Project Director, Improving Learning for Ethiopia’s Primary Grade Students Program

Location: Ethiopia - Addis Ababa
Division.: International Programs


Save the Children

The Project Director will provide strategic and operational leadership to the project and assume the responsibility for the implementation of Improving Learning for Ethiopia’s Primary Grade Students (ILEPGS) programs. The estimated cost allocated for this project is between $79-$140 million and the activity will commence for a period of five years starting on or before May 2017. S/he shall have the overall responsibility for managing and reporting on project activities; making key decisions and solving problems in short time frames while maintaining operational and program quality and integrity; and serving as the recipient’s first point of interface with USAID on routine and strategic matters. The position requires demonstrated experience in interacting with other projects, host country governments at all levels, and international agencies.

The Project Director must bring a senior leadership profile with a proven track record in managing complex programming delivery preferably in the education sector.

  • Represent Save the Children and the project in formal and informal relationships with USAID, government authorities, education offices, national partners, and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership, programmatic, organizational management, and communication skills.
  • Lead the preparation of annual work plans and oversee the production of accurate and timely reports as well as other deliverables to the donor.
  • Supervise project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in a manner consistent with Save the Children’s working principles.
  • Making key decisions and solving problems in short time frames while maintaining operational and program quality and integrity.
  • Serving as the recipient’s first point of interface with USAID on routine and strategic matters.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Ethiopian social and political context. 
  • Responsible to have strong technical skills in Education, multi-sector development experience, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the Activity.
  • Work with partners to identify and develop relationships with appropriate local organizations to assist in the implementation of the project.
  • Ensure that efficient systems are in place to support high quality programming, including sub-grantee and grant management and project monitoring and evaluation, and that they support the effective use of project resources in compliance with USAID regulations.
  • Oversee the dissemination of reports and effective communication of learning and best practices related to project activities.
  • Ensure that financial systems support Save the Children’s accountability to USAID and that financial reports are timely and complete.
  • Post graduate degree in a relevant field including education, public administration, social development and/or economics. PhD level education is preferred. 
  • 12 years of relevant progressive experience, out of which 5 years’ senior leadership positions 
  • Proven experience in a leadership role and administrative oversight in primary grade education and development program management, including managing budgets and personnel, motivating and supervising team efforts and achieving success in complex, demanding environments.
  • Experience in building organizational capacity and programming activities relative to primary education and development through both formal and non-formal approaches and possessing strong professional credibility within this field.
  • Experience in curriculum development, teacher and administrator training and community engagement activities.
  • Proven expertise in building and maintaining relationships with government counterparts at the central and local levels as well as with partners and beneficiaries. 
  • Experience in managing USAID funding and familiarity with donor rules and regulations.
  • Commitment to ensuring a gender equitable and inclusive work environment, including recruitment and staff development.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations to achieve desired results.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required.
  • At least five years of professional experience working in Ethiopia is preferred, but not required.
Employee Type
Full-Time Regular

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world. Join our dedicated and diverse staff in their work to improve the well-being of children everywhere.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.


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