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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES AT THE EDTECH HUB

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

Operations Associate

Do you have incredible attention to detail, love perfecting a spreadsheet, being a problem-solver, who teammates can rely on, and have impeccable organization? This may be the job for you!

EdTech Hub is seeking a dynamic Operations Associate. The Operations Associate will work with the EdTech Hub’s Head of Operations to ensure the smooth running of the Hub, including compliance with Hub policies and funder rules (such as Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office rules). The Operations Associate will be highly motivated, a creative problem solver; have strong operations management, communication, and collaboration skills; and have a commitment to excellence and producing results. In this role, the Associate will work with individuals across at least eight countries and will learn about managing a complex program funded by multiple donors.

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

  • Work closely with the Head of Operations and other Hub stakeholders to manage finances, procurement and contracts, Hub policy development, and people services in line with our values and principles as a “human learning system.” Support financial management and tracking our multi-donor budget, including liaising with teams across the Hub
  • Support effective partnerships with the Head of Operations, including coordinating due diligence and reviewing and processing partner and consultant contracts, invoices, and expenses
  • Support quarterly and annual financial reporting to multiple funders, including our key performance indicators and compliance reports
  • Maintain the Hub’s knowledge management systems (largely on Google Suite), collaborating with technical specialists to administer various platforms, and keep information and knowledge flowing
  • Contribute to 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, in collaboration with the Head of Operations
  • Support human resources needs, such as recruitment and troubleshooting operational issues with team members

Qualifications

  • Three years of relevant experience and a bachelor’s degree or one year of relevant experience and a master’s degree
  • Demonstrated track record of 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
  • Previous experience working on FCDO/DFID-funded commercial agreements preferred 
  • 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

Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow

You will develop, conduct and manage high-quality and innovative research, policy advice and public affairs with the EdTech Hub and broadly within ODI’s overall strategy, with the aim of inspiring and informing policy and practice. You will play a role in overseeing large-scale mixed methods research and evaluation as well as to innovate methodologies for the new EdTech Hub.

You will be an education economist, or have a similar background, with previous experience and interest in EdTech or digital technology for development. Bringing strong quantitative methods to the table, you will also have a focus on one of the following technical areas: education financing, cost effectiveness, assessment of socio-economic impact, valuation and Value for Money (VFM), public sector management.

You will work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary group of internationally recognised researchers, within the EdTech Hub consortium and other organisations based in low-income countries across Sub-Saharan across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and elsewhere. As part of this team, 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.

Within ODI, the role will be a part of the Equity and Social Policy programme and contribute to its overall research agenda, of which the EdTech Hub is a part. You will work with colleagues across the Institute to ensure expertise is used to strengthen our overall research portfolio in relation to education and technology for education.

You will have

  • a degree and post-graduate qualification as an education economist or in a related discipline
  • previous experience and interest in relation to EdTech or digital technology for development
  • experience in policy-oriented research (demonstrated by a track record of publications and reports), in one or more of the following education fields: education financing, cost-effectiveness, assessment of socio-economic impact, valuation and/or VfM, public sector management
  • background in quantitative analysis and familiarity with cross-country datasets, household survey data and experience in using STATA
  • extensive experience working in the Global South, preferably in Hub priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-East Asia;
  • strong analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly, and excellent organisational and oral communication skills
  • experience of working with diverse, multidisciplinary teams, and the ability to collaborate remotely and in agile or adaptive programmes
  • project management skills, and skills in negotiation, listening, communication of ideas, problem-solving, decision making
  • familiarity with 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.

This role will either be recruited either as a Senior Research Fellow or Research Fellow, see our job description for more information.

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.

Senior Research Officer- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, Adapting

You will be responsible for the day-to-day monitoring and learning activities of the programme, managing data collection, analysis and the delivery of high quality and timely outputs to help ensure that the project maintains its strategic vision and that its activities result in the achievement of its intended outputs in a cost effective and timely manner.

In collaboration with each Hub’s sphere, you will be responsible for managing the collection and analysis of different types of data emerging from project activities and aligned with the EdTech Hub key indicators. You will also design and manage the MELA data sets and data repositories analysis. You will also contribute to design and facilitation of regular (six-monthly) sensemaking workshops tailored to the Hub’s needs for capturing learning and insights that can help the programme adapt and progress towards its intended outcomes. A key part of the role will be co-producing MELA case studies and learning products.

You will have:

  • experience in the design and implementation of monitoring and learning systems in development projects implemented by national/international organisations;
  • experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports;
  • experience in producing research outputs in a short period of time and for different audiences.)
  • a degree and a post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline such as Business Administration, International Development, Evaluation or related field;
  • expertise in analysing data using simple statistical software/functions, and experience with qualitative data analysis;
  • good workshop facilitation, networking, and presentation skills
  • remains calm, in control and good-humoured even under pressure
  • demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view
  • fluency in English

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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