Senior Manager Education At Concern Worldwide

Job Title: Senior Manager Education

Reports to: Programmes Director

Job Location: Based in Nairobi with at least 30% of time spent in programme areas ( Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application)

Direct Reports: Manager – Education in Marsabit and 3 Education Officers in Nairobi

Liaises with:

  • Regional Coordinator – Girls Education Challenge Transition – Wasichana Wetu Wafaulu Project in Nairobi and Marsabit
  • Programme heads: Community Empowerment, Livelihoods and Health and Nutrition

Contract Details:

Fixed Term One (1) Year Renewable Contract Subject to Availability of Funds and Performance

Job Purpose:

The position holder will provide leadership to the Education Programme by effective management of all Concern Education projects in Kenya. S/he will also represent and promote Concern’s policies in inter-agency Education meetings.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Programme development

  • Provide technical leadership in updating contextual analysis for urban and ASAL areas and advise the Programme Director on emerging programme options for the Education programme
  • Lead education programme team to design Concern’s new education programme
  • Lead participation of education programme team in development of Concern Strategic Plan
  • Provide technical leadership during development of programme strategies, concept notes and proposals to expand education programme.

Programme management and delivery

The job holder Provide overall leadership and coordination of Concern’s Education operations, specifically:

  • Provide technical and strategic direction to all aspects of the Education programme and specifically in development and implementation of a System Strengthening Approach
  • Lead development of annual and quarterly programme work plans, budgets and procurement plans
  • Lead in the development of program reports both within Concern timelines and donor timelines and requirements
  • Lead development of a step by step implementation guide and guide implementation to ensure programme inputs and activities produce outputs and outcomes
  • Bring cohesion and synergy to the two education projects – urban and rural and promote integration with Health and Nutrition and Livelihoods programmes.
  • Liaise Ministry of Education (MOE) and Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to improve quality and standards of teaching, learning and leadership in schools
  • Ensure programme compliance with Concern Strategic Plan, donor requirements and MOE/TSC guidelines and policies

Donor management

  • Initiate/participate in fund raising for the education programme
  • Managing relations with donors in line with Concern and donor policy and promote Concern strategic interests in the donor community

Influencing and coordination

  • Develop or join and maintain networks in the country to champion Concern’s strategic position to improve access for the extreme poor to quality public education in a safe environment
  • Represent Concern at National and County level forums with MOE, TSC, Department of Children Services etc., networks and Civil Society Organizations.

Monitoring Evaluation, Learning and reporting

  • Responsible for the timely submission of reports to Country Management team and donors, these include monthly, quarterly, annual report, project toolkit, dashboard, lessons learnt, case studies and success stories as per reporting guideline.
  • Present programme team M&E training needs to Programme Manager to assign M&E Officer to strengthen staff capacity to utilize M&E tools for effective monitoring and measurements output and outcomes.
  • Initiate and manage programme review, external evaluations and studies. Specifically lead surveys to measure output and outcome indicators in the ongoing project to demonstrate change as defined in the annual program work plan and M&E plan for the annual report.

Quality assurance

  • Responsible for programme quality and timely implementation through effective Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
  • Ensure programme compliance with donor requirements and MOE/ TSC standards
  • Liaise with County Director MOE and TSC to improve quality and standards of teaching, learning and school leadership

Financial Management

  • As Budget Holder for programme you are responsible for planning and monitoring expenditure against donor budgets
  • Support the County Program Managers in preparation and monitoring of Costed Work Plans


  • Develop and manage education partnerships, specifically Nairobi based partners and provide technical and strategic direction to partners in project areas outside Nairobi.
  • Lead organisation capacity building of partners to ensure their development and sustainability.


  • Ensure inter sectorial linkages with HIV&AIDS, Equality, Livelihoods and Nutrition where relevant.
  • Perform any other responsibilities duties as required by management.

Responding to Emergencies:

  • Participating and contributing, towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Complying with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies

Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies:

  • Adhering to the standards of conduct outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct & Associated Policies
  • Supporting and promoting the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Associated Policies to their team, partner organisations and beneficiaries, and being committed to providing a safe working environment.


In line with Concern’s commitments under the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS):

  • actively promote meaningful community participation and consultation at all stages of the project cycle (planning, implementation, M&E);
  • work with relevant colleagues to ensure that the Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) is functional and accessible, that feedback and complaints are welcomed and addressed;
  • work with relevant colleagues to ensure that information about CRM, safeguarding and expected staff behaviour is disseminated among programme participants and communities.

Person Specification

  • A Degree in Education, a Master’s degree or equivalent is an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 7 years work experience in a senior position in a leading basic education programme.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in improving literacy and numeracy in basic education with a bias for most vulnerable children especially girls in urban informal settlements and arid and semi-arid areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting Science Technology, Engineering and Math among the most vulnerable children especially girls
  • At least three (5) years programming in Child Protection for most vulnerable children
  • Working knowledge in alternative education pathways e.g. catch up and TVET
  • Working knowledge of Child to Child approach in Life Skills development for adolescents
  • Demonstrate understanding of Gender Equality, HIV and AIDS and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Demonstrate experience of working with international organizations, humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and related procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices.
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, reporting and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams
  • Proven leadership, management, interpersonal, decision–making and analytical skills.
  • Proficient in the use of computer and applications
  • Fluent in spoken and written English and Kiswahili

Concern has an organizational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, working or volunteering with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online:

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to with the subject of the email as ‘Senior Manager Education ’ on or before Friday 3rd September, 2021.Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.