The aim of this five-year project is to provide equitable access to education for girls and boys aged 9 to 16 living in the crisis-affected areas of Casamance (Ziguinchor, Sedhiou, Kolda) and in the Kedougou region. Interventions should achieve the following four outcomes:
- Complementary education services provide basic education that meets the needs of communities;
- Formal basic education meets the needs of communities;
- The transition from primary to secondary school has increased;
- Families and guardians enroll out-of-school children in adapted education services.
The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for overall aspects of program implementation and performance, both technical and managerial. The COP will manage the Deputy Chief of Party, Director of Finance and Administration, and technical team, with overall responsibility for overseeing coordination across results areas, coordination of decision making across key stakeholders, and supervision of partner organizations. S/he has overall responsibility for the development of the vision, strategy, and technical direction of the project. S/he leads planning and implementation of work plans to ensure quality results. The COP will have overall responsibility in the areas of technical quality, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, operations, administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial accounting, and overall client satisfaction.
- Responsible for daily oversight and direction of project activities;
- Develop and maintain positive relations with Ministry of Education officials and other government counterparts, USAID, local organizations and program partners;
- Build capacity of public and private sector institutions to ensure local ownership and sustainability of project activities;
- Communicate regularly with USAID to provide updates and progress reports;
- Oversee planning and implementation of project activities, including reporting, tracking of Performance Monitoring Plan and implementation of the project work plan;
- Supervise project technical and operations teams;
- Supervise the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of all local staff and consultants.
- Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent; PhD or EdD is preferred) in education, education policy and planning, public/business administration, international relations, other social sciences, or a similar relevant field preferred. High levels of experience managing projects can be substituted for education requirements;
- Minimum of 10 (12 preferred) years’ experience managing complex international and donor-funded development projects, preferably with USAID;
- At least 5 years of experience in the education sector in West or Central Africa;
- Demonstrated experience in project design, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national-level quality improvement;
- Experience managing early grade reading programming is required; experience in teacher professional development and community engagement preferred;
- Must have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in French are required;
- Proficiency in oral and written communication in English is also required.
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