Position Overview

Educate! is seeking a superb project coordinator and designer to add to our design team in Rwanda. As a Design Specialist, you will be responsible for designing materials for use by schools who are a part of Educate!’s intensive program (300 secondary schools in Rwanda). These may include printed training materials, as well as training and support content to be shared virtually via SMS. Your design responsibilities may also include materials to be used as a part of our nationwide support of the rollout of Rwanda’s competence-based reform. These may include, but are not limited to, teacher guides, student textbooks, guides and training materials for education officers and sector-based trainers. Key outputs of your role will be designing content to help teachers and districts implement competence-based assessment in line with the CBC reform, and designing workshops for capacity building of various stakeholders in the education sector.

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 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

Training Design - 35%

  • Create training strategy for teachers, education officers, sector-based trainers, and other constituents who are Educate! Stakeholders.
  • Conduct needs assessment of trainers and create systems for tracking trainer and school performance
  • Propose training objectives based on trainer assessments, and the intended outcomes of the national reform process
  • Design interactive training sessions based on Rwanda’s competence-based reform, especially as it relates to enhancing teachers and districts ability to implement competence-based assessment
  • Align training strategies to Rwanda Education Board strategies for continuous professional development of teachers, and capacity building of district, and sector education officers
  • Orient Educate! teacher leaders, and sector-based trainers, on all designed training content
  • Provide feedback and coaching to teacher leaders, sector-based trainers, and education officers to ensure continuous growth in training capacity
  • Conduct continuous performance assessment of teacher leaders and create system for tracking growth areas and improvements
  • Lead workshops for government stakeholders to ensure alignment of our program design with the national CBC reform processes
  • Support government designers in the creation of training and pedagogical materials, upon request

Program Design - 30%

  • Design training events and program orientations for new stakeholders
  • Design program activities to support entrepreneurship teachers continued adoption of the competence-based curriculum, including the use of SMS and Whatsapp as a means of support for teachers
  • Design events and materials to support teachers and other stakeholders with the adoption of competence-based assessment methods
  • Oversee and ensure quality of Youth Leader trainings on all designed program activities
  • Support the development, strengthening, and sustainability of a nationwide network of entrepreneurship teachers

Materials Management and Reporting- 15%

  • Present the program design for the upcoming term at interdepartmental meetings to ensure coordinated and high-quality program implementation
  • Create a system for planning and quality assurance of design materials
  • Ensure management of program design materials towards timeline and quality

Quality Assurance and Reporting - 20%

  • Collaborate with Program Manager and Country Director to determine quality assurance strategies and questions
  • Conduct field visits for quality assurance and needs assessment
  • Review program monitoring data on progress of teachers’ pedagogical change to inform design inputs as necessary
  • Identify design solutions that could increase impact or cost-effectiveness and collaborate with Learning Coordinator on related discovery and prototyping
  • Compile monthly Design Report, as well as any other reports needed to properly capture the results of design activities

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (Education or Social Sciences)
  • 3-5 years work experience with a background in education
  • Preferred: Demonstrated technical expertise in competence-based assessment. Candidates without this expertise may be considered for other design roles at Educate!
  • Demonstrated experience designing training programs and/or materials for teachers, education officers, and/or government stakeholders
  • Fluency in both Kinyarwanda and English
  • Experience coordinating activities in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience collaborating with sector and district education officers in Rwanda  strongly preferred
  • Experience participating in government workshops as a designer of training materials, or author of student or teacher materials (such as textbooks and teacher
  • manuals) strongly preferred
  • Rwandan citizenship strongly preferred. Consideration will be given to long-term residents of Rwanda with extensive experience in the Rwandan education sector.
  • Knowledge of program monitoring would be an asset
  • Experience collaborating with cross-country teams will 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 in our growing office in Kigali
  • Must be comfortable with traveling to rural schools at least three times per month when school is in session, as well as traveling during school breaks to conduct pre-term trainings as necessary. As much of this role involves coordinating with sector and education officers, flexibility is required to be responsive to their schedules.
  • 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 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 like 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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