United Nations Children's Fund , United Kingdom
There are few greater challenges faced by the global community than the twin crises of learning poverty and youth unemployment. In response, the Education Commission (chaired by Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister, and UN Special Envoy for Global Education) and the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen) came together to create EOF. We aim to improve the education and employment outcomes of 10 million children and youth by supporting governments to utilize a range of innovative finance instruments at scale, including outcomes funds and other results-based financing (RBF) instruments.
EOF supports improvements in the quality of education and skills programs, with a special focus on girls and underserved populations, including those in the hardest to reach rural areas. It measures (and pays for) what matters – both core skills like literacy and numeracy, but also critical 21st Century skills such as socio-emotional skills, ICT skills, and other broader fundamentals of a quality education. It helps close the persistent gap between the skills needed by employers and those attained by today’s youth.
For all the above, EOF pays primarily on the basis of the results achieved, ensuring that taxpayer-funded domestic resources, aid, and philanthropic funds are only used to pay for what works. This is a game-changing way to finance results in education. It is more than just a fund – it is a powerful new set of partnerships and way of working.
Together with our supporters, we believe this is the early stages of a much larger movement. Our approach is at the cutting edge of development finance, shifting risk to the private sector, crowding in private capital, and harnessing the capacity and capability of non-state actors, with huge potential to achieve better outcomes for children and youth around the world.
Since our inception in 2018, EOF has:
- Partnered with governments in Ghana and Sierra Leone to establish the two largest outcomes funds to date in developing countries, mobilising ~$50M for these programs.
- Established itself as a leading global player in Results Based Financing (RBF), and the only dedicated center of expertise for RBF in education and skills.
- Become the first outcomes fund hosted by the United Nations within UNICEF, as a scalable platform to partner with governments around the world.
- Established a major partnership with the LEGO Foundation, to develop a scale portfolio of RBF programs in early childhood across a diverse range of countries, as well as to amplify the movement and ecosystem of partners around this approach.
- Had our innovative approach featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, FT, Economist, Brookings, and more.
- Built institutional capacity to contract and implement large-scale outcomes funds more efficiently and effectively than historic impact bonds.
- Established a strong culture of performance and an active focus on ongoing professional development for all our team.
- The next chapter of EOF’s growth is particularly exciting, as we look to build on this foundation in the coming years. We will shift focus towards implementation of our first large scale programs, developing public goods and policy insights on ‘what works’ both in education and RBF. We will develop new RBF models that can be replicated and scaled across regions, as well as continuing to roll out our existing models. Ultimately, we want to improve the way governments and donors fund and implement education programs around the world.
How can you make a difference?
- We are seeking to recruit an exceptional Communications Manager to take a leading role in EOF’s communications, in close coordination with the leadership team and program managers.
- The Communications Manager will report directly to the Chief Partnerships Officer. They will also collaborate with all members of the EOF team.
Description Of Assignment (Tasks, Smart Deliverables, Deadlines):
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Strategic communications planning: develop EOF’s communications strategy for the central organization and each of our programs, and hold overall responsibility for successful implementation
- Thought leadership development: Write, and support others in writing, content across a variety of formats, including blog posts, articles, newsletters, op-eds and reports
- Act as a custodian for EOF’s brand: work across formats and media to improve our brand, including active quality control for all externally published content
- Lead the communications function: this could include managing junior team members (researchers, analysts, and associates), external consultants and agencies
- Manage EOF’s social media: oversee the development of relevant and engaging content for Twitter and LinkedIn, which responds to our operating environment
- Manage the EOF website: proactively improve the structure, content and navigation of our website, to ensure it effectively communicates EOF and our work
- Secure speaking opportunities: identify valuable opportunities for external engagement which will raise EOF’s profile and support our programmatic and partnership goals
- Build the EOF team’s communication skills: develop standard messaging, draft talking points and train the team on effective communication
- EOF is an entrepreneurial environment, and this will be our first dedicated communications role; this is a hugely exciting opportunity, but it does mean the successful candidate must be comfortable being hands-on and holding the pen themselves.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced degree (Masters) in communications, public relations, marketing, or a closely related field.
- A minimum of 6 years of relevant, professional experience in communications, public relations, marketing or a closely related field.
- A track record in developing and implementing communication strategies in complex and political environments
- Experience leading international communication activities (such as a program launch), which include traditional and digital media
- Experience in directly leading people, projects and teams
- Excellent written skills. Able to convey complex ideas clearly and engagingly and can adjust you style to reach a variety of different audiences.
- Experience working in a start-up/ scale-up environment; comfort and ability to thrive amidst ambiguity and to quickly (re-)adjust to new circumstances
- Experience or an interest in international development, the global education sector, and international aid
- Experience working in or with low- and/or middle-income countries, particularly in Africa, the Middle East or South America
- Experience in innovative financing, in particular with RBF instruments or incentive structures.
- Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in Spanish, French or Arabic is preferred. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, or Russian) is an asset.
3rd May, 2022
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