Director, Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC)


Organization Name: Save the Children Myanmar
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 05-August-2019
Closing Date: 31-August-2019

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TITLE:  Director, MyanmarEducation Consortium(MEC)
TEAM/PROGRAMME: MyanmarEducation Consortium
LOCATION: Yangon, Myanmar
CONTRACT LENGTH:2yearswithoption for extension

Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE: The Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC)is an national program which supports complementary (non-government) educationsystems-ethnicandmonastic schools-with the goal of supporting aninclusive, coherentnational education system. The program adoptsa systems strengthening approach, working in partnership with local stakeholders to improve learning outcomes in complementary systems, promoting broad participation in national education reforms, and addressing policy issues that limit children's education opportunities.

Workingin ahighlydynamicenvironment,includinginconflict-affectedareas, andaddressingpolitically sensitiveissues,the program hasbeen designed withahighlevelofresponsivenessandflexibility.The strategydraws on lessons from Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation,ThinkingandWorkingPoliticallyand peace buildingapproachesto buildastronglearningapproachandaprogram whichcontinually responds to thechangingenvironment.

The Director will buildstrong relationships acrossethnic,religious, governmental and civil society leaders, toembed understanding of political and conflict dynamics in the program team and approach, to build trust between stakeholders and to advocate for positive change.The MEC is built on strong partnerships with local partners to develop practical and innovative programs,to support local leadership and to develop the capacity of partner organisations.The successful candidate will need to beableto manage a complex organization;promoting a culture ofl earning and being able to adapt to changes inthe operating environment.The program is supported by an Education, Policy Engagement and Communications Director, a Planning Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director and a Program Support Director. Experienceineducation programming willbea distinct advantage, but is notapre-requisite.

The Director will be responsible for the effective and efficient implementation of the MEC program, including a budget of approximately $10 million/ year andthe management of apredominantly national team of 25 people.  The Director reportstothe MEC Steering Committee, which includes donor and fund manager representatives (currentlyAustralia, UK,Denmark and Savethe Children)and is responsible for strategic oversight of the program. MECishosted by Save the Children.MEC is currently funded to end May 2021, and consideration is being given to possible extension for a further four years. To inform decision making, a strategic review process will continue into 2020 exploring options for a future direction of MEC. The Director will play a key role in shaping this process.

Dimensions:Strategy andleadership, politicalengagementandchange management
Direct Reports:Education Director, Planning,Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director, Program Support Director, Child Protection Specialist

Strategy and Leadership
Lead the overall strategic direction and implementation of the MEC; identifying opportunities, promoting growth and maintaining the position of MEC as a leader in the field. This includes leading the process of strategic review and visioning to make recommendations to the Steering Committee on future direction of MEC.
Accountable for the effective governance and management arrangements, chairing regular meetings with the Steering Committee and ensuring they engage with and support the program
Represent the MEC with existing and potential donors, raising the profile and securing additional funds for full implementation of the strategy
Lead the management team, including holding regular senior management meetings and engaging national staff in program strategy and decision making
Ensure effective collaboration with Save the Children functional leads on operational priorities
Build a strong team cultures, cooperative team dynamics and professional development opportunities to retain a highly motivated and skilled team
Promote a culture of national staff empowerment, including identifying and supporting pathways for national staff to take on increasingly senior roles.
Ensure that the team is appropriately resourced and structured to effectively deliver the program
Facilitating Political Engagement and Transformational Change
Build strong relations with ethnic, religious and civil society leaders and organisations, with government departments and private sector to build trust and promote collective action to address barriers to quality education in complementary systems
Lead the ongoing process of political economy and conflict analysis, ensuring that the program is grounded in a sound understanding of political reality and conflict dynamics, actively engaging with context to support local stakeholders to work together for positive change, and ensuring that the program is able to respond to changes in the operating environment.
Engage directly policy discussions and stakeholder dialogue, facilitating stakeholders to find common ground and find practical ways to overcome challenges
Represent MEC within the education sector, building strong awareness of the program and key issues on complementary education, and building collaborative relationships with other development partner programs
Build strong networks with other education, governance and peace building organisations and experts, to ensure that the program is able to access specialised support, and respond to emerging opportunities
Program Management
Responsible for overall program development, administration, and supervision of the MEC program
Lead collaborative program planning and coordination across teams to ensure effective collaboration, program approaches, activity planning and communication
Maintain oversight over core functions of the program education systems strengthening approaches, partnership approaches, program monitoring and learning, policy engagement and advocacy, communications, finance and grants management
Ensure that key program approaches – conflict sensitivity and peace building, innovation and learning, iterative adaptation, thinking and working politically, child safeguarding, gender and disability are integrated into the program
Ensure that the program has an appropriate operational platform and policy framework to operate, actively analysing and managing risks
Lead management recommendations for project and partner selection for presentation to the Steering Committee
Ensure partners are implementing project according to the agreed policy framework and performance targets are met within agreed timeline
Maintain oversight of performance and delivery and ensure timely quality reporting on performance to the Steering Committee
Oversight of the program budget, including budgetary planning and monitoring
Oversight of the risk management process
Oversight of the next phase of the strategic planning process
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
willing to take disciplined risks.
honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


Atleast 10years' senior leadership experience in the field of international development,at least five years of which should have been based in developing countries
At least five years’ Chief of Party/ Team Leader experience
Master’s degree in education, international development, management or other relevant subject.
Demonstrated experience in building relations, finding common ground and influencing different stakeholders including government, non-state actors,civil society and development partners
Demonstrated experience working in policy engagement and facilitating political change,including political economy and governance approaches
Excellent leadership and management skills in a complex organisational setting with proven track record of people and team management and a proven ability to forge consensus and drive action.
Ability to lead strategic development and change processes and strong experience in developing systems strengthening approaches.
Experience in building partnerships with and capacity building of local organisations
Ability to effectively establish alearning culture with in an organisation
Experience managing large grants-based programs
Excellent interpersonal and communicationsskills
Experience of managing large education programs
Knowledge o fkey issues and strategies in support of mother-tongue-based multi-lingual education (MTB-MLE) and the improvement of learning outcomes
ExperienceinMyanmar or elsewhere inSouth EastAsia
Experience with complementary education systems programming
Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy
Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to send an Application Letter, Curriculum Vitae to:

Human Resources Department | Save the Children International|
No. 126/A, 2nd Floor, Dhamazedi Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Not later than 5 P.M., 31 August 2019 (Saturday)

Note: The job vacancy can also be viewed in SCI web site

Candidates are also requested to mention in the applications if there is, blood/marriage relationships with the existing Save the Children employees. No requirement of photo or copy of certificates and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Job Email id: recruitment.myanmar(at)