29 Jun 2020

Head of Technical at Chemonics

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Chemonics seeks Head of Technical (Education) for an anticipated multi-year, DFID-funded education programme in Tanzania. Shule Bora seeks to improve quality, inclusiveness, and safety of learning for all 11.5 million girls and boys in government pre-primary and primary schools in Tanzania. In addition to providing support to government systems at the national level, Shule Bora will provide additional focused support to an estimated 4.4 million children in 9 regions.

The Head of Technical will be responsible for the Theories of Change for each of the four Outcome areas (Learning, Disability, Girls education, and School safety) and oversee the design, development and technical quality of project interventions under Component C of the project (Support to GoT to test, adapt and deliver interventions at scale). The position will be based in Dodoma and will require some travel to other parts of Tanzania. The project is expected to start in March 2021 and conclude in March 2027.

Responsibilities include:

General management and technical assistance

  • Member of the Shule Bora senior management team (SMT); supporting the Team Leader (TL) in the day-to-day management of the programme;
  • Managing the Technical Leads, based in Dodoma, and subcontractors for the four Outcome areas: Learning, Disability, Girls education, and School safety
  • Leading monitoring, evaluation, research and learning as well as communications staff in a matrixed system with a focus on adaptive management
  • Managing staff in a matrixed system with a focus on adaptive management
  • Potential to act as the TL in their absence
  • Performing other duties and responsibilities, as required


  • Oversee the design and updates to Theories of Change for each of the four Outcome areas: Learning, Disability, Girls education, and School safety
  • Lead the identification, design and development (alongside the independent Learning & Evaluation service provider) of new intervention proposals under Component C of the project (Support to GoT to test, adapt and deliver interventions at scale) based on evidence and taking into account a Whole School Development + approach; considering interventions at the teaching, community, and management levels, as well as the use of data
  • Identify technical assistance needs, develop suitable scopes of work and recruit staff/consultants for new project interventions under Component C
  • Oversee staff/consultants delivering specific Component C project interventions and ensure technical quality assurance and improvement; ensuring technical outcomes and deliverables
  • Working with other members of the SMT to provide learning and evidence to GoT on how to achieve the outcome areas affordably and at scale, while at the same time delivering results and reforms against the outcome areas.
  • Supporting the development of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans and ensuring linkages between evidence generation, global debates, and country actions
  • Working with other members of the SMT and GoT to identify and implement system-level reforms for more effective teaching; school, district and regional planning and management; community engagement; use of data; and reforms relevant to advancing the Outcomes for girls’ education, disability and school safety
  • Taking part in key strategic reviews of the project as part of the SMT

 Stakeholder engagement

  • Working with other members of the SMT to identify most relevant GoT partners for design and delivery of project interventions and how much to channel through GoT budgeting and planning processes
  • Working with members of the SMT to manage relationships and share learning and insights with DFID and other donor-funded programmes.

Programme Management

  • Managing communication and agreements with component C subcontractors; providing monitoring of technical deliverables and compliance with Chemonics and DFID regulations
  • Ensuring that lessons learnt contribute to achievement of PforR results and project adaptation
  • Managing inputs from subcontractors who are leading on specific outcomes and other elements of the workplan


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social science, international development, project management or a related discipline is required. Advanced degree in relevant discipline is preferred
  • At least eight years of professional experience managing or providing technical oversight over large (£15m+), complex, projects in developing countries, including at least four years as a Technical Director, Team Leader/Chief of Party, Deputy Team Leader/Deputy Chief of Party, ideally for a DFID funded project
  • Experience leading large teams and managing programmes that achieve results, with a focus on adaptive management and technical implementation
  • Proven project management skills, ideally with a project management qualification
  • Experience of and ability to collaborate and build partnerships with host country governments, UK government agencies, donor agencies and international organisations
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working on donor-funded education programmes
  • Experience managing and coaching direct reports
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, versatility, and integrity
  • Experience in Tanzania or East Africa is required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  •  Fluency in English is required. A working knowledge of Swahili is strongly preferred

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Chemonics is an equal opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will received consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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Closing Date : 29th July, 2020.

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