Education Program Manager – Save the Children – US – Colombo

Save the Children is seeking an Education Program Manager for an anticipated three to five-year USDA-funded program in Sri Lanka. The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) feeds schoolchildren, reduces hunger, enhances food security, and improves literacy (especially for girls) in low-income, food-deficit countries around the world. By providing school meals, teacher training, and related education and nutrition support, McGovern-Dole helps boost school enrollment, attendance, and literacy results. McGovern-Dole also provides support to maternal and child nutrition (MCN).

The Education Program Manager is a key position, responsible for leading the implementation of program activities to improve literacy of school-age children. S/he will focus on the “5 Ts” of learning: texts; tongue; testing; teachers; and time. S/he will work with the Ministry of Education to ensure close coordination and alignment with the Government of Sri Lanka’s education objectives.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.


Provide technical management of all education activities
Contribute to the development and direction of the project strategy to improve literacy of school aged children; oversee and prepare relevant project deliverables as required
Align activities with evidence-based approaches and best practices in reading instruction, and support complementary activities taking place at the school level
Develop a holistic approach to ensure disadvantaged children are physically, nutritionally, and cognitively fit to succeed in school, including encouraging community engagement
Improve teacher effectiveness by providing continuous support and coaching.
Incorporate the “5 Ts” (texts, tongue, testing, teachers, and time) into the literacy programs as appropriate and applicable.
Coordinate closely with national and decentralized education institutions and local partners
Provide technical management of teacher training and coaching support
Oversee project staff in line with the project work plan


Masters degree in education with a minimum of seven years experience in international education, including teaching experience
Significant experience working with similar USDA or USAID or other donor-funded programs; familiarity with school feeding programs preferred
Experience in teacher training, support and supervision
Experience developing and ensuring the effective use of teaching and learning materials
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. As a humanitarian agency, Save the Children is obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and promote the implementation of its child safeguarding policy. All representatives of Save the Children – employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, Board members and others who work with children on Save the Children’s behalf – are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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