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Manager of Special Projects


Working directly with our COO, the Manager of Special Projects will work closely with the PMO and will lead on project management best practice across the organisation. The Manager of Special Projects will lead projects as a project owner. We are developing new systems and processes to ensure that our government partners are able to deliver to quality standards at scale, and our staff are enabled to provide them with high-quality technical support. 

The postholder will also lead on projects assigned by the CEO. These will typically focus on our partnerships work and collaboration with key stakeholders as we progress our scale plans.

The postholder will work with global team members build capacity in project management best practice. The post holder will provide specialised support to our Ghana and Uganda implementing teams to employ these project management systems and tools effectively.

For a detailed understanding of the role and person criteria, please see the Job Description.


About us

Our mission is to get preschool children in rural Africa to thrive.  At present over 250 million children worldwide fail to receive the education and care they need in their early years which means they are less likely to do well in school, find gainful employment, and are at greater risk of early marriage, early parenthood and even criminality. Current approaches to solving this crisis are not proving effective or scalable in low and middle income countries.   


That’s where Lively Minds comes in. We have developed an award-winning Early Childhood Development programme that has been proven through randomised control trial to improve cognitive and socio-emotional skills and reduce malnutrition for pre-schoolers in hard-to-reach communities, so they have a greater chance of succeeding in school and in life. The programme provides marginalised Mothers with a parenting course and weekly radio broadcasts that empowers them to run educational Play Schemes for pre-schoolers and to provide better home-based care, using cheap local resources.  The programme is delivered through government partners, is cheap and highly scalable. It genuinely has the potential to play a transformative role in ending the global ECD crisis.   


We are extremely proud that the Government of Ghana have now adopted the programme and we have a ground-breaking partnership with them to support them to institutionalise it, fund it and to scale it to 60 education districts, reaching over 4000 communities and 1million children. In addition, an award-winning international research team are conducting a further randomised control trial to help us understand its impacts at scale.  We are now turning our attention to scaling the programme nationwide across Ghana, scaling up the radio in its own right and moving to new countries.  


We are a lively ambitious organisation, determined to have a major positive impact on the world. We work hard at a fast pace, in a challenging environment. We expect everyone to give their best to achieve the best possible results. Our work is demanding but provides plenty of opportunity for innovation, responsibility, growth, collaboration, creativity and fun. We want all staff to be happy, fulfilled and to feel appreciated and valued in their work.   

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter before the deadline.

Deadline for applications: 11:59pm GMT on 11th March 2024

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