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  • Posted: Jul 8, 2019
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    TaRL Africa Managing Director

    Job description

    The inaugural TaRL Africa Managing Director will report to the TaRL Africa Board. The position will be based in Accra, Johannesburg or Nairobi, a decision which is currently being finalised. She or he will lead and grow the TaRL Africa Initiative. The Managing Director will be passionate about people, partners, evidence, and shifting education systems to deliver on “learning for all”. She or he will be respectful of, and adaptable to different cultures and contexts, excited to build a diverse team, and create a new organisational culture spanning multiple countries. The Managing Director will work with existing staff from J-PAL and Pratham already staffing the TaRL Africa Team.


    • Drive the mission and strategy of TaRL Africa to improve basic literacy and numeracy of children on the continent through enabling systems to deliver quality TaRL programmes sustainably at scale
    • Build TaRL Africa as an organisation which is effectively communicating and functioning as one team across 4 or more countries.
    • Recruit, lead and manage the TaRL Africa team to an eventual strength of over 20 staff members based in central and country offices.
    • Develop an organisational culture promoting the values and ambitions of learning for all children, innovation and research, scale, and sustainability
    • Efficiently manage an annual budget of more than US$ 5 million including financial, operational, and legal controls
    • Develop and manage partnerships with key stakeholders, including government and NGO partners
    • Engage with the global donor community and fundraise for TaRL Africa delivery and long-term sustainability


    The Managing Director will have a minimum of 15 years relevant experience including:

    • Building and directing a significant organisation with a track record of achieving results at scale
    • Leading and managing a portfolio of programs/initiatives in international development coupled with on-the-ground implementation experience
    • Growing and supporting teams across multiple locations to work collaboratively and deliver effectively on a common vision
    • Working with governments to deliver programs and strengthen systems
    • Living in a developing country for at least 5 years
    • Demonstrating contextual knowledge of Africa
    • Building a track record of managing demanding donor relationships and proactively cultivating new donor relationships


    • Master’s or advanced degree in public policy, education, economics, business or another related field.


    • Exceptional critical and strategic thinking and delivery capabilities
    • Exceptional people leadership skills
    • Skilled in building constructive dialogue and collaboration, developing teams in multiple locations and building organisation
    • Action-oriented, flexible approach and problem-solver, with an ability to manage multiple competing deadlines and dynamically reprioritise as evolving program needs and resources require
    • Highly organised with outstanding project management skills
    • Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders around the globe
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and demonstrated ability to foster strong communication across diverse team members, partners and audiences
    • Availability for and willingness to travel extensively. 


    • Strong preference for African nationals
    • Experience innovating with large-scale education systems
    • Language skills: French and/or African languages.

    Method of Application

    Please complete this short application form and include:

    1. Cover letter detailing your experience and interest in this position
    2. CV

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and will likely be required to undergo an assessment process before interview rounds.


    This position is planned to be hired by MIT as an Africa-based, grant-funded position. Short-listed applicants may be required to enter their details into MIT’s recruitment system later in the process, but this is not necessary at this time.


    MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.


    If you have questions about the position, please email

    Interested and qualified? Go to Teaching at the Right Level Africa on to apply
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