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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES AT THE EDTECH HUB

About EdTech Hub

Our goal is to empower people making decisions about technology in education. 

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the global learning crisis was affecting millions of children around the world.

Technology could play a huge role in helping to solve this crisis, if used appropriately. 

There are thousands of tools, products, services, and ideas for using technology in education. New ones appear almost every day. For decision-makers, the choices can be overwhelming. 

The EdTech Hub takes away that burden. 

We do the research, to rigorous academic standards. We try out new ideas by supporting innovators. We advise partners as they plan and implement education programs, finding the right role for technology.

With EdTech Hub’s help, decision-makers inside and outside government can benefit from free access to high quality professional research and advice.

Chief of Operations

What we’re looking for

If you are thrilled by the chance to lead the operations of a global initiative so it can execute against its mission with a backbone of operational, financial, and compliance excellence, this job may be for you!
 
This is an exciting opportunity to play an important leadership role on a complex multi-funder program with a variety of global partners. The Chief of Operations will oversee all Hub operations functions and is essential to ensuring the smooth running of the Hub.
 
The Chief of Operations will lead a team to provide the “central services” function to the partner organizations of the EdTech Hub, including finance, procurement, compliance with Hub policies and funder rules (including Foreign, Commonwealth, & Development Office rules), and knowledge management.
 
The Chief of Operations will be a creative problem solver; have demonstrated operations experience in complex, multi-partner initiatives; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; be collaborative; have exceptional team management skills; and be detailed-oriented.
 
This position will be based in Washington, D.C. or London. Occasional travel (up to two weeks per year) may be required once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
 

Responsibilities

    • Work closely with Hub Managing Director and the Hub’s Core Delivery Team to oversee the management of finances, procurement and contracts, Hub policy (including diversity, equity, and inclusion policies; safeguarding policies; etc.), and people services
    • Ensure compliance with donor requirements and support R4D’s alignment with those requirements
    • Manage contractual arrangements with consortium members, grantees, and contractors
    • In close collaboration with the Hub’s Managing Director and others on the Core Delivery Team, spearhead components of donor reporting to Hub funders, manage Hub personnel to ensure accurate, timely, and compliant reporting on key metrics.
    • Lead a team to provide friendly and excellent “central services” to the EdTech Hub including finance and procurement
    • Ensure the smooth management of the Hub’s knowledge management systems (largely on G Suite), encourage knowledge sharing and flow, and document retention
    • Manage and oversee Hub policy development and revisions to enable compliance with donor rules, promote adaptation and agility, and contribute to our learning culture
    • Provide support to Hub partners to solve operational challenges as they arise
    • Coordinate and oversee safeguarding policies and conflict of interest issues

 

Qualifications

    • At least 10 years relevant experience, master’s degree preferred
    • Proven track record of managing FCDO/DFID-funded commercial agreements required and experience with other government, foundation, or other funders preferred
    • Experience working in development of lower middle income countries (LMICs), especially working in service of marginalized groups Prior management experience of intercultural teams
    • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to navigate complex partnering arrangements
    • Experience conceptualizing, operationalizing, and executing on complex projects and workstreams; ability to set priorities; handle competing time/resource demands; solve problems and work in a fast-paced, dynamic as part of a team
    • Significant experience leading the development of high-quality deliverables; excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in cultivating and managing relationships across a diverse group of global stakeholders
    • Highly collaborative and approachable
    • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite

 


 

Consultant

Monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation (MELA)

What we’re looking for

We are looking for a consultant to support the implementation and iteration of our MELA system as part of a cross-organisational multi-functional team. This will help EdTech Hub understand how our different tools and approaches are contributing to learning outcomes and equity.

The MELA system will enable the Hub to adapt its operating model, strategies and activities based on evidence, learning and feedback about what is working and use this to generate the highest possible impact. The Hub has an agile implementation model, where small multi-disciplinary teams collaborate to deliver different projects or activities.

The role focuses on collection of data about EdTech Hub evidence outputs, events, feedback and uptake, and experimenting with systems visualisation tools to describe the linkages and integration between activities in the EdTech Hub, globally and in country. 

The role will also contribute to the design, testing and improvement of the systems and processes enabling outcome-level monitoring, as well as understanding the influence that changes in contexts and circumstances has on the work of the organisation. Please read the Terms of Reference to learn more.

The work will take place remotely, and people working or who have been educated in low-and middle-income countries are strongly encouraged to apply. The role is part-time for funding reasons but could involve working in more concentrated bursts to suit the applicants availability.

The role will be contracted by ODI (odi.org), one of the organisations in the EdTech Hub.

Please read the Terms of Reference to learn more.

How to apply

Please submit:

  • a CV
  • a cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for the role, your potential start date, and your preferred flexible or part-time working arrangements (for example, how many days a week would you propose to work)
  • a financial proposal indicating your daily fee rate and any other costs associated with completing this assignment

Please send these to procurement@edtechhub.org. Please put your financial proposal in a different document.

Please submit your applications by 15th January 2020. This was extended from 8th January.


Head of Communications

The Head of Communications will be responsible for designing and executing the EdTech Hub’s communication strategy, which is pivotal to its impact. This includes getting evidence to the right people at the right time and in the right format, for a diverse global audience from government officials to international development professionals. The Head of Communications will oversee a small team to execute against the strategy, ensure consistent messaging and style on all communications products, and ensure the Hub has the global digital and in-person presence it needs to advance impact.

The Head of Communications will work closely with both the Hub’s Managing Director and the Director of Engagement as well as other Hub consortium members.

This position will be based in Washington, DC or London. Occasional travel (up to two weeks per year) may be required once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Responsibilities

  • Develop the EdTech Hub’s communications strategy in collaboration with the Hub’s management team
  • Passionately and nimbly manage all outward-facing communication, ensuring there is consistent messaging, branding, and language
  • Identify and proactively pursue opportunities for the Hub to engage in country, regional, and global fora likely to advance our mission of empowering decision-makers with evidence
  • Help the Managing Director and the Director of Engagement refine strategic messaging
  • Develop ideas for new products or formats that will best showcase the Hub’s research
  • Develop an editorial calendar to strategically roll out different kinds of formal and informal content over the course of the year, including annual or bi-annual flagship reports and associated launch efforts
  • Oversee the development and rollout of publications that are eye-catching, intellectually stimulating, compelling, and useful. Ensure strategic timing and shaping of Hub products with the Hub’s management team
  • Support Hub staff across several organizations, disciplines, and time zones to communicate clearly, simply and accurately about their work
  • Manage a team of 2-3 people, which may include a combination of content designer, junior communications staff, copyeditor, and developer. Oversee contractors such as graphic designers and photographers/filmmakers
  • Advise the Hub’s communications team on methods to continuously improve the Hub website
  • Oversee the team to produce continuous content on the Hub’s blog and social media (Twitter and Linkedin)
  • Oversee the workflow of external facing products from announcements to blogs to formal reports, liaising with authors and technical experts
  • Plan and run engaging and seamless virtual and face-to-face events, across time zones and with diverse audiences
  • Set key performance indicators (KPIs) and work with the team to regularly measure outcomes and adapt plans according to data insights

Qualifications

  • At least 7 years relevant experience, master’s degree preferred, but not required
  • Passionate about getting information to people in creative and compelling ways.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, ability to develop and oversee workflow processes and systems
  • An uncanny knack for keeping lots of balls in the air with grace and a positive attitude
  • Experienced, clear, precise writer and editor in English
  • Experience executing communications strategies with a global audience across multiple platforms and mediums
  • Proactive, organized, sets and meets deadlines, balances competing priorities
  • Attentive supervisor with experience delegating and empowering team members, setting high expectations and motivating the team to meet them
  • Creative communicator with new ideas and a willingness to take risks
  • Ability to work with and bring together a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Experience working in the global education space strongly preferred, experience working in international field particularly with audiences in low- and middle-income countries required.

You will contribute to the high-quality delivery and innovative research, policy advice and public affairs, focused on the EdTech and broadly within the Institute’s overall strategy and with the aim of inspiring and informing policy. You will contribute to large-scale mixed methods research and evaluation as well as to innovate methodologies for the new EdTech Hub.

You will both work with a multi-disciplinary group of internationally recognised research within the EdTech Hub consortium and with the team of the Equity and Social Policy programme at ODI. You will work with organisations based in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia and elsewhere. You will contribute to supporting the broad research needs of the programme, from literature reviews, mixed methods design, analysis of secondary and primary data, preparation of presentations, drafting of blog posts, policy briefs and academic papers.

You will have:

  • experience and interest in relation to EdTech or digital technology for development
  • experience and interest in political economy analysis and in one or more of the following: education system and reform, equity and ‘leave no one behind’, girls education and gender, school to work transitions, education in emergencies and crises
  • a degree and post-graduate qualification in education or in a related discipline;
  • strong analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly, and excellent organisational and oral communication skills
  • capacity for policy advisory or public-affairs work, based on an analytical approach, and an innovative and creative communications ability.
  • experience of research or development in low-income countries and the international development context;
  • interest in At-scale research (ASR) or design experiments and design-based research (DBR, EBR, DBIR, etc) and adaptive research (e.g. “nimble” approaches);
  • fluency in English, and preferably a good command of at least one other language.

 

Specialist Network

The EdTech Hub has established a network of specialist consultants (the Specialist Network) to support its work. In addition to our core team, we aim to build a community of Specialists who contribute to and benefit from the Hub’s work, with the ultimate goal of increasing the availability and use of quality evidence by decision-makers.

Learn more about the Specialist Network and how to apply.

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