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© 2017 School for Life, Ghana




The organization

School for Life (SfL) is a local Non-governmental organization that works to strengthen civil society’s role in improving access to relevant quality basic education. SfL functions as a lead organization in delivering, demonstrating and advocating for mother tongue based complementary basic education in underserved areas of Ghana and provides complementary educational services to out-of-school children. SfL also provides technical support to both Government and Non-Governmental Organizations in the area of complementary education and quality education programmes. As a member of the agencies under the umbrella of Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA), SfL works with other units to contribute to integrated programmes. GDCA and its Danish partners are implementing a four-year (2020 – 2023) Empowerment for Life programme being funded by DANIDA, in which SfL delivers results relating to education. SfL desires to recruit a self-motivated and resourceful Programme Director to oversee the organization’s strategic development and programme delivery.


Job summary

The Programme Director (PD) is the leader of the management team of School for Life (SfL). He/she is responsible for overseeing the strategic plan, programmes, administration, and finance of the organization. Other key duties include supervising staff, fundraising, and marketing the organization. The PD reports directly to the SfL Technical Committee (TC).

General responsibilities

1)  Organization Mission and Strategy: 

The PD will be working with TC and staff to ensure that the mission of SfL is fulfilled through programmes, strategic planning and community outreach. He or she will be responsible for:

  • strategic planning to ensure that SfL can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.

  • implementation of SfL’s programmes that carry out the organization’s mission.

  • the enhancement of SfL’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with state agencies, other professional, civic and private organizations.

2)  Financial Performance and Viability: 

The PD develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization. The PD is responsible for:

  • fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support SfL’s mission.

  • the fiscal integrity of SfL, to include submission to the TC of an annual budget and monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization, in collaboration with the organization’s Finance Manager.

  • fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

3) Board Governance: 

The PD works with the TC to fulfill the organization’s mission. He/she is responsible for:

  • leading SfL in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Technical Committee.

  • communicating effectively with the TC and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

4)   Organization’s Operations: 

The PD oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate. The PD will be responsible for

  • leading the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.

  • effective administration of SfL’s operations.

  • counter-signing notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization as established in the policies.

Qualifications Needed

  • A Masters degree in education, social science, public policy or other relevant discipline is the minimum required. A Ph.D. is an added advantage.

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.

  • Ten or more years’ experience in senior nonprofit management in education programming.

  • Must be between the ages of 35 and 55 by 31 March 2020.


Skills and abilities required

  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.

  • Solid practical and theoretical experience and competence within the area of education policy and implementation in Ghana, with in-depth knowledge and understanding of education in a Northern Ghana context and familiar with trends and developments in the national and international education community 

  • Commitment to modern child-friendly pedagogy

  • Excellent Management experience and good collaboration skills

  • Active fundraising experience with a history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.

  • Excellent IT skills including the use of MS Office tools, Internet and social media.


Please download the application form from GDCA (www.gdcaghana.org ) or SfL (www.schoolforlifegh.org ) websites. The completed application form should not be more than SIX (6) pages. Uncompleted forms will be rejected. The completed application form together with a one-page cover letter indicating the applicant’s motivation and commitment should be submitted through this link: https://app.pipefy.com/public/form/e0SttwBn,  not later than 23.59H GMT on 27 February 2020. Any application received after this time will not be processed.  

For further enquiries on this advert, please contact any of these numbers 0242575111 or 0501489514.  

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