Chief of Education

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 September 2019

Job Description

Chief of Education (EQSSE-Z Project Leader) (International recruitment)

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is an Agency of the Republic of Korea responsible for implementing the government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program for developing countries. KOICA is proactive in complementing the Government of Tanzania’s development efforts by supporting development programs in three main sectors: education, health, and water.

KOICA Tanzania office plans to launch “Enhancing the Quality of Secondary School Education in Zanzibar (EQSSE-Z) project, which aims to enhance better quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The expected final outcome of the EQSSE Zanzibar project is: Better teaching and learning in secondary schools (through learner-centered pedagogy in the classroom and laboratory, strengthened teacher support services, improved learning environments, and greater community engagement in school-based monitoring) and has three intermediate outcomes; (1. MoEVT implements strategies for learner-centered teaching and learning in English, Maths and Science (EMS), 2. Schools and Teachers Centres are adequately and appropriately equipped for learner-centered teaching and learning in EMS, 3. Institutionalized community-based monitoring reinforces parents’ knowledge and support for quality lower secondary education).

KOICA Tanzania Office seeks qualified candidates for the position of The Chief of Education for the project and management of KOICA education portfolio. The Chief of Education will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and will oversee education portfolio in KOICA Tanzania, mainly managing EQSSE-Z project.

Position : Chief of Education

Contract period : 1 year(with a possibility of extension up to 3 years).

Duty Station : Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar)

Brief Job Description

  1. Project Management Unit Leader of EQSSE-Z project

The Chief of Education acts as a team leader of the Project Management Unit (PMU). PMU is a management body of the EQSSE-Z project and is embedded in KOICA Tanzania Office. The PMU comprises of Chief of Education (Team Leader), M&E officer (1) supporting staff (2), a technical advisor from Project Management Consulting/M&E agent(implementing partner)(1), and a seconded personnel from the host government (Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Zanzibar)(1). S/he will supervise and manage a PMU staff and serve as the project’s main point of contact on routine and strategic matters.

* Technical Advice

  • Provide technical advice for the procurement of three implementing partners of the EQSSEZ project; (a) Project Management Consulting/M&E agent, (b) Infrastructure agent, (c) Implementing agency, mainly by drafting Terms of Reference in the Request for proposal and conduct technical evaluation of the proposals.
  • Provide technical advice for establishing detailed roles and responsibilities of the PMU, including regular work plan and the scope of work for supporting staff and the host government.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure
  • In charge of regular communication mechanism with the host government (MOEVT), including establishment and operation of the Project Steering Committee (PSC)

* Quality Assurance

  • Responsible for making key decisions and solving problems with regards to the EQSSE-Z project, while ensuring operational and project quality and integrity.
  • Provide quality control of the EQSSE-Z project, by ensuring the vision of the project aligns with Government of Zanzibar education strategies.
  • Provide regular status update to the senior management (Country Director, Deputy Country Director in KOICA Tanzania office) with regards to the issue of the project implementation.

* Management of implementing partners

  • Lead the management of the three implementing partners for the EQSSE-Z project on behalf of KOICA Tanzania office, to ensure project’s strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished at scale while meeting expected technical and project quality standards.
  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project deliverables from the implementing partners
  • Lead a regular technical review of ongoing activities and conduct on-site field monitoring visits
  • Predicting/Identifying risks with regards to the project implementation

* Representation and Communication

  • Act as a primary contact to Implementing partners, government of Zanzibar, and other relevant stakeholders with regards to any issues of the EQSSE-Z project.
  • Seek out opportunities to represent EQSSE-Z project in external meetings with domestic and international stakeholders in order to highlight the innovative work under the EQSSE-Z project. For example, prepare conference and presentations of the project activities and produce academic publications.
  • Plan and host workshops and conferences in collaboration of implementing partners (kick off workshop, knowledge sharing workshop, dissemination workshop)
  • Establish communication and visibility plan with a cooperation of the implementing partners
  1. Development and Management of Education portfolio in KOICA Tanzania
  • Act as an expert advisor and technical authority on Education sector, by developing policies, guidance, strategies, and plans for Education sector in KOICA Tanzania office.
  • Lead the education sector by partnering with government authorities, mainly Ministry of Education (Mainland and Zanzibar), the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), Development Partners, and other relevant development organizations on education sector.
  • Study and analyze Tanzania’s Education Sector environment, and advice on the best modalities and practices to support the Government of Tanzania (GoT)
  • Represent KOICA Tanzania office in education-related meetings and events, including policy dialogue and policy review meetings, Technical Working Groups, and other relevant technical groups.
  • Provide technical review for development of new program/project in education sector - Provide technical review of ongoing projects in KOICA Tanzania office.
  • Engage in other duties as required by the position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must hold a Master’s degree in Education or Social Science field, from a recognized University.
  • Must have a minimum 10 years of experience in an international development organization (International Organization, Government Development Agency, International NGO etc.) in education sector, preferably in teacher training. It must also include Minimum 5 years’ senior experience of leading large-scale, complex education programs/projects, including supervision of technical staff, in developing countries, preferably in Africa.
  • Strong knowledge in Monitoring and Evaluation, technical knowhow on education-related interventions, planning processes and development of action plans
  • Excellent strategic problem solving and analytical skills
  • Experience managing a multi-partner consortium (both international and local NGOs)
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Prior experience of managing KOICA funded projects and good understanding of KOICA’s approach is an additional advantage
  • Prior experience of technical advice in the procurement process is a strong advantage
  • Condition of Employment
  • This position is opened for international candidates (non-Korean citizen). Tanzanian Nationality is also eligible to apply.
  • Proof of minimum qualifications would be requested upon the final candidate before signing contract.
  • This position will be required to serve a 3 month probationary period.
  • This position involves frequent travel to the project site (Zanzibar) and administrative capital (Dodoma).
  • This position is an independent consulting base, therefore any employee taxes, pension, health, welfare, or other benefit plans are not provided.
  • This position is a full-time type of employment (based in KOICA Tanzania office)
  • Applicant must be a citizen of a country who can travel and work full time in Tanzania. (Application of a Korean citizen is not allowed)
  • Applicant must be in the position to commence the contract within a mutually agreed time period, from the employment offer notice from KOICA Tanzania Office.

Remuneration: KOICA Tanzania office offers a competitive salary and benefits package (international consultant).

  • Consultancy fee (M/D basis) with technical specialty fee (20% of the total consulting fee, payable upon the performance assessment result)
  • DSA (on M/D basis, according to KOICA internal regulation)
  • Flight ticket (round trip, once a year)
  • Medical checkup (once a year)
  • Miscellaneous fee (visa, work permit)

* Note: DSA in case of field visit or away travel is provided.

Mode of application:

Interested candidates should submit 1) CV, 2) cover letter) to KOICA (eqssez.koica@gmail.com) no later than 29th September 2019.

The title of the email should be; (Application) Chief of education_(full name)

About the Organization

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is an Agency of the Republic of Korea responsible for implementing the government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program for developing countries. KOICA is proactive in complementing the Government of Tanzania’s development efforts by supporting development programs in three main sectors: education, health, and water. KOICA Tanzania office plans to launch “Enhancing the Quality of Secondary School Education in Zanzibar (EQSSE-Z) project, which aims to enhance better quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The expected final outcome of the EQSSEZanzibar project is: Better teaching and learning in secondary schools (through learner-centered pedagogy in the classroom and laboratory, strengthened teacher support services, improved learning environments, and greater community engagement in school-based monitoring) and has three intermediate outcomes; (1. MoEVT implements strategies for learner-centered teaching and learning in English, Maths and Science (EMS), 2. Schools and Teachers Centres are adequately and appropriately equipped for learner-centered teaching and learning in EMS, 3. Institutionalized community-based monitoring reinforces parents' knowledge and support for quality lower secondary education).

More information

Background Information-Project Overview.docx

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