The Aga Khan Foundation Egypt (AKF, E) is managing a five-year skills development initiative in collaboration with private sector, government and Canadian partners in Aswan Governorate. The Aswan Skills Development Program (ASDP), funded by Global Affairs Canada, focuses on strengthening the quality and range of vocational and technical training programs, and professional development programs available to young women and men.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The ASDP Senior Programme Manager will lead implementation of the program strategy outlined in the Project Implementation Plan, ensure effective day to day operations, and work with senior management, ASDP managers, and external partners to build the institutional capacity of the CEC and its partners. The ASDP Senior Programme Manager is expected to develop and maintain extensive relationships across all part of the organization – Human Resources, Finance, Operations, Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation – and with Global Affairs Canada representatives in Egypt.
- Lead a diverse team of 20 professionals including Aswanese, Cairene, and expatriate staff. Work with the ASDP managers to build the capacity of these professionals to deliver the program effectively and to deliver on the long-term mandate of the CEC;
- Ensure that the ASDP meets its technical and financial targets in accordance with the Performance Measurement Framework, budget, and annual work plans approved by Global Affairs Canada;
- Manage and build collaborative partnerships with reputable national/international educational institutions involved in skills development, technical and vocational training, such as the American University in Cairo, the University of Central Asia, and Seneca College (Canada);
- Work with the Chief Executive Officer to liaise with private sector companies, local government, donor programs and civil society to establish mutually beneficial partnerships in the design and delivery of high quality, market relevant courses, and in maximizing the effectiveness of complementary or otherwise strategically linked initiatives;
- Work closely with the ASDP’s CEC, TVET, Entrepreneurship, and Quality and Accreditation Managers to identify, design and deliver training programs that meet the needs of the labour market, and national and international standards, and build capacity in public sector training partners;
- Oversee setting up and operating systems and structures including data collection, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, scheduling and lessons learned;
- Ensure the effective use of IT, learning technologies (e.g., online and blended learning), and student databases to improve the efficiency and quality of service delivery;
- Ensure consistent and reliable project documentation reports are produced. Prepare management reports and documentation for both internal and external stakeholders;
- Extend and expand the offerings of the CEC and ensure that the ASDP is aligned with AKDN’s other programming in Aswan;
- Ensure that project successes, learnings and policy impacts are captured, distributed and shared with partners and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that ASDP makes a significant contribution to dialogues related to skills development programming and policy, both at regional and national levels;
- Ensure Gender Equality principles and activities are integrated throughout all program activities, as well as building internal and partner capacity to develop and deliver gender-responsive programming and gender-sensitive work environments.
- A Master’s degree in Education, Management or a related field;
- Minimum 10 years of experience in management, ideally leading multi-sector teams, with a focus on the development sector;
- At least five years of experience overseeing an education/training facility, preferably with a focus on TVET and skills development;
- Strong knowledge of trends, discourse, policy and technical matters related to youth, skills development, employment, TVET and entrepreneurship, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region;
- Previous work experience in Egypt, especially Upper Egypt, is preferred but not required;
- Previous experience of managing donor funded programs in particular familiarity with results-based management and ideally working with Global Affairs Canada;
- Experience managing, coaching and mentoring staff in a consultative and participatory manner;
- Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal skills; demonstrated skills in building and maintaining relationships with governments, donors, other donor-funded projects, CSOs as well as local and international partners;
- Demonstrated negotiation skills;
- Ability to build trust and motivate staff.
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