Company Profile

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a United States-based non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA designs, rigorously evaluates, and refines these solutions and their applications together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve opportunities for the world’s poor.

Job Description

The improvement of learning outcomes in Ghana is one of the key priorities for many education stakeholders including IPA. IPA, as a research and policy organization, is committed to conducting varied evaluations aimed at testing interventions that work to improve learner outcomes and school management systems.  As a result, IPA, working in partnership with GES and UNICEF, aims at conducting a follow-on study – Strengthening Teacher Accountabilities to Reach All Students (STARS) Intervention – which builds on the earlier intervention undertaken by the Ghana Education Service with IPA called the Teacher Community Assistance Initiative (TCAI).
 As part of this partnership, IPA will provide technical support in the design of the proposed intervention and conduct a Randomized Control Trail based on agreed parameters. The study’s interventions will be implemented in collaboration with MoE/GES and other partners which will require significant stakeholder and partner engagement activities in the education sector.
Scope of Work
IPA Ghana seeks the services of a consultant who will coordinate the implementation activities of the STARS intervention. The proposed services involve engaging key partners and stakeholders, assembling a resource development team and coordinating with government partners (National Teaching Council, National Inspectorate Board, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the Basic Education Division of GES) to develop appropriate materials for the intervention.
The consultant will coordinate the preparatory phase of the design of the STARS intervention by providing technical support to review the development of materials to be developed for the project. The role involves significant supervision of implementation activities and policy engagements with the current partners of the project, research findings disseminations and the promotion of IPA’s brand and visibility in the education sector.
This position will be based in Accra, Greater Accra Region, and will involve some travel to various regions of Ghana during the preparatory phase of the project.
The Consultant will report to the Deputy Country Director in the Accra Office. He/she will have a diverse set of responsibilities in the following areas:
Project Implementation
  • Coordinate the development of intervention training materials that meet the requirements of relevant education project implementation activities.
  • Effectively manage the Resource Development Team (RDT) and technical experts working on the project to develop relevant materials and resources for the STARS intervention
  • Compile periodic reports to capture information on the preparatory phase of the STARS material review and development activities
  • Monitor and track progress, make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful implementation of planned tasks.
  • Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget, following protocols, and at the required level of quality
  • Provide timely updates and progress reports to all partners
Key Deliverables
The consultant will be responsible for the coordination of all activities as set out in the project gannt sheet including the work of the technical expert. The consultant will work with the technical expert and other partners and be responsible for the delivering the following outputs:
  • Review existing TCAI resources and provide an inventory of materials and available set of resources needed to design a new set of curriculum for the STARS intervention at P4 – P6;
  • Review GES Curriculum for P4 – P6 to determine learning standards and milestones (syllabus & inventory of relevant resources) to be used for the materials design and resource development process;
  • Review existing manuals and resources on the role of the Circuit Supervisor to inform the CS Intervention model;
  • Identify new materials to be developed for both the teacher-led intervention and the circuit supervisor monitoring support intervention;
  • Ensure the material design and resource development workshop produces the first draft of relevant intervention materials;
  • Ensure all materials and resources developed are duly validated by key stakeholders in the education sector, and final output reflects the literacy and numeracy needs of pupils at P4 – P6;
  • Ensure the entire processes and activities are delivered within the stipulated timeframe.
Duration: The consultant should be able to commit 60% – 100% of staff time over a 3 – 4 months period spanning August to November 2017.
Proposed start date:  immediately

Required Skills or Experience

  • Master’s degree in Education, Humanities, Social Science or relevant discipline;
  • Significant experience working in the education sector in Ghana;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with senior officials in government and other partner organizations;
  • High level project management and coordination skills, with the ability to identify risks and plan mitigation strategies;
  • Experience in coordinating the development of educational materials, along with strong training and facilitations skills;
  • Familiar with GES Upper Primary Curriculum with specific focus on literacy and numeracy concepts;
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and to carry out assignments to completion;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Understanding of research and RCTs is a plus.

To apply, visit the link below and upload your CV.

Closing Date: 02/09/2017.


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