Technical Advisor TARGET at Link Community Development

Job Description


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, 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 (LCDI), based in Edinburgh, Scotland supports all project, M&E, fundraising, finance and governance activities in our five sub-Saharan partner countries.


Link Community Development believes that a child, vulnerable adult or person at risk should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to work in a way that promotes the welfare of all and protects them from harm. We have a zero tolerance approach to any harm to or exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult by any of our staff, representatives or partners.JOB PURPOSE

The Technical Advisor will provide technical assistance to the delivery of Task 3 of TARGET, the DFID-funded programme to support the Government of Ethiopia’s General Education Quality Improvement Programme for Equity (GEQIP-E).  Task 3 of TARGET aims to enhance instructional leadership to improve school performance. Reporting to Link’s Country Representative in Ethiopia, the post-holder will work closely with the LCDI Technical Advisor and liaise with the International Programme Director, both based in Edinburgh, to ensure all technical assistance is delivered on time, on budget and to the highest standard.


Objective 3 of the TARGET terms of reference is to provide technical assistance to the FMoE and its key directorates, agencies, regional education bureaus, woredas, districts and schools as relevant to the programme.  The technical assistance is intended to be strategically linked to deepening the impact of DFID’s financial aid and the intended results to be delivered. Model interventions will be implemented in the four emerging regions of Afar, Somali, Benshangul-Gumuz and Gambella, focusing initially on 9000 least performing schools. These will be designed to directly improve School Improvement Planning (SIP) activity.

As part of improving the current national school leadership training and working towards gender equity, TARGET will enhance instructional leadership through on the job capacity development programmes for school supervisors, school leadership and community members.  The programme will work with the FMoE, REBS, Zones as relevant, and Woreda Education Offices (WEOs) to identify the least performing schools and strengthen school leadership and management to improve inclusion, community engagement, teacher classroom performance, and career development, helping to improve school performance levels over time.

Specifically, Link will support the strengthening of the School Improvement Programme (SIP) and SIP standards, as well as the development of a number of ‘model interventions’ to be implemented in each region according to context with a focus on:

a) improving inclusion of often-excluded children –  rural girls, children with special needs, and pastoralist children – using workable and innovative models to improve attendance and achievement of such disadvantaged learners.

b) Improved impact of school and cluster-based training on teacher performance in the classroom especially in early grade reading and writing.

c) Improved engagement with communities to build a sense of shared ownership of the schools, school management and the safety and inclusion of all children, demonstrated through inclusive school improvement planning and the more efficient use of school resources for learning.


  • Work closely with the TARGET Consortium and Task Leads (Educational Development Trust, the GEQIP consortium lead), the Link Ethiopia Country Representative, and Regional Specialists based in Ethiopia to ensure quality technical delivery of Task 3.
  • Work closely with the LCDI Technical Advisor and International Programme Director based in Edinburgh to ensure quality technical delivery of TARGET in line with Link International’s core model, mission, vision and values.
  • Work in strong partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, Regional Education Bureaus and Woredas in the provision of technical support to TARGET.
  • Work closely with other consortium partners and associated staff and consultants, including the Ethiopia Centre for Disability and Development (ECDD).
  • Through high level workshops at national and regional level, support the design of model interventions to support equity and inclusion, based on regional context and in line with the TARGET terms of reference, drawing on Link’s core model and comparative advantage.
  • Provide technical assistance at regional level on delivery of the model interventions, working as relevant with the Regional Education Bureaus and Woredas.
  • Work with the TARGET M&E team (Task 4) and partners to develop indicators with a monitoring plan to measure progress on areas of Link support, (SIP reform and the model interventions).
  • Provide technical assistance to the reform of the Ethiopia School Improvement Programme standards and related indicators working with consortium partners and the Ministry of Education.
  • Contribute to the completion of internal and external programme progress reports as they relate to Link’s support and areas of responsibility.
  • Attend and represent TARGET/Link at International dissemination events.
  • Liaise with the Country Representative and Link International on priority areas of staff development and training (regional advisors and government partners), and as relevant support the delivery of these.
  • Liaise with Link Ethiopia’s DFID-funded STAGES programme team, based in SNNPR, especially around the application of learning from the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of STAGES.
  • Liaise with the Edinburgh-based Knowledge and Impact Manager to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation of the TARGET pilot projects aligns with Link International’s overall theory of change and M&E framework.

Job Requirements




  • Ability to work with a range of education partners from community and school level to the national Federal Ministry of Education of Ethiopia
  • Strong knowledge of international best practice on system strengthening for improved and inclusive education service delivery
  • Strong knowledge of international best practice on teacher professional development, strengthening school leadership and governance, community engagement, voice and accountability
  • 8+ years of experience of the Ethiopian education system
  • Strong technical background and experience around gender and inclusion in programme design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation
  • Facilitation skills which can be applied at all levels of government (local, zone, region, national) and with local civil society organisations
  • Experience working on large, multi-partner, complex projects
  • Experience in developing and working to a complex work plan and budget, analysing data and reporting to a very high level
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment with a variety of stakeholders, including learners, communities and high-level government staff
  • Strong experience of M&E and use of data to continually improve and strengthen programme quality
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of and commitment to Safeguarding and child protection
  • Able to build safeguarding and child protection into programme pilot projects at all levels – safe programming
  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field (international development, education, research skills)


  • Experience delivering projects for marginalised beneficiaries
  • Professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education is required
  • Emerging regions work experience is considered as an asset.

Please send a cover letter, Application Form from the link below

Application form.Regional Assistant.TARGET.Jan 2020.docx

and Equal Opportunities monitoring form to Link at with the subject line “Regional Specialist, TARGET Application”

Your cover letter should detail how you meet the required criteria

It should also include your available start date and annual salary before tax and benefits in ETB

The Equal Opportunities form is available here:

The closing date for applications noon Monday 10th February

We will acknowledge receipt of your application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview week commencing 17th February. Interviews will take place at the TARGET office, Addis Ababa the week beginning 24th February. Unsuccessful applicants well not be notified.

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