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Education Team Program Associate/Senior Program Associate

Geneva Global is recruiting a highly motivated, creative, results-oriented, diligent professional to join its dynamic education team at the company’s headquarters in Paoli, Pennsylvania for the position of Program Associate or Senior Program Associate (depending on one’s qualifications).

Who We Are

Geneva Global is a Certified B Corporation that helps clients maximize their social impact. We offer services across the philanthropic continuum, from capital raising in support of philanthropic initiatives to capital deployment through on-the-ground program design and implementation.

We serve as trusted advisors and thought partners to foundations, corporations, high-net-worth individuals, and non-profits, working with them to develop customized strategies, launch new initiatives, and improve and assess the impact of their work and their giving.

Geneva Global’s education portfolio features implementation of an accelerated education program called Speed School.  Operating presently in Ethiopia and Uganda, Speed School provides out-of-school children aged 8 to 14 with a second chance at formal education.  The model delivers the first three years of primary schooling in one to classes of 30 pupils each, featuring activity-based, learner-centered instruction delivered often by para-professional instructors.  Over 90% of Speed School learners continue in conventional government classes, where they tend to excel.  The program also features a Self-Help Program to foster the economic and social empowerment of the Speed School pupils’ mothers, a capacity-strengthening component for teachers in the government “link” schools, a pre-schools component, and, in Uganda, support to community schools.  All components are managed by local civil society grantees in collaboration with local and central education officials and agents.

The program requires much more than just grants management.  Rather, Geneva Global’s Education Team, both in Paoli and in the two countries, are deeply involved technically in shaping, delivering, and monitoring and evaluating the Speed School model and its associated components.  We develop and delivery teacher training, train trainers, create, pilot, and validate innovative education strategies, develop and revise materials for classroom instruction and training, and promote education quality and relevance in other ways.  At the same time, we work closely with central and local education authorities and technical agents to adapt the Speed School model, methods, and materials to the official system and structures while we also train and support system actors to absorb these same dimensions into the official government program and operations.  Currently, Geneva Global is working with both countries to adopt officially the Speed School model to ensure its long-term sustainability and scale.

Your Role

This individual’s primary responsibility is to provide routine support to the Geneva Global Education team, both headquarters and field-based, in managing the administrative, financial, and basic communication requirements of the program.  Primary tasks include:

  • Organize and maintain grant-related and other education team documentation in the company’s shared drive folders, archiving and managing documents and entering information into the company’s official grant management database;
  • Maintain and oversee the program monitoring and evaluation system, working closely with the in-country staff to ensure consistent, accurate, and timely collection, analysis, and reporting of all program data, and including leading the relationship with Dharma, operator of the web-based data management platform;
  • Support actively the preparation of reports and other communication items for donors and other purposes, including: collecting key information for colleagues in the field; drafting, editing, and formatting narrative reports; checking and validating metrics data; compiling case studies and preparing other documentation to highlight program impact in print and digital formats; writing blogs for the Geneva Global website on various topics; and compiling and publishing the bi-monthly Education Team Newsletter;
  • Contribute actively to complete due diligence of new partners and finalization of MoUs and contracts;
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate quarterly Education Team Online Seminars;
  • Conduct desk research as needed by the education team (at HQ or in the field) or client, whether of a technical, operational, or funding nature;
  • Facilitate (and participate in) internal education team meetings;
  • Assist the Program Director with the review of financial reports and budgets;
  • Organize and provide other support of travel and other logistical support for Geneva Global funders, other key partners, and education team leadership; and
  • Contribute to the above functions of other teams at Geneva Global, per need and availability.

The PA also has the opportunity to contribute substantively to the technical dimensions of program operation, including such roles as follow:

  • Facilitate the development of a Speed School Toolkit, including communicating and organizing content review, revision, and new development with both in-country teams;
  • Contribute to the development and operation of the Speed School programs’ field activities, including illustratively the review and revision of education materials and the condensed curriculum;
  • Support the design (and maybe delivery) of teacher-training agendas and modules;
  • Contribute to the development of technical proposals requested by active and potential clients; and
  • Provide technical assistance internally and for clients in areas that are consistent with the Program Associate’s personal areas of expertise.

Your Experience

  • 2-5 years’ experience working in grants or project management, preferably with an international focus;
  • Experience working in the education sector either domestically or internationally;
  • Knowledge of or experience with teacher training, curriculum development, classroom teaching;
  • Experience working with partner organizations, conducting in-person and long-distance communication, forming and maintaining relationships;
  • Experience working on a cross-cultural team
  • Experience with report writing and developing communications materials; and
  • Master’s degree in international relations, education, or similar fields is desirable.

Your Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (a second language is desirable);
  • Ability to handle multiple simultaneous assignments;
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Excel for budgeting and financial tracking;
  • Proficiency in using communications software—e.g., PowerPoint, Prezi, Photoshop—to produce presentations and other materials;
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to manage multiple deadlines;
  • Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as assigned, in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.

The Details

This full-time position will work from our Paoli, PA office (Philadelphia metro area) with international travel up to one-quarter of the time.

You must have authorization to work in the United States.  Regrettably, Geneva Global cannot sponsor an employment visa.

Our Geneva Global Headquarters Team works in a quiet, collaborative environment in which consideration is given to every detail to produce the best outcome.

We provide an excellent benefits plan including parental leave, medical, dental, short-term and long-term disability, a 401K program that includes a 3% contribution from day one, 11 paid holidays and 20 paid personal time off days per year.

Geneva Global is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. With our commitment to ensure diverse representation, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

How to Apply

Applicants should upload a cover letter, resume (including names and contact information for three references), and two writing samples in English (two to five pages each; excerpts from longer documents accepted. Apply Here.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.