Chief of Party – Nigeria – LEARN To Read

  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Full-time

Company Description

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

EDC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Job Description

The upcoming LEARN to Read activity will provide technical assistance to states of the Nigerian federation, with the greatest need to improve learner reading outcomes, to expand their early grade reading, in languages children use and understand. Nigerian students will also enroll in, regularly attend, and stay in school, particularly in grades 1 through 3. The activity will take an integrated approach by working with and through the systems of select states, local government education authorities (LGEAs), and schools to effectively leverage their financial, human and materials resources to increase equitable access to education and to improve students’ reading outcomes.


The Chief of Party (COP) will oversee all the LEARN project’s operations and activities.  This person will lead the senior management team at the central level. The COP will be responsible for strengthening relationships with government counterparts in legacy states, building relationships in the launching state and liaising with on-demand states to agree upon levels and types of technical assistance and finalize MOUs.  The COP will be the chief project interface with the Federal Ministry of Education and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).  The COP will be the project’s chief liaison with USAID.  The COP will work with USAID to set criteria for the launch state(s) and the technical assistance states, in consultation with project senior staff.  The COP will troubleshoot issues that come up with the States and federal level entities during implementation, using negotiating, problem solving and diplomatic skills to find solutions to keep the State, LGEA and project relationships strong, transparent, and productive.

The candidate for the position of Chief of Party shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:


Master’s degree in education or a directly relevant field from an accredited university (Ph.D. or Ed.D. is preferred).

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 15 years of experience in relevant management, supervisory, technical expertise working with programs that are of a similar scope to this activity is required (at least 10 of these years must be in a management/leadership position, managing USG funding;
  • At least ten years of experience in the education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in Nigeria or West Africa, with experience in project design, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national-level quality improvement;
  • Experience in early grade reading and education in conflict-affected, alternative and rural settings is a must; and.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of capacity development and professional development.


Professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English. Local language capability is preferred.

Additional Information

Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified.  No phone calls, please.

EDC is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.