Job Summary

The Programme Manager will play a key role in establishing EPG’s work in Zambia. This includes: supporting the set-up of an EPG office; cultivating and maintaining trusted relationships with senior Ministry officials and other key stakeholders

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements


  • Cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with senior Ministry officials, maintaining regular contact and check-ins through in-person visits, meetings, workshops, and electronic communication
  • Cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with key stakeholders and Development Partners, including but not limited to major bilateral and multilateral donors, UN agencies, donor implementing partners and consultancies, national NGOs, advocacy groups
  • Lead on monthly and quarterly reporting to the funders, engaging with partners as necessary to coordinate on reporting, and participate in monthly and quarterly partner meetings on progress
  • Lead on setting up an office in Lusaka for EPG, with the potential to leverage ministry partnerships to have an embedded office space in the MoGE
  • Conduct interviews with MoGE officials and key development partners to inform a diagnostic of the Zambian education sector
  • Gather information for a diagnostic on the education sector, and contribute to analyzing the gathered information and drafting of the diagnostic piece
  • Liaise with partners, including wider Catalyze partners, on a regular basis, and ensure efficient project delivery and reporting, which has strict and specific requirements on a monthly and quarterly basis
  • Work directly with senior officials in the MoGE and related agencies to design and deliver policy-related technical assistance aimed at shaping and strengthening the education system
  • Where required, support the establishment and/or refinement of policy development, delivery and/or monitoring systems within government, including the creation of coordination structures, decision making and project monitoring systems and problem-solving interventions
  • Where required, contribute to the design, delivery or commissioning of a range of policy-related work including the revision of existing policies, drafting of new policies, policy guidelines and standard operating procedures, including effective stakeholder management
  • Where required, oversee qualitative research projects and coordinate commissioned quantitative research, support associated analysis, development of policy recommendations and devise strategies to support government partners to ensure such evidence is used to inform policy change and education service delivery;
  • Work in close partnership with the wider EPG global team to ensure efficient and high-quality delivery of all technical assistance projects and the exchange of insights and learning across projects
  • Drive regular project and programme team meetings
  • Be accountable for regularly updated project work plans, budgets and monitoring frameworks;
  • Collaborate with colleagues to nurture new funding partnerships and deepen existing partnerships interested in EPG’s work;
  • Participate in the development of EPG through regular team meetings, knowledge exchange and professional development.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, Social Sciences or a related field
  • Considerable professional experience in the public policy process, including policy analysis, review, design and implementation
  • A track record of high-level relationship building and management with senior Civil Servants and/or thought leaders in the public sector or civil society
  • Considerable professional experience in the design and delivery of policy-related projects, including strong strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Strong written communications and presentation skills in English
  • Experience in research and evaluation design and an ability to analyse and interpret data
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a sense of humility and willingness to work with diverse team members, often remotely
  • Commitment to EPG’s core values 

NB: Apply with a CV and cover letter on their online recruitment portal. Please disregard the UK-based questions as they do not apply to you.

      The deadline for applications is the 26th of March 2021. 

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