  • Lead the design and facilitation of government engagement processes, such as multi-stakeholder dialogues, learning experiences and co-design workshops, to influence government policy.

  • Co-design theories of change and implementation strategies with government partners, identifying behavior change processes for key education system actors to ensure sustained impact for youth.

  • Lead the design of
    innovative and high quality materials for all government engagement, including strategy documents, workshop agendas, concept notes, facilitation guides, education system analyses, talking points for policymakers, benchmarking reports and policy briefs.

  • Lead teams of Designers in the production of high quality materials, typically in a team leadership of quality assurance role.

    Experiment to validate product ideas in new countries

  • Partner with the M&E Director to design user and stakeholder research for product development in new contexts.

  • Collaborate with policymakers to create procedures for experimentation to validate new product ideas and innovations.

  • Build and oversee development of prototypes & pre-tests.

  • Gather and analyze user feedback to inform product iterations and improvement.

    Advise on product learning agendas and thought leadership with governments, to ensure the progression of Educate’s advocacy agenda

  • Act as a technical adviser to ensure insights and learnings are captured from E!’s policy and partnerships work, partnering with senior leadership to author thought leadership.

  • Collaborate with government teams to brainstorm and assess new program/product ideas to implement agreed reform strategies.

  • Foster a culture of learning with government counterparts to ensure shared learning agenda and to ensure government policy adapts to user feedback and insights.

  • Adapt product strategies and Educate!’s advocacy agenda based on government and payer priorities, while ensuring a clear skills-based theory of change.

    Characteristics and traits

  • User-centric: always thinking about the user experience, seeking the users voice in your product development process, and working with your users to build a responsive product that meets them at their point of need

  • Excited about influencing behaviour change through developing strategies with government partners that lead to long-term behaviour change

  • Collaborative and astute communicator able to connect, communicate with and establish good working relationships with high level government counterparts, cross-functional teams across different levels of the organization and across geographies

  • Decision maker: experience making decisions at a leadership level, getting buy-in and steering the teams you work with to implement them

  • Expertise with flexibility: able to balance their expertise with a willingness to consider alternative perspectives and approaches to problem-solving.

    What else do you need to know?

  • As a technical expert in education reform, you will work with product strategists to lead initiatives focused on teacher behaviour change and policy change.

    Qualifications and Profile

  • Dynamic experience in public sector preferred, with a background in change management, consultancy, innovation leadership or large scale government reforms, preferably in Africa

  • Track record offering technical direction and leadership to education policymakers and/or as part of large scale education reform programmes.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate well in complex and fast-changing environments.

  • 8+ years work experience, with management and/or leadership experience preferred

  • Strategic thinker, with demonstrated understanding and experience of education system and education reform strategies

  • Experience of collaborative design and facilitation techniques, in a public sector or social impact setting.

  • Passion for Educate!’s mission is a must. We value diverse perspectives and encourage applications from people with a variety of backgrounds.

  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here

  • This is a regional role and will have significant travel time across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania

    How to Apply

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