Reports to: Dual reporting to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Based: In year 1 you will need to be based in Tamale Ghana, with frequent travel to Uganda. In year 2 you can decide where to work.
Salary: Starting salary £40,000 rising to £45,000 in year 2 subject to performance
Hours: Full time
Lively Mind is an award-winning NGO working to get pre-schoolers in rural Ghana and Uganda school-ready. One of the main barriers to school readiness is that parents in remote communities lack the information, education and aspiration to provide basic and cheap developmental opportunities for their children. Our behaviour-change programme is delivered through the government and empowers uneducated & marginalised Mothers to run educational Play Schemes for pre-schoolers and to provide better home-based care, using cheap local resources. We are extremely proud that it has been proven through a randomised control trial to improve children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development and to reduce child acute malnutrition.
We have an innovative and potentially ground-breaking scale strategy, which will see the programme being scaled through the government. Our goal is for government to adopt and integrate the programme into policies and systems and deliver it as part of their normal services. We also expect the government to fund the programme so that it becomes permeant.
We are now putting this strategy into action. The Government of Ghana have adopted the Lively Minds programme and we are now supporting them to scale it to over 4000 communities. We are also developing a similar strategy to scale in Uganda, where we also work.
The postholder will be part of our senior management team and will be responsible for developing strategies, action plans, content and material to achieve our scale goal. In particular, finding creative, fun and effective ways to build government motivation and technical ability to run the programme to quality standards. The postholder will also build the capacity of the Lively Minds staff team to support them to provide technical assistance to government partners.
We’re an ambitious team, determined to have a major positive impact on the world. We work hard, at a fast pace, in a challenging environment. We expect everyone to give their best to achieve the best possible results. Our work is demanding but provides plenty of opportunity for innovation, responsibility, growth, collaboration, creativity and fun. We want all staff to be happy, fulfilled and to feel appreciated and valued in their work.
To find out more about our programme, please visit www.livelyminds.org.
About the role
We will provide a standardised 2-year package of technical assistance for each of the 60 participating local government teams in Ghana to ensure that they have the motivation, the technical ability and the tools to own and deliver the programme. We will also provide training and support to regional and national government partners so that they can supervise and project manage the programme. Much of the technical assistance package has been developed and tested already. The postholder will be responsible for reviewing and optimising the existing materials, and developing new materials, lessons, tools to ensure that after the end of the technical support period, all levels of government will be able to run and fund the programme themselves.
Main duties and responsibilities
• Contribute to the global scale and sustainability strategy for Lively Minds.
• Develop and implement plans to support the achievement of strategic goals. • Identify and drive forward government uptake and sustainability strategies.
“Government as doer” strategy
• Develop and implement strategies, founded in behavioural science techniques, to build the motivation and capacity of all levels of government to set up, embed and sustain the Lively Minds programme.
• Design training and capacity-building activities, processes and tools to ensure that government can easily deliver all elements of the programme and that burdens are minimised and tasks are simplified.
• Analyse bottlenecks affecting the quality of delivery or sustainability and find creative scalable ways to raise performance levels of government implementers (e.g normalising feedback and self-reflection, incentivising good behaviours, accountability measures for low performance)
• Support and train implementing staff teams to execute the strategy.
• Work with the Head of Monitoring & Evaluation and the Head of Content (ECD) to evaluate government uptake, capacity, motivation levels.
• Review and iterate strategy and approaches in response to feedback loops.
• Create and manage organizational know-how to support government uptake.
• Develop coaching and training content and processes for staff to ensure an effective cascade/training of trainers approach.
• Work with COO, Head of Content (ECD) and Country Directors to identify implementation challenges and risks, and create effective systems, tools, training, materials to improve quality of implementation, and specifically the cascade delivery approach.
• Work with other team members to identify ways to improve the programme, curriculum, approaches, systems and practices to ensure it is as simple, efficient and customer-focused as possible.
You may be assigned any other responsibility in agreement with your line manager, contributing to Lively Minds work and recognising your experience and skills. Therefore, it is expected for staff to be flexible and willing to contribute to the work of the wider team.
To succeed in this role, you will be :
• An excellent communicator: able to write training workshops and materials to inspire and motivate others
• Analytical: able to analyse problems and find focussed ways to overcome them. Constantly monitoring progress and results to iterate and get the best result.
• Able to drive high performance in others by setting clear goals and expectations, motivating others, shifting mindsets, providing constant feedback and developmental opportunities.
• Creative, proactive, and energetic: bringing new ideas and a can-do attitude to get to the very best sustainable results.
• A team player that values and prioritises inclusivity: helping to create a positive work environment where everyone is motivated and feels able to participate, learn, improve and contribute
• Able to deliver high-quality thoughtful work in a fast-paced high-pressure environment with minimal supervision
• Manage resources in the most effective, efficient & sustainable way in the best interests of beneficiaries.
• Minimum of 3 years of developing and delivering training programmes and achieving proven results
• Experience in creating user-friendly tools and processes to support project and performance management
• Excellent communication (English), both oral and written
• Experience managing and coaching others
• Ability to manage a complex and varied workload and to work under pressure
• Behaviour-change experience
• Project management or change management experience
• Experience working with governments in the global south
How to apply
If this sounds like you, please complete an application form and send it together with your CV through Brightermonday Portal by Clicking on the 'Apply Now ' section by 20 June.
Due to resource constraints, we apologise, but we will only respond to shortlisted candidates.
Lively Minds operates a strict Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy, and we, therefore, check the suitability of successful candidates through background checks consisting of references and police checks.
Lively Minds is fully committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities.