TaRL Africa Program Coordinator – CIV


Position Title:  Program Coordinator

Reports To:  Country Director

Location:   Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire  

Deadline:  5th August 2022


Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa is a high-profile initiative originally developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the Indian Education NGO Pratham to promote evidence-informed education programming in Africa. TaRL Africa, now headquartered in Kenya, works to improve basic reading and arithmetic skills of children on the African continent through the TaRL approach.  We aim to reach 3 million children in the next five years. Key countries of operation include Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Zambia where we work on contextualizing the TaRL approach .


Role Summery

Under the supervision of the Country Director (CD), the incumbent will support country and partner teams in overall strategy; ensure the execution of TaRL programming; manage the whole country programme interventions; help in partnership management and support TaRL Africa expansion in Côte d’Ivoire.

Major Duties and Responsibilities



  • Support to develop government ownership and sustainability of the programme. 
  • Work with identified country teams and partners to develop pathways to scale. 
  • Help to set up systems, structures, and support in such a way that facilitates growth of identified programmes. 
  • Design/adjust programs so that they can be delivered effectively while being sustainably scaled. 
  • Assist government in financial planning for scale-up.  


Program coordination

  • Coordinates with TaRL country teams and partners to plan and deliver results in line with country goals and in alignment with central goals as well as government goals (PNAPAS).
  • Collates and understands underlying needs, challenges, and strengths of programmes in the country.
  • Collates and disseminates country-level information effectively across programmes and all other organizational levels.
  • Works confidently with data from country programmes for high-level decisions e.g., interpreting trends, issues and risks.
  • Engage with internal and external teams/experts to gather and evaluate programme evidence.
  • Shares and implements good practice with teams and partners to achieve solutions and dynamic results.
  • Support country-level financial management, monitor and manage relevant budgets and ensure financial management policies and donor conditions are followed.


Program management

  • Take responsibility for achieving the goals of the programme set in programme log frame. This will require managing well the programme. 
  • Track programme activities and progress against the log-frame, Gantt chart and other relevant programme proposal deliverables.
  • Ensure that lessons learned and evidence from programme is being applied to make the programme remain effective as it moves to scale.
  • Ensure periodically quality submission of progress reports and updates on indicators to the TaRL Africa team and donors. 
  • Support the relevant government officials to identify financial support for the programme, such as CLEF funding and incorporate this into budget processes.
  • Support fundraising and donor management.


Partnership management 

  • Assist the work with policymakers and partners to build their understanding of TaRL.
  • Support to maintain critical relationships with government and other partners, and ensure the work with the Jacobs Foundation, FID, MENA, CNPEC, GLPE, GTOE and other partners on the programme is well coordinated.
  • Share regular programme updates with relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent TaRL, in agreement with the CD, in Côte d’Ivoire, at events with other development partners, funding agencies/donors, government agencies and other relevant parties.
  • Represent TaRL, in agreement with the CD, at technical working groups and other relevant coordination frameworks.


Team Management

  • Line manage the Program Associate with a focus on the TaRL approach integration in the MENA system as well as education partner’s plans. 
  • Work closely with the French and Maths Expert who supports the government technically as well as with the Senior MLE Associate and the Finance and Admin Associate.
  • Collaborate closely with the TaRL Africa central team that is based in countries all over Africa.
  • Set team goals and priorities regularly and manage work plans.
  • Work closely with the team to ensure that the programme is on track and is effectively moving towards its goals.
  • Support a cohesive, creative and comfortable working environment while keeping team members motivated.
  • Assist to supervise, train and coach team members and provide regular effective feedback.


TaRL Country Expansion

  • Provide strategic planning support to new TaRL programmes. 
  • Support the development of new TaRL programme proposals.
  • Help to develop and implement the Fundraising Strategy/plan for CIV.
  • Work with the Central Team to identify and manage potential risks in new programmes.
  • Support others TaRL initiative and programming across West Africa.



Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Social Sciences, Project Management or relevant field. 
  • 5 to 7 years’ work experience in the development field. 


Required minimum Skills and Competencies: 

  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to collaborate and work with others, to create trusted client relationships.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple projects/programs and competing priorities.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills; can effectively communicate and be comfortable both in the academic world and in a dynamic fast-growing organization.
  • Ability to think critically and analytically, and identify and troubleshoot potential issues before they arise.
  • Positive team player with a roll up your sleeves, customer-first attitude.
  • Interest in children’s learning and quality education.
  • Experience working internationally; West Africa experience is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of academic policies and processes.
  • Good communication and collaboration skills with government officials and partners.


How to apply?

Please fill in APPLICATION by 5th August 2022. Only applications submitted through the form will be accepted. Please note that, due to the large volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to short-listed applicants.


TaRL Africa is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.