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Education Programme Manager - Mali


Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: 03 Years

Location: MOPTI

The role

The Education Program Manager will be responsible for establishing, managing and implementing the quality education non formal (Literacy and Numeracy) and vocational training as part of Save the Children's education program in Mali.

The Program Manager will work with the respective team to oversee programme implementation and support the management of the team. He will be responsible for all project cycle management - involved primarily in programme implementation, but also ensuring programme reporting and participating in programme planning and design with support from the relevant Technical Advisors (Education and Child Poverty). The PM will support colleagues in ensuring that project activity design and delivery are consistent with Save the Children programming principles and approaches, draw on relevant best practices and lessons learned, enable beneficiaries to attain their rights and are compliant with donor regulations.

The PM will represent Save the Children with local authorities and partner organizations of DFAP consortium.

Qualifications and experience

  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience

  • Expertise in project management and of managing programmes in an NGO for at least 4-5 years.

  • Knowledge and experience of having worked in non-formal education and vocation education.

  • Leadership qualities, motivational skills, mentoring ability; proven experience overseeing and developing a team

  • Experience of program cycle management, and experience

  • Knowledge of effective financial and budgetary controls; proven ability to manage budgets

  • Solid experience writing comprehensive, high quality narrative reports for donors and other external constituencies; experience supporting national staff colleagues to engage in reporting by systematically collecting and compiling correct, meaningful information/data, etc.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French required

  • Proven knowledge of MS office applications and IT literacy and capacity to learn and use other packages.

  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin all aspects of the job.

  • Commitment to Save the Children Child Safeguarding policy.


  • Previous experience and knowledge of West Africa.

  • Knowledge of Save the Children systems and ways of working

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Bamako
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-28

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