JOB VACANCIES

Position: Project Coordinator

Location: Tamale with Frequent travels to other parts of the country

Reports to: Programme Director

Duration: Minimum of 2 years (with possibility of extension)

 

Job Summary: The position is a full-time job. The position holder will manage all aspects of project planning and quality implementation, including providing technical expertise, project finance and budget compliance, supervising staff tasks and performance, coordinating with partners, monitoring, evaluating and reporting, building staff and partner capacity as required. S/he is also expected to work closely with the SfL Programme Director and represent the organization in external meetings and workshops as required.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project Management:

    • Provide technical support and supervision on efficient and effective implementation of assigned projects as per workplans, M&E plans, budgets, timeline and contractual obligations;

    • Manage project team to ensure delivery of agreed deliverables, plans and strategies as per SfL policies, procedures and standards

    • Ensure project activities are on track, managing risks and escalating issues, including developing and implementing solutions as necessary

    • Support the Programme Director in relevant tasks of program management, including resource allocation and ensuring appropriate controls are maintained at all levels

    • Oversee timely submission of program reports, meeting institutional and donor requirements, sharing challenges and successes

  • Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

    • Design relevant technical monitoring and implementing materials to ensure quality project implementation.

    • Conduct regular project monitoring, evaluation, documenting and clear reporting on progress of project implementation against indicators and targets and determine corrective measures to improve project delivery

    • Review and support elaboration of project documents and reports

 

  • Personnel Management:

    • Conduct capacity building and/or mentoring activities for project staff and/or NGO partners as required

    • Facilitate team building and cohesive working amongst team members and provide feedback to project team to ensure optimal performance

    • Responsible for carrying out annual staff assessments of the Field Officers.

    • Frequent travel to project operational districts to attend project sites and provide support to team as needed

  • Networking and Stakeholder Engagement:

    • Coordinate the capacity development activities for citizens groups and other project participants

    • Represent School for Life and the CLEAR Consortium in coordination meetings, working groups and external relationships

    • Contact and network with relevant agencies and development partners at district and national level

    • Responsible for capacity building of local stakeholders within the districts with the support of the Technical Advisors

  • Financial Management:

    • Manage project budgets and spending in accordance with Value for Money, adherence with donor and SfL procedures and policies working with Finance and operations team

    • Maintain project transparency and accountability within project team and with donors

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in education, development studies, social science, or other relevant qualification from a recognized university.

  • At least 5 years proven project management experience with CSOs/NGOs especially managing education projects

  • Experience and knowledge about the basic education sector and policy arena in Ghana

  • Ability to work flexibly, troubleshoot, manage risks and adapt to changing organisational environment

  • Ability to build positive relationships with others both internally and externally

  • High organisational skills including an attention to detail

  • Ability to think strategically about the development of a project, make links across the organisation and make the most of emergent opportunities

  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) using clear, non technical language

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise multiple responsibilities

  • Ability to work with colleagues from different backgrounds with different perspectives to drive project work and organisational priorities forward.

 

Position: Advocacy and Policy Influencing Specialist

Location: Accra/Tamale with travels to operational districts in and outside Northern Region

Reports to: Programme Director

Duration: Minimum of 2 years (with possibility of extension)

Job Summary: The position is a full-time position based in either Accra or Tamale. The position holder shall serve as a policy influencing and advocacy specialist. He/she shall lead the implementation of policy and advocacy work at the national level. This includes conducting regular policy events and developing policy products as the basis of advocacy. He/she will specifically be responsible to conduct convenings, write policy briefs, maintain day-to-day coordination with alliances and coalitions at the national level, and develop strategic advocacy issues on public basic education. Together with the project manager, the position holder will provide support to project staff to strengthen capacity on policy advocacy techniques or methods in relation to the project objectives. This will include training on policy advocacy and provide strategic input to policy products to ensure School for Life and Consortium partners’ position on equity in public basic education is articulated strategically.

Key Responsibilities

  • Monitor and analyze educational issues at the national level, and advise SfL and project consortium members on policy influencing actions

  • Engage and work with the CLEAR consortium members and partners to plan and implement pro-active influencing strategies that deliver CLEAR objectives

  • Coordinate national lobbying and influencing policy aimed at government agencies, networks and other relevant stakeholders on public basic education

  • Represent School for Life and engage with a range of key external stakeholders, including consortium members, Sector Ministries and departments, forums, working groups, think tanks, academia, and other key advocacy audiences

  • Deliver a range of influencing activities including events, debates, forums and undertaking publications, policy briefs, communiques, drafting position papers and briefings, convening policy dialogue with policymakers, social stakeholders, and others.

  • Follow key influencing processes and provide briefings and updates as required to consortium members and SfL as well as partners

  • Draft and communicate analysis and insight of key policy and political trends and issues for internal and external audiences

  • Follow the news and politics closely and proactively see opportunities for the CLEAR project and consortium members

  • Track, monitor and evaluate CLEAR influencing strategies and contribute to team planning, budgeting, and annual reporting

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate CLEAR policy and advocacy strategy toward influencing key stakeholders to promote equity in public basic education

  • Together with the project team, lead the effort to increase visibility of issues related to equity and accountability in public basic education, as well as CLEAR’s work in improving same

  • Lead the development and strengthening of strategic partnerships and alliances with key stakeholders

  • Assess the potential impact of Government policy decisions and advise management on the necessary course of action

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Master degree in communications, Social Sciences or other relevant qualifications from a recognized university

  • At least 5 years proven experience work with CSOs in advocacy and policy influencing

  • Good knowledge of the basic education sector and the policy arena in Ghana

  • Interest in policy and ability to bring about change

  • Good written and verbal communication skills, to absorb complex information and present it to different audiences in a clear and accessible way

  • Interpersonal skills, to work and build relationships with a range of people with diverse views

  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and be able to successfully influence and negotiate

  • Effective research and analysis skills (including quantitative and qualitative), needed to build an evidence base

  • Good organisation skills, to track priorities, work to deadlines and manage projects

  • Flexible and adaptable approach, in order to respond to shifting priorities and a rapidly evolving external environment

 

Position:  District Field Officer (Multiple)

Location: Multiple (Regions: Northern, North-East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West)

Reports to: Project Coordinator

Duration: Minimum of 2 years (with possibility of extension)

 

Job Summary: This position is a full-time field-based position. The position holder shall be based in a designated district in the Northern, North-East, Savannah, Upper East or Upper West regions. He/she shall be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of project activities in the designated districts and project communities including community/citizen mobilization, district and community stakeholder engagements. He/She shall work closely with project staff to ensure planned activities (including capacity building of citizens groups) are effectively and efficiently implemented.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carry out project activity implementation with the support of the Project Coordinator and technical advisors

  • Lead the mobilisation of citizens and youth groups as well as other key stakeholders at the district and community levels

  • Provide ongoing support to the citizens and youth groups in the generation if evidence for advocacy engagements at local and national levels

  • Coordinate and collaborate with the district and local authorities, NGOs, CBO’s and other relevant stakeholders in the district in the implementation of project activities

  • Responsible for communities’ involvement and the implementation of project activities in the designated districts

  • Facilitate stakeholder engagement and advocacy activities at the district level with support of the programme team

  • Establish and maintain a network of contacts with traditional authorities, MMDA’s, citizens groups and community representatives in the district

  • Prepare and submit quality and timely activity, monthly, quarterly and situational reports to the Project Coordinator

  • Responsible for the monitoring and learning tasks within the designated districts, responsible for data collection at community and district level

  • Represent SfL in relevant forums and networks at district level and share information and lessons learned

  • Responsible for the security and safety of project assets at the district

 

Qualification, Skills and Experience:

 

  • A first degree in education, development studies, social science, or other relevant qualification from a recognized university

  • At least 3 years’ post qualification experience in the NGO or CSO sector with focus on education interventions in Ghana

  • Knowledge and experience in activity planning and budgeting

  • Community mobilization, advocacy and stakeholder engagement skills

  • Knowledge and experience in project monitoring and reporting

  • Should be able to ride a motorbike in difficult terrains

  • Must be a strong team player

  • Diligent and able to self-initiate

  • Ability to communicate clearly both in writing and verbally

  • Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines

  • Fluent in at least one of the local languages used in the program area

  • High skills in ICT, Microsoft Suite, internet and the use of social media for communication

 

Position: Driver

Location: Tamale

Reports to: Finance and Administration Manager

Duration: Minimum of 2 years (with possibility of extension)

             

Key Responsibilities

  • Safely transport project and organization staff, guests, as well as various products and materials to and from specified locations in a timely manner

  • Pick up guests from the airport/station to their hotels and back to airport for departures

  • Assisting with the loading and offloading of staff luggage, products, and materials

  • Maintain vehicles log books; keep mileage records and repair records up-to-date

  • Make request for timely servicing of vehicles and arrange for vehicle repairs as needed

  • Keep the orgnisation’s vehicle clean and properly maintained by performing regular washing, cleaning and vehicle maintenance

  • Run official errands and other task assigned by the Programme Director or the Finance and Administration Manager

 

Qualification/Skills and Experience

  • High school diploma (WASSCE, SSCE, O’Level)

  • At least 3 years’ experience working in the NGO sector or any established institution as a driver

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Clean driving record

  • Sound knowledge of road safety regulations

  • Working knowledge of local roads and routes

  • The ability to utilize maps, GPS systems, and car manuals

  • Good interpersonal and effective communication skills

  • Punctual and reliable

  • Willingness to travel to difficult terrains, work in the night and during weekends when required

 

How to apply

Kindly click on the specific positions below to download an application form. Completed application form, Curriculum Vitae, Cover letter and any other relevant documents should be uploaded to this link https://app.pipefy.com/public/form/ADzju91x 

 

Position: Project Coordinator

Position: Advocacy and Policy Influencing Specialist

 

Position: District Field Officer (Multiple)

Position: Driver: To apply for this position, kindly send a Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae  and a valid driver's license to recruitment@schoolforlifegh.org 

All application must be submitted not later than 23.59H GMT on 18th March 2022.

Note: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Females with the relevant qualification and experience are highly encouraged to apply.