Position Overview

Educate! is seeking a superb project coordinator and innovator to lead our program experiments in Rwanda. As Program Experimentation Coordinator, you will lead, plan and coordinate experiments, and get feedback, to inform program innovation and development of high-impact design solutions. The role involves the implementing pilots, experiments, and build measure learn loops. The Program Experimentation Coordinator will work closely with designers and program managers to rapidly test new program and design ideas and determine if they will work at scale. This role requires a flexible “get it done” attitude, and a love for travel, as a lot of time, will be spent visiting secondary schools across the country. Strong project coordination skills will be required as the Program Experimentation Coordinator will need to liaise with other departments to effectively conduct experimentation activities. He/she will also collaborate closely with senior staff who set our learning strategy. The Program Experimentation Coordinator will report to the Head of Programs, and will not have any direct reports.

About Educate!

Educate! works to transform education in Africa to teach youth to solve poverty for themselves and their communities.

Educate! provides youth with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness along with mentorship to start real businesses at school. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.

Educate! currently works in more than 700 schools in Uganda. Additionally, we recently launched a 60-school pilot in Kenya in partnership with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), and expect to grow to work in hundreds of schools across the country in coming years. In Rwanda, we are running the Educate Exchange program in 180 schools, as well as providing follow-up programming to another 100 schools which recently completed the Exchange program, having started in 2016.  Educate! reaches over 42,000 students intensively and 530,000 more broadly. Our model was proven to have a massive impact in a randomized controlled trial. Graduates earned DOUBLE the income of a control group and had a 64% increase in business creation. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.

In 2012, Educate! partnered with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a student business club structure into Uganda's entrepreneurship course nationally, and in 2015, we served as a technical advisor to Rwanda on its secondary education reform.

Educate!’s team includes almost 200 staff and almost 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka, and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won the 2015 WISE Awards, and was featured by Bill Gates, an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, Clinton Global Initiative and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.

Educate!'s vision for 2024 is to measurably impact 1 million students and reach 4 million students more broadly across Africa each year.

Performance Objectives

Implementation of Experiments - 35%

  • Plan and implement all experimentation activities
  • Engage in strategy discussions with the Head of Programs, the Country Director, and the Director of Program strategy as necessary, to set the direction for experiments and pilots
  • Continuously collaborate with Program and Design leads to help them determine the feasibility of new ideas ordinate experimentation activities with all relevant departments, and act as team lead for contractors or other staff that may need delegation for these activities
  • Liaise with operations and administrative staff to coordinate external printing and procurement of materials needed for experimentation activities
  • Ensure experiments are well aligned to organizational plans and strategies, including the development of data collection tools, as well as the oversight of data collection efforts an analysis
  • Conduct an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data as part of experiments and pilots
  • Create informative, attractive, and user-friendly monthly reports on implementation progress and learning, and share them with the team
  • Train colleagues on the implementation of experimentation and research activities such as interviews, field observations, and focus group discussions
  • Collaborate with budget managers to ensure appropriate amounts are budgeted for learning activities on an annual basis

Build Measure Learn - 30%

  • Coordinate with Design and Leadership teams to set Annual BML Priorities
  • Liaising with Programs and Evaluation teams to develop appropriate Research questions.
  • Collaborate with senior staff on the design of BML Loops, including the development of hypothesis and indicators defining the learning path, the design of data collection tools, as well as the assignment of responsibilities
  • Write visual-attractive BML Report informing program design and program management about lessons learned
  • Lead meetings with cross-functional teams to streamline lessons learned from learnings of the BML  
  • Train colleagues on the implementation of BML activities

Quality Assurance and Reporting - 15%

  • Collaborate with Head of Programs and Program Managers to determine quality assurance strategies and questions
  • Regularly review reports and proposals from Monitoring & Evaluation, and Design & Training departments
  • Review head teacher surveys and other teacher rating tools, and provide Programs and Design teams with critical feedback on program implementation
  • Compile monthly Program Experimentation Reports, as well as any other reports needed to properly capture the results of learning activities
  • Create appropriate forums for the team to continuously reflect on, and use, data from learning activities
  • Lead and document post-mortems of major experimentation activities, and lead team in capturing and utilizing lessons learned for program improvement

School Business Club Competition Coordination - 20%

  • Plan, and coordinate annual School Business Club competitions and the district and national level
  • Collaborate with other team members to engage students, teachers, education officers, to ensure maximum attendance
  • Coordinate partnerships with nonprofit and corporate partners to act as judges and sponsors

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required
  • Minimum 2 years work experience required
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English required
  • Rwandan citizenship required
  • Experience coordinating activities in a fast-paced environment preferred
  • Experience in program design and/or in the East African education field would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation would be an asset
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here

Terms

  • Based on our growing office in Kigali
  • Must love travel! Educate! operates in 18 districts in Rwanda, and the Program Experimentation Coordinator will be expected to travel to schools regularly when school is in session. The frequency of travel may vary from once a week in “slow” periods, to daily travel while implementing a learning activity.
  • Compensation will be competitive for the social enterprise sector and commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include health insurance.

Why You Will Brag About Working At Educate!

  • We’ve got the impact.
  • Educate! is designed for scale. We quadrupled operations in 2014, going from 54 to more than 200 schools served. We carefully measure our outcomes, and — here’s the best part — we are maintaining quality at four times the size.
  • We believe in local leadership — 97% of our on the ground staff is African.
  • Our model has gone nationwide in Uganda — Educate!’s model is now incorporated into the national curriculum and exams, impacting thousands of more students than we can reach directly.
  • Educate is a well-oiled learning machine. We built our model by methodically testing hundreds of assumptions and we are constantly experimenting, evaluating, and improving.
  • We’re honored that luminaries and leaders like Oliver Wonekha, the Ugandan Ambassador to the US, and Ann Veneman, a former Secretary of Agriculture and head of Unicef, believe in us enough to have joined our advisory board.

What Is Educate! About?

We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential. We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.

  1. We Put Youth First - The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision as the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does.
  2. We Are Always Learning - When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor, or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share.
  3. We Only Solve a Problem Once - We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.
  4. We Are Flexible - We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.
  5. We Exceed Expectations - We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create your own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!

Every person at Educate! from interns to the executive director is evaluated by how they live up to these five cultural tenets. They are at the core of how we achieve our mission and why we work as well as we do.

Educate is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community.  In creating this environment, we encourage people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our diverse team.

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