Educate! – Program Director.

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About the job

Position Overview
Educate!, a fast-growing and award-winning social enterprise, is seeking a Program Director to lead Educate!’s partnerships with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and Ministry of Education, driving forward our education system solutions work in Kenya. The right person for this role will have experience in relationship-building and advocacy with government partners in Kenya and passion for Educate!’s purpose of preparing youth with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. Prior experience in the education or youth employment sectors are an asset but are not required.
We have already partnered with governments in Rwanda and Kenya to support skills-based curriculum reforms through our education system solutions, and results from a rigorous impact evaluation have shown that our cost-effective solutions create a real impact on youth through national education systems. The Program Director will work with our regional and Kenya teams to support government entities in Kenya to create sustainable change in the secondary education systems. You’ll also join a dynamic, innovative, motivated, and growth-oriented team with the long-term vision of impacting millions of youth across Africa each year.
About Educate!
Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with youth, schools, and governments to design and deliver solutions that equip young people in Africa with the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities. Our goal is to design skills-based education and employment solutions which impact youth life outcomes sustainably and at scale.
In 2019, we partnered with the governments of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya and measurably impacted over 46,000 youth in and out of schools while reaching 470,000 learners more broadly, making us the biggest youth skills providers in East Africa. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve pivoted to create and deploy a distance learning model based on our proven in-school experience and reached over 100,000 students by October 2020. Read here to learn more about Educate!’s distance learning model.
Two rigorous external evaluations of our flagship in-school model, including a randomized controlled trial, found that towards the end of secondary school, participants of our program earn nearly double the income of their peers. A follow-up RCT found that four years later, youth achieve strong and lasting shifts in skills, coupled with significant improvements in education and gender equity-related outcomes, especially young women. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Daniel who opened a rural health clinic in his community employing two people and conducting about 350 checkups per month.
Educate! supports governments with integrating skills-based curriculum nationally. This includes partnering with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a Student Business Club structure into Uganda’s entrepreneurship course nationally and serving as a technical advisor to both Rwanda and Kenya on national education reforms.
Educate! is a non-profit social enterprise with over 160 staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize (and was featured in a video), a 2015 WISE Award, and was highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE’s Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative. Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Goalkeepers Accelerator.
Educate!’s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
Performance Objectives
Government Partnership Strategy

  • Draft formal partnership agreements such as memorandums of understanding with key government agencies
  • Set strategy to ensure major decision-makers and influencers in government agencies recognize Educate!’s value
  • Set “decision intelligence” strategy for all discussions with decision-makers towards ensuring integration of key program components into national system
  • Stakeholder mapping and policy review

Stakeholder Management and Advocacy

  • Bring together, plan, and run high-level meetings to resolve blocks
  • Identify opportunities, risks and constraints in curriculum reform and roll-out through representation in working groups, conferences, space
  • Liaise with funders, forge high-level relationships, as needed to move forward curriculum reform and roll-out

Program Model Strategy

  • Bring together program model and policy opportunities to set program strategy
  • Manage design and policy teams to achieve impact through national system
  • Set strategy for workshops (reform facilitation)
  • Creates alignment with program team on risks and opportunities

Curriculum & Innovation Oversight

  • Oversee design and innovation work towards alignment to strategic anchors
  • Ensure policy teams coordinate design and co-develop with government partners
  • Ensure teams plan around government approval processes and internal procurement deadlines
  • Test design ideas thought innovation approaches

Qualifications And Profile

  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with and getting things done with government partners
  • Passion for Educate!’s mission and for working through government systems to achieve it
  • Creative and strategic thinker
  • At least 7-10 years work experience
  • Comfortable working in ambiguous environments and self-driven
  • Education system experience is a plus but is not required
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here
  • Only Kenyan nationals will be considered for this role

How To Apply

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