Education Program Manager – MYRP (National only)

at Save the Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 3, 2020
Category Education / Teaching
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Ethiopia's Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP 2020-2023) aims to improve learning through equitable access, crisis-sensitive and quality relevant education for 745,997 emergency-affected children (380,418 boys, 365,579 girls (including children living with disabilities) in 44 prioritised woredas in Ethiopia. The MYRP is an ambitious plan created by the Ministry of Education together with Education sector stakeholders.

The proposed MYRP includes immediate actions to address critical educational needs of IDP, returnee, and relocated children and medium to long-term interventions to build resilience of the education system to support the (re)integration of returnee and relocated children and their host communities.

In line with identified priorities in the education section of the HRP 2019 and ECW strategic priorities, initial MYRP interventions will utilise ECW seed funding in prioritised woredas and focus on getting out of school internally displaced and returnee/relocated children back into education with a special focus on girls and children with disabilities. Education Cannot Wait (ECW) has so far committed $27m in seed funding to the overall MYRP. This seed funding will be managed by UNICEF and SC as Grantees, and implemented by a range of organisations. It will target 60,487 (30,717 boys, 29,770 girls, including 6,049 CWDs) from 17 woredas. Somali region Eight woredas and 32,000 children will be targeted. Interventions will be scaled up to target all emergency-affected children in the 44-prioritised emergency-affected woredas with a system strengthening approach as more additional resources are mobilized and anchor the MYRP into national programmes such as GEQIP-E. The provision of seed funding within a broader investment framework that encourages resource mobilisation is another aspect of the MYRP that adds distinct value to the sector, the work of the Cluster, and the overall education in emergency response in Ethiopia.

ROLE PURPOSE: The ECW Seed Funding Manager: The Education Program Manager will be responsible for the overall management and successful implementation of the MYRP Seed Funding program in Somali region. This will include ensuring that activities are implemented and programme deliverables/outcomes are achieved according to the work plan.

The Education Program Manager will work with a number of partners mainly the Somali Regional Education Bureau, targeted woreda education offices and schools as well as implementing partners (local and international NGOs). S/he is responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, monitoring of the MYRP Seed Funding Programme. The Education Programme Manager is also responsible for managing programme resources, both budget and staff. S/he is also accountable for partner management, which includes development through capacity building and support.


Project planning, management and oversight

  • Provides oversight and technical support to implementing partners in planning and managing the programme.
  • Develops, together with implementing partner, a comprehensive operation and budget plan in line with the program theory of change and results framework.
  • Ensures that the programme is implemented in ways that is responsive to the targeted communities and children, in line with MYRP strategic plan; Save the Children principles, values and compliance procedures.
  • Identify critical issues in the implementation of MYRP Seed Funded program to initiate actions to address them.
  • Monitors progress of activities and utilization of budget and identify challenges and lessons learned from the implementation of the programme to help develop strategic insights to enable better decisions.
  • Works closely with other key personnel to ensure efficient and effective linkages with the Somali Regional Education Bureaus, key regional education institutions and Woreda Education Offices and schools.
  • Leads the development of quarterly, bi-annual and annual work plans and performance reports for SC.
  • Ensure the effective use of program resources in compliance with ECW regulations and SC policies.
  • Provides technical leadership to field staff and share best practices and methodologies.
  • Represent the programme at regional level and is responsible for any communication and coordination with stakeholders and implementing partners.

Budget management

  • Serves as sub-budget holder for the programme.
  • Leads the preparation of quarterly, bi-annual and annual budget reports for the programme based on donors, government other stakeholder's requirements.
  • Makes periodic programme and budget revisions as required.
  • Ensures effective and efficient utilization of programme budget and other resources for the intended purpose.
  • Ensures that partner finance planning, expenditure and reports are in line with the project agreement and requirements from donors and government.
  • Facilitates communication between implementing partners and SC finance team, including BVA and AIR reports.

Monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance

  • Monitors the programme's proper and efficient implementation based on the MYRP performance monitoring plan.
  • Plans and facilitates regularly scheduled reviews of programme performance with partners and stakeholders.
  • Coordinates programme assessments and evaluations.
  • Manages knowledge and experiences from programme implementation and replicates good practices.
  • Ensures the proper utilization and use of programme monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Compiles quarterly, bi-annual and annual reports for the programme based on donors and government requirements.

Partner management and capacity building

  • Ensures that partnerships are maintained and functioning properly as per signed contract agreement.
  • Maintains regular communication and interaction with partners to facilitate and promote learning and information sharing.
  • Provides technical support to partners in the course of project implementation.
  • Identifies critical issues in the implementation of the programme and take the necessary actions to address problems and constraints.
  • Undertake regular supportive supervision and (joint) monitoring to ensure proper and efficient implementation of the programme.

Documentation and Learning

  • Ensures proper documentation of experiences and lessons (including pictures and video documentation) learned in the course of programme implementation.
  • Organizes and properly maintains database and information related to the programme.
  • Facilitates and participates in studies and reviews related to the programme.
  • Ensures timely dissemination of information and study/reviews.
  • Provides information/inputs to be used for SC information and communication materials.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary capacity to improve performance and applying appropriate measures when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for himself/herself (and their team).
  • Takes responsibility for his/her own personal actions and encourages others to do the same.
  • Widely shares his/her personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, his/her team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Job Requirements


  • Minimum First degree in education or equivalent in development studies.
  • A minimum of 10 years' experience in a corporate or NGO environment, preferably with experience in pre-primary and primary education and community-based child development.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Experience of managing education programmes that aim at improving children learning achievements.
  • Solid budgeting skills and knowledge of key donor regulations.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values.
  • Women candidates are encouraged.
  • Familiarity with the context of the operational areas

Location: Addis Ababa

Employee Status: Contingent

Closing Date: Apr 4, 2020

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