Strategic Advisor to Rwanda’s Ministry of Education

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change Education & Training Policy, Research & Campaigning
Senior Permanent Salary: Competitive Closing date: 10 February 2018

Who we are: The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We offer new thinking and new approaches to addressing some of the most intractable problems leaders today are wrestling with.

The Institute works to provide policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation designed to improve the well-being of the people, economically, politically, and socially. Our focus is on tackling the big challenges which hold such a vision of globalisation back:

•    Poor governance which stops the benefits of globalisation being shared because countries cannot build the institutional strength and resilience to transform their situation and deliver for their people
•    Extremism which stops the co-existence and cultural open-mindedness essential for social integration
•    Conflict which entrenches sectarianism and paralyses progress, particularly in the Middle East
•    Western politics which is in urgent need of a new agenda to provide radical but sensible answers to the new challenges presented by globalisation, technology, and the rise of a new false populism

The Effective Governance Pillar
Our work with government leaders has resulted in dramatic improvements in the lives of millions of poor people in the areas of access to health services, education, and electricity.

Yet too many people still live in absolute poverty, and too many countries lack the institutional capacity and resilience to transform their situation and the lives of their people. Despite living in a period of unprecedented wealth and potential, for almost a billion men, women,and children, there is still no promise of a job to call their own, a roof over their heads, food on their tables, or basic healthcare and education.

Our work focuses on the center of government and is shaped by national priorities. It includes economic development and inclusive growth, job creation, modernising infrastructure, public service reforms, and government innovations.

Focus Of This Role:
The main objective is to contribute towards strengthening Education planning in the Ministry of Education by supporting planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), reporting and provide strategic advice towards decision making.

The purpose is therefore to support the Ministry of Education and initiate the link with other sub-sectors in terms of strengthening planning and policy issues. The advisor will assist MINEDUC and other stakeholders in delivering on their Education Key Performance indicators/targets and will advise user departments that take part in planning and budgeting process. S/he will work in close collaboration with other concerned staff to ensure that relevant data/reports are collected, monitored and evaluated to support the Ministry in its mandate. Based on identified needs, the expert will also assist the Ministry’s counterparts to support partner / client organizations in their planning function and advice the Ministry’s management on planning issues.

The Advisor will work under the Planning Directorate in MINEDUC. The Advisor will be responsible for:

•    Providing strategic advice to MINEDUC and its Agencies on how to enhance access to quality education.
•    Supporting MINEDUC to effectively coordinate the Education Sector
•    Strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation function in the Education Sector
•    Strengthening capacity at the Ministry through relevant policies that enable profiling, planning, forecasting and development of the human capital in the country that is relevant to the labour market needs.

Specific outputs of the work may include:
•    Based on analysis of Sector policies, strategies and relevant statistical information, regular reports, background notes and recommendations provided to ensure a sustained linkage with priorities on the national development agenda.
•    A strengthened mechanism/ framework that will operationalize the strategic interventions in ESSPIII.
•    Regular reports, background notes and recommendations provided for MINEDUC to communicate to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) as well as the Economic Cluster on why increased investment in education is needed and options on the minimum sustainable funding needs are if the strategic outcomes are to be achieved.
•    A strengthened M&E system in the Ministry to pro-actively track implementation of planned activities under the ESSP III, Education Sector Single Action Plan, and the Sector Working Group resolutions.
•    A structured and coordinated mechanism for long term and Integrated Strategic Human Capital Planning.

What We Look For in Our People:
The following list describes the type of experience and characteristics we are looking for:
•    A Master’s Degree in education, international development or social sciences from a recognised university
•    Extensive demonstrated experience in planning and implementation oversight of education sector projects;
•    Excellent operational and stakeholder management skills
•    A proven ability to inspire, coach and develop others, including people from different backgrounds and cultures
•    Understanding of organizational design and accountability mechanisms to reform government processes
•    First rate strategy skills in order to challenge and design effective policy
•    Ability to deliver results in complex and challenging environments (especially in a developing world context)
•    A creative and entrepreneurial approach to overcoming barriers and making change happen
•    Above all, high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude
•    Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential

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