School Leadership Lead

  • Posted on 13 February 2019

Job Description

Project Summary:
The four-year General Education Quality Improvement Programme for Equity (GEQIP-E), funded by DFID, will work at the federal and sub-national levels across all 11 regions of Ethiopia. The objective is to improve the quality of education (including the safety and inclusiveness of the environment) children and young people receive in Ethiopia. To achieve this the program will work across four key areas:

  • Work to strengthen the delivery capacity of the Federal Ministry of Education and Regional Education Bureaus;
  • Enhance the current national school leadership training, improve gender equity by working with four Colleges of Teacher Education in Mekelle, Bahir Dar, Jimma, and Hawassa;
  • Develop a revised school leadership and instructional leadership training programme;
  • Strengthen the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the programme as well as provide assistance to education data capacity of the Federal Ministry of Education.

Reporting & Supervision:

The School Leadership Lead will report to the Deputy Team Leader – Education. The School Leadership Lead will be a senior member of the in-country management team. This is a supervisory position. The position is expected to report in March/April 2019.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work under direction of the Deputy Team Lead and liaise with the Ministry of Education, as needed;
  • Supervise a team to lead the enhancement of the current national school leadership training structure (pre-service and in-service);
  • Lead work on a national accreditation program with the four university centers of excellence in Mekelle, Bahir Dar, Jimma, and Hawassa, regional colleges of teacher education, regional education bureaus, woredas, inspectors, cluster supervisors, and primary/secondary schools to deliver an effective, decentralized, standardized, practical leadership training program;
  • Oversee a full gender audit of current pre- and in-service system and develop activities and interventions that have a strong focus on promoting gender equity and strengthening women leaders within the national system;
  • Lead enhancement of instructional leadership through on the job capacity building programs for supervisors, school leaders, and community members in developing regions and eventually all schools;
  • Oversee the design and implementation of activities geared toward promoting inclusion, school and cluster-based training on teacher performance in early grade reading and writing, improved engagement with communities, and career development for students; and
  • Coordinate with existing donor-funded projects working in the area of school leadership, including the USAID-funded READ II project.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education or related field;
  • 15 years’ experience developing, designing and implementing school leadership programs in similar contexts, preferably in a leadership role;
  • Experience leading small teams or workstreams to deliver to a high quality, on time and on budget;
  • Strong experience working in Ethiopia and a strong understanding of the Ethiopian education Federal, regional, and woreda education offices;
  • Experience working on similar internationally-funded technical assistance programs, preferably with DFID; and
  • Knowledge of spoken and written English; and
  • Fluency in spoken and written Amharic.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

About the Organization

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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