Education Technical Director | DFID | UK | 2019

Chemonics seeks an education technical director to join the United Kingdom division. The director provides staff development and supervision, operates in leadership roles for business and strategy development, provides technical assistance for projects, supports new business development and conducts technical assignments. The director facilitates employee learning to deepen technical knowledge and expertise and contributes to industry discourse on addressing development challenges with a specific focus on UK-based international development funding agencies.

The director will spend approximately 50% of their time and effort providing senior level technical assistance to the Chemonics’ DFID Syria Education Programme, known as Manahel. Manahel is implemented from Gaziantep and Istanbul in Turkey and provides safe, inclusive, and quality learning opportunities to children in Syria, while strengthening moderate stakeholders and humanitarian actors to effectively manage education. The director  will take a lead role in supporting Manahel’s technical team and consortium partners to develop, plan, and implement Manahel’s integrated interventions to enhance access and quality of education for all children in Syria. The director will make operational decisions and oversee the various technical components of the programme, including subcontracts and grants, ensuring adherence to the plans and requirements of the client. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

Function 1:

  • Track, analyze, and share development trends and priorities within the education sector (indicating their relative importance to DFID, FCO and/or other clients when appropriate)
  • Disseminate client initiatives, strategies, and approach for consideration and integration into proposals and projects
  • Advance body of knowledge and quality standards in global education sector. Formulate approaches to guide Chemonics’ work, new business efforts, and technical assignments. Advise clients and the company on technical trends and programming priorities
  • Oversee the capture, packaging, and dissemination of successful approaches from Chemonics’ projects and industry programmes and activities
  • Contribute to industry forums, such as technical working groups, conferences, learning events, and blogs
  • Lead development of technical abstracts, articles, primers, tools, and summaries of Chemonics’ approaches in the global education sector
  • Develop effective and collaborative working relationships with UK-based international development funding agencies, counterparts, and stakeholders and continuously promote outstanding client service and technical leadership
  • Provide and facilitate provision of technical support to Chemonics’ projects by providing input on technical deliverables, undertaking technical assignments, reviewing scopes of work, and support field office staff apply good technical practices
  • Support proposal development, analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming strategies, technical approaches, and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage
  • Develop guidelines for business development and project management for doing business with UK-based funding agencies consistent with corporate policies and best practices
  • Provide and facilitate provision of technical support to Chemonics’ projects by providing input on technical deliverables, undertaking technical assignments, reviewing scopes of work, and helping overseas staff apply good technical practices
  • Periodically survey users of education practice guidance to ensure information provided has helped proposal and project teams make decisions that have furthered Chemonics’ development impact.
  • Delegate, supervise, and evaluate performance of assigned staff, most directly the practice manager. Communicate clear performance goals and standards and ensure staff receives regular constructive performance feedback, prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competence areas

Function 2:

  • Take a lead role in the design, planning, development, and implementation of Manahel’s quality education interventions
  • Ensure that existing best practices and innovative learning methods are utilized in the Manahel’s integrated education intervention and its implementation
  • Work closely with the Team Leader and the Conflict Research Analyst to oversee the project’s strategic analysis to ensure alignment of programme objectives with the evolving political and security situation in Syria
  • Build close relationships with Manahel consortium partners to ensure quality of their deliverables and the integration of those deliverables into Manahel’s quality education plans
  • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning director and the technical team to develop and implement Manahel’s assessment and evaluation activities, integrating their outcomes into Manahel’s interventions over the life of the project
  • Oversee the development and implementation of Manahel grants to support programme components
  • Participate and engage in technical meetings, maintaining positive relationships with the client, officials, downstream partners, and other implementing partners
  • Oversee the project communication products, leveraging the full spectrum of available programmatic and researched-based data to create, in coordination with programme team and DFID, products that demonstrate the programme’s strategy, impact, presence, and preparedness for rapid risk mitigation


  • Bachelor’s Degree required in relevant subject. Advanced degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience in relevant technical competency area
  • Substantial experience of relevant technical work, including international development required
  • Demonstrated expertise in technical discipline
  • Proven knowledge of trends in relevant areas, donor initiatives and programmes, most notably UK thinking, and a breadth of industry organizations (large and small businesses)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely including public presentations and contribution to publications
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage working relationships with clients, partners, and technical experts across a diverse range of organisations (NGO’s, private sector, think tanks and academia etc.)
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of 4-8 weeks per year; experience working on technical programmes in developing countries preferred
  • Evidenced ability to manage and supervise department staff, multiple project teams, remote staff and other initiatives
  • Ability to solve complex technical, managerial, or operational problems and evaluation options
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Foreign language proficiency preferred

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please submit resume and cover letter to Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

*This position will be based in London. Ability to travel and work abroad, including Turkey, and in less developed countries for extended periods, including fragile and conflict environments .

Equal Employment Opportunity

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Selection will be on merit.  Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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