Program Coordinator/Education Specialist

The Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) seeks qualified applicants for various positions for a one-year donor-funded project to improve the retention, support, and follow-up of vulnerable girls in secondary schools in Zambia.

The Keeping Girls in School program is part of a larger effort by the Government of the Republic of Zambia and its Ministry of General Education (MOGE) to address inequities in educational attainment related to poverty and gender. Under the Girls Education and Women Empowerment (GEWEL) Project, launched in 2015, the KGS component aims to address high rates of secondary school drop-out among adolescent girls. Initially set up to cover school fees for extremely poor girls in Grades 8-12 (ages 14-18) from 27 impoverished districts, the program has expanded its approach beyond financial assistance with the understanding that vulnerable girls need a broader set of supports to stay in school.

Collaborating closely with the MOGE, WEI/Bantwana has developed a comprehensive Case Management Framework to help identify at-risk girls and provide the necessary support (economic, social, psycho-social, and other) to retain them in the education system. During the 2021 school year, the MOGE and WEI/Bantwana plan to pilot the KGS-Case Management Framework in three project districts, engaging multiple stakeholders and building capacity to eventually implement the project at scale.

For over 60 years, World Education, Inc. has catalyzed social change and improved lives through community development and capacity building initiatives around the world. World Education’s Bantwana Initiative is a leader in fostering high quality, comprehensive service delivery for vulnerable communities. And our Bantwana Zimbabwe office has been implementing programs in-country and throughout Southern Africa for more than 12 years. Visit our websites to learn more about our work and programs at http://www.bantwana.org and http://www.worlded.org.

Position Overview

The Program Coordinator/Education Specialist is responsible for overall coordination, implementation, and oversight of the KGS Case Management System pilot program that will operate in three districts of Zambia. The position is will also communicate and collaborate with the Ministry of General Education and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services — from national to regional, district, and local levels. This position is part of a core three-person implementation team in Zambia, and reports to the World Education Bantwana Team Leader based in Zimbabwe.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help guide and lead the pilot project’s procedures, standards, and policies as they relate to education retention and support for targeted adolescent girls and young women in Zambia
  • Keep abreast of current and new developments in Zambia’s education and social services sectors, as they relate to the process of adapting and piloting the KGS case management system, including conducting desk reviews and summarizing and analysing key concepts for the WEI/B team
  • Liaise closely with government, donor (World Bank), and development partners to assess needs and resource readiness and support the implementation of the KGS Case Management pilot in line with donor and ministry expectations
  • Undertake regular field visits at district, community, and school level to observe the process of capacity building and operationalization of the Case Management System and report back to WEI/B and deliver needed feedback to stakeholders
  • Contribute to research, analysis, and documentation of the Case Management pilot, with a view to incorporating lessons learned and establishing an evidence base for potential future expansion and national-level rollout
  • Support the design, translation, and field testing of data collection tools for support services and resource mapping exercises
  • Coordinate work plan, scheduling, and deliverables with the Case Management Officer and M&E Officer, and oversee the work of the project driver
  • Identify and pursue opportunities and partnerships for potential new business and program activities in Zambia

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Education from a recognized institution
  • 5+ years of design and implementation experience in the Zambian education sector, with a focus on programs for vulnerable students and/or child protection, especially for girls
  • Prior experience leading coordination efforts and working with different stakeholders, especially the Ministry of General Education and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services
  • At least 2 years of supervisory/management experience
  • Skills in adult education/training preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written; strong research skills
  • Talented, critical thinker who is able to work independently, take the initiative, and identify new program development opportunities and relationships

Method of Application

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