MDG Centre West Africa Recruiting in Ghana [2012]

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30 May, 2012

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Vacancies in Ghana

The MDG Centre was established in July 2004 by the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the UN Millennium Project with a broad purpose of assisting countries to develop operational strategies for achieving the MDGs, and to support their implementation at both local and national levels.

In early 2006, The MDG Centre reorganised to established two sub-regional centres covering East and Southern Africa (based in Nairobi) and West and Central Africa (based in Bamako). The MDG Centre West and Central Africa (WCA) is currently work in the following countries: Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal and is rapidly expanding to other countries in the region.

The West Africa MDG Centre focuses on two complementary scales:

  • At the national level, provide support to national Governments to develop Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)-based national strategies and plans;
  • At the sub national level, assist local governments to develop and implement MDG-based local development plans and strategies and assist pilot Millennium Villages Project (MVP) sites and Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) to achieve MDGs at local level

Job Description

CIP/MDG CENTRE Regional Education Specialist
Work Station: 
The MDG centre regional offices in Dakar, Senegal

Job Summary and Reporting:
Under the guidance and supervision of the Director of the MDG Centre for WCA, the Regional Education Specialist will work in close collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organisations in education in countries where MVP is being implemented to contribute to the achievement of the MDG Goal in Education; More specifically, She/he will:

  1. Ensure that girls and boys received quality education and complete primary, secondary formal and non-formal education, (including Islamic, Alternative Learning Provision, literacy Technical/Vocational Training and Life-Skills)
  2. Provide technical support to West African countries educational systems especially in innovative strategies to accelerate the achievement of MDG 2 and the Education For All goal (EFA goal) with emphasis on developing synergies between the different educational systems including early child education and inclusion of marginalized children in schools
  3. Be proficient in computer related education learning. Be able to organise e-learning between several sites

Duties and Responsibilities:
In close collaboration with the education departments (national, provincial, and district) and other stakeholders, the Education Specialist will intervene at two levels.


A. At national, he/she will be responsible for:

  • Support local and national education authorities to develop and help implement MDG based education programmes, work plans and budgets while working with governmental and non-governmental organisations to eliminate school fees and other bottlenecks to ensure full attendance at primary level
  • Developing and supporting government and communities managed school feeding programmes using locally produced nutriments, safe and high quality foods for all children (including early child education)
  • Developing strategies and programmes aiming at improving school facilities
  • Developing strategies to reduce gender educational gap between boys and girls including creating gender friendly learning environment and gender sensitive educational content and materials (correction of gender bias and gender sensitive capacities)
  • Improve the content, relevance, quality of national curricula while avoiding gender bias and promoting gender equality
  • Disseminate tools and best practices at national and sub regional level for scaling up
  • Developing and helping create post-primary education opportunities for boys and girls
  • Mobilize resources to support national and regional activities in education
  • Promote public and private partnership for the achievement of MDG 2 in order to ensure resources mobilisation and good governance in the education sector in different countries

B. At local level she/he will contribute to:

  • Develop education related MDG strategies and plans at sites level (MVP, MCI, and other initiatives_
  • Ensure that school infrastructure, including classrooms and toilets meet international standards
  • Ensure quality in- service teacher training programmes for both formal and non formal education teachers
  • Promote compulsory free education for all while establishing special initiatives to ensure enrollment and attendance of vulnerable children
  • Establish and/or supporting non-formal education opportunities including but not limited to, short term learning programmes, youth and adult literacy programmes and second chance education opportunities
  • Promote the integration of Islamic Education, Koranic schools and medrassas, into the education systems in sites where Islamic education is important
  • Develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools and organise follow-up missions
  • Provide technical support to PTA and SMC in order to promote good governance and community effective participation in education management
  • Generate tools and document best practices in each site for cross-site learning and sharing

Terms of offer:
CIP/MDG Centre offers a regionally competitive salary with an excellent benefits package. The employment contract is for a period of one year with the possibility of renewal. CIP/MDG prides itself on its collegial, supportive and gender sensitive working environment and believes that staff diversity promotes excellence. Women are strongly encouraged to apply

Required Skills or Experience

  • Advanced degree in education, social sciences or related field with at least 5 years experience in governmental and non governmental institutions in Africa
  • An extended experience in providing technical support to development partners and governments in areas relevant to Formal and Non Formal Education in Africa;
  • A good understanding of rights-based/results-based approach to programming with experience in addressing gender issues and coordination
  • Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts;
  • Ability to effectively manage relationships with senior government officials, key stakeholders and to work as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of adult education and community participatory approaches;
  • Work experience in an integrated community development project;
  • Team spirit with personal skills in communication and dissemination of knowledge;
  • Demonstrate organisation and problem solving skills, flexibility, and ability to work under pressure;
  • Proficiency in computer skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French;
  • Willingness to travel between 30-50% of the time in the region
  • Grant writing skills and experience
  • Skills on Monitoring and Evaluation of projects
  • Ability to organise and proceed with e-learning techniques
  • Ability to write and win successful proposals for funding
  • Ability write scientific, academic papers for publications
  • Ability to conduct cross-countries education systems analysis

How To Apply

Applicants should apply by email, sending a cover letter summarizing their relevance to this position, a full C.V. names and contact information of three referees knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to: [email protected]. With a Copy to: [email protected]. “Application for Regional Education Specialist MDG-WCA” should be clearly marked on the subject line of the email message.

Applications will be considered until 13th June 2012 or until the position is filled.

Only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted. We invite you to learn more about us at:

Offer valid till: 13 Jun, 2012

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