We are recruiting for a Head of Education Programmes

EduSpots Ghana – Head of Education Programmes

Job Description

Location:             Remote working (home-based in Ghana)

Reporting to:      The Chair

Hours:                  Part-time (full-time considered for the right candidate)

Salary:                  Competitive, in line with experience

About Us

EduSpots is a UK and Ghanaian registered NGO which connects, trains and equips local volunteers to drive sustainable community-led change through education centres named ‘Spots’. Together, we are creating a movement of community-based educators.

Since 2016, through working with over 200 local volunteers, we have supported nearly 50 communities in creating community-led education centres named ‘Spots’, with an aim to move them towards our ‘Dream Spot Model’.

We create collaborative and innovative learning opportunities through our Community Leadership in Development (CLEd) Programme and new Ignite Programme, which includes oversight of community led EcoSTEM, EduLit, EduKidz, and Ignite Girls clubs led by our community volunteers across multiple regions in Ghana.

We won the Tes International Award in 2018 for the best UK international education project and in 2021 our Founder was a Finalist in The Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, supported by UNESCO. Do visit www.eduspots.org for further information.

About this role

This is role is designed to focus on advancing the quality of educational outcomes across our diverse range of education programmes, underpinned by a strong understanding of our collaborative training and development approach.

The post holder will be a strong programme coordinator, with an experience of the day-to-day management of education programmes and activities. They will have strong team management skills, overseeing and inspiring staff in part-time roles in literacy, STEM, environmental education and female empowerment.

We are looking for someone with high level of experience in education delivery, both in a classroom and a community context. They are likely to be an experienced practitioner themselves, with the creativity and pedagogical skills required to make independent improvements to educational resources and programmes, ultimately enabling our volunteers to have the skills, confidence and understanding to drive sustainable and transformative change in their communities.

Crucially, they will be highly independent and self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks and produce high quality outcomes within a mainly remote working environmental.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To oversee the day-to-day management of our education team, line managing a team of five programme coordinators who work with volunteers to lead community-based clubs in early years literacy, JHS level literacy, STEM and environmental sustainability, and girls’ empowerment.
  • To oversee the overall educational delivery and development of our volunteer training programmes (The Ignite Programme, the Community Leadership in Education programme, and the Peer Mentoring Programme), ensuring that improving the quality of educational delivery and resulting outcomes is a constant focus.
  • Oversight of the educational delivery at our regional and national conferences.
  • Creating a process for supporting the creation of wider diverse programmes and projects developed and delivered by community volunteers.
  • Ensuring child protection and safeguarding is at the heart of all our educational planning.
  • Exploring ways to make our educational offering as inclusive as possible, working with volunteers to improve their own capacity, and adjusting their sessions to enable all learners to engage with our programmes and clubs.
  • To support the creation of handbooks, resources & PowerPoints to meet organisational needs as requested.
  • Depending on experience, to support the creation of robust monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Contributing to the development and appraisal of our education-focused staff team members, and the wider team.
  • To play a key part of the new middle leadership team, offering strategic insight to the development of the organisation.

Other

  • To carry out all other duties as reasonably required under the job role, supporting the wider work of the organisation.
  • 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.

Personal Specifications

Knowledge & Experience

  • 5 years’ minimum experience in education management, including line management of a team.
  • Experience in education resource design and programme development and management.
  • An ability to create systems to improve quality of programme delivery at an organisational and local level.
  • A strong training facilitator, with the ability to model outstanding pedagogy and inspire volunteers and staff members.
  • Experience in online educational delivery of various forms.
  • Experience of working with volunteers to drive educational change.
  • Experience of home-based, online working
  • Strong IT knowledge

Personal Qualities & Skills

  • Excellent team management skills, with the ability to support and inspire staff to improve performance outcomes.
  • Excellent skills in the operations element of programme management.
  • A strong educationalist, with a genuine passion for the power of education to transform lives.
  • A team player with a belief in the value of collaborative approaches to learning.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and able to work to maintain a high standard of performance with minimum supervision.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • A high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to respond to feedback effectively, always looking for improvements.
  • Flexible with the ability to react to change and be adaptable.
  • Ability to create and foster a culture of respect, honesty and commitment to our values and organisational aims.
  • A strong personal affinity with EduSpots’ mission, vision and values with a genuine passion for educational equity and community-led development.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a multicultural team
  • Masters qualification in a related field
  • Volunteer experience

How to apply: 

Please send a tailored covering letter and updated CV addressed to the Chair, Miss Cat Davison, at info@eduspots.org by Friday 2nd December with a hope to meet shortlisted candidates for a first-round interview in the week starting Monday 5th December.  

For further information please see www.eduspots.org  or contact us at info@eduspots.org

Also follow us on social media – @eduspots on Twitter and Facebook

Note that due to volume of applications and staffing constraints we may not be able to contact all those who are unsuccessful. Please assume you are unsuccessful we do not contact you by the 24th December.

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.

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