Evidence, impact and learning manager

Education Sub Saharan Africa Evidence impact and learning manager
Location London, UK or Accra, Ghana
Application deadline 30 March 2020
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary Competitive
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ESSA – Education Sub Saharan Africa is a charity established in May 2016. Our vision is to transform education: increasing employment for young people in sub-Saharan Africa.

The role

The Evidence, Impact and Learning Manager is an exciting new position within the ESSA team, driving our commitment to evidence-based practice and understanding our impact.

The successful candidate will drive a learning culture within ESSA, using evidence from our own programmes and other sources to improve our impact. They will support the development of new projects, collection of impact data during projects and collation and implementation of lessons learned. The Evidence, Impact and Learning Manager will also provide research to ongoing projects, using their expertise in understanding and translating academic research.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Provide thought leadership on: develop and implement monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and processes that meaningfully grasp programme outputs and outcomes.
  • Continue the development of ESSA’s overall theory of change and the theories of change for individual workstreams.
  • Build ESSA’s knowledge of the evidence underpinning its theory of change and identify priority areas for further research.
  • Drive a learning culture within ESSA.
  • Contribute to the production of evidence-based funding proposals.
  • Ensure that each workstream has a plan for assessing its impact and support the team to implement the plan.
  • Collaborate with teams across ESSA and within partner organisations.
  • Conduct primary/secondary quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Provide reports to donors.

Experience and skills


  • Significant (5 years) experience of using evidence-based learning to improve project implementation and design, and inform strategy.
  • Significant experience developing and testing theories of change.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, including the ability to process large amounts of information, extract critical analysis and distribute it appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate academic research for a non-specialist audience.
  • Excellent communication skills, to diplomatically engage with a range of stakeholders on key activities, while still meeting tight deadlines.
  • Practical experience in the field of international development.
  • Passionate about the role of education in development.
  • Trained to Masters-level in a relevant subject e.g. international development, economics, education or other social science.
  • Experience working with research institutions and on proposals for institutional donors
  • Experience of working in the non-profit sector.
  • Most importantly as a representative of ESSA, the person should be a team player with a pleasant disposition and hands-on, the ability to strike conversations and be respectful of diversities. You should be independent, creative, sincere and possess a powerful drive to pursue responsible data management systems.


  • Previous experience working in the field of international education.
  • Ability to speak French.
  • Normally resident in sub-Saharan Africa.

Other useful information

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter explaining your suitability for the role along with a CV by 9am GMT on 30th March 2020 to: [email protected]