Principal – Education Finance at Genesis Analytics


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  • Company: Genesis Analytics
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: International
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Education/Teaching Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description

Genesis Analytics is a global firm that has worked in more than 84 countries across the world. Our roots are firmly in Africa, having worked in 42 of the 54 countries on the continent, making us a truly global African firm. Established in 1998, Genesis is headquartered in Johannesburg and has offices in Abidjan, Nairobi, Lagos and London. We also have representation in India, the UAE and Canada so we can work closely with our clients to find scalable solutions that work

We are seeking a Principal to work on education financing.

What you will do

This role has three principal components: 1) leading and participating in consulting assignments on education finance; 2) leading and participating our work to refine innovative approaches to education finance; and 3) acting as a technical mentor to young consultants in education finance.

Education finance consulting:  You will work with Genesis colleagues to lead, manage and participate in consulting teams to help our clients unlock and realise value in human development, through helping clients improve the financing of education (including for early childhood and for youth) while navigating changes in demography and technology, and recovering from Covid-19. We expect this will lead to improved education outcomes. You will also play a role in business development in education financing, including responsibility for leading and managing proposals.

In each project and proposal, you will:

  • Ensure excellent service and delivery;
  • Manage interactions and negotiations with clients;
  • Performance manage the team and team members;
  • Ensure project profitability and efficiency;
  • Identify and execute appropriate methods to measure progress of education outcomes
  • Assess and structure the problem to be solved, and approach to the analysis of data and information, testing and refining hypotheses, and drafting and communicating conclusions and recommendations to the client.

Identify and execute appropriate methods to measure progress of education outcomes

In some cases, you will travel to do this, usually with colleagues.

Extending our work on education finance models:  Genesis’ human development team has won significant work on financing in the social sectors, including education. This provides an opportunity for us to formalise and refine conceptual frameworks and operational approaches to helping Ministries of Finance and Education, and their partners, to improve education financing. You will lead and support efforts to turn new ideas on education financing into concrete products, such as blogposts, academic articles, conference presentations, or innovative products for clients. You will also liaise with high-profile partners on the opportunities and lessons learnt from previous interventions. This element brings together the theoretical with the practical in terms of education financing modalities, and draws on Genesis’ own project experience and products. This will include the following:

  • Support and extend Genesis’ existing work on education finance training for external partners through reviewing, revising and extending training models and module content
  • Support Genesis to develop future programmes for in-house and external educational PFM training
  • Support on projects which seek to scope, summarise and draw out key pathways in innovative global education finance interventions
  • Assess global interventions according to their relative success in achieving their objectives
  • Interact with clients to provide high-level guidance to international financial institutions looking to tailor their approaches to best suit the needs of recipient countries
  • Provide cutting edge thought leadership on education finance landscape and how the combination of financial products, models and interventions can lead to better education outcomes in the long-term
  • Contribute to building company intellectual property

Mentoring young consultants:  As a global African firm, we are building a workforce based in our target geographies of Africa and the Middle East. We have selected some extremely high potential early career consultants who need mentoring to develop into the Genesis leadership of tomorrow. Rather than career guidance and line management, this role will include technical mentoring and support in uptake of rigorous analytical methodologies. This will include the following:

  • Provide learning-on-the-job opportunities for early career consultants on:
    • Situating problems within the overall education landscape and track record of precedents
    • Sector financing approaches
    • Robust methodologies for problem solving
    • Data analysis
  • Provide formal training to small groups of consultants on targeted areas for HD practice development
  • Review the inputs of junior consultants’ project deliverables and provide constructive feedback for improvement.
  • Hold regular mentoring sessions with selected Genesis consultants
  • Oversee some components of career development for early-career consultants

We offer you a steep learning curve while providing an opportunity to make a difference. We will invest in your professional development. We offer meaningful work with professional, talented and supportive teams; mentoring and regular feedback from partners; structured training and coaching programmes; and a career ladder. This will report into Tom Pugh, Principal, Education, and Ian MacAuslan, Partner, Human Development.

Genesis offers a highly rewarding, challenging and flexible career. Working with your colleagues, we encourage you to explore living and working in different locations, and deepening and complementing your specialised skills and knowledge in education finance.

Requirements

Who you are

The ideal Genesis candidate carries a balanced combination of powerful intellect, strong technical skills, and a consulting character to match. Such candidates:

  •  Are passionate, self-motivated and energetic problem-solvers
  •  Value integrity and exhibit ethical behaviour
  •  Are analytical thinkers and fast learners with an excellent academic record.

For this role, the preferred candidate will possess the following essential skills and competencies”

  • Strong academic background – Minimum of a Master’s Degree in an analytical field of study. Preference for Education, Economics, Development Studies or related field.
  • 10+ years consulting experience and a passion for delivering impact
  • Strong education sector knowledge across a number of sub-sectors (ECD, primary and secondary, education equity, education finance, and non-formal education)
  • Previous experience of writing highly technical and methodological inputs for proposals
  • Experience of providing technical assistance across many levels of government and the private sector
  • Deep and detailed understanding of the international development community, including specific approaches and attitudes of major development partners
  • Experience in or an interest in delivering education services in challenging systems and for marginalised groups
  • Understanding of the complexities of international education finance modalities
  • Track record of design, delivery and continuous improvement of learning programme for government and donor staff
  • Excellent track record in mentoring, nurturing and providing career guidance for colleagues
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills – ability to communicate at all levels
  • Publication of an appropriate volume of reports, academic papers, conference presentations to demonstrate thought leadership in education and education finance sub-sectors
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team as well as independently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Highly numerate
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Strong planning and organisational skills, with ability to prioritise
  • Confident networker
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, as required

Additional information

  • All applications must be made online on the Genesis website
  • Applicants must be eligible to work and willing to be based in any one of the following countries:  South Africa, Kenya, Côte d’ Ivoire, United Kingdom, and India, or from home in other countries.
  • Candidates should be willing to travel for short periods of time (1-4 weeks at a time) to countries to conduct fieldwork depending on project requirements
  • Candidates should be comfortable to work with colleagues in a face-to-face and virtual setting.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis: we recommend interested candidates submit their applications now.
Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 31 July. 2022
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