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Creative Associates International Job Recruitment (3 Positions)

Creative Associates International

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Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges. Its experts focus on building inclusive educational systems, transitioning communities from conflict to peace, developing sustainable economic growth, engaging youth, promoting transparent elections and more. Creative is recognized for its ability to quickly adapt and excel in conflict and post-conflict environments.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

1.)?Deputy Chief of Party

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Location: Abuja

Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges. Its experts focus on building inclusive educational systems, transitioning communities from conflict to peace, developing sustainable economic growth, engaging youth, promoting transparent elections and more. Creative is recognized for its ability to quickly adapt and excel in conflict and post-conflict environments.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Party

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Job ID: 2023-3255
Location:?Abuja
Job type: Full-time
Category: Program Management

Project Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching (Adamawa) and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts.

Job Summary

  • Work under the leadership of the COP to support technical teams to implement programs that improve early grade literacy through enhanced school leadership and teacher training, improved instruction and assessment, community-based initiatives, and enhanced learning delivery systems.

Essential Duties

  • ?Provide technical direction and guidance to technical team members, working with the COP to craft technically-sound state workplans that align to project core strategies,
  • Support development of implementation strategies and work plans; coordinate day-to-day management of technical staff and technical management of the program in the Abuja and field offices.
  • Facilitate knowledge management, communications, and information flow for program implementation.
  • Oversee and ensure technical soundness in overall approach and implementation of partners? scopes of work.
  • Support high quality timely report preparation, including quarterly and annual reports, and ensure reporting compliance to USAID, home office, and government counterparts.
  • Maintain awareness of work plan budgets and expenditures; assist technical teams to set up and implement appropriate systems for program implementation.
  • Build strong technical team management structure to enable productive and collegial team functioning with program partners and stakeholders.
  • Represents the project in local, national, and international meetings and events in the absence of the COP.
  • Any other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications
Minimum Required Education & Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in a relevant field such as Education, Management, Social Sciences, or Development Studies required.
  • At least ten years of experience in management of international development programs
  • At least seven years of experience managing high-quality education for development programs required, early grade reading programs preferred.
  • At least five years of experience in senior program management, including direct supervision of professional and support staff required.
  • Demonstrated experience working in the education sector in Africa region, preferably sub-Saharan countries.
  • Demonstrated experience includes work in policy advocacy, monitoring and oversight, capacity development in the education sector.
  • Prior experience with USAID-funded programs is required
  • Prior experience in awarding and managing grants to local organizations to promote education-related goals.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required. Proficiency in Hausa is preferred, but not required.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

2.)?Chief of Party – Nigeria LEARN

Location: Abuja

Job type: Full-time
Category: Education for Development

Project Summary

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts

Position Summary

  • The Chief of Party is responsible for the overall planning, implementation and management of the project as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Reporting & Supervision:

  • The Chief of Party reports to the Senior Project Director based in Headquarters and supervises project staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee operational management of the activity
  • Supervise activity implementation and ensure the activity meets stated goals and reporting requirements
  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID, implementing partners, and key education stakeholders in country, including government officials, civil society organizations, and other donor-funded implementing partners
  • Establish and foster collaborative partnerships with organizations working in education and related subjects; oversee the coordination of partner organizations/subawardees.
  • Determine annual priorities, develop work plans, and ensure program responds to changing conditions and operating environments, in conjunction with USAID and Creative Headquarters
  • Oversee and ensure technical soundness in overall approach and project activities; ensure that GESI principles and local capacity strengthening are fully integrated into implementation
  • Oversee project operational, financial, and administrative systems and processes, ensuring streamlined and compliant project management
  • Supervise, mentor, and manage a diverse program team to deliver impact within agreed upon timelines
  • Provide overall technical, administrative, and financial oversight of the contract, including program planning, budgeting, and MEL
  • Oversee the development and submission of project workplans, quarterly and annual reports, and other program materials and coordinate program activities across multiple states
  • Manage in-country staff to ensure that the project is achieving all deliverables on time and with quality
  • Ensure that technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to USAID and Creative’s policies and procedures
  • Ensure the appropriate implementation of accounting, personnel, IT, and operating procedures are consistent with Creative?s policies as well as tailored to meet local needs
  • Serve as the legal representative for the project and the local Creative office to oversee and ensure compliance with local laws and fiscal laws and regulations
  • Work in partnership with the Senior Project Director in the Home Office. Engage in frequent, routine communication so that the Project Director is aware of both progress and potential issues, and solicit assistance and input as needed to ensure that performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements
  • Recruit, hire, and manage staff and consultants as needed to carry out activities
  • Manage subcontractors, both international and local, to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements
  • Maintain and develop Creative’s relationship with USAID and successfully manage the project’s relationship with local governments/ministries and other stakeholders
  • Support implementation of Creative’s security protocols and provide leadership in handling security-related issues
  • Maintain a working knowledge of project financials, working with and supporting the project?s financial personnel to ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place and being followed
  • Represent the project in local, national, and international meetings and events as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or Higher in Education Planning, Public Policy, Management and Administration, Social Science or related and relevant field required.
  • At least 10 years of experience in relevant management, supervisory and technical experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and scale to this project is required. (At least 7 of these years must be in a management/leadership position);
  • Previous COP experience on projects of similar size and scope;
  • Experience managing USAID-funded projects;
  • Demonstrated experience improving evidence-based education programming, capacity building and professional development, including rural, multilingual, and underserved populations;
  • Ample experience in project design, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national-level quality improvement and classroom reforms;
  • Political savvy and experience interacting effectively with numerous ministry institutions and senior-level national and subnational-level government officials;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed upon timelines; and
  • Fluent English; strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • A focus on education policy change implementation, program/project management, curriculum, bilingual education or early grade literacy;
  • At least 10 years? experience in the education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is desired, preferably with experience in Western sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Prior experience in policy advocacy, monitoring and oversight, capacity development in education sector, and experience in awarding and managing grants to local organizations to promote education-related goals.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

3.)?Senior Pupil and Teacher Performance Advisor (SPTPA)

Location: Adamawa

Job Title: Senior Pupil and Teacher Performance Advisor (SPTPA)

Job ID.: 2023-3241
Location:?Abuja (FCT)
Category: Program Management

Program Description

  • Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and in close partnership with federal partners and select Nigeria States (designated as legacy [Bauchi and Sokoto], launching (Adamawa) and technical assistance), the five-year Leveraging Education Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) project will support sustainable improvements in reading outcomes for first and second grade pupils.
  • The goal of LEARN is to strengthen and scale early grade reading (EGR) best practice by ensuring that standards-based, context-appropriate assessment, materials, training, and administrative supports needed to improve literacy skills for P1-2 pupils are embedded within the federal policy, funding, and monitoring frameworks, and state and local authorities have the implementation protocols, capacity, and resources to carry out and sustain standards-based, data-driven EGR reform.
  • The project objective is to instill ownership in and build capacity of school-community, local, state, and federal systems to establish a base for adequate, consistent data-driven funding, monitoring and performance that increase the equity, inclusion, and wellbeing necessary to achieve sustained EGR gains.
  • LEARN will therefore be building on lessons learned from prior Nigeria reading programs to introduce a flexible, cost- efficient EGR intervention model that can be tailored to state contexts

Position Summary

  • The Senior Pupil & Teacher Performance Advisor will be responsible for coordinating and implementing project activities in LEARN-supported schools and communities with the goal of improving P1 and P2 literacy outcomes.
  • The SPTPA will provide technical leadership to the project team, USAID, and other stakeholders on high-quality and developmentally appropriate learning interventions.
  • Supervise and provide quality assurance to the production of activity-supported materials, trainings, coaching, and pupil assessments. Supervise and provide quality assurance to the production of TA materials and support.
  • Provide leadership in organizing curation and authoring of materials that are leveled and differentiated to meet learning needs. Liaise with government representatives and technicians on technical matters.
  • Responsible for management, leadership, and mentorship of technical staff. Work with Senior TA Coordination and Learning Advisor to develop plans to monitor and support TA Teacher and Learning Performance gaps as needed.
  • Provide capacity building, coordination, and monitoring support to Data Systems TA staff and consultants in Abuja and in Legacy, Launching, and On-Demand states. The position reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain a sharp focus on the evidence-based technical activities which will result in the greatest Early Grade Reading outcomes for P1&2 learners.
  • Supervise and provide quality assurance for design, planning and implementation of CLA-related EGR activity-advocacy, materials, trainings, coaching, school assessment, teacher assessment and pupil assessments.
  • Ensure activities and approaches across geographic areas are complementary, equitable, and include underserved populations and those in need of inclusive education.
  • Liaise with government representatives and technical experts on early-grade reforms and policy implementation.
  • Provide technical oversight on the book supply chain and private sector engagement in the implementation of early grade reading activities.
  • Coordinate with the M&E/CLA team to develop knowledge-sharing efforts related to EGR, including communication briefs and presentations on achievements and lessons learned.
  • Manage and mentor technical staff including Student Learning and Curriculum Advisor, Student Assessment Advisor, Teacher Professional Development Advisor, Coaching Advisor and Book Change Management Advisor.
  • Work with Senior TA Coordination and Learning Advisor to develop plans to monitor and support TA Teacher and Learning Performance gaps as needed.

Required Skills & Qualifications
Minimum Required Education & Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master?s Degree in Education, preferably with a specialty in early-grade reading. Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education and/or early grade learning preferred.
  • At least eight years of experience in programs in sub-Saharan Africa that work specifically to improve early-grade reading.
  • At least four years of direct supervisory experience.
  • Prior experience with the development and implementation of evidence-based, local language education materials, training programs, classroom monitoring protocols, and assessments.
  • Demonstrated experience improving evidence-based education programming including rural, multilingual, and underserved populations.
  • Experience and understanding of the USAID MATTERS Framework and how to apply it.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Fluency in Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba is highly desired.

Preferred Experience & Skills:

  • Proven experience, directly and indirectly, supervising and managing staff and teams.
  • Experience with a USAID-funded or other international organization implementing an early-grade program operating in insecure areas is desired.
  • Strong ability to deploy and use various forms of tracking tools.
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent record-keeping and documentation skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and maintain strong communication and coherence across remote teams.

Application Closing Date
13th November, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
  • Creative Associates International Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer (gender / race / disability / veteran) and provides equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.
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