Aga Khan Foundation Strengthening Education Systems Project in East Africa (SESEA) Project Director Job Vacancy  2013

Project Director, Strengthening Education Systems Project in East Africa (SESEA)

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) focuses on a small number of specific social and economic development problems by forming (intellectual and financial) partnerships with organisations sharing similar objectives.

The majority of AKF’s grants are made to grassroots organisations testing innovative approaches in the field.
With a small staff, a host of cooperating agencies and thousands of volunteers, the Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations on four continents, irrespective of their race, religion, political persuasion or gender.

In East Africa, AKF supports programming in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda that contributes to a better quality of life for hundreds of communities.

Working in education, rural economic development, health, and civil society, AKF leverages its global experiences and partnerships to bring new ideas to East Africa.
AKF (EA) is seeking an experienced Project Director to lead the implementation of a complex, multi-partner, regional education project.
The Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA) is a five year project co-funded by CIDA and AKF that aims to sustainably improve learning outcomes, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy, for pre-primary and primary students in target areas of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The project components include 
a) professional development of educators,
b) strengthening institutions and education support systems and
c) enhancement of evidence based knowledge for policy dialogue.
Reporting to the Regional Chief Executive Officer, the Project Director based in Nairobi, will act as a strategic lead in coordinating SESEA project implementation and ensure that results are achieved.
The Project Director will directly manage a Project Coordination Unit (PCU) that oversees the East Africa wide project.
The incumbent will develop and build relationships within agencies and across organisations; ensure consistent, productive opportunities for networking, implementation coordination and learning.
Key Responsibilities 
  • Oversee all project planning, implementation and reporting processes
  • Manage and provide supervision and guidance to PCU staff
  • Build direct and cross-agency relationships with AKDN agencies implementing SESEA
  • Act as the focal point for coordination among agencies implementing the project, ensuring excellent inter-agency communication and joint implementation
  • Ensure the PCU assesses, analyses, synthesises and articulates lessons learnt, challenges, and risks emerging from the project; and feeds these back into project planning and implementation
  • Ensure PCU fulfills its function as the secretariat to SESEA governance bodies by overseeing coordination, implementation and tracking of Education baseline and endline surveys, as well as development, implementation and tracking of Monitoring and Evaluation systems in all countries
  • Oversee development, implementation and dissemination of SESEA’s research agenda
  • Build relationships with relevant government ministries and stakeholders to engage them on key education issues.
  • Travel regularly within SESEA focal countries
Qualifications and Experience 
  • Graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as international development, economics, education, or social sciences
  • Minimum 10 years experience in a similar position with a project of similar scope and complexity, preferably in the education sector
  • Experience with results-based management, grant management, financial management, project development and inception processes; and donor requirements and reporting processes
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team of individuals
  • Ability to meet strict reporting deadlines and produce results
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and superior analytical, organisational, interpersonal, negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in Southern and Eastern Africa within a development context is desirable
  • Experience with Canadian International Development Agency and other bilateral donors is desirable
Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (
How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three professional referees by 31st January 2013, to the Regional Human Resource Manager, Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa) by e-mail to:

Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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