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  • DEEPEN is a five-year UK government-funded programme designed to improve the quality of education in private schools in Nigeria. The programme started in 2013 and works to support low-cost schools in particular with an initial focus on the private school market in Lagos. The Results and Learning Leader will manage the programme’s monitoring and results measurement system (MRM), providing strategic and practical guidance and assistance on all aspects of MRM and evaluation to the Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and four Intervention Leaders.

    Results and Learning Leader

     

    Job Description

    Accountabilities and Responsibilities
    The Results and Learning (R&L) Leader will have primary responsibility for all monitoring, results measurement, evaluation, research, information-gathering and dissemination within the programme.
    Working together with the Team Leader, the Deputy Team Leader and other team members, the R&L Leader will:
    Results Measurement
    Manage the overarching strategy for MRM and evaluation throughout the programme;
    Review and revise (as appropriate) the MRM system for the programme, using baseline data and quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate;
    Manage the MRM system (and allocated budget) in accordance with best practices and, as a minimum, the Results Measurement Standard of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED);
    Work closely with the Monitoring Officer and each of the four Intervention Leaders to ensure regular and effective MRM (especially monitoring) of their particular work stream (with particular reference to the programme logical framework (logframe));
    Oversee the use of key surveys and other instruments to evaluate the programme’s impact and adapt such surveys/instruments as appropriate;
    Liaise with DFID to measure progress and achievements against the logframe;
    Coordinate the meeting and inputs of an independent research learning panel of international specialists to guide on the general research strategy;
    Build a relationship and liaise regularly with the Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN) programme to maximise learning through DEEPEN and to ensure the integrity, credibility and reliability of all data produced;

    Reporting and Reviews
    Produce monthly reports on DEEPEN’s MRM and contribute to all formal and informal reporting to DFID;
    Interpret the results of MRM findings, programme research, other research and wider experience and advise the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader accordingly (for example, on which interventions show positive results and which don’t);
    Participate in regular (at least quarterly) update meetings with DFID to discuss the programme’s progress;
    Assist EDOREN and/or DFID (as appropriate) on programme statutory and/or annual reviews;

    Knowledge Generation and Dissemination
    With guidance from the independent research learning panel and support from the Research Officer, work to generate rigorous research, evidence and learning through DEEPEN on how to improve the private education markets in and beyond Lagos and disseminate such information to agencies, governments and research organisations;
    Support the Communications Officer in managing the communications strategy for the programme, both to influence stakeholders (for example, policymakers) in Lagos and to advocate for or inform change outside of Lagos;
    Guide and supervise external communications and the wider sharing of knowledge, including reviewing and checking external communications before issue/dissemination;
    Oversee general knowledge management and activities to monitor and measure the impact of programme communications and their value for money;

    Staff Management
    Manage the overall R&L team, which is expected to include the line management of the Research, Monitoring and Communications Officers;
    Assure the quality of all R&L activities and the deliverables produced by the Research, Monitoring and Communications Officers.

    Candidate Specification

    Competencies, Skills, Qualifications and Experience
    Required:
    Significant professional experience working on the monitoring, evaluation, results measurement and/or research of international development projects or programmes.
    Up-to-date knowledge of best research/MRM practice and proven experience of using quantitative and qualitative methods (and associated software packages) in conducting research.
    Education to at least Master’s level or equivalent.
    Proven skills in analysing and interpreting evidence and data to guide and direct strategic programme decision-making.
    Effective people, team and project management (including budgeting) skills.
    Fluent in English (spoken, reading and writing) with excellent writing skills.
    Good organisational and communication skills.
    Experience working in international and cross-cultural contexts.
    Confidence/proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and email packages.
    Attention to detail and accuracy.

    Desirable:

    • Experience working on education projects or programmes, specifically those concerned with private education and/or low-cost private schools.
    • Experience working on an M4P project and/or with the DCED standard.
    • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams in projects or programmes with components of social development and/or poverty reduction.
    • Experience working with donor agencies (specifically DFID).
    • Experience conducting training and facilitating workshops in a developing and cross-cultural context.

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    Deputy Team Leader

     

    Job Description

    Accountabilities and Responsibilities
    The Deputy Team Leader will have responsibility for overseeing the four key work streams and technical delivery of the programme.
    Specifically, the Deputy Team Leader will:
    Liaise regularly with DFID (and to an extent other stakeholders including the Lagos State Government and the Education Data, Research and Evaluation in Nigeria (EDOREN) programme) to maintain a clear vision and dialogue on where, when and how DEEPEN should focus its effort;
    Lead, line-manage and support the four Intervention Leaders to achieve the overall DEEPEN goal of creating an enabling environment for private schools, particularly those that educate poor children, and identify and maximise synergies between the work streams;
    Ensure that programme interventions are aligned with and governed by the guiding principles of gender, poverty, sustainability, doing no harm, and value for money, and in particular that interventions target in particular girls and children from the poorest households;
    Oversee and quality assure the technical work of the Intervention Leaders and lead specialists;
    Update DFID on a regular basis, prepare quarterly and annual reports, and respond to DFID’s other programme-related requests and queries within the agreed timeframe and to the required quality;
    Oversee the budgeting of all technical activities to maximise the accuracy of financial forecasting to DFID and work with the Finance Officer to ensure correct details on the internal Mott MacDonald financial management system;
    Provide periodic and strategic input on the quality of measurement, research, monitoring, evaluation and learning on the programme, a vital component given the experimental nature of the programme and its potential lessons for a wider audience;
    Review and quality assure external communications, upholding the brand of DEEPEN and Cambridge Education;
    Build strategic alliances with partners and key stakeholders, representing DEEPEN at events and conferences as required;
    Monitor the planning and management of DEEPEN activities, including financial expenditure and the preparation of costed work plans and terms of reference;
    Oversee the inputs of external technical advisers and specialists (for example, consultants and researchers);
    Maximise effectiveness, efficiency and economy in all programme activities to attain aims;
    Ensure regular communication and knowledge sharing with key stakeholders;
    Support the Team Leader to ensure that innovative approaches are embedded in DEEPEN strategy and delivery;
    Promote and monitor work ethics, good governance and anti-corruption behaviour;
    Maintain regular communications with the Project Director, particularly related to progress against time, budget and quality aspirations and DFID satisfaction;
    Provide support during programme annual reviews, contract performance reviews and/or audits;

    Conduct any further activities as required by the Team Leader or Project Director

    Candidate Specification

    Competencies, Skills, Qualifications and Experience
    Required:
    Post-graduate degree in educational planning or other relevant field.
    Ability to build relationships with key stakeholders.
    Proven track record of managing teams and projects in developing countries.
    Excellent planning, reporting and risk management skills.
    Skills in analysing and interpreting evidence and educational data.
    Effective people, team and project management (including budgeting) skills.
    Fluent in English (spoken, reading and writing) with excellent writing skills.
    Good organisational and communication skills.
    Experience working on education projects or programmes.

    Desirable:

    • Experience working with private education and/or low-cost private schools.
    • Experience working in an M4P or private sector development programme.
    • Experience of educational research.
    • Experience living and working in Nigeria.
    • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams in projects or programmes with components of social development and/or poverty reduction.
    • Experience working with donor agencies (specifically DFID).

    Method of Application

    Interested an suitably qualified candidates should click on preferred job titles to apply online.

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