November 30, 2011

Join the Team: Ghana Country Director

Role and Responsibilities Pencils of Promise has been growing explosively in Laos, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. In early 2012, we plan to begin operations in Ghana. We are seeking a passionate, dedicated person to take the role of Ghana Country Director. In this role, you will be charged with setting up offices and initiating school builds. You will spend two weeks training with our Director of International Programs in the New York Office, after which your position on the ground in Ghana will begin. You will work directly with our Director of International Programs to establish operations in-country and to create scalable impact in education. You will operate in a highly dynamic, start-up environment and day-to-day priorities are likely to shift rapidly. However, your scope of responsibilities is likely to include:
  • Establish and set up Ghana country offices
  • Recruit, assess, hire, and train in-country local staff members
  • Oversee and scale our school-building capabilities including: scouting villages; engaging communities; liaising with government officials; managing projects, budgets, and in-country staff
  • Design, develop, and pilot country-specific Monitoring & Evaluation processes to measure impact
  • Tailor and roll-out country specific "SHINE" in-class supplemental curriculum
  • Design and execute other in-country programming to further deepen our investment in communities, while still maintaining alignment with PoP overall strategy
  • Work with the Director of International Programs in NYC office to ensure alignment with PoP International Programs strategy and to provide constant stream of information from the ground to headquarters
  • Gather and curate compelling digital media content from the ground, and support PoP digital initiatives (e.g. web updates, content, check ins, etc.)
End of directorship deliverables are likely to include:
  • A fully oriented local team with the capability to carry out activities with limited supervision
  • Established offices with working technology and communication systems
  • Refined and contextually appropriate Monitoring and Evaluation protocols; including household surveys and observation checklists
  • Finalized SHINE lesson plans, focusing on Sanitation, Health, Identity, Nutrition and Environment, to be sufficient for a full year of implementation
  • Documented process for implementing additional in-country programming as appropriate (e.g. scholarships, teacher training, Sister School, etc.)
  • Multiple communications materials including blog posts, project write ups, visual documentation and more
  • Other deliverables to be determined by the Director of International Programs
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Education, International Relations/Development or related fields or equivalent work experience
  • Proven leadership capabilities
  • Demonstrated experience living and working in a different culture, preferably for a non-profit in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Proven ability to balance focus on a high-level strategy with low-level day to day tasks to make sure operations run smoothly
  • Ability to create and execute a work plan to ensure that all tasks are completed on-time and within budget
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and generate innovative recommendations for programming
  • Ability to create, manage, and enforce a budget
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Some understanding of photography and visual documentation preferred
    • High proficiency with Microsoft Office
  Compensation: Salary commensurate upon experience Timing: February 2012 start date. Duration: 1-year minimum commitment. Location: Ghana (headquarters TBD, will be in a city)   About Pencils of Promise: Pencils of Promise is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the country. Founded with only $25 dollars, in less than three years PoP has broken ground on more than 50 schools in Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala and delivered more than 1M education hours. Together, we build sustainable schools, partnerships and solutions to enable basic education for underserved children in the developing world. We are proof that a generation empowered will empower the world: one child, one pencil at a time.   Apply for this position

Carlo Dumandan

Digital Media Manager