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Country Education Monitor

Job opportunity

Country Education Monitor

Location : Kinshasa

Closing date : January 8th, 2014




      I.        Details


The position is a part-time consultancy of approximately 51 days during the course of six months, requiring in-country travel to project sites on a quarterly basis. Interested candidates should send a detailed CV to Emily Brown at

Purpose : To work as a team with the Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Country Finance Monitor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to monitor, assess, and facilitate reporting of progress of GEC projects.

Background :The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) is a program to find better ways of supporting girls’ education in the poorest countries in Africa and Asia. These projects will help provide girls with primary and secondary education. PwC is contracted by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) to be the Fund Manager for the GEC.

Illustrative activities for the DRC Country Education Monitor include the following:

-         Monitor project progress against milestones, workplan, and results ;

-         Undertake on-site verification work (in close conjunction with the Country Finance Monitor) of quarterly project reports on a quarterly or six monthly basis ;

-         Make recommendations for improvements to project progress to the Regional Education Manager and contribute to the Country Finance Monitor’s recommendations regarding future disbursement of grant funds ;

-         Monitor Recipients’ fulfillment of their contract obligations and keep the Country Finance Monitor and the Regional Management Team informed of key risks to these obligations ;

-         Highlight key concerns or risks to projects ;

-         Build good relations with the portfolio of Recipients assigned to them, making regular contact ;

-         Keep the Country Finance Monitor and Regional Management Team informed of project progress ;

-         Gather relevant information for sharing of project learning and facilitate peer-to-peer learning ;

-         Serve as the primary point of contact for technical matters (e.g. education, gender) for the organizations implementing projects ;

-         Respond to requests for information and provide feedback on technical issues raised by the Recipients; help Recipients understand feedback provided by the Fund Management team about project designs ;

-         Suggest or respond to Recipients’ suggestions on areas where they will benefit from technical support from the Fund Management team; encourage Recipients to make use of the support facility and help them to define need ;

-         Work closely with the Recipient, Country Finance Monitor, and/or the Regional Management Team to identify the scope of the support that is required

-         Assist with the identification and mobilization of experts, provide background briefing, and participate or observe where appropriate.

Required & Preferred Skills : Fluency in English, both written and verbal, is required. Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred. Five years of experience working in international educational development is required, with preferred experience working with international and local NGOs. Project management experience is highly desirable.