The Creative Development Lab (Lab) is a small intrapreneurial innovation team at Creative, particularly focused on digital development: leveraging information and communication technologies for international development program objectives. Areas of recent work have included building resilience to online disinformation, citizen participation in governance and democratic processes, youth behavior change using digital media, monitoring using satellite imagery and big data, safeguarding women in digital spaces, etc.
The Education Division (ED) supports local and national efforts to increase student learning achievement—across ages and stages from early childhood and early grades—through proven models for increasing literacy, numeracy, attendance and community engagement. In ED programming, the Lab has for instance led the implementation of digital solutions in book distribution such as Track & Trace systems and made local language reading content available to primary school children's homes via SMS and IVR low-tech technologies. International education is undergoing a transformation with digital solutions to support distance or blended learning, remote training, teacher coaching, assessments, school level data monitoring and reporting, book distribution, community engagement, social and emotional learning, digital and media literacy, accessibility and inclusion, and other facets of international education programming. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this. The EdTech Lead will be responsible to lead the strategic thinking, approach, processes, technologies, systems, partner collaboration and research insights to appropriately help realize the digital transformation of international education programming at Creative.
The EdTech Lead will:
- Conduct assessments of connectivity, digital divide, education technology infrastructure, organizational capacity for edtech, commercial actors, etc. in target countries to guide program design and country government/ministry investments;
- Identify and build tools to help with decision making, blended learning implementation and evaluation of digital solutions in international education;
- Secure opportunities to provide technical assistance in Creative's education programs and deliver high quality technical assistance for project or activity implementation; and
- Identify and pursue funding opportunities for pilots, innovation and research in digital solutions for international education
The position will be housed at the Creative Development Lab. The position will also work closely with the Education Division, and other relevant practice areas such as Workforce Development for Positive Youth Development in the Economic Growth division (EG).
- Business Development – The EdTech Lead will be responsible for conceptualizing and designing technology and media-driven solutions to meet international education program objectives. They will contribute to proposal processes such as capture, design, writing and budgeting – leading these for edtech interventions. The Lead will identify and vet local partners to be able to support such interventions. The EdTech Lead will also identify and pursue strategic opportunities for pilots, learning and innovation in international education outside Creative's primary business development pipeline.
- Project Activity Implementation – The EdTech Lead will themselves and with other relevant Lab staff provide implementation support to Creative's education projects for activities involving digital solutions. Technical assistance may include technology set up, training, guiding local partners, monitoring and evaluation in-country or remotely. The Lead will also respond to project requests and proactively nudge projects to use relevant digital solutions.
- Research & Development – The EdTech Lead will be responsible for leading relevant Lab and Creative initiatives that advance innovation in international education, such as developing new services or tools. The EdTech Lead will also keep abreast of evidence, emerging technologies, products and techniques to bring to Creative programming.
Strategic Marketing– The EdTech will engage in thought leadership activities such as presenting at relevant conferences, writing for the Creative newsletter and external blog, and contributing to communities of practice such as CIES, BEC, INEE and the mEducation alliance. The marketing efforts will target strategic positioning with clients such as USAID and the World Bank.**Qualifications**
Building good relations with education technical, divisional, project and business development staff is critical to success in the role;
Confidence in presenting ideas convincingly and creating space in meetings and design sessions to articulate and voice ideas often on the fly;
Entrepreneurial drive to self-start, work with low supervision, make and realize opportunities even when often faced with difficult and critical personalities;
Creativity in identifying solutions, bringing together different disciplines, pooling Lab members, local partners, emerging technologies and out of the box thinking;
Experience in international education technology design and implementation;
Passion and optimism for international education and digital development;
Quick learner not hesitant to dabble with and self-learn new tools, systems and technologies to be able to then train others on them and implement in projects;
Outstanding formal writing and editing skills, and the ability to write quickly;
Team player that can fit in a close-knit Lab team environment and create opportunities for collaboration, apart from being an effective individual contributor;
Minimum six (6) years of relevant work experience