Consultant – Education Practice

June 21, 2022

Job Description

  • Abuja

Oxford Policy Management

Oxford Policy Management – We have an open and collaborative organisational structure that optimises our expertise across the policy cycle. Our Board provide strategic guidance and governance oversight, while our Management Team ensures we deliver sustainable, value-for-money results for our clients. Our structure is based around leveraging our consultants multi-sectoral knowledge and specialist expertise to deliver sustainable solutions through our nine international offices. With an in-house team of over 50 dedicated business support staff, we provide round-the-clock, rapid support across all our offices and projects.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Consultant – Education Practice
Reference: EDU/CON/TAN
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Job Type: Full-time, Permanent
Programme: Social Policy Programme
Team/Dept: Education
Reports to: Education Practice Leader
Job Level: IC4
Primary Purpose

Management and implementation of education consultancy projects within individual’s region and globally.


In the Education Practice, we are committed to high-quality, lifelong learning opportunities for all in low- and middle-income countries.
We help education systems become adaptive, self-improving, and focused on building the skills, values, and attitudes needed to achieve development goals.

The team works in the following technical areas:

Transforming education systems to ensure learning keeps pace with a changing world, including managing ‘Research on Improving Systems of Education’ (RISE);
Developing education assessments and metrics to better measure teaching and learning, including for our many complex impact evaluations of education programmes in Nigeria, Tanzania and elsewhere.
Improving education financing to ensure education resources are appropriate, efficient, effective and equitable, including delivering training on public finance for children;
Supporting governments in harnessing non-state actors in education and reforming early childhood development to ensure children are well prepared for later life, including a systematic review of what interventions work; and
Improving education equality to ensure no children are left behind, including building evidence on out of school children in the MENA and East Asia and the Pacific regions.
This role will join the Education Practice, based in either OPM’s Tanzania or Pakistan or Nigeria offices. She/he will work in close collaboration with the relevant country office director, while being directly line managed by the Education Practice Lead. 

Job Description Summary

OPM is looking for an outstanding and highly motivated education specialist to join its Education Practice as a Consultant.
The successful candidate will be eager to contribute to (and, in many cases, lead) the strategic direction, technical delivery and management of education consultancy projects, including project management, acquisition and sharing technical learning across projects.
The successful candidate will manage project staff and achieve objectives for project impact and quality, business development, learning and external influencing.
This role is based in the UK or international offices, with international travel as and when travel is possible in the context of COVID restrictions.

Person Specification
Technical qualifications and capabilities: 

Qualification: Post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline such as Education, International Development, Economics or Development Studies.
Regional experience: Substantial experience and reputation within the individual’s relevant region in one or more topics within education .
Consulting experience: Substantial previous experience working in middle / senior level roles in the consultancy space.
Market awareness: Strong sector and market awareness of key education funders and trends; experience of winning new assignments in a relevant consulting environment for key clients e.g. FCDO, USAID, UN, EU, Foundations.
Research and analysis skills: Experience in analysing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data, and drawing out key themes and policy implications; Familiarity with research and evaluation methodologies;
Client management: Strong network within education sector regionally and globally; Experience of directly working within or with donor or government institutions in delivering technical work; Experience of managing technical and commercial discussions with senior government officials and staff of international aid agencies.
Management experience: Project and people management experience, preferably within a relevant consulting environment.
Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients, both verbally and in writing.
Sector technical skills: Experience in one or more fields of education finance and planning, monitoring and evaluation, early childhood education, girls’ education, education in emergencies, and technical and vocational education.
Language: Preferably, the ability to work in at least one relevant foreign language.

Behavioural Capabilities:

Excellent attention to detail and analytical rigour
Switches comfortably between detail and the bigger picture, joined up thinking and approach to providing solutions
Good at prioritising changing and competing demands and tasks, while consistently delivering quality work
Excellent problem solving, organising and management skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; collaborative and constructive approach to working with others, builds effective relationships internally and externally.

Application Closing Date
3rd July, 2022.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

The role requires overseas travel.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
If you feel you meet the criteria above, we would love to receive an application from you. Please apply with a CV before the closing date.

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