Head of Operations and Partnerships EdTech Hub

Programme/ Department: Growth Poverty and Inequality

Contract Type: Full time

Salary: £51,467 - £64,888 per annum

Location: Overseas Development Institute

Hours: 35 hours per week. Mon - Friday 09:30 - 17:30

Closing Date: 23 January 2020

Interview: TBD

Assessment: TBD

Head of Operations and Partnerships EdTech Hub

Head of Operations and Partnerships Ed Tech Hub

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £51,467 - £64,888 per annum

Location: London

Ref: Edtech 09/19


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About us


ODI is an independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. We harness the power of evidence and ideas through research and partnership to confront challenges, develop solutions and create change. (odi.org)


The EdTech Hub is a newly launched consortium-based project funded by the UK government (DFID). With budget envelope of £20m spread across 8 years, the programme aims to establish a platform for research on innovation and application of technologies to close the gap in provision of education worldwide. This will be achieved through research, innovative testing of solutions for education and engagement with the stakeholders.


ODI serves as lead of the EdTech Hub consortium and is responsible for Programme Management and Governance of the Hub, contributing across Research, Innovation and Engagement spheres. The core partners in the consortium include University of Cambridge, Jigsaw, Brink, Open Development for Education, and Results for Development, along with several regional partners. The EdTech Hub is currently partway through its Inception Phase, lasting until December 2019, after which there are plans for the project to continue until at least March 2027.


Person Specification


The EdTech Hub programme are looking for an exceptional individual to lead overall programme operations and manage consortium partnerships for the EdTech Hub, including financial management, the coordination of work planning, and knowledge management and communications activities, under oversight by the EdTech Director of Programme and with support from a Programme Manager, Programme Office, Programme Administrator and a Senior Digital Officer and Communications Officer.



The Head of Operations and Partnerships will lead the day-to-day management of EdTech Hub Secretariat and provide oversight and information to the Directors and donors. Leading this Secretariat will involve complex consortium and stakeholder management, intensive work planning and delivery tracking, oversight of the consortium budget, leadership of programme management and communications teams, external representation of ODI and the EdTech Hub and other management aspects involved with an assignment of this size and complexity. The EdTech Hub is committed to adaptive management and agile programming structures, with this role leading on delivery of the Hub’s ways of working in this regard.

 Knowledge and Qualifications:


  • Knowledge and experience of managing major donor-funded programmes/projects
  • High level of numeracy with particular focus on management of complex budget planning and monitoring tools
  • Masters degree in a relevant discipline




  • Substantial experience of development and management of large, complex consortium programmes with multiple internal and external stakeholders in international development context
  • Substantial experience of managing staff to tight deadlines in a team environment.
  • Experience of establishing complex systems and procedures, including on adaptive and agile programmes
  • Experience in management and monitoring of multi-million budgets
  • Experience of donor relationship management, including donor narrative and financial reporting, particularly experience of reporting to donors such as DFID, World Bank and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Substantial experience of managing staff to ensure delivery within tight deadlines in a cross-institutional environment  


  • Skills/abilities
  • Strong analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly, and excellent organisational and oral communication skills
  • Project and personnel management skills, with excellent time management
  • Advanced IT skills including excel, word, outlook, PowerPoint and databases. Familiarity with GoogleDrive
  • Communications skills to manage a complex consortium with many partners and a wide variety of audiences from different countries and cultures.
  • Proven skills in negotiation, listening, communication of ideas, problem solving, decision making
  • Ability to innovate in order to overcome problems and work as part of a team
  • Understanding of complex monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Ability to support and design cross-programme learning processes.
  • Exceptional planning and execution skills



  • Familiarity with digital communication and information sharing tools such as Kanban, Slack etc.
  • Experience as an Agile scrum master
  • Experience working in a developing country or with developing country partner organisations
  • Knowledge of education and/or digital for development issues.
  • Experience of working in a developing country
  • Experience of managing major programmes funded by DFID and/or the BMGF
  • Experience of working in a private sector fund management setting.
  • Closing date: 23rd January 2020

    Interview Date: Week of the 27th Jan 2020


    For more information, please download an application pack from here. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 0351 or email recruitment@odi.org.uk


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