TaRL Education Strategy Manager

Deadline: 31 January 2020
Location: Nigeria
Start Date: ASAP
TaRL Africa seeks a TaRL Education Strategy Manager to support existing Teaching at the Right Level work in Nigeria and explore further TaRL opportunities in-country. The position will likely be based in Abuja with frequent trips to surrounding Northern Nigerian states.

About Teaching at the Right Level Africa

TaRL Africa is Africa is a new high-profile initiative jointly led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the Indian Education NGO Pratham. TaRL Africa works to improve basic reading and arithmetic skills of children on the African continent and aims to reach 3 million children in the next five years. Key countries of operation include Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Zambia.

Job responsibilities:

  • Support ongoing implementation of TaRL in Northern Nigeria
    • Coordinate partners
    • Strengthen monitoring systems
    • Work with TaRL Nigeria team to adjust and refine the programme in line with existing evidence and findings from monitoring data
    • Ensure that helpful lessons about implementation design and pedagogical approach are collected, synthesized, utilized and communicated
    • Help develop post-pilot strategy
    • Provide programme management support
  • Scope for new Teaching at the Right Level opportunities
    • Maintain expertise in both J-PAL TaRL evidence as well as Pratham’s TaRL approach
    • Identify policy priorities for Northern Nigerian states
    • Assess TaRL feasibility and appropriateness
    • Forge partnerships
    • Catalyse and support new TaRL pilots where appropriate
  • Track and manage policy budgets
  • Fundraise as necessary to support new projects/programmes

Minimum Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Education, Management or Economics or another similar social science
  • A minimum of four years of relevant work experience
  • Advanced writing and oral presentation skills in English
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience, including hiring, training, and management of staff
  • Experience organising, managing and presenting at events which discuss policy lessons
  • Experience writing and managing budgets
  • Proven ability to handle multiple diverse assignments at one time, successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines while conducting high-quality work
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently and flexibly to support policy outreach, scoping research and training events.

Highly Advantageous

  • Experience doing policy work in a range of countries and in Nigeria is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to identify new, high-value opportunities and mobilise both internal and external stakeholders towards working together on the given objective
  • Experience leading policy outreach including strategically identifying and mobilizing appropriate policymakers, and developing and maintaining these relationships
  • Experience fundraising and writing fundraising proposals
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, particularly in supporting government data management systems
  • Programme management experience.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are to submit the following by e-mail to [email protected] quoting reference number NTL002:

  • A CV (in Word or pdf format) and
  • A cover letter demonstrating how your background makes you ideal for this role and the partnerships you feel will be beneficial given your knowledge of TaRL

Application Deadline: 31 January 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

TaRL Africa reserves the right not to appoint.