Mastercard Foundation Senior Program Manager - TVET Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

Mastercard Foundation Senior Program Manager - TVET Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

The Position

The Senior Program Manager, TVET, will report to the Associate Director, Education and Skills on the Programs Team.

The Senior Program Manager will work collaboratively with other Foundation staff such as country team members; Strategy and Learning and Finance team members as well as other team members in the Skills TEG or other technical teams (e.g. gender; youth engagement).

The Senior Program Manager will provide thematic and programmatic expertise to support the design of TVET related priorities as part of Foundation strategies.

In addition, the Senior Program Manager will assist in the design and implementation of a portfolio of TVET focused partnerships and draw insights on key questions in the Foundation’s learning agenda.

The successful applicant will also support the Foundation in developing perspectives regarding effective TVET policies and approaches in Africa that can contribute to thought leadership.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise in the Education and Skills Technical Expertise Group, with a particular focus on TVET, to support Foundation colleagues’ design and management of programs in priority countries
  • Identify issues and trends that affect the quality of TVET, as part of the Foundation’s country strategy and program development processes.
  • Lead oversight of consultancies focusing on scoping research, learning and program design.
  • Lead the adaptation of the Foundation’s programming and learning related to TVET to specific country contexts, leveraging country diagnostics and learning from our portfolio of partners.
  • Identify and engage with potential implementing partners for country-based TVET programming and support the development of program proposals.
  • Support and/or manage current or future programs as appropriate, which may include facilitating implementing partner coordination, reviewing narrative and financial reporting, undertaking regular partner/site visits and distilling learnings for the country and TEG teams as well as wider Foundation staff.
  • Assist in expanding the Foundation team’s capacity relating to TVET and training and development, by sharing learning and supporting country teams.
  • Support the design and delivery of appropriate mechanisms to monitor effectiveness and impact of TVET interventions in close collaboration with the Strategy and Learning team.
  • Participate in TVET partner coordination working groups, task forces and other meetings where relevant.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, government representatives and other key stakeholders at the country-level, communities of practice and global education stakeholders.

  • Graduate degree in education, or a youth development-related
  • Minimum 10+ years of relevant experience leading program interventions with partner organizations/grantees; education sector experience is desirable.
  • Minimum 5 years of leadership and management experience including managing staff and coaching, mentoring and providing feedback.
  • Strong understanding of key issues, challenges and trends in TVET in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience working in an education-focused program or policy context in the non-profit or public sectors with a focus on TVET and workforce development training.
  • Knowledge of, and experience designing and implementing, best practices in TVET.
  • Solid familiarity with the key organizations, development partners, donors, international organizations and other actors relevant to TVET in Africa.
  • Knowledge of education policy and reform across multiple African contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead diagnostic and analytic work as well as project design, partner identification and implementation.
  • Excellent project management skills, including multi-stakeholder projects with senior levels of government and the private sector.
  • Experience living and/or working in a developing country, particularly on the African continent.
  • Demonstrated written, presentation and spoken communication skills in English required
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible and adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Good organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
  • Fluency in French and/or another African language is an added advantage.
  • Is willing to travel up to 20 – 30%.

    How to Apply
  • Please email your resume along with a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to indicating “Senior Program Manager, TVET” in the subject line of your email by 10th July 2019
  • We appreciate your interest, and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Mastercard Foundation Senior Program Manager - TVET Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

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