Education Data Management Officer

The position

About AKF’s Education Programme
As an international development agency, AKF work in partnership with a global network of local government schools, government education actors and systems, and civil society actors within education systems to co-develop and test affordable and scalable evidence-based models about how best to create quality, equitable learning environments and improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalised children. In Kenya, AKF delivers the Education Improvement Programme in the Coast Region. In partnership with a global consortium of private foundations, AKF is implementing Schools2030, a 10-year (2020-2030) programme aimed at improving learning outcomes. The ten-year initiative is a participatory action research programme in 1000 government schools across the ten countries. Using the principles of Human-Centred Design (HCD) and focusing on the key transition years, Schools2030 seeks to catalyse locally rooted education solutions that can inform systems-level approaches for improving holistic learning outcomes. In Kenya, AKF will partner with 100 schools in Coast Region to drive classroom innovations to enable teacher to generate solutions and inform ‘what works in education’.

Purpose of the position
AKF is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated individual to ensure data is effectively collected and used to improve quality of programming and influence for AKF education programming, including Schools2030. Working under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager Coast Region, the Data Management Officer will be responsible for ensuring data quality, conducting real-time data analysis, and providing real-time feedback to diverse stakeholders engaged in AKF education programmes. The Data Management Officer will ensure that data is used by teams to improve programme implementation as well as supporting teachers and educational leaders to improve their understanding on the use of data to drive pedagogical and education system improvements. This role will demand the person to work within a dynamic, fast-paced environment and work closely with the broader Coast Region and East African education, programme, and monitoring and evaluation teams as well as the global Schools2030 team.
The requirements

Duties and responsibilities
In 2021, the position will focus on Schools2030.

  • Manage real-time data collection, analysis, and feedback to multiple education stakeholders.
  • Provide school-based support to enable teachers and school leaders to effectively use PROMISE3 to collect, analyse, and so use data to improve pedagogical practice and schools.
  • Collaborate with the Learning and Assessment partners to track the programme activities and design processes in schools and maintain a database on the outputs for each phase of the process
  • Lead internal professional development of staff to enable PROMISE3 to be implemented across all AKF education programmes.
  • Work closely with the AKF education team in making meaning of the data and findings coming through for programme iteration.
  • Provide project information and feedback to communicate progress, challenges, learning, and upcoming priorities and workplans to the Schools2030 Coordinator and AKF education team.
  • Propose, develop and/or adapt data maintenance software and resources for use.
  • Ensure all project funds are fully accounted for and liquidation is done in a timely manner to enable timely reporting.
  • Engage and coordinate key partners, including the County Statistics department, at County level on data needs to ensure effective collection and management of data.
  • Ensure project learning is effectively communicated through the internal and external feedback loops and that key partners have access to and understand the learning.
  • Effectively engage AKF teams on learning opportunities to develop professional and technical understanding of data in education and Human Centred Design.
  • Any other duties as requested by the Programme Manager Coast.

Key qualifications and experience

  • Relevant undergraduate qualification including, Statistics, Economics, Social studies, Computer Science, Demography, Geography.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience of working in ICT enabled data management systems to drive organisational and system learning.
  • Ability to design Result Measurement Frameworks, Data Collection Tools, Sampling Methods and
  • Quantitative/Qualitative Data Analysis is required.
  • Knowledge of online and offline, open-source data collection tools and approaches and or database environment and/or project management software.
  • Relevant experience working in education programming and international development an added advantage.
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure.


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About Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, not-for-profit international development agency, which was founded in 1967 by Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV. AKF seeks to provide long-term solutions to problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill health in the poorest parts of South and Central Asia, Eastern and Western Africa, and the Middle East.