The Program Associate of the IDP Rising Schools Program is passionate about international education and finding sustainable solutions to complex problems. The candidate should be a professional and creative self-starter who is able to quickly and efficiently handle administrative and program responsibilities for a charitable foundation. The candidate must set high standards for quality work and will gather comprehensive information to support decision making. The ability to multitask effectively, take initiative and remain flexible and adaptive to changing circumstances on a day to day basis is crucial.
This position will report directly to the Executive Director of the IDP Rising Schools Program for all day to day work and projects. It is expected that the Program Associate have the ability to travel domestically or internationally (up to 25%). A successful applicant will possess an upbeat, positive attitude with a propensity for team work in a small group setting.
Support the Executive Director, IDPRSP
Participate in calls/meetings alongside ED, take meeting notes, and maintain organized files and records
Develop and manage systems for monitoring and prioritizing tasks and projects to ensure all relationships are effectively managed
Participate in exploration of adding a quality component to IDPRSP and serve as a thought partner
Provide communications support and assistance with grantees and partners
Assist in tracking impact of IDPRSP and accompanying projects/partnerships
Serve as IDP Foundation researcher; develop research briefs and report summaries as requested by foundation leadership; current research needs include:
Understanding the education context in Nigeria for expanding IDPRSP (education sector statistics, particular issues, policies, etc.)
Support ED in landscaping for quality additions to IDPRSP and conduct any background research required
Serve as thought partner and manager of external research efforts under direction of ED by drafting terms of reference, reviewing proposals, and ensuring timely submission of deliverables
Stay current on issues of international education, social enterprise, low-fee private schools, and public private partnerships in education
Identify opportunities to support social enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa
Support Mapping of Schools in IDPRSP through contributing to planning process for scaling up Esri mapping in Ghana, determining best software to use in other countries, and helping plan how mapping efforts in other countries
Contribute to communications efforts through blog writing and social media posting as needed and directed by the communications team
Special projects as assigned by the Executive Director
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
Excellent research and writing skills; familiarity with research methods a plus
Ability to communicate on a professional and engaging level
Exceptional organizational skills – project management skills a plus
Flexibility with changing projects and ability to prioritize
Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and general computer trouble shooting skills
Familiarity with Esri and/or GIS a plus, but not required
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience.
Established in 2008 as a registered 501(c)(3) organization, the IDP Foundation, Inc. is a private non-profit foundation dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global issues. We view our philanthropic dollars as patient, catalytic capital, allowing us the flexibility to support both local and international programs in a variety of ...ways.
We seek to eliminate barriers to quality education in Africa while stimulating development by supporting market-based solutions, public private partnerships, and social enterprise development in education and other sectors.
The IDP Foundation’s keystone initiative is the IDP Rising Schools Program (IDPRSP), an education finance and training initiative, which was developed in Ghana as a model for improving educational infrastructure in existing low-fee private schools that serve low-income communities. This multi-faceted program is rapidly scaling and is proving to be a viable, sustainable model that can be replicated around the world.
> Increase the impact of the IDP Rising School Program by expanding in Ghana, replicating in other countries, and adding/augmenting existing quality mechanisms
> Advocate for and develop education ecosystems for the low-fee private school sector, through public-private partnerships that complement government provision
> Invest in/grant to social enterprise development in education and other sectors