Location: Remote working (home-based in Ghana, in the Volta, central or western region of Ghana, or Accra), with some travel to Spots
Reporting to: Head of Operations
Hours: 10 hours / week
Salary: Competitive, in line with experience
EduSpots is an innovative, dynamic, and locally driven UK and Ghanaian registered charity which connects, trains, and equips voluntary community educators to create transformative literacy and STEM opportunities through education spaces named ‘Spots’, with a focus on female empowerment and environmental action. Together, we are creating a movement of community-based changemakers.
Since 2016, through collaborating extensively with over 250 local volunteers, we have supported 50 communities in creating and running community-led and owned education spaces named ‘Spots’, with a strategy to support them in moving towards our ‘Dream Spot Model’. We are developing a model for a community-led education space with accompanying network engagement that could have applications across the world.
Our 16-strong but entirely part-time and remote working Ghanaian team creates collaborative learning opportunities through our Ignite and Community Leadership in Development (CLEd) Programmes which include training to lead our EduLit, EduSTEM, EduKidz and Ignite Girls clubs, alongside locally designed education projects, reaching over 15,000 students of all ages annually. Read our 2022 Impact Report here.
We are in an exciting period of our development, and we are currently exploring different options to extend our impact. We were recently selected as a finalist for the Their World Scale-Up Innovation Prize and in 2021, our Founder was a Finalist in The Varkey Foundation’s $1 million Global Teacher Prize, supported by UNESCO, partly for her role in developing EduSpots.
We are excited by our future. Do visit www.eduspots.org for further information.
About this role
This role, reporting to the Head of Operations, will involve coordination of the volunteer engagement and Spot development within one of our Spot regions and providing outstanding support to the EduSpots Operations Team. The core aim of this role is to support volunteers in creating leading ‘Spots’ with sustainable operational approaches that enable them to lead quality education programmes of diverse forms.
This role will involve contributing to the ongoing development of our Spot operations leadership programme, which involves giving volunteers a series of monthly challenges to lead at their Spots. The individual will also support with all monitoring and evaluation relating to their allocated Spots, also leading Spot visits to support Spot development within their region and contribute to regional and national conference planning and execution.
We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organized individual with a strong understanding of the Ghanaian community context and strong IT skills.
They will have the ability to provide solutions to local challenges and communicate strongly with a range of different stakeholders to increase the impact of EduSpots’ work across 15-20 communities in Ghana.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Supporting staff and volunteers through our Spot Operations leadership programme, helping to design monthly challenges and ensure their effective execution across their allocated Spots.
- Completing Spot visits, engaging with volunteers and wider stakeholders in the process, and sending reports back to management and the team.
- Working with the Head of Operations on supporting volunteers in the process of applying to, receiving, and reporting on Spot development grants.
- Contributing to the development and implementation of systems, tools and processes that enhance local Spot operations, and our wider organisational development.
- Supporting with the monitoring and evaluation of Spot activities and operations, likely including support with the development and trial of an EduSpots app.
- Planning and supporting in the organization of regional and national training events for volunteers.
- Observing, reviewing, and analysing processes in EduSpots and across Spots to identify inefficiencies and areas where improvements could be made, feeding challenges and solutions back to the team.
- Supporting with the roll-out of our safeguarding strategy, ensuring that Spots are all complying with the strategy and wider policy, reporting any safeguarding concerns to the safeguarding leads.
- To carry out all other duties as reasonably required under the job role, supporting the wider work of the organisation.
- Maintain and observe an appropriate level of confidentiality at all times.
- To act at all times in line with the expectations of staff as set out in the Staff & Volunteers Handbook, and other relevant policies and procedures.
Knowledge & Experience
- At least 3 years’ experience of project management, relating to education programmes.
- An ability to multi-task and prioritise
- Experience in working with volunteers to deliver results, including leading meetings and mentoring sessions.
- Experience of home-based, online working
- Strong IT knowledge and basic design skills, with a willingness and ability to learn
Personal Qualities & Skills
- A genuine commitment to educational equity and community-driven change.
- Strong operations skills, alongside excellent organisational and time management skills.
- Proactive and able to work to maintain a high standard of performance with minimum supervision in an impact-driven environment.
- Strong communication skills, with an ability to build strong working relationships with
people from diverse backgrounds, with an openness to new ways of working.
- A team player with a belief in the value of collaborative approaches to learning.
- A strong personal affinity with EduSpots’ mission, vision and values
- Experience of working in a multicultural team
- Volunteer experience and commitment.
- Bachelors’ degree
How to apply:
Please send a tailored covering letter and updated CV addressed to the Chair, Miss Cat Davison, at email@example.com by Friday 25th August with a hope to meet shortlisted candidates for a first-round interview shortly afterwards, for a start date in September.
For further information please see www.eduspots.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also follow us on social media – @eduspots on Twitter and Facebook
This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time in consultation with the post holder. It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of the role.
EduSpots is committed to the safeguarding of children. Appointment will be subject to child protection screening appropriate to the post.