Senior Education Manager (Curriculum) | ReliefWeb

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Company: Aflatoun

Location : Amsterdam, Netherlands

Job type : Full time – (36-40 hours per week)

Remuneration : Paid

Salary : Indicative gross salary between € 3.323 and € 3.853 per month

Comment : Inclusive of pension, health insurance, holiday allowance and national insurance contributions

Deadline : 17-11-2020

The Organization

Aflatoun International is a non-profit organisation, which offers social, financial & entrepreneurial education to children and young people worldwide, empowering them to make a positive change for a more equitable world. Aflatoun creates high-quality curricula, for different age groups, which are contextualised to local needs and specific circumstances, and are implemented by over 300 partner organisations in 101 countries, reaching 10.5 million children (2019).

Aflatoun programmes inspire children to discover their talents and put them to use, to stand up for their rights and those of their communities, to play games and to solve problems. They learn how to save, how to budget and how to set up social and financial enterprises that benefit themselves, their families and their neighbourhoods.

Aflatoun has been recognised globally (Brookings, Harvard, HundrEd, Million Lives Club) for its high-impact, low-cost model, which has demonstrated to be effective in changing behaviors of its participants across the globe. By using a social franchise model, Aflatoun transfers curricular content, monitoring and evaluation tools, and training capacity to partner organizations, helping them to enhance their existing expertise and to create an efficient learning ecosystem. Aflatoun’s programmes follow an active-learning, participant-centered methodology, which combines social and financial education to transform the lives of their participants, educators, civil society organizations and other NGOs.

Position

The Senior Education Manager supports Aflatoun’s programmatic work by maintaining high quality curriculum, training and educator professional development materials for Aflatoun programmes as well as for external partners. The Senior Education Manager will:

  1. Manage the full portfolio of curriculum work, oversee all curriculum budgets, and supervise a team (staff and consultants) of curriculum, educator professional development, and training specialists;

  2. Develop and maintain Aflatoun’s curriculum materials, including review and improvement of existing curriculum products and development of new / adapted curriculum products tailored for specific purposes, including distance learning;

  3. Develop funding proposals for curriculum development projects and contribute to proposals which include curriculum development;

  4. Project-manage donor-funded curriculum development projects and coordinate curriculum development components of implementation projects;

  5. Engage with external parties in the sector representing Aflatoun as a specialist in our field.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

• Manage the development of new curriculum and educator professional development products, tailored to specific purposes, ensuring alignment with Aflatoun’s learning frameworks, coherence with organizational pedagogy and approach, and for core Aflatoun curriculum products, ensuring visual and content consistency;

• Manage the workflow of internal and external curriculum development work including planning and overseeing of deliverables, delegation of work to other curriculum managers, officers, interns and consultants, and liaising with project and program managers on all content development work surrounding a project;

• Develop and innovate Aflatoun learning frameworks and conduct comprehensive reviews of curriculum products, including consultation with academics, consultants, donors and partners to embed best practices and learnings from research and M&E into curriculum revisions and development. This includes engaging expert working groups and advisory boards for new content;

• Supervision and contract management of staff, consultants, interns and volunteers, assigning work to each individual, ensuring work is completed within agreed timeframes and of the necessary quality, and hold monthly curriculum team meetings to ensure on track delivery;

• Ensure curriculum and professional development work is suitably represented in annual plans and budgets in order to contribute to meeting the objectives set out in the Aflatoun strategy.

• Pre- quality checks on content produced by curriculum department;

• Write proposals for curriculum development projects and contribute to curriculum components of other project proposals;

• Design curriculum for multiple formats of delivery, specifically adapting curricula to digital platforms and the development of new digital curriculum products;

• Keep abreast of latest thinking & innovations in curriculum development around social and financial education and 21st century skills;

• Represent the curriculum team internally at cross-departmental meetings or with the Management Team and/or Board;

• Represent Aflatoun externally and present work in international events, meetings and conferences;

• Act as Project Manager for a set of assigned donor-funded curriculum projects, including:

o develop a project plan and budget, establish the project team, manage consultants, allocate tasks and billable time to team members and track costs against budget;

o execute the project according to the project plan, making adjustments to ensure successful delivery of the project in compliance with donor requirements;

o establish and maintain project documentation, including contracts, plans, timelines, budgets, reporting & invoicing and all other relevant project information, following the organization’s project management tools and processes;

o develop progress and financial reporting for donors with input from partners and the finance team.

Non-technical responsibilities as Aflatoun staff

• Positively contribute to team discussions, and the effective running of the organization;

• Cross-departmental collaboration, compliance with organizational policies and procedures including submitting monthly timesheets;

• Keep relevant sections of the website up to date and contribute to organizational communications materials in relation to curriculum development;

• Maintain contacts’ details and key communications in the organization’s relationship management system, Salesforce;

• Promote Aflatoun’s work on social media;

• Perform other duties and tasks, consistent with the skills and expertise, as required in non-routine circumstances;

• Be willing to adapt to different tasks and different cross-organisational tasks, this includes but is not limited to helping deliver Aflatoun events such as the International Conferences and staff retreats.

Professional Qualifications & Experience

• 8+ years’ work experience in the areas of child/youth teaching & learning, educator professional development, and curriculum development;

• Academic degree in related subject (e.g. Masters in Education or Child Development);

• 2+ years’ project management experience, including project planning, status reporting and budget management;

• 2+ years’ experience in line-management of staff / consultants;

• Experience producing and publishing high quality written materials in English.

Skills

• Expert knowledge of the international education sector, pedagogy, learning, and curriculum;

• Innovator;

• Independently develop high quality curriculum products and training manuals with limited supervision;

• Understanding of different knowledge/skill delivery models (classroom-based, online, blended, experiential);

• Ability to develop project funding proposals;

• Ability to work effectively in an international environment;

• Ability and willingness to travel internationally;

• Fluent written and spoken English (required). Knowledge of additional languages such as Dutch, Spanish, French, Russian or Arabic would be an advantage;

• Understanding and willingness to conduct work and demonstrate behaviors in line with Aflatoun International’s values and policies.

Employment details

The position is for a fulltime workweek (40 hours). We offer a dynamic and pleasant multicultural working environment, with an indicative gross monthly salary range of € 3.323 and € 3.853 (inclusive of pension, health insurance, holiday allowance and national insurance contributions) – the salary level awarded will depend on relevant work experience and educational background.

Due to the nature of Aflatoun’s work with children around the world, specific attention is drawn towards Aflatoun’s Child Protection Policy and its Policy on the Protection of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). These two policies are required to be signed by new employees and forms part of the employment documents related to the employment contract. The applicant commits to zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse.

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