Education Development Trust
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nairobi County, Kenya
Up to £70,000 (dependent on experience)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Lead Adviser – System Strengthening to join our Strategic Growth team as our technical expert in this priority proposition area.

About the role

Education Development Trust’s work in System Strengthening involves advice, support and/or interventions intended to improve the effectiveness of bodies such as ministries or inspectorates (and their decentralised branches/implementation agencies at regional and local levels) which have oversight of education systems. It focuses on improving teaching and learning quality across the entire school system (at scale).

The key job objectives include:

  • Acting as the senior technical expert for the delivery of consultancy assignments or large-scale programmes relevant to System Strengthening.
  • Leading and managing teams for the delivery of consultancy assignments.
  • Developing core methods, drawing out key insights and learnings from the roleholder’s at scale programme delivery work and drawing on wider international evidence including our public research.
  • Leading or contributing to R&D projects and support R&D impact reporting where required.
  • Supporting the embedding of core methods for System Strengthening, reporting to the Head of Consultancy Delivery, including methods statements and related assets.
  • Ensuring new opportunities in System Strengthening are won using our core methods, where necessary quality assuring technical aspects of both consultancy and larger bids. 
  • Representing the organisation as a genuine thought-leader in System Strengthening.
  • Supporting the development of strong client relationships as a basis for growth, building direct relationships and support key stakeholders, including Regional Directors, to strengthen relationships with key clients.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of the Trust’s business development strategy, supporting market analysis and strategy development, advising R&D and Research teams on trends and directions in international education relevant to System Strengthening. 

The successful post-holder will have:

  • Demonstrable professional expertise related to education reform at scale and System Strengthening, with associated understanding of education policy and strategic planning, capacity development and reform processes internationally.
  • Knowledge of the disciplines relevant to the operation of a consultancy business – business development, marketing, financial management, project management.
  • Proven experience as a delivery expert in System Strengthening. 
  • Significant experience of managing a portfolio of projects or a complex programme in the proposition area, with the ability to manage a changing portfolio in line with client needs.
  • Experience of successful business and strategy development, including at least two of: market analysis, strategy development, product development, thought leadership and client positioning, client relationship management, proposal development, partnership development.
  • Proven senior people management and leadership experience.
  • Excellent representational, negotiation, influence and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to think strategically, investigating and delivering fit-for-purpose solutions.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, including the ability to influence at senior management level and to work collaboratively across organisational departments.

In return we offer 30 days annual leave, a 6% matched pension scheme, a range of voluntary benefits, excellent training, and family friendly policies to support flexible working.   

Please note, we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and reserve the right to close our vacancies early.

About the organisation
Education Development Trust is a leading education services charity working in over 80 countries.  We have over 50 years’ experience delivering high impact large-scale education programmes, influential consultancy and running and a global public education research programme. Together, these enable us to help transform school systems worldwide and fulfil Education Development Trust’s mission.

Education Development Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Refreshed on: 19 November 2020
Closed date: 03 December 2020
Tags: Intl Development, Governance