TaRL Africa Country Manager: Côte d’Ivoire

Teaching at the Right Level 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.

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is an evidence-backed approach that helps children develop basic reading and mathematics skills, opening doors to a brighter future. Pioneered by Pratham, TaRL is based on several key elements at the classroom level:

  1. Using a simple tool, children are assessed on their ability to read and do arithmetic.
  2. Children are then grouped for instruction by ability, rather than by grade. For a dedicated time each day the focus is on building foundational skills through activities and materials appropriate for each group.
  3. As children progress, they move to the next learning group and continue to grow.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of National Education is currently implementing two pilot projects to adapt this pedagogical approach to the Ivorian context. The Programme d’Education Ciblée (PEC)  is being implemented in classes CE1 to CM1, as well as in bridging classes.

Please find the French version of this advert here.

Country Manager Position

TaRL Africa is looking for a TaRL Country Manager to build and strengthen the TaRL team currently managing the PEC programme and further support the growth and development of PEC in Côte d’Ivoire. The TaRL manager will report to senior management in the TaRL Africa central team and will be responsible for managing the country team and operations. The manager will also work with the government and the TaRL Africa team to use lessons learned in the field to adjust the implementation of the programme, while carefully considering the evidence behind the approach.

This role involves working in close collaboration with the Ivorian Ministry of Education and its partners, and maintaining effective working relationships with all programme stakeholders. The post will be based in Abidjan and will require frequent travel within Côte d’Ivoire as well as to other countries in the sub-region.

Role

  • Develop PEC expertise
  • Become an expert of PEC methodology and the evidence behind the TaRL approach, reading related academic papers and compiling lessons from Pratham and J-PAL teams around the world.
  • Being an active member of the TaRL Africa team: contributing to reflections on the adaptation of TaRL pedagogy across Africa, to improve children’s learning.
  • Work with Ivorian partners and political actors to take ownership of TaRL pedagogy, and support the adaptation of TaRL in the Ivorian context.
  • Lead the training, coaching and monitoring of systems used during the implementation of the PEC, and support all partners in improving the effectiveness of these systems.

Technical management of the project

  • Manage the project to achieve the TaRL Africa team’s objectives
  • Recruit and manage the country team in Côte d’Ivoire, in support of the government, and work closely with TaRL Africa’s core team across the continent
  • Understand the education system and different actors in Côte d’Ivoire and other countries within the sub-region
  • Maintain relations with the government and other partners, and coordinate the work of the Ministry of Education with other PEC partners.
  • Ensure that useful lessons on implementation and the pedagogical approach are collected, synthesized and disseminated, particularly within the Ministry
  • Manage budgets
  • Contribute to writing reports for the different partners.

Qualifications

  • A Masters Degree in Public Policy, Education, Management, Economics or other related disciplines
  • 5-years professional experience of similar nature is required, especially on programmes involving multiple actors
  • Perfect command of professional French is essential, both oral and written, as well as very good skills in English, writing and speaking in public
  • Excellent managerial skills
  • A good understanding of the importance of scientific research for effective public policy development and the ability to communicate academic data to a non-specialist audience
  • Experience with event organizing
  • The ability to create and manage budgets
  • Good adaptability to a changing work environment
  • Professional experience in the sub-region is advantageous
  • Experience in developing monitoring and evaluation systems advantageous

How to apply

Please complete this application form and include:

  1. A one-page cover letter in French
  2. Your  resume
  3. An academic transcript. The subjects and grades must appear clearly.
  4. Two short writing samples (1 to 2 pages): one in French and one in English

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early. Candidates selected in the first round will be called to an interview and will be asked to take a writing and policy analysis test. Given the large number of applications received, we will only be able to respond to those selected for the first round.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

If you have questions about the position, please email [email protected]

 

About J-PAL and Pratham

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research centre based at MIT working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of more than 170 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL draws on results from randomised impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.

We build partnerships with governments, NGOs, donors, and others to share this knowledge, scale up effective programs, and advance evidence-informed decision-making. J-PAL was launched at the MIT in 2003 and has regional centres in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Pratham is an innovative learning organisation. Set up almost 25 years ago, Pratham believes that every child should be in school and learning well. Pratham means ‘first’ or “primary” in Sanskrit. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham facilitates India’s well-known Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) exercise, which has been providing estimates of reading and arithmetic skills every year for every rural district in India since 2005.

For the past two decades and more, Pratham has focused on high-quality, low-cost learning improvement interventions that help millions of children progress and thrive. Working directly with communities and schools, Pratham reaches close to a million children every year. Working in partnership with state governments, Pratham is able to contribute to the learning improvement of several million children annually.