20 Mar 2019

Wadhwani Foundation Jobs in Tanzania : Program Manager Educate and Opportunity

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Overview – Wadhwani Foundation:

Founded in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, a serial entrepreneur, Wadhwani Foundation (WF) is a global organization with its inception in the USA and with a primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies. WF has launched and supports niche high impact initiatives in job creation and fulfilment in MENA, SEA, Latin America and African regions

The Foundation aims to enable the Wadhwani Entrepreneurship Network and Wadhwani Opportunity (Skills Platform) to function with higher relevance, support, knowledge and know-how, so that thousands of young people can develop entrepreneurial skills able to leverage the opportunities in the country and Advantage (SMEs) get the necessary support and networks to grow their businesses competitively.

Overview :

The Wadhwani Foundation (WF) works in three key ways in the different countries that it operates in:

1.      Partnerships with educational institutes including Engineering and Management institutes and Colleges to provide entrepreneurship education as an integral part of the training, exposure and experience for the students, so that they are skilled entrepreneurially.

2.      Support Start-ups and Advantage through learning, connects and other resources for sustainability and growth.

3.      Develop city based entrepreneurship eco-systems with strong networks of mentors, investors, service providers and entrepreneur-peer groups that can support new start-ups and growing advantage in those cities.

This exciting role is one of high importance and impact to launch and manage the Wadhwani Educate, FastTrack and Skills Platform initiatives and will involve interface with national APEX bodies in Industry, Education and Investors, as well as Educational Partners to deliver a new paradigm of industry driven mainstream education. We are looking for smart motivated self-starters who want to make a difference at a national level. The scope is large, but the individual tasks are byte sized and doable in a systematic and organized fashion.

Additional Role Description:

The Program Manager will own all activities related to launching and making the Wadhwani Educate, FastTrack and Skills Platform programs in the region successful while working with the local partners and WF team members. This role is primarily that of a Program and Partner Manager. Key activities will be in the area of planning, implementation coordination and interfacing with the Engineering and Management institutes, Entrepreneur and SME organizations, Mentor and Investor groups. While the manager needs to have or develop expertise in the area of entrepreneurship development and education, the intent is to engage, and monitor individuals and partners, working with them with WF learning and content resources etc. so that students, start-ups and SMEs have more support. Additional responsibility would be to monitor results including new companies started by graduating students and growth indicators including jobs in the companies that are supported. Will own all activities related to launching and making the SDN program in the region successful while working with the local partners and WF team members. This role is primarily that of a Program and Partner Manager.

More specifically the role may be broken into the following key responsibilities:

1.      Project Management for the Wadhwani Educate , FastTrack and Skills Platform Program

·        Scope the Entrepreneurship development stakeholders and framework in the country for a strong understanding of current status, challenges and opportunities

·        Help identify the needs and define the goals and scope of the program with clear roles and deliverables of the entities involved.

·        Work with the manager to create a detailed project plan, monitor actions and ensure timely completion of deliverables to meet the needs.

·        Liaison with all parties involved, ensuring common understanding and that deliverables meet the requirements.

·        In general, ensure WF involvement is properly utilized and resulting in valuable deliverables that meet the objectives of the program and initiative.

·        Scope the opportunity stakeholders and framework in the country to develop a strong understanding of current status, challenges and opportunities.

·        Help identify the needs and define the goals and scope of the program with clear roles and deliverables of the entities involved.

·        Create a detailed project plan, monitor actions and ensure timely completion of deliverables to meet the needs.

·        Liaison with all parties involved, ensuring common understanding and that deliverables meet the requirements.

·        In general, ensure WF involvement is properly utilized and resulting in valuable deliverables that meet the objectives of the program and WF Skill College’s initiative.

2.      WF Advantage Entrepreneurship education network

·        Responsible for developing and managing the institutions & other partner Organizations including Entrepreneur & Startup Associations in a given market

·        Qualify and sign up relevant institutes as per target & within timelines

·        Facilitating the capacity development of member institutes –this includes working with the head of the institution, faculty leaders, and students to help structure, design and execute the right experiential programs

·        Facilitate access to different resources from within and outside the Wadhwani Foundation.

·        Initiate and lead collaborations, networking & training programs on ground

·        Identify & develop local resource teams including key faculty, mentors & entrepreneurs

·        Work with individual institutions to visualize and build goals & annual road maps

·        Work with the Central Team in mapping the market training needs and help implement these programs on ground

·        Help administer the surveys on campuses at regular intervals

·        Catalyze interest in entrepreneurship amongst students on campuses

·        Drive participation for programs

3.      Training Industry Sector Skill Councils (and possibly Companies/Association) Interface

·        Be connected with designated points of contact from the Industry – Companies and Associations – to facilitate an industry driven program.

·        Obtain the specific jobs and their corresponding duties->Tasks->Skills composition – from with the industry as defined by the government and or relevant industry sector councils (if any).

·        Get Specification of requirements (National Occupational Standards) and validation of curriculum/ coursework from Industry Sector Skill councils) /Company subject matter experts.

·        If using own or specially developed curriculum, liaison between the Education partner curriculum/coursework development and the Industry sector skills council/companies’ point of contact

·        Ensure Curriculum covers all aspects of training – Classroom instruction material, Faculty Guide, Learners/Student guide.

·        In addition, help arrange Faculty Development training through Subject Matter Expert(s) from SSCs/Industry (with industry input/participation). This may involve identification, networking and development of Master Trainers who can deliver the Faculty Training courses.

·        Work with SSC/Industry to organize and deliver the training course logistics – schedules, venue, facilities, faculty registration and signup, etc.

·        Coordinate with all stakeholders including from industry, educational and training institutes and government as relevant to ensure success for the Program.

Candidate Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

·        Experience with Entrepreneurial & Education ecosystem: Minimum 8 years with at least 1 years in roles leading projects and people. Experience should include interfacing with higher educational institutes, government departments and other entities. Strong analytical, conceptual and strategic planning skills. Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills.

·        Experience with College Ecosystem and Skilling: Experience in education industry and driving entrepreneurship in colleges with proven success in program management & entrepreneurial experience, having consulted and supported launch and scale several programs. Knowledge of vocational training and skilling sector.

·        Strong Project Management: Strong program management skills. Ability to break up a complex deliverable into a project plan with realistic tasks. Ability to manage aggressive deadlines with ownership and required hard work to keep to deadlines.

·        Customer Centricity: Very strong customer-facing skills and holistic experience in business development and corporates in driving high impact projects.

·        Technology Savvy: Good knowledge of tech solutions or tech-enabled services businesses. Extensive experience in deploying and scaling technology based solutions with achievement and outcome orientation

·        Academic Pedigree and experience: Good academic pedigree with minimum of Bachelors from B schools and Strong executive presence with over 7 years of work experience with strong networking and business development skills .

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