Knowledge and Impact Manager - Link Community Development International

Knowledge and Impact Manager - Link Community Development International

Location: Edinburgh

About the Organisation

Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished rural areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts. Link Community Development International (Link), based in Edinburgh, Scotland supports all project, M&E, fundraising, finance and governance activities in our five sub-Saharan partner countries.

Role and Responsibilities

The Knowledge and Impact Manager (KIM) will increase the technical capacity and quality of M&E across the Link Community Development family in our UK support office based in Edinburgh, and our five partner countries in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. 

This post-holder will have an opportunity to shape the development of MEL approaches in the organisation using specific expertise in monitoring, learning and measuring impact to strengthen internal MEL systems, MEL outputs and disseminate impact, and improve and promote a culture of evidence based planning and programme design. 

The KIM will maximize south-south and south-north learning across the full spectrum of our work, providing central capacity for global data management and overseeing MEL across our five countries of operation. The KIM will lead on knowledge management and research and will design Link’s MEL framework to include the tools, capacity and systems to collate evidence and validate progress. 

They will convene international MEL training sessions; ensure consistent use of SMART indicators and disseminate learning across academic, media and digital channels; and develop impact studies, policy briefs and conference papers on community mobilisation, accountability, learning outcomes, school leadership and governance. 

The KIM will provide technical support and capacity development to all Link staff. The KIM will be an evaluation manager (design and control the system and standards), a researcher (to support implementation, analyse and communicate), and a trainer/mentor (to build and share capacity). 

Person Specification

Experience & Qualifications 

•    Demonstrable experience in programme management, design, monitoring, evaluation, learning and donor reporting 
•    Excellent understanding of impact evaluation (including experimental and quasi-experimental approaches), longitudinal research, and both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and analysis 
•    Demonstrable ability to communicate complex technical information to a variety of audiences in appropriate and engaging terms 
•    Demonstrable ability to deliver impact through mentoring a multi-cultural team and through working with a variety of audiences 
•    Training design and delivery, and capacity building experience
•    Over 5 years’ relevant experience in a development environment 
•    A postgraduate degree in a relevant field (International Development, education, research skills) 
•    Considerable experience in writing, editing and preparing communication materials. 

•    Excellent level of understanding of the international education sector
•    Experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa 
•    Experience of implementing ICT for development activities. 

Skill & Attributes 

•    Highly articulate with demonstrable ability in writing, production of publications and in research design and management
•    Must have advanced skills in MS PowerPoint, Excel and Word
•    Exceptional written and spoken English knowledge
•    Proven ability to lead teams and deliver impact, with minimal supervision in a fast-paced and challenging environment
•    High level of professional and ethical conduct
•    Proven ability to think and plan strategically and imaginatively for effective communication
•    Must be dynamic, creative, and passionate about delivering positive change in the world. 

•    Knowledge in graphic design, photography and videography experience
•    Familiarity and competence in use of social media for development
•    Knowledge of statistics packages such as SPSS.

How to Apply 

•    Please send a cover letter, CV and equal opportunities monitoring form to Samantha Ross at with the subject line “Knowledge and Impact Manager Application”
- Your cover letter should detail how you meet the required criteria 
- It should also include your available start date
- The Equal Opportunities form is available at: 
•    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Further details: 

Closing date: 5pm on the 15th of January 2018

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