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Project Director

NewGlobe

NewGlobe

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Software Engineering
Lagos, Nigeria
Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2024

Who We Are

NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.

With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale. Through building impactful partnerships and programmes, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.

NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement -- all grounded in learning science -- to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives, while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.

NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behaviour change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.

NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honoured to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.

NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe -- a more equitable globe -- to join us.

About the Role

We are seeking a talented, motivated and adaptable individual to support the Chief Partnership Launch Officer and the rest of the Partnership Launch team as Project Director. The ideal candidate is a multifaceted individual who will work closely with the Chief Partnership Launch Officer in a job shadow capacity. As a co-strategist, implementer, and trusted advisor, the successful candidate will lead the execution of strategic initiatives for the Chief Partnership Launch Officer and leadership team and will also ensure streamlined activities within the organization to improve the daily management of the organization based on the priorities of the Chief Partnership Launch Officer.

This is a highly hands-on and analytical role, involving intense program management and broad technical knowledge covering financial management, supply chain and school operations management. The Project Director should have a proven track record of exceptional performance driving strategic initiatives and projects to completion.

This role reports to the Chief Partnership Launch Officer and the Vice President of Operations as the functional lead. You will be part of a leadership team composed of various directors.

What You Will Do

Ensure that all new programme’s launch milestones are attained on schedule

    • Manage & update the programme launch calendar (LaunchCal)
    • Ensure appropriate follow-through on actions, decisions, and commitments made by the Chief Partnership Launch Officer by working with the parties responsible for implementation
    • Attend functional team meetings to keep a pulse on the business and help connect dots with others across the organisation
    • Assess inquiries directed to the Chief Partnership Launch Officer, determine the proper course of action and delegate to the appropriate individual to manage
    • Assist the Chief Partnership Launch Officer in facilitating effective decision-making

Continuously improve launch performance

    • Coordinate the execution of strategic initiatives
    • Prepare periodic business performance and market analysis, business trends and provide insight with the aim to increase operational efficiency
    • Deliver business planning processes (forecasts, budgets, long-range plans) including analysis of variances with relevant commentary to support management decision making
    • Translate business requirements to technical requirements. This includes using powerful analysis and modelling tools to match strategic business objectives with practical technical solutions
    • Create organizational dashboards and reports to support effective decision making and cross-company communications of business performance status
    • Monitor and review departmental spending vs. budget to ensure optimal spending and ensure funds are directed towards projects that generate the highest return on investment (ROI)

Project manage key launch activities

    • As and when required, lead specific projects related to launch in one or more territories, as directed by the Chief Partnership Launch Officer
    • Work closely with different functional heads both within Partnership Launch, incountry teams and Shared Service, to deliver results in specific projects

Other responsibilities as determined by the Chief Partnership Launch Officer.

What You Should Have

  • A bachelor’s degree from a top-tier university with an excellent academic record. Quantitative undergraduate degrees, and advanced degrees such as an MBA are preferred
  • 5+ years of executive level experience in reputable companies from which you have outstanding records of professional achievement. You should have at least one experience that required highly independent work in an exceedingly challenging environment such as in management consulting, finance or in a start-up
  • Excellent project management skills including being incredibly organised with calendars, gantt charts, trackers, and have the ability to systematically follow up and support senior leaders with their deliverables across a broad set of projects/strategic initiatives
  • Solid functional knowledge, including but not limited to strategy, operations, HR, supply chain, customer experience management, finance, project management
  • Exceptional analytical and quantitative problem solving skills. You need to be able to see patterns, be a fast thinker and a good decision maker
  • Advanced MS Excel/spreadsheets skills, and mastery of presentation/reporting tools such as MS Word/Google docs & MS Powerpoint/Google slides
  • Excellent communication skills (writing and speaking), which enable you to communicate complex ideas effectively to people at all levels in the organisation
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in a team environment. You should have a proven track record of working strategically and collaboratively with senior leaders across different functional areas
  • Strong willed, a fast learner and able to effect changes fast. You should be able to flourish in dynamic, ambiguous environments, to produce high quality work with very short deadlines, effectively prioritize work among multiple competing demands, and adapt to unexpected work demands
  • Willingness to travel up to 75% of the time, across diverse territories and locations globally

You’re also

  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
  • A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas. You have an existing network from prior experience in the country, preferably in the regulatory, education, or business sectors.
  • A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, NewGlobe works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
  • A relentless advocate –The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
  • A malleable learner –You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
  • A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.

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