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Senior education adviser

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is committed to improving people’s lives through creating and delivering tailored development solutions. Mott MacDonald’s education work is managed under the Cambridge Education brand.

We work in developing countries to alleviate poverty, establish good governance, and increase access, capacity and resilience in healthcare, education, water, sanitation, transportation, infrastructure and renewable energy – while safeguarding the environment and promoting human rights and gender equity.

What makes us different is that we approach problems from a fresh perspective. As an employee-owned company, we have the freedom and independence of mind to find new ways to enhance human well-being and foster social and economic development through connected thinking.

International Education makes people’s lives better, by helping them to improve teaching and learning and the running of their education systems. The way we help our clients in both the developing and the developed world encompasses two broad areas: strategic thinking – policy-level evaluation, analysis and design – and implementation, the actual delivery of a project or programme.

We are looking for a Senior Education Adviser to support the growth of the International Education Division (IED) and in particular the Africa and Asia business by effective planning and management, with specific emphasis on technical inputs, business development and project management,.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description


Working within our International Education Division you will be responsible for:

Project Management

Act as Project Principal, following BMS, MM systems and contractual obligations take responsibility for the delivery of specific projects both technically and commercially
Support Team Leaders, Project/Programme Managers and Project Coordinators to ensure completion of deliverables to project deadlines
Assist in commercial matters related to the implementation of contracts, including budget preparation, monthly monitoring and invoicing

Business Development

With other IED senior managers work to implement the IED business development strategy
Maintain contact with clients and partners and develop client relationships including through overseas visits
Contribute to the development of EOIs and proposals including being Bid Champion, undertaking some technical writing and helping guide proposal development teams as required
Supervision of support staff in relation to business development activities (draft preparations, BMS requirements, document circulation, etc.)


Consultancy

Act as a lead adviser for Cambridge Education in an area of specialisation, representing the company at national and international fora and acting as a focal point for strategic thinking in this field within Cambridge Education.
Provide consultancy services to key clients. These may include designing, implementing, appraising and evaluating projects relating to a wide range of educational fields; analysing policies, strategies and plans for improving educational outcomes; reviewing resources and institutional capacity and so on depending on expertise.
Provide specialist inputs within your area of technical expertise to short-term consultancy projects
Provide technical backstopping for aspects of other specialists’ work, as appropriate
Build capacity among other staff within Cambridge Education in this technical area

Candidate Specification

  • Excellent strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills, over the telephone, through email and face to face (remaining professional and friendly, yet persistent and firm when necessary)
  • Confidence and ability in dealing with technical issues and budgeting and costing models
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise and manage own time for maximum efficiency
  • Pro-active approach to problem solving with the ability to react to situations expediently
  • Initiative to meet the needs of the team, staff, management and external contacts in a professional manner
  • Pro-active commitment to continuous improvement of the IED programmes and processes to improve efficiency, effectiveness and profitability
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team
  • Willingness to be flexible and prepared to contribute to the company in other duties as required
  • Educated to MA level or equivalent
  • Previous experience in a similar role / environment
  • Significant experience in one or more of teacher training/ education management/ education technology/ early childhood education
  • Existing network of contacts within the industry
  • Experience of working overseas particularly in a development capacity
  • Experience of one or more of EC, ADB, DFID, USAID and other donor bidding and procurement procedures.





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