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Lead Adviser - System Strengthening

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Education Development Trust, formerly CfBT Education Trust, is a not-for-for profit international education services company with over 40 years’ experience, working in more than 80 countries.

Lead Adviser - System Strengthening

Location: Reading, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kigali, or Dubai (with flexibility for remote working)

Salary Details: Competitive

Closing Date:27 Sep 2021

About the role

Job type: full-time, permanent

Job location: this role could be based in one of the following regional offices: Reading, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kigali, or Dubai.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Lead Adviser – System Strengthening to join our Strategic Growth team as our technical expert in this priority proposition area. 

Education Development Trust’s work in System Strengthening involves advice, support, and/or interventions intended to improve the effectiveness of bodies such as ministries or inspectorates (and their decentralized branches/implementation agencies at regional and local levels) which have oversight of education systems. It focuses on improving teaching and learning quality across the entire school system (at scale).

The key job objectives include:

  • Act as the senior technical expert for the delivery of consultancy assignments or large-scale programmes relevant to System Strengthening.
  • Lead and manage teams for the delivery of consultancy assignments.
  • Develop core methods, drawing out key insights and learnings from the roleholder’s at scale programme delivery work and drawing on wider international evidence including our public research.
  • Lead or contribute to R&D projects and support R&D impact reporting where required.
  •  Support the embedding of core methods for System Strengthening, reporting to the Head of Consultancy Delivery, including methods statements and related assets.
  •  Ensure new opportunities in System Strengthening are won using our core methods, where necessary quality-assuring technical aspects of both consultancy and larger bids. 
  •  Represent the organisation as a genuine thought-leader in System Strengthening.
  •  Support the development of strong client relationships as a basis for growth, building direct relationships, and support key stakeholders, including Regional Directors, to strengthen relationships with key clients.
  •  Support the development and implementation of the Trust’s business development strategy, supporting market analysis and strategy development, advising R&D and Research teams on trends and directions in international education relevant to System Strengthening. 

The successful post-holder will have:

  • demonstrable professional expertise related to education reform at scale and System Strengthening, with an associated understanding of education policy and strategic planning, capacity development, and reform processes internationally.
  • knowledge of the disciplines relevant to the operation of a consultancy business – business development, marketing, financial management, project management.
  •  proven experience as a delivery expert in System Strengthening. 
  •  significant experience of managing a portfolio of projects or a complex programme in the proposition area, with the ability to manage a changing portfolio in line with client needs.
  • experience of successful business and strategy development, including at least two of: market analysis, strategy development, product development, thought leadership and client positioning, client relationship management, proposal development, partnership development.
  •  proven senior people management and leadership experience.
  • excellent representational, negotiation, influence and interpersonal skills.
  •  have the ability to think strategically, investigating and delivering fit-for-purpose solutions.
  • strong stakeholder management skills, including the ability to influence at the senior management level and to work collaboratively across organizational departments.

In return, we offer 30 days annual leave, a 6% matched pension scheme, a range of voluntary benefits, excellent training, and family friendly policies to support flexible working.   

Application process: Towards the bottom of this page you can download the job description and apply. Once you click apply you will be required to complete an online application form and upload your CV.

Please note, we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and reserve the right to close our vacancies early.

About the organisation

Education Development Trust is an education charity that exists to transform lives by improving education around the world. We work collaboratively with national and local governments, schools, and other partners to design and deliver sustainable solutions to improve education.

Education Development Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults whom we work with and come into contact with around the world. All applicants are subject to thorough screening and for applicable roles, successful candidates are subject to relevant criminal record checks with national police authorities or the UK’s Disclosure and Barring Service

Please click here to see our Annual Impact Review for 2019/20, which highlights the ways in which our work has impacted lives around the world – and the progress we have made since 2018/19.