Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) Education Director

The Opportunity

The mission of MEC is to support complementary systems strengthening of ethnic and monastic basic education within the wider rapidly changing education landscape of Myanmar.

In this context, the Education Director provides technical and managerial oversight, capacity building and support to the Education, Policy, Advocacy and Communications (EPAC) team and leadership in basic education, policy engagement, advocacy and communication; working with ethnic and monastic partners as well as the Government of Myanmar.

Overall, the Education Director ensures that the education approach and the specific interventions address MEC goals and objectives in line with agreed plans. S/he oversees EPAC interventions and ensures MEC’s engagement in the National Education Sector Plan (NESP) reform process. The Education Director is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and works in cross-cutting collaboration with the other 2 Directors responsible for Planning, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) and Finance, Operations and Grants (FOG) and their teams, under the overall leadership of the MEC Director.  S/he overseas Broad Based Capacity Development activities, including identification and design of technical assistance to partners. S/he also ensures that all EPAC inputs, reports and publications, including donor reports, are prepared to a high quality standard and submitted on time in line with agreed deadlines.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Representation

  • Lead an effective EPAC team, ensuring timely and high quality delivery of team activities and supporting collaborative cross-team working. Ensure the development of a highly qualified EPAC team and its practices.
  • Oversee the research, design and implementation of quality broad based capacity development (BBCD) in the priority areas of multilingual education and associated teacher and curricula development.
  • Lead the conceptualization, planning and implementation of best practice education interventions and their sustainability through a ‘bottom-up’ approach to partnership engagement and collaboration on ethnic and monastic education systems strengthening.
  • Oversee the delivery of MEC’s Policy Engagement Strategy and communication activities.
  • As a member of MEC’s Senior Management Team (SMT) help ensure that all plans and interventions are aligned with overall MEC’s program strategy in support of effective and sustainable ethnic and monastic education systems strengthening in Myanmar.
  • Represent MEC at national and international events and proactively advocate for sound evidence-based policies and practices in support of education systems strengthening
  • In collaboration with the MEC Director, support oversight and technical education leadership on commissioned research and joint studies, for example, the MEC-WB research under the Myanmar Education Partnership Project (MEPP) with MEC director oversight
  • Build a network of support with a range of stakeholders including: NGO’s, CSO’s, central and local government, international development organizations and donors and leverage their support for wider coverage and impact of the MEC program.
  • Take on technical leadership in key areas such as MLE and School Improvement Planning in building the brand of MEC as a high quality development organization that takes a leading role in policy debates and in influencing ethnic education policies and practices.

Program Growth and Learning

  • Ensure project learning, external analysis and insights informs and contributes to evidence-based policy and advocacy in shaping and developing key documents for MEC including MEC’s Strategic Vision, the Annual Operational Plans, and Semi-Annual and Annual Reports to donors.
  • Ensure that all education activities have a robust ToC and can be clearly monitored through the overarching Results Framework.
  • Ensure establishment and development of a learning and resources centre including digital library for the purpose of leading and sharing technical and policy expertise broadly with national and international education stakeholders.

Program Delivery and Quality

  • Ensure that all EPAC staff implement program interventions in line with program plans and that the team works hand-in-hand with local ethnic and monastic partners to identify technical and policy challenges and opportunities for strategic interventions and follow-through with timely and high quality implementation of activities within a conflict sensitive approach to education development.
  • Provide technical quality assurance of education components of program interventions.
  • Ensure effective and high quality delivery of BBCD and SFF programme activities under the remit of EPAC
  • Participate in partners’ organizational assessment/risk analysis, capacity building planning and technical support through joint program planning, implementation, M&E with the PMEL and FOG teams.

Team Management and Development

  • Directly manage 2 Education Managers, 2 Education Coordinators, 1 Policy Advisor, 1 Policy manager, 1 Advocacy Coordinator, 1Communication Manager, 1 Communication Coordinator within EPAC team.
  • Manage the EPAC team by supervising, motivating and developing staff.
  • Immediately bring any significant internal and external team challenges and problems to the attention of the SMT for discussion and resolution.
  • Identify and ensure that the EPAC team receives relevant capacity-building support for their professional development in carrying out their roles and responsibilities within the MEC program
    Ensure that the team proactively builds and maintains technical skills and competencies required for leading and developing innovative, effective and sustainable education programming.
  • Ensure the effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of relevant tasks and clear, measureable objectives and on-going feedback, apart from regular periodic transparent performance reviews and evaluations, including necessary corrective action if required, in line with SCI policy.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Closing Date for Application: 4 July 2019

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.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 16 Oct 2018

Closing date: 4 Jul 2019 - 21:59 +06

Location: Yangon, Myanmar

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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