Early Childhood Development and Business Operations Officer

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BRAC is one of the world’s largest development organisation having extensive  development programmes globally. BRAC’s vision is a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential. We use an integrated model to change systems of inequity through social development programmes, humanitarian response, social enterprises, socially responsible investments, and a university. We are a global leader in developing cost-effective , evidence-based programmes in conflict-prone and post-disaster settings and were ranked the #1 NGO in the world for the last five years consecutively by NGO  Advisor. We operate in 14 countries across Asia and Africa. 

BRAC Enterprises Tanzania Limited through its project Playful Learning for Young  Children in Tanzania’, aims to catalyze the ECD (Early Childhood Development)  private sector in Tanzania, by developing a ‘Hub & Spoke’ business model for the provision of low-cost, high quality, and scalable play-based ECD - improving the cognitive, physical, socio-emotional and language development of children aged 3-5  from low-income families in Dar-Es-Salaam.  

Early Childhood Development and Business Operations Officer is responsible for developing an ECD Social Business based upon BRAC’s existing Play Lab curriculum,  and using a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model. 

In ensuring the smooth execution of this project, BRAC Enterprises Tanzania Limited  is seeking applications from competent, dynamic, and self-motivated individuals to fill  up the following position: 

Job Location: DSM, TANZANIA  

Job Title: Early Childhood Development and Business Operations Officer 

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Refining and agreeing on the full ECD social enterprise project work plan and deliverables;
  • Ensuring the delivery of all project outputs and activities; delivering them on time and within  budget 
  • Setting up and running one pilot ECD Social Business based on BRAC’s preliminary business  model and dummy testing the provision of technical assistance to ECD providers (with support  from BRAC UK and BI) – this will include location selection, limited staff hiring/training,  enrolling students, engaging parents, monitoring performance, engaging directly with private  ECD providers, and incorporating lessons learned into the development of the final business  model; 
  • Managing an external consultant to conduct a market analysis including mapping ECD service  providers, testing 'Hub and Spoke' model assumptions, assessing private-sector demand and  willingness to pay for technical/ financial assistance, and working with microfinance to explore  loan product suitability and design;
  • Evaluating technology options to improve efficiency of Play lab operations; 
  • Facilitating an in-country business-modelling workshop with BRAC teams; 
  • Using insights gained from the pilot ECD centre and stakeholder engagement to iterate on the  original business model and develop a high standard strategic plan; 
  • Managing relationships, partnerships and knowledge sharing with staff and key stakeholders;
  • Conducting an assessment of regulatory requirements and risks, developing a plan for  advocacy, facilitating compliance, and engaging with government stakeholders as needed;
  • Facilitating a monthly Technical Advisory Committee with BRAC UK and BI 
  • Providing effective financial oversight and budget management; 
  • Delivering quality quarterly reports on progress to BRAC UK and BI; 
  • Finalizing a final report to Vitol Foundation (the donor for the R & D phase); 
  • Utilizing the Business Plan to attract additional investment for operations in Tanzania, working  with BRAC Tanzania’s General Manager; 
  • Managing the set up and transition of the Hub and Spoke model into a Social Business  

Required Qualifications and Experience:  

  • The successful Early Childhood Development and Business Operations Officer will need a range  of Early Childhood Development / business / entrepreneurial skills and project management skills.  This includes: 
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field preferably in Business, finance, economics, management,  and/or marketing. 
  • Early Childhood Development and Business Operations Officer must have experience in  running and managing a Social Business in a developing country context, with 3 or more years  of experience. 
  • Experience and skills in implementing ECD projects strongly preferred.  
  • Experience with micro-finance and micro-finance innovations will be an added advantage 
  • Experience working in multi-stakeholder projects 
  • Strong English competency; 
  • Practical skills of managing/operating a successful Early Childhood Development project 
  • Practical skills of managing/operating a successful Social Business including demonstrated  ability to take direct action where necessary; 
  • Strong understanding of business modeling and very comfortable with numbers and finance;
  • Ability to apply creative solutions to refine and improve the business model(s); 
  • Knowledge of the project life-cycle and a solid knowledge of the components of best practice  project management, including resource allocation and mapping, maintaining a log frame, Gantt  charts, critical path analysis, risk and resource conflict management and a thorough  understanding of project budgets; 
  • An effective public speaker, able to communicate to external ECD stakeholders and  communicate a clear vision to motivate a small team to deliver that vision; 
  • Excellent, clear and high-quality report writing, with an analytical mind and attention to detail;
  • Able to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint to capture, report and communicate;  complex data and ideas; 
  • Excellent relationship building & networking skills to create and sustain relevant relationships  with external stakeholders and manage knowledge appropriately; 
  • A dedication to managing details and delivering activities to a high quality on time and on budget;
  • Confidence to ask for help from BRAC’s international teams and comfort with assessing  mistakes and learning from them; 
  • Participatory and inclusive skills to work across BRAC’s internal teams; 
  • Ability to work in a fast and complex environment with stakeholders from multiple cultural  backgrounds and with different levels of skills and English language ability;  
  • Particular in the Tanzanian context the Early Childhood Development and Business Operations  Officer must be able to embrace cultural relativism and avoid subjective assessments to remain  respectful and mindful of the value all stakeholders have to offer at all times. 

Desirable skills and competencies include: 

  • A track record of securing different forms of capital investment such as project funding, social  impact investment, debt and equity; 
  • An understanding of the education sector in Tanzania, and ability to understand ECD from a  needs and demand perspective; 
  • Experience conducting research and/or working closely with research teams and integrating their findings into project design and implementation. 

How to apply

If you feel you are the right match for the above-mentioned position, please apply by  sending your CV and cover letter through email to [email protected] with  the subject “ ECD Business Operations Officer ”. The application  deadline is 07.01.2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  

BRAC Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and is against all forms  

of exploitation, discrimination, and harassment at the workplace.

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