Education Director, Myanmar Education Consortium

About Save the Children

Save the Children has worked in Myanmar since 1995, helping children to access essential

services such as healthcare and education. Since then, Save the Children has expanded its

programmes within the country, supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families to access nutritious foods, gainful employment and financial services, community protection, child rights, clean water and sanitation, malaria and TB control and HIV/ AIDS treatment.

One-third of Myanmar’s population lives in extreme poverty. The country possesses vast natural resources but is ranked only 149 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. As the country opens up to the world, it continues to face a host of social and economic challenges, including poverty, a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, and strained health and education systems.

Save the Children works to improve the lives of children in Myanmar, by helping them to

attain the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

The Role

The Myanmar Education Consortium, MEC is a programme to improve the number of children in Myanmar accessing and completing quality basic education. MEC started in early 2013 with support from DFAT (Australia) and DFID (UK) with DANIDA also joining in 2014 in order to address emergency issues in the education sector.

The MEC programme is targeting Hard-to-reach children understood as a range of factors, economic, geographic and social that result in children accessing and completing quality education.

The Education Director ensures that the education approach and the specific interventions address MEC goals and objectives in line with agreed plans. S/he oversees EPAC interventions and ensures MEC’s engagement in the National Education Sector Plan (NESP) reform process. The Education Director is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and works in cross-cutting collaboration with the other 2 Directors responsible for Planning, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) and Finance, Operations and Grants (FOG) and their teams, under the overall leadership of the MEC Director. S/he overseas Broad Based Capacity Development activities, including identification and design of technical assistance to partners. S/he also ensures that all EPAC inputs, reports and publications, including donor reports, are prepared to a high quality standard and submitted on time in line with agreed deadlines.

Person Specification

Substantial experience with strategic design and development of education programming in the sector of basic education in Asia.

Strategic thinker and planner with experience in demand-driven education planning and implementation approaches.

Proven experience with complex education programming, including policy engagement and advocacy in the context of fragile education systems and services in support of marginalised rural communities within developing economies.

Excellent conceptual understanding of complex basic education processes and their application from central level to the school and community level.

Proven know-how in effective monitoring and evaluation and report writing.

Strong track record of motivating and developing teams including professional capacity.

Strong ability to work in a participatory way, strong facilitation skills, and proven ability to effectively delegate responsibilities.

Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan politically and strategically.

In-depth understanding of national & international development issues related to basic education best practices programming particularly in the context of resource-challenged economies.

Demonstrated skills in networking and advocacy and understanding of effective policy development and advocacy approaches to facilitate change in the basic education sector.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

A team player who encourages openness, collaboration and transparency.

Results focused and ability to develop and drive innovative programmatic / operational solutions.

Native written and spoken English.

Commitment to and understanding of MEC’s aims, values and principles.

Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally when required.

Located in Yangon, Myanmar

Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis and the position will close as a suitable candidate is found

Source: Save the Children