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Head of Program Implementation
Educate!
Kigali Rwanda
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Type of Position Full-time
Education Requirement Bachelor

Position Overview

Educate!, a fast-growing and award-winning social enterprise, is seeking a Head of Program Implementation in Rwanda. In our first ten years, Educate! became the biggest youth skills provider in East Africa by scaling our proven in-school model to impact hundreds of thousands of youth in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

In this role, you’ll lead a team to plan, and manage programs for Rwanda, driving towards Educate!’s long-term vision of designing solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa every year. The ideal candidate will have strong experience managing a program  and successfully implementing initiatives that have achieved measurable results. This opportunity has all the challenges and excitement of a startup, with the benefits of building off a proven model at an organization with a strong reputation and track record. This role also involves working with Program managers and program teams across multiple programs across the country.

You are the right fit for this role if you;

  • Are a strategic thinker who can move deftly from vision to execution—perceiving emerging opportunities, building a goal-oriented strategy, aligning internal and external stakeholders around a shared vision, and driving implementation.
  • Have significant program management experience that enables you to immediately bring considerable strategic value to a project. Experience in managing a program at an early stage is preferred. Experience in leading innovation within an organization is also preferred.
  • Ability to guide others through major changes, encourage teamwork, develop team capabilities and motivate contributors to meet deadlines.
  • Professional and interpersonal skills with the energy, vision and drive to succeed in a fast paced, high performance culture.
  • Strong analytical skills to identify business opportunities
  • Demonstrated financial acumen, good understanding of budgeting and experience drafting proposals.

Sound like you or someone you know? Apply at this link Read below or visit our career page to learn more about Educate!.

About Educate!

What if there was a way to measurably change the trajectory of the lives of youth across Africa? Since its launch in 2009, Educate! has worked to do just this, delivering outsized impacts at scale and at disproportionately low cost, through a product-led approach to youth development. As a disruptive, not-for-profit, social enterprise, our team leverages an obsession with evidence and entrepreneurial drive to tackle one our planet’s greatest challenges – unlocking the potential of its youngest continent.

Educate!’s core model combines training in key skills with access to practical experience starting a business and mentorship, a formula that has been validated by several independent evaluations. This model is distributed through products targeting two lead channels. First, Educate! works with governments to help reform education systems at scale through policy change, teacher behavior change and tech-enabled products targeting systems-level sustainability, while also working directly with select schools. Second, Educate! builds employment-focused bootcamps and business support services targeting out-of-school youth left out of the education system. To date, more than 200,000 youth have been meaningfully impacted by this model across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya and along the way Educate! has become the largest youth skills provider in East Africa.

Educate! is a team of over 160 largely African staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations and product leaders such as Imaginable Futures, Big Bang Philanthropy, Echoing Green, the 1st Google Employee’s foundation, the head of Google Search and Rippleworks Foundation. Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize and a 2015 WISE Award, and has been highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE’s Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, BBC, 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

Program Implementation, Strategy and Evaluation

  • Set growth and staffing strategy in line with the country’s 1 year and 3-year objectives.
  • Develop systems and structures that enable the Programs team to respond rapidly and efficiently to opportunities to scale.
  • Oversee evaluation strategy for the Exchange program, and ensure strategy responds to impact data.
  • Experiment around efficient delivery mechanisms to maximize the impact of our program across distance.
  • Develop systems and structures that enable the Programs team to respond rapidly and efficiently to opportunities to scale.

Performance Management 

  • Ensure that Educate! Culture is institutionalized and strengthened across a growing and increasingly dispersed field team.
  • Drive field team recruitment and training strategies to ensure high-quality program delivery and scalable cost model.
  • Oversee performance management for the programs team, including ensuring that goals are appropriately set, aligned, and managed to and overseeing performance review process for this team.
  • High-growth staffing strategy: coverage of gaps, career planning for star performers, developing rising leaders, pipelines, and ensuring training and coaching programs are in place for dispersed field teams.
  • Provide coaching and other forms of professional development to design, monitoring, and program support staff.

Financial Oversight

  • Create or approve direct program, design & M&E budgets.
  • Ensure managers submit monthly Budget versus Actual reports and re-allocate funds as necessary
  • Oversee the integrity of our financial systems in the programs department, including approving transactions, managing against fraud, and setting a tone of strong financial accountability in the department

 Program and Monitoring System Oversight

  • Establish and manage systems for quality control to ensure efficient and high-impact program delivery.
  • Establish and manage systems for strategic alignment, open and regular communication, and team coordination, including annual and termly goals, team calendars, and team meetings.
  • Ensure that communication channels on the programs team are open and well-used to achieve alignment on decisions and strategy and create an environment of open and honest two-way communication.
  • Oversee program reporting, making sure that reports are prompt, regular, and contain useful and accurate information that can be validated and put into action.
  • Oversee accurate data collection and verification, and ensure that decisions are driven by data.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years of work experience.
  • 5-7 years management experience, with experience managing managers preferred.
  • Experience in youth development programs
  • Familiarity with and experience in the education sector in Rwanda.
  • Excellent manager, motivator and coach that is ready to up skill an enthusiastic team.
  • Fluent in English and Kinyarwanda, with strong writing skills in both.
  • Rwandan nationals only.
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets(see What Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate! culture deck here

We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential. We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.

  1. We Put Youth First – The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does.
  2. We Are Always Learning – When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share.
  3. We Only Solve a Problem Once – We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.
  4. We Are Flexible – We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.
  5. We Exceed Expectations – We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create your own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!

Every person at Educate! — from interns to the executive director — is evaluated by how they live up to these five cultural tenets. They are at the core of how we achieve our mission and why we work as well as we do.

Educate is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community.  In creating this environment, we encourage people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our diverse team.