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Knowledge and Research Director

Kampala, Accra or London
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Created in 2016, ESSA is advocating and actively working for more systematic cooperation and investment in the Tertiary Education space. Our aim is to join up, inform, inspire and increase impact for everyone investing in education in sub-Saharan Africa. With a billion more people on the continent within a generation, quality Tertiary Education will be a main driver of socio-economic transformation, if young people can find or create work and if their education allows them to do so.

Knowledge and Research Director

Location: Kampala (Uganda), Accra (Ghana) or London (UK)

Salary: Competitive

We are now transitioning from start-up to scale-up phase and are seeking a Knowledge and Research Director to join our growing team. You will develop and lead our development, management and communication of digital and non-digital knowledge and network resources on Tertiary Education in sub-Saharan Africa, building a knowledge hub that will make key information available to support investment and decision making. You will additionally provide support and guidance to ESSA programmes and partners with research activities, and build a network of research institutions and researchers in Africa and beyond.

Entrepreneurial in approach, with the ability to thrive in an internationally dispersed team, you bring experience in knowledge and networks management in education, public health or another relevant field. Your experience of leading research in academic or non-academic institutions, together with your deep knowledge of Tertiary Education in at least one country in Sub-Saharan Africa will be essential. Finally, you are familiar with working in Africa and are passionate about the role of education in development.

Fluent written and spoken English is essential; a working knowledge of French is highly desirable; a willingness and ability to travel internationally is essential.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK, Ghana or Uganda. Other locations in Africa and Europe may be considered.

For further information and to find all details of how to apply, please visit the dedicated Microsite

Closing date: 14 May 2019

Prospectus Interviews: 20 – 24 May 2019

First Interviews with ESSA: 17 June 2019

Final Interviews with ESSA: 4 July 2019

ESSA is committed to diversity in its workforce, and welcome applications regardless of sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, belief or disability.

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