World Learning is a leading international non-profit organization advancing education, systems strengthening, and inclusive development through programming around the world. We are seeking an experienced Education Systems Strengthening Specialist for the USAID-funded Youth Employment for Migration Prevention Activity (YEMP) in Honduras, focused on advancing secondary education attainment to reduce irregular migration.
The Education Systems Strengthening Specialist role combines both program management and technical responsibilities. They will work at the systems level within formal and alternative educational systems, coordinating with partner agencies at governmental and private sector entities to secure and manage partnerships aiming at improving retention of youth within secondary education, reintegration of youth who have dropped out, availability of alternative education options including non-formal and technical and vocational options, and increased proficiency in core subjects. They will conduct analysis of existing systems and provide recommendations for strengthening these systems and the youth experience within them, including incentives and support systems for students to increase educational attainment. They will also support activities relating to the relevance of education offerings for private sector needs. A strong track record of effective management and involvement in successful education programs in the LAC region is strongly preferred.
Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project.
- Provide overall leadership, management, and strategic direction for the program, ensuring that objectives are met and streamlined with the other component leads and staff.
- Provide expert technical guidance on all aspects to implementing partner, Mission and other stakeholders including performance assessments, performance solutions design and performance monitoring and management system design.
- In conjunction with the donor, World Learning, and other partners, determine monthly priorities, develop work plans, and ensure the program responds to changing conditions and operating environments.
- Manage and supervise the project’s team of long-term staff relevant to the project’s education activities, and short-term consultants such as researchers and trainers;
- Coordinate with project partners and other key stakeholders including public, civil society, and private sector actors;
- Contribute to screening of applicants, and other aspects of direct implementation;
- Oversee program administration, implementation, and fiscal management;
- Oversee and monitor quality of program activities, and ensure reports, work plans, and other program deliverables are timely and of high quality;
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- M.A. degree in a relevant field and minimum 8 years of relevant experience, or B.A. and minimum of 10 years of relevant experience; experience leading complex, fast-paced programs in emerging democracies; with experience working for a donor-funded development project in similar size and scope, preferably in Honduras or the region.
- Demonstrated technical experience (and management) in education, technical and vocational training, entrepreneurship, policy development, and coordination with government and private sector entities on these technical areas.
- Preferred experience with secondary education systems at a departmental or national level, including nonformal and alternative education options
- Preferred experience with returned migrants
- Preferred experience with psycho-social support
- Experience managing donor relationships and reporting requirements required. Experience with US government donors preferred;
- Excellent communication and diplomatic skills with track record of collaborative and responsive management;
- Strong leadership and personnel management skills;
- Experience and understanding of the education sector and key private sector entities in Honduras;
- Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of all individuals
- Verbal and written fluency in Spanish required; English fluency preferred.
World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.