Program Manager at Wadhwani Foundation-Rwanda

December 3, 2019

Job Title : Program Manager WE & WO

Job Description :

The Program Manager will own all activities related to launching / establishing and making the Entrepreneurship and Opportunity programs in the country successful while working with the local partners and WF team members.

This role is primarily that of a Program and Partner Management in two of the Foundation’s programs a) Wadhwani Entrepreneur and b) Wadhwani Opportunity in Rwanda.

Key activities will be to establish scalable models for supporting young startups to stabilize and establish their businesses for scale. The objective is to establish scale operations that catalyze hundreds and thousands of startups with structured and nuanced support models with measurable outcomes of growth and new jobs planning. Interfacing with the Entrepreneurs, Technological Institutes, High Schools, Employers and Professional Institutes. While the manager needs to have or develop expertise in the area of Skilling development and education, the intent is to engage, and monitor individuals and partners, working with them with WF learning and content resources etc so that students have more support and to monitor results including engaging and graduating students and growth indicators including jobs obtained by the students that are supported.

More specifically the role may be broken into the following key responsibilities:

1. Wadhwani Entrepreneur Program:

• Responsible for developing and managing the WF NEN institutions & other partner Organizations including Entrepreneur & Startup Associations in a given market

• Qualify and sign up relevant institutes as per target & within timelines for the WF NEN curricular and non-curricular programs.

• Work with individual institutions to visualize and build goals & annual road maps for successful outcomes

• Facilitating the capacity development of member institutes –this includes working with the head of the institution, faculty leaders, and students to help structure, design and execute the right experiential programs

• Facilitate access to different resources from within and outside the Wadhwani Foundation.

• Initiate and lead collaborations, networking & training programs on ground

• Identify & develop local resource teams including key faculty, mentors & entrepreneurs

• Work with the Central Team in mapping the market training needs and help implement these programs on ground

• Help administer the surveys on campuses at regular intervals

• Catalyze interest in entrepreneurship amongst students on campuses

• Drive participation and successful outcomes from the curriculum and non-curricular programs

2. Wadhwani Opportunity Program

• Scope the Skilling needs, institutes development, stakeholders and framework in the country.

• Help identify the needs and define the goals and scope of the program with clear roles and deliverables of the entities involved.

• Work with their manager to create a detailed project plan, monitor actions and ensure timely completion of deliverables to meet the needs.

• Qualify, sign up and build network of institutions and other partners as per targets and within timelines. Liaison with all parties involved, ensuring common understanding of program, delivery mechanisms, incentives, infrastructure and outcomes to ensure deliverables are met.

• In general, ensure WF involvement is properly utilized and resulting in valuable deliverables that meet the objectives of the program and initiative.

• Help administer the surveys on campuses at regular intervals

• Build Employers network and support

• Identify and enroll high potential large employers for the rollout of JobWISE training via their CSI/CSR or Internship programs

• Engage employers for placements with the largest and best performing institutional partners for impact on jobs fulfilled

Minimum Criteria :

• Experience: Minimum 8 years with at least 3 years in roles leading programs. Experience should include interfacing with Entrepreneurial ecosystem, higher educational institutes, government departments and other entities. Strong analytical, conceptual and strategic planning skills. Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills.

• Communications: Excellent oral and written English skills. Able to listen, understand and communicate effectively. Able to develop documents and other write-ups for communication on paper, via the web and other means. Ability to communicate effectively to a range of audiences including students, teachers, principals, government as well as industry personnel.

• Project Management: Strong program management skills. Ability to break up a complex deliverable into a project plan with realistic tasks. Ability to manage aggressive deadlines with ownership and required hard work to keep to deadlines.

• People/Team Skills: Highly presentable and pleasant. Confident and able to interface with senior faculty/ industry experts/ Education Partners and government officials to derive results. High energy, exhibiting passion and drive for their work and able to rally other people around common goals. Work as an independent contributor and also as coordinator in a team.

• Technology: Mastery of MS Office and elearning tools – Word, Powerpoint, Excel, e-learning platforms. Ease of use of internet for getting data and communicating over email. Any experience in Learning Management Systems/e-learning will be a plus.

• Highly desirable: Exposure and experience working across at least 2 of the 3 areas – Higher education program, Vocational skilling and Startup ecosystem. Very familiar with structures and systems in East Africa. Experience in training and development using current tools.

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