Head of Operations - EduSpots Ghana



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EduSpots is a UK and Ghanaian registered NGO which connects, trains and equips local volunteers to drive sustainable community-led change through education centres named ‘Spots’. Together, we are creating a movement of community-based educators. 

Since 2016, through working with over 200 local volunteers, we have supported nearly 50 communities in creating community-led education centres named ‘Spots’, with an aim to move them towards our ‘Dream Spot Model’.  Our Ghanaian team creates collaborative and innovative learning opportunities through our Ignite and Community Leadership in Development Programme alongside training to lead our EduLit & EduSTEM clubs, alongside locally designed education projects. 

We won the Tes International Award in 2018 for the best UK international education project and in 2021 our Founder was a Finalist in The Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, supported by UNESCO. Do visit www.eduspots.org for further information.

Job Description

The Role 

As we enter an exciting development phase, we are looking to bring on board an energetic, experienced and committed leader as our Head of Operations. 

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This role requires an efficient and empathetic individual, experienced in managing a remote working team in an international or community development setting. We are looking for someone who has the operational and leadership skills to deliver a diverse portfolio of programmes, get the best out of our team of committed staff and volunteers, and who knows how to produce great operational support in a fast-growing, fast-paced organisation.

This exciting new role would give the candidate operational responsibility in Ghana, and line management responsibility of the Ghana delivery team. They will work closely with the team in the UK, to ensure the successful delivery of our programmes to time and budget, supporting our extensive network of volunteers across Ghana in this process.

Aside from regional and national conferences and residential training Academies, this role will mainly involve desk-based work, providing remote management oversight. The individual will need to be extremely self-motivated, and able to work independently from a home environment, with strong IT skills. In time, we may develop an office base. 

The salary is competitive and will be commensurate with skills and experience of the successful candidate.

The role is 3 days/week but we will consider full-time for the right candidate. There is the possible future progression towards a Country Manager position. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Staff Management

  • Line management of a dynamic part-time team of delivery staff located across Ghana, dealing with all day-to-day operational and staffing matters, but with the ability to know when to escalate issues to the Chair.
  • Providing high-quality and supportive leadership and management to the team, inspiring and motivating staff and volunteers to achieve our delivery and organisational objectives.
  • Overseeing the staff performance management and appraisal and development process, ensuring all staff understand their objectives and are supported in working towards them. 

Operational Management

  • Responsibility for the day-to-day management of EduSpots Ghana operations, including project development and delivery, budget management, monitoring and impact evaluation, and all operational administration tasks.
  • Maintaining oversight of the ‘Spot’ network ensuring Spots are supported in actively moving towards the ‘Dream Spot’ model.
  • Responsibility for ensuring all project monitoring, data capture and impact evaluation is completed, accurately recorded, evaluated and reported as required.

Finance

  • Oversight of all project budgets, ensuring accurate record keeping and timely reporting as required in liaison with the Finance Manager. 
  • Oversight and approval of all staff expenses in line with budgets, reporting accurate and timely information to the Finance Manager for payment processing.

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Partnerships & Fundraising 

  • Working with the Chair to build and maintain a range of new and beneficial relationships with key strategic partners and donors, including the relevant Ghana authorities, such as the Library Authority and Ministry of Education.
  • Proactively identifying in-country partnership & grant funding opportunities, working with the Chair and fundraising staff to take forward appropriate opportunities.
  • Contributing to funding applications and activities as directed.

Other tasks 

  • Carrying out all administrative tasks required to effectively deliver the duties and responsibilities of the role, including maintaining and updating current databases and records, and introducing new more efficient systems as appropriate.
  • Producing high-quality written communications including delivery reports, funding reports, formal letters etc.
  • Overseeing annual and regional conferences and other events as required, alongside community visits. 
  • Contributing to media and publicity in Ghana and the UK including social media posts, newsletter articles, blog posts etc .  
  • Complying with Data Protection requirements and maintaining confidentiality as required.

Policies and procedures 

  • Ensuring all Health & Safety requirements, Safeguarding and other approved policies and procedures are adhered to across the Ghana operations and within the wider network of Spots.
  • Working with an in-country SafeguardingLead.
  • Carrying out risk assessments as required.

Required Skills or Experience

  • 5-7 years experience in operations management, or a similar role, in an international, educational, or community development NGO setting.
  • Exceptional project management skills and experience, ideally in a community setting.
  • Experience in leading a team, including line management responsibility.  Ideally with experience of managing remote working staff.
  • Experience in working with/managing volunteers.
  • Strong experience in financial management at project and programme level, including setting and managing budgets, grant management and financial reporting.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships and strategic partnerships.
  • Experience in monitoring health and safety, and safeguarding procedures.
  • Strong IT knowledge and experience

Personal Qualities & Skills

  • Self-motivated, proactive and able to work to maintain a high standard of performance with minimum supervision.
  • A strong personal affinity with EduSpots’ mission, vision and values. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to create positive working relationships and motivate staff, volunteers and a range of stakeholders at all levels.
  • Exceptional leadership qualities, with the energy and proactivity to drive improvements forwards. 
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • Diplomatic, yet assertive and decisive.
  • A high level of attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, yet the ability to know when to escalate issues or seek further support.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to respond to feedback effectively. 
  • Flexible with the ability to react to change and be adaptable.
  • Able to be accountable and self-reflective, leading to the development of own working practices.
  • A team player.
  • Ability to create and foster a culture of respect, honesty and commitment to our values and organisational aims.

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Highly desirable 

  • Experience of working in a multicultural team.
  • Masters qualification in a related field. 
  • Volunteer experience. 

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How To Apply

Please send a tailored covering letter and updated CV addressed to the Chair, Miss Cat Davison, at 

[email protected] 

by Monday 8th August with a hope to meet shortlisted candidates for a first-round interview in the week starting Monday 15th August. 

For further information please see www.eduspots.org  or contact us at [email protected]. Note that due to the volume of applications received we may not be able to reply to every candidate.

If you have not been contacted by the 20th of August, please assume you have not been successful this time. 


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