Organisation: Lively Minds. UK Registered charity 1125512
Position: Country Director, Ghana
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Operator
Based: Tamale, Ghana (with frequent travel to Accra)
Hours: Full time
Lively Minds is an award-winning NGO working to get preschoolers in rural Ghana & Uganda school-ready. Over 250 million children under 5 years globally do not get the early childhood care and education (“ECCE”) they need, leading to poor health, poor education, lost life opportunities and poverty. We believe that one of the main barriers to ECCE is that parents in remote resource-poor villages lack the information, education and aspiration to provide basic and affordable opportunities for their children. We have developed an innovative behavior-change programme that empowers marginalized, poorly educated Mothers to run educational Play Schemes for preschoolers and to provide better home-based care, using cheap local resources. Not only does this result in positive outcomes for child development, but also has positive impacts for the Mothers too.
These are exciting times for Lively Minds. In Ghana we have recently received results from a Randomised Control Trial conducted by independent evaluators Institute for Fiscal Studies and Innovations for Poverty Action which demonstrate the programme has a positive impact on a wide range of child and mother outcomes. We are now finalising a partnership agreement with Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to integrate the programme in to the national kindergarten system and scale across 60 rural districts in the northern regions of the country, reaching approximately 4000 kindergartens and 1.1million children. During this period, Lively Minds will act as technical consultants ensuring the programme is embedded into and sustained at district, regional and national government levels.
Elsewhere, our programme in Uganda is in a test and position for scale stage with the long-term aim of national roll- out. Our long-term goal is for the programme to be adopted in several countries in the global south so that it can have a large impact in tackling the global early childhood development crisis.
The Ghana Country Director will lead our Ghana team as we grow our organisation, scale up the programme and manage the partnership with government. The Country Director will initially have 4 direct reports – Deputy Director, Learning and Quality Manager, IT Manager and Policy Associate. They will be in charge of recruiting and on-boarding a Financial/Administrative Manager and HR Manager who will report directly to them. They will also be in charge of setting up new offices in addition to our 2 current offices in Tamale and Bolga. The Country Director will be based in the Ghana HQ in Tamale. The Country Director will be part of the multi-disciplinary Lively Minds global senior management team and report directly to the COO and have a secondary line of report to the CEO.
Key responsibilities for the Country Director include strategic and operational planning & implementation, staff management, financial accountability and developing and maintaining strong relations with government, funders, and stakeholders at national level.
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