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Regional Education Advisor in West and Central Africa CDI

Country: Senegal
Organization: Oxfam Denmark
Closing date: 19 Nov 2023

Education Out Loud is seeking a Regional Education Advisor in West and Central Africa

Do you have experience and relevant qualifications in one or more of the following fields: learning and organisational capacity development education programme management, civil society engagement, education policy, evidence-based advocacy, and grant management? Are you motivated by putting your skills into action and making an impact in an international NGO?

Recruitment Background

Education Out Loud (EOL – supports civil society organisations in shaping education policy to ensure the right to free inclusive education to all, especially for the most marginalized communities. We promote inclusive, gender responsive and equitable national education policies and systems through enhanced civil society capacities and participation in social accountability and policy advocacy processes.

Managed by Oxfam Denmark and financed by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), EOL is the biggest fund in the world for education advocacy with grants awarded to app. 80 organisations in more than 60 countries. Created in 2019, the EOL programme was recently extended to mid-2027 bringing the total funding of EOL to USD 133 million.

The EOL programme consists of five entities: A Global Management Unit (GMU) based at Oxfam Denmark’s offices in Copenhagen, Denmark, and four Regional Management Units (RMUs) located with Oxfam offices in Ghana (to be moved to Senegal), Mexico, Nepal, and Uganda. Altogether, our grant agent set-up for EOL comprises 28 full time positions, 6 of these are in the Regional Management Unit for West- and Central Africa.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a candidate with experience and professional qualifications from one or more of the following fields: civil society development, education systems, education policy, campaigning and advocacy, and programme/grant management. EOL is an extensive, complex, and ambitious programme with a wide outreach to a diverse range of stakeholders. Our new colleague should consider it a meaningful challenge to be responsive to individual grantees while at the same time maintaining consistent and systematic approaches to ensure fair and transparent assessments and decision-making processes. Our new colleague is willing and able to travel across the region in up to 12-14 weeks per year.

Job purpose

The Regional Education Adviser is an integral part of the Regional Management Unit being moved to Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent provides technical support to the 25 EOL grantees allocated to the Regional Management Unit from across the region in the development and implementation of thematic and strategic advocacy and social accountability projects on education funded by the EOL mechanism. The post holder will provide strategic orientation and oversight on the design and implementation of the learning framework with grantees within the RMU as well as lead relationships and contracts with regional and global learning partners in support of civil society capacity strengthening.

The Regional Education Advisor will among others:

  • Lead and advise on technical support in strengthening civil society in education
  • Lead on operationalisation of the EOL learning framework in the region;
  • Be part of and contribute actively to the Education Advisors’ Virtual Team across EOL and the specific tasks in the team;
  • Identify areas of learning for the EOL education portfolio through active engagement with grantees on learning plans;
  • Maintain the Regional Learning Partner pool as relevant and active in relation to learning areas and identified priorities in EOL Regional Learning Plan;
  • Lead on learning from experience e.g. through facilitating the establishment and functioning of learning collaboratives or peer learning across grantees in the region
  • Ensure the promotion of gender equality in all parts of the learning framework implementation;
  • Together with the Regional MEL Advisor, contribute to identifying methods for distilling lessons learnt on civil society participation in education policy in line with EOL Results framework and identifying areas for cross-cutting research or collation of information;
  • Contribute to building the evidence from our work and disseminating this among key audiences through EOL’s communication channels.

Skills, experience, and knowledge

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skills.


  • Advanced degree or significant experience in a relevant field (international development, education policy, etc.) with 5-10 years of post-graduate experience.
  • Bilingual: fluent language skills in English and French, written and spoken.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in project cycle management.
  • Documented experience from acting in an advisory capacity on education programming.
  • Good understanding of Education policy issues and knowledge of the key actors in this field in the region. Experience from working in the context of several countries in the region required.
  • Documented experience from working with civil society strengthening and inclusive participation of young people, women and marginalised groups.
  • Familiarity with the SDGs/2030 agenda, familiarity with the work and agenda of international and education stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of capacity building, learning and development activities and how to create a learning and sharing environment with a strong knowledge management basis.
  • Proven collaboration, communication, and networking.
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow through.


  • Other languages advantageous, especially Portuguese
  • Experience working with adaptive management approaches.

How to apply

How to apply

Only applications submitted via Oxfam Denmark’s online recruitment system will be accepted. Please submit your application via the ‘send application’ button and include your motivation letter and CV. Only applications in english will be accepted.

Apply here.

Application deadline: 19 November 2023 at 23.59. Expected interview date: first week of December. Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration. Start date: As soon as possible.

Oxfam Denmark is committed to equal employment opportunity. We therefore encourage everybody – irrespective of age, gender and of religious, sexual, national, or ethnic affiliation – to apply for this position.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

Practical information

Location is Dakar, Senegal. This is a full-time role. We offer a fixed-term contract till the end of December 2026. Grading, package and working hours as per the Oxfam in Senegal policies.

The candidate will work closely with other RMU team members and will be reporting to the Regional Programme Manager. Detailed job description available here. Further information available from the Regional Programme Manager, Stephanie Mekinda Ndongo [email protected]

The candidate will further be part of the matrix team, the Education Advisors Virtual Team.

About Oxfam

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect, and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 21 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development, and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct.

We place high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values.

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  • Date d'expiration: 28 novembre 2023
  • Emplacement: Dakar, Sénégal
  • Titre d'emploi: Regional Education Advisor in West and Central Africa

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