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Strategic Advisor to Rwanda’s Ministry of Education

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02 Feb 2018
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
Who we are: The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We offer new thinking and new approaches to addressing some of the most intractable problems leaders today are wrestling with.

The Institute works to provide policy and strategy in support of a vision of globalisation designed to improve the well-being of the people, economically, politically, and socially. Our focus is on tackling the big challenges which hold such a vision of globalisation back:

  • Poor governance which stops the benefits of globalisation being shared because countries cannot build the institutional strength and resilience to transform their situation and deliver for their people
  • Extremism which stops the co-existence and cultural open-mindedness essential for social integration
  • Conflict which entrenches sectarianism and paralyses progress, particularly in the Middle East
  • Western politics which is in urgent need of a new agenda to provide radical but sensible answers to the new challenges presented by globalisation, technology, and the rise of a new false populism

The Effective Governance Pillar 

Our work with government leaders has resulted in dramatic improvements in the lives of millions of poor people in the areas of access to health services, education, and electricity.

Yet too many people still live in absolute poverty, and too many countries lack the institutional capacity and resilience to transform their situation and the lives of their people. Despite living in a period of unprecedented wealth and potential, for almost a billion men, women,and children, there is still no promise of a job to call their own, a roof over their heads, food on their tables, or basic healthcare and education. 

Our work focuses on the center of government and is shaped by national priorities. It includes economic development and inclusive growth, job creation, modernising infrastructure, public service reforms, and government innovations. 

Focus Of This Role:

On many metrics, Rwanda has been an enormous development success story over the past 20 years: the economy has grown faster than almost anywhere else in the world, health outcomes have increased drastically as have education enrolment rates. The latter two are particularly important for Rwanda: as a country without significant natural resources, its people are its main asset. Only by developing its human capital potential will Rwanda be able to continue climbing up the development ladder.

While Rwanda has successfully improved on most quantitative indicators for education, there’s increasing awareness that education outcomes are not at the level where they need to be. At the end of 2017, President Kagame called for “a revolution in Rwanda’s education system so as to nurture highly qualified human capital that can lead the way for the country’s economic transformation.” To support the government in improving the quality of basic education the country provides its people, TBI is placing a Strategic Advisor in the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC). While TBI has been supporting the government of Rwanda for almost 10 years, this is the first time we are entering the education sector in the country.

The main objective of the role is to provide strategic advice for decision making and to contribute towards strengthening education planning in MINEDUC by supporting planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting.

The Advisor will work under the Planning Directorate in MINEDUC. The Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic advice to MINEDUC and its Agencies on how to enhance access to quality education.
  • Supporting MINEDUC to effectively coordinate the Education Sector 
  • Strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation function in the Education Sector
  • Strengthening capacity at the Ministry through relevant policies that enable profiling, planning, forecasting and development of the human capital in the country that is relevant to the labour market needs.

Specific outputs of the work may include: 

  • Based on analysis of Sector policies, strategies and relevant statistical information, regular reports, background notes and recommendations provided to ensure a sustained linkage with priorities on the national development agenda.
  • A strengthened mechanism/framework to operationalize and to pro-actively track implementation of planned strategic activities under the Education Sector Strategic Plan, Education Sector Single Action Plan, and the Sector Working Group resolutions.
  • Regular reports, background notes and recommendations provided for MINEDUC to communicate to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) as well as the Economic Cluster on why increased investment in education is needed and options on the minimum sustainable funding needs are if the strategic outcomes are to be achieved.
  • A structured and coordinated mechanism for long-term and integrated Strategic Human Capital Planning.
What We Look For in Our People:
 The following list describes the type of experience and characteristics we are looking for:
  • A Master’s Degree in education, international development or social sciences from a recognised university
  • A minimum of 5 years demonstrated experience in planning and implementation oversight of education sector projects;
  • Excellent operational and stakeholder management skills
  • A proven ability to inspire, coach and develop others, including people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Understanding of organizational design and accountability mechanisms to reform government processes
  • First rate strategy skills in order to challenge and design effective policy
  • Ability to deliver results in complex and challenging environments (especially in a developing world context)
  • A creative and entrepreneurial approach to overcoming barriers and making change happen
  • Above all, high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, and a can-do attitude
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential

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