Job Vacancy: Technical Education Project Manager

January 29, 2013

Closing Date: March 1, 2013 (or as soon as a successful candidate is identified)

Position Title: Technical Education Project Manager

Position Location: Time divided between Nairobi (Kenya), Arusha (Tanzania), and a European home base (other travel possible)

Dates: 12 month contract (start date flexible)

About the Organization

The Foundation for Technical Education (FTE) is a Geneva, Switzerland based philanthropic organization committed to providing the tools and essential skills that are needed for young people to achieve successful careers in the technical field. Delivering an innovative learning experience to areas with limited facilities, FTE provides the foundational skills students need to secure and succeed in modern technical careers based on a hands-on and student-centred education model.

About the Role

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to take the lead role in all coordination activities involved in the replication and implementation of the FTE Education Model into an existing technical training institution. Directly liaising with FTE’s head office in Geneva, Switzerland and the pilot training centre in Arusha, Tanzania, the Project Manager will be responsible for the fieldwork objectives of FTE in Nairobi, Kenya. With an approach to “getting things done”, the Project Manager will have the opportunity to grow, take on major responsibilities quickly and help realize an innovative education project that helps transform lives and enable local development.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee a multi-partner project to implement the FTE Education Model into an existing education institution in Nairobi, Kenya, providing leadership and technical guidance to ensure effective integration;

  • Organize training programs for the local Nairobi-based teaching staff in Arusha, Tanzania;

  • Develop and manage stakeholder relations with government officials, private donors, local companies, teaching staff and international NGOs investing in the project;

  • Facilitate the ordering and delivery of technical training equipment and learning materials;

  • Provide support in preparation of communication materials, case studies and reports; and

  • Other duties related to the replication project as the Foundation for Technical Education sees appropriate.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in business management, education, development studies or similar;

  • At least 2+ years work experience in managing complex projects;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; Swahili considered an

    asset; and

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to evaluate options and to think and plan


Other Qualities

  • Vibrant personality with the ability to work independently;

  • Highly flexible and willing to work under conditions of on-going change;

  • A solid understanding of best practices, innovations and latest developments in the technical education field;

  • Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethics;

  • Field work experience in international development;

  • Entrepreneurial culture, ability to deliver;

  • Good sense of humour, and

  • Ability to work confidently and comfortably in East Africa.


This is a paid position compensated based on a local salary including paid travel expenses. Salary is dependent upon experience.

To Apply
Please email your CV, together with a motivation letter to info@FTEfoundation.org.

Website: www.ftefoundation.org

The position is contingent upon project funding.