Jan 05, 2021

Project Manager – Education

  • Save The Children -Ethiopia
  • Sekota, Ethiopia
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Job Description

Position – Project Manager – Education (Sponsorship)


The Sponsorship Education Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the implementation of quality sponsorship-funded Early Childhood care and Development (ECCD), Early stimulation(ES), Basic Education (BE) and School construction programs in Waghimra Impact Area. Within his/her capacity the Education Project Manager works closely with the Sponsorship Senior Project Manager, Waghimra Field Office Manager and Head of Sponsorship to meet all sponsorship-related Education project objectives at the IA level.


Coordinates the ECCD and BE projects and prepares annual operational plan and budget

  • Responsible for overall coordination and support of the ECCD and BE programmes
  • Ensure that sponsorship-funded ECCD and BE core programs reflect the best of common approach to sponsorship funded programming (CASP) and that the program cycle for both CASP modules is fully completed and documented.
  • Collaborate with the Sponsorship Senior Project Manager to prepare all the required documentations including annual operational plan (POP) and Annual Report. 
  • Responsible for the development of annual Operational Plan (POP) or Detail Implementation Plan (DIP) of the projects.
  • Closely monitor and supervise the implementation of program activity as per POP and DIP.
  • Help design and implement a coherent ECCD and BE program implementation strategy that is consistent with agency practices and appropriate to Common Approach to Sponsorship-funded Program (CASP) needs.
  • Design innovative and strategic programming and cost effective ways of delivery in line with the objectives of the respective program.
  • Coordinate and facilitate program revision, expansion and phase-out processes.
  • Ensure that all activities in the respective program are progressed in accordance with sponsorship manual, are completed within time and on budget.
  • Ensure that all ECCD and BE program related activities are implemented in line with Save the Children principles, values and strategic plan
  • Ensure preparation of timely and high quality progress reports, program reports, and donor reports
  • Coordinate with Community Mobilization and Communication Coordinator to ensure that Community Mobilization steps are followed at every sponsorship program cycle.
  • Organize lesson learned and best practices from previous program implementation and shared and document for effective improvement and advocacy purpose.


Budget management

  • Prepare annual sponsorship Program Operation Plan (POP) based on Summary Implementation Plan (SIP)
  • Coordinate sponsorship budget planning for the impact area.
  • Ensure effective and efficient utilization of project budget and other resources for intended purpose; follow up on budget utilization and project expenditure as needed.
  • Closely work with the FO Finance Team  to efficiently monitor and track burn rates, reporting and financial compliance issues

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development

  • Coaches and mentors, and provides the required support to staff members under his/her supervision;
  • Encourages the team demonstrate culture of learning, creativity and innovation for outstanding results for children.
  • Conducts annul performance appraisal of staff members under his/her supervision;
  • In collaboration with the Sponsorship Senior Management Team (SMT), develop and maintain strategies for the program as well as effective and efficient allocation of the Field Office resources to achieve strategic goals and commitments.
  • Liaise with all project partners to maintain smooth communication and  networking across all stakeholders

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

In order to be successful you will bring/have:



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, development studies, social science or equivalent.
  • Recommended a minimum of 6 years’ experience in a corporate or NGO environment managing education projects. And out of each 2 years in managerial position
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the Ethiopian education policy and strategies and programs.  
  • Experience working with the Ministry of Education at sub-national levels
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Experience of managing and shaping programmes to deliver greater efficiency and effectiveness, and of strengthening implementation of financial control processes
  • Solid budgeting skills and knowledge of key Sponsorship regulations
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written,
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Sekota. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.