Project Manager: Government Training, Systems & Process
We are looking for someone with expertise in project management systems and who has experience in working in government uptake and capacity building. You will work closely with the Ghana team to contribute to our exciting scale up plans.
Lively Minds is an award-winning NGO working to get pre-schoolers in rural Ghana & Uganda school-ready. Over 250 million children under 5 years globally do not get the early childhood care and education (“ECCE”) they need, leading to poor health, poor education, lost life opportunities and poverty.
We believe that one of the main barriers to ECCE is that parents in remote resource-poor villages lack the information, education and aspiration to provide basic and affordable opportunities for their children. We have developed an innovative behaviour-change programme that empowers marginalized, poorly educated mothers to run educational Play Schemes for pre-schoolers and to provide better home-based care, using cheap local resources.
These are exciting times for Lively Minds. In Ghana, we are finalising a partnership agreement with Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service (“GES”) to integrate the programme in to the national kindergarten system and to support them to scale it in Northern Ghana reaching approximately 4000 kindergartens and 1.1million children. In Uganda we are in 3-year period to test and position our programme for scale. Over this period, we will support district and sub-county officials in Mayuge District to deliver the programme across all eligible communities in the District (approximately 420 communities).
About the Role
Key responsibilities for the Programme Manager include; designing a technical support package (capacity-building and technical trainings, coaching and supervision, project management and quality assurance tools) to embed the programme within each district, region and at national level; training and supporting Lively Minds staff to deliver the technical support package; building and overseeing a project management system to track performance/compliance of each district and integrating this with government systems; working with our content teams and implementation teams to optimise user-experience for government partners.
To succeed in this role, you must be a real “doer” with a proven problem-solving mentality. You will have a minimum of 5 years of project management experience, in particular creating customer-friendly tools, systems, dashboards. Experience in managing and coaching others of differing capabilities. We are looking for a candidate with advanced IT skills, ability to create basic yet robust systems to capture and report on data. A PMP certification or equivalent project management certification is desirable.