Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 12 Sep 2016
Education Specialist - Tanzania
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We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.
Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.
Save the Children is expanding its activities in the education sector, particularly in early childhood development and basic (primary) education. The Education Specialist will provide strategic and technical leadership in this process. She/he will assume the overall responsibility for the growth and development of the education portfolio, including training for staff implementing in the field and operations research to test new approaches or the application of approaches in Tanzania. S/He must bring an innovative leadership profile with a proven track record in education and a sound technical background in programme design and delivery. The post holder should also have a solid understanding of the public education sector in Tanzania and some of the current challenges to delivery of quality basic education. The position is a core actor in mobilising new resources for our education portfolio.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelors' degree or equivalent in education or related field. At least 5 years of professional experience (not limited to teaching experience alone).
- Demonstrated experience in designing technical strategies around education, specifically early childhood development and primary education.
- Experience with early grade reading/literacy and numeracy.
- Prior experience at a senior level, advising projects of at least Tshs. 50 million.
- Technical expertise in education, specifically pre-primary and/or primary education.
- Demonstrated experience of developing and managing relationships and funding from donors such as DFID, USAID, World Bank or other development partners.
- Demonstrated experience working with national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the government to deliver services.
- Ability to work with local structures to plan and effectuate change in behaviour around teacher training, pre-primary and basic education and community mobilisation. Demonstrated ability to work at a community level.
- Strong English communication and interpersonal skills, especially working with multicultural teams.
- Experience in building personal networks, resulting new opportunities for the organisation.
- Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in of others.
- Commitment to the Save the Children values and willingness to abide by Save the Children's Child Safeguarding Policy.
- Ability to read, write and speak in Kiswahili.
- Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
- Exposure to NGO project design and delivery: 3+ years with education development projects.
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets
- Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy
Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.
Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents
How to apply: Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: 'MK[email protected]'