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Education & youth practice director

Location: * Washington, DC
Department: East and Southern Africa
Job Level: Senior
Employment Type: Full time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Description

Chemonics International's East and Southern Africa (ESAF) Regional Business Unit is currently conducting recruit for an Education and Youth Practice Director.
 
The Education & Youth Practice's mission is to advance technical excellence and development impact by generating, capturing and sharing technical knowledge related to education, youth, and workforce development within the company and throughout the broader development industry. The director will lead efforts to drive forward and institutionalize Chemonics’ knowledge enterprise in Education & Youth, supporting business units to increase the competitiveness of proposals, and supporting projects teams to improve the performance of projects related to Education & Youth development. The director works closely with stakeholders within our global workforce, clients and partners to drive forward our innovation and ICT4D strategies, promote and utilize our institutional partnerships, and create systems and frameworks that make our intangible knowledge assets accessible. The director defines the strategy and work plan for the Chemonics technical practice; facilitates industry relationships and contributes to industry dialogue; facilitates employee learning to deepen technical knowledge and expertise; provides technical guidance to business units, proposal teams, and project teams to further development impact. The director develops an organizational culture and enabling environment in which members of the practice are driven to learn, build connections with strategic partners, share knowledge, innovate, apply new technical expertise in projects and proposals, and engage in thought leadership within the Education & Youth development industry.
 
The ideal candidate will have a successful background in donor-funded education and youth projects and designing and writing project proposals; bring demonstrated ability to build and maintain respectful relationships with partners and people; be passionate about the work we do in education; and offer solid judgment, leadership, and the ability to think and act quickly in a fast-paced environment. 
 
We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will interview and fill the position on a rolling basis.
 
Responsibilities: 
  • Serves as the leader in Chemonics’ education and youth Practice, driving collaborating, learning, and adapting across education projects and contributing to the international community of practice for education in developing country contexts. 
  • Tracks, analyzes, and shares the latest international evidence and development trends and priorities with regard to reading, particularly in developing country contexts (indicating their relative importance to USAID-supported programming and/or other clients, when appropriate).  
  • Participates in activities to build a strong knowledge culture by sharing best practices and important innovations through practice networks and knowledge management systems
  • Participates in and contributes to industry forums, such as technical working groups, conferences, learning events, and blogs. 
  • Coordinates with corporate stakeholders to ensure Chemonics effectively captures knowledge and data products and identifies development successes that can be shared internally and externally and used to further build partnerships and enhance business opportunities
  • Applies in-depth education technical expertise to projects’ technical goals and objectives and new business efforts across the company.
  • Conceptualizes, leads and/or supervises relevant technical assignments.  
  • Advises on the design, development, and quality control of education and youth project research agendas, activities and deliverables. 
  • Supports the company’s new business by analyzing funding trends and priorities, formulating strategies, conducting periodic travel to explore new business opportunities, representing Chemonics, and/or gathering information to write a technical proposal. Interacts with key client and counterpart staff to strategically influence new programming decisions and develops and negotiates strategic partnerships with local firms. 
  • Leads in proposal development efforts including analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming, technical approaches, and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage. Generally, assumes role of proposal lead or technical writer, providing vision and leadership to proposal teams, and mentoring and supervising the application of best practices throughout the entire proposal process. 
  • Supervises, mentors, and evaluates staff, communicating clear performance goals and standards, offering regular performance feedback and prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competency areas. Promotes staff development through coaching, mentoring, and facilitating professional growth opportunities.  
  • Serves as a technical mentor in developing the technical capacity of employees within the company and serves as a technical expert in education and youth programming. 
Qualifications:
  • Minimum 10 of years of technically relevant work experience, including at least 8 in the field of international development required. 
  • Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent; PhD or EdD preferred) in education, education policy and planning, or international development required, with a degree in reading, literacy, and/or curriculum and teaching preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in education and youth development required, with expertise in early grade reading strongly preferred.
  • Experience leading or advising education and youth projects strongly preferred. 
  • Demonstrated experience in technically relevant monitoring and evaluation; Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) experience preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in relevant areas, donor initiatives and programs, most notably USAID initiatives and programs, and a breadth of industry organizations (large and small businesses).
  • Demonstrated experience performing recognized technical work with USAID.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. This includes public presentations and contribution to publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage working relationships with clients, partners, and technical experts. 
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4-8 weeks per year; experience working on technical programs in developing countries preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise department staff, multiple project teams, remote staff and other initiatives.
  • Ability to solve complex technical, managerial, or operational problems and evaluation options based on relevant information, resources, well-rounded experience, and knowledge.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Experience living or working in East and Southern Africa preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
 
To Apply: 
Interested candidates should apply via the Career Center by May 31st. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. 




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