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Global Senior Program Manager(s)

Key Responsibilities:

•    Provide support in the execution of the Global Learning and Evidence Program: lead the development of specific deliverables (e.g., grantee proposals, preparation of internal decision documents); lead key aspects of program management (e.g., report progress against strategic goals, milestones, and decision points for portfolio review and Board meetings, provide analytic and research support for decision-making; manage grants and external service providers).

•    Stay abreast of the latest discussions and developments around evidence in education, child learning and development, and global research funding.

•    Provide strategy planning, content development, and project management support (agenda, materials, facilitation, minutes, follow-up items) for team meetings, partner convenings, team retreats, and conferences.

•    Work closely with JF in-country team leads to coordinate on programmatic priorities and goals, align on implementation approaches, and reflect on learning and insights from global-level and country-level efforts; willingness to travel to JF focus countries on a regular basis (approx. 2-3 times per year).

•    Harvest learning and knowledge across the Global Program, ensuring insights are captured, shared, and integrated into strategies and practices.

•    Collaborate closely with the communication and knowledge team with regard to strategic communications, knowledge management, and monitoring and learning.

•    Represent the foundation at international fora and in discussions with partners, peers, and collaborators.

Qualifications and Experience

•    Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., humanities or social sciences, international development, business, public policy) or equivalent.

•    5-7 years of professional experience in programmatic work, preferably in the education, philanthropic or research sector; practical experience in research funding and management is an advantage.

•    Strong quantitative research, analytical, strategic, and project management skills, with an eye for detail; ability to create structures and develop frameworks to increase clarity and visibility of decisions, trade-offs, and impact on organizational resources; familiarity with a range of research methods is an advantage.

•    Passion for evidence generation and translation that can support solution development, validation, or adaptation of practices to new settings.

•    Interest in education policy and policy-making processes, direct experience with such processes is an advantage.

•    Interest in child and youth development, education, and learning; work experience in these areas is an advantage.

•    Familiarity with the contexts, or direct work experience in West Africa and/or Latin America is an advantage.

•    Strong partnership development, engagement, and facilitation skills.

•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience in conveying messages effectively to a range of audiences; fluency (verbal and written) in English is essential, other languages relevant to the foundation’s work (German, French, or Spanish) are an advantage.

•    Ability to prioritize and manage diverse tasks across multiple projects and workstreams meeting competing time/resource demands; high level of personal organization, professionalism, and reliability in contributing both independently and as a team member.