Apply: TaRL Country Director

Deadline: 28 June, 2024

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is seeking to fill the position of Country Director.

TaRL Africa began as a joint venture by Pratham and J-PAL in 2019, with the goal of supporting governments and organisations across Africa to accelerate children’s foundational skill learning using the evidence-based TaRL approach.


  • Become an expert in TaRL programme delivery and methodology and the evidence behind the TaRL approach, including familiarity with related academic papers
  • Ensure that the Nigeria programme provides technical services of the highest quality
  • Oversee and manage a team whose responsibilities include programme design, teaching-learning content development, innovation, programme management and monitoring, learning and evaluation, all in close collaboration with government partners
  • Strengthen current systems and structures to ensure that TaRL programming remains impactful
  • Identify key concerns for programme impact and sustainability in Nigeria and initiate and manage the development of corresponding innovations and research in collaboration with the global measurement, learning and evaluation team
  • Coordinate skills training and provide mentorship to staff
  • Incorporate best practices and lessons learned from experience and research into programming
  • Create and monitor an annual budget for the country office and ensure that country office structures are supported by incoming revenue through country office budget planning and management
  • Supervise and support administrative staff, overseeing human resources, IT, procurement, operations, and finance
  • With support from the global finance and operations teams, ensure compliance with financial procedures, approve expenditures, make accurate spending projections and ensure overall compliance
  • Oversee the management of project budgets and donor reporting, with support from the country office management and finance team and in coordination with global programmes and partnerships
  • Coordinate office and country-wide meetings and trainings and oversee performance and salary reviews and contracting for locally-hired staff
  • Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies
  • In collaboration with the security associate, monitor the security situation in the country and its implications on TaRL programming and take necessary mitigation or responsive measures
  • Develop country objectives and plans in line with organisational strategy
  • Identify opportunities for scaling up and improving TaRL programming in collaboration with state and federal government
  • Lead programme design, budgeting and partner engagement (where applicable) for fundraising proposals in Nigeria
  • Manage grants and donor reporting for country-specific programming
  • Lead the development and execution of country-specific fundraising strategy
  • Build and lead relationships with local and global donors and partners focused on Nigeria
  • Coordinate the development of proposals for in-country donors
  • Maintain relations with the government and their partners and coordinate the work of the Ministry of Education/UBEC with other partners
  • Work with partners and political actors to take ownership of TaRL pedagogy and support the adaptation of TaRL in the Nigerian context
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the government, donors and implementing partners for the country office to maximise its impact
  • Oversee targeted dissemination, and encourage scale-up or strengthening of TaRL programming
  • Represent TaRL Africa in Nigeria


  • Masters Degree in Public Policy, Education, Management, Economics or other related disciplines
  • Ten years, minimum, of professional experience of a similar nature, especially on programmes involving multiple actors
  • Perfect command of professional English, oral and written, and public speaking
  • Excellent managerial skills, including the ability to work with a diverse, dynamic team comprising professionals with varied skill sets and functional expertise
  • Good understanding of the importance of scientific research for effective public policy development and the ability to communicate academic data to a non-specialist audience
  • Experience working with government
  • Ability to create and manage budgets
  • Good adaptability to a changing work environment
  • Professional experience in West Africa an advantage
  • Ability to embody TaRL Africa’s organisational and managerial culture, team spirit, creation of a thriving and empowering working environment for the teams, and dedication to the improvement of children’s education

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