Director, Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) - Myanmar

The Opportunity

The Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) is a national program which supports complementary (non-government) education systems -ethnic and monastic schools -with the goal of supporting an inclusive, coherent national education system. The program adopts a 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.

Working in a highly dynamic environment, including in conflict-affected areas, and addressing politically sensitive issues, the program has been designed with a high level of responsiveness and flexibility. The strategy draws on lessons from Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation, Thinking and Working Politically and peace building approaches to build a strong learning approach and a program which continually responds to the changing environment.

The Director will build strong relationships across ethnic, religious, governmental and civil society leaders, to embed 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 be able to manage a complex organization; promoting a culture of learning and being able to adapt to changes in the 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. Experience in education programming will be a distinct advantage, but is not a pre-requisite.

The Director will be responsible for the effective and efficient implementation of the MEC program, including a budget of approximately $10 million/ year and the management of a predominantly national team of 25 people.  The Director reports to the MEC Steering Committee, which includes donor and fund manager representatives (currently Australia, UK, Denmark and Save the Children) and is responsible for strategic oversight of the program. MEC is hosted 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.

Key Responsibilities

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

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, salary expectations, notice period and visa status in your country of work. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Closing Date for Application: 1 August 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: 11 Jul 2019

Closing date: 1 Aug 2019 - 21:59 +06

Location: Yangon, Myanmar

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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