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Head of Education

Vacancy Reference
Position Title
Head of Education
Permanent Contract (with a 6-month probationary period)
35 hours per week
Based at
Other (See Description)
(Up to) £42,000.00 per annum (commensurate with experience)

Role Overview:

The Head of Education will ensure the implementation of the MH Programmes Strategy within the Education and Sponsorship portfolio. They will report to the Director of Programmes and will manage the Education and Sponsorship teams.

The candidate will have demonstrable experience of successful delivery of international education programmes and project management.

This is a very rewarding position for the right person. If you feel this is you, then please email us your CV with a cover letter explaining why you feel you are suitable, quoting the above reference number!


  • Strong applicants may be contacted sooner, ahead of the closing date, to hold a Zoom interview with Muslim Hands.
  • Deadline for applications is 26th September 2021; however, we reserve the right to end the application procedure early should the right candidate be found. 
  • Unfortunately, we will only be able to contact successful candidates, so if you have not heard from us by the closure date your application will have been unsuccessful.
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Position Summary

Person Specification (Essential):

  • University degree (BA or BSc)
  • Experience of programme management in low- and middle-income countries
  • Experience in leading and managing teams
  • Experience in managing education programmes

Person Specification (Desirable):

  • MBA, or masters-level degree in International Development or related subject
  • Charities/INGO experience
  • Experience of working with institutional donors
  • Experience of managing a portfolio of international education programmes

Main Responsiblities (Strategy):

  • Ensure that the MH Programmes Strategy and theory of change for MH education programmes aligns with and is in support of MH’s global strategy
  • Carry out regular performance and annual reviews of education programmes based on strategic aims and KPIs

Main Responsibilities (Programme Management):

  • Review proposals of proposed interventions to ensure innovative projects and programmes are designed adhering to sectoral standards, principles in accordance with guidelines on humanitarian interventions and best practice
  • Effectively coordinate and liaise with partners to ensure education sector good practices are utilised in MH education programmes
  • Ensure the successful implementation of project cycle management tools within MH education and sponsorship programmes
  • Ensure MH education programmes are in line with sector and international standards on programme quality
  • Support the current education MEAL frameworks and tools and ensure effective programme oversight
  • Ensure the programme is in line with MH policies and procedures
  • Ensure all programmes are in line with due diligence, risk procedures etc.

Main Responsibilities (Finance and Compliance):

  • Ensure effective implementation of projects through progress and financial reporting
  • Ensure the MH education programmes meet local and international compliance requirements
  • Ensure documents and relevant procedures are correctly and appropriately applied

Main Responsibilities (Networking and Influencing):

  • Significantly raise the profile and visibility of the MH Education Programme
  • Represent MH on national and regional platforms, developing understanding and support and working in collaboration with education-focused organisations
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders to ensure the internal visibility of MH programmes

Main Responsibilities (Capacity Strengthening):

  • Provide insight into education trends to all relevant internal stakeholders and become a champion for education programmes internally and externally
  • Build on current trends such as education in emergencies, education partnerships, programmes knowledge and awareness to improve quality of MH education programmes
  • Ensure the vision, values and aim of the programme continue to be embedded in all areas of work and are clearly communicated internally and externally
  • Ensure areas of MH are in line with current education programmes trends
  • Ensure the capacity of MH education programmes is reviewed and developed through teacher training programmes, infrastructure reviews, curriculum planning etc.
  • Work closely with colleagues and partners with relevant technical expertise to ensure planning, monitoring, fundraising, M&E and governance and other appropriate support is available for programmes

Main Responsibilities (Communication and Marketing):

  • Provide key case studies to the Communications department in Fundraising to create further opportunities by highlighting key stories, which heighten the awareness of the education and sponsorship programmes
  • Provide all relevant education and sponsorship updates to the Communications department via the Programmes Reporting Officer, including producing quarterly reports for them to share updates with our donors

General Responsibilities:

  • Undertake all tasks and duties in an effective, efficient, transparent and wholly accountable manner
  • Demonstrate Muslim Hands’ values and ethics in own working practices, approach and conduct
  • Support fundraising activities from time to time, including committing to partake in fundraising activities and ensure the availability of staff during our peak periods
  • Undertake any reasonable responsibilities as required by your Line Manager
  • Promote and adhere to all Muslim Hands policies, procedures and professional practices
  • Note: This job description will change from time to time due to changes within the organisation as well as the updating of procedures within your department. If there is a major change to your role then a new job description will be produced.

About Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands is faith-based international relief and development organisation working in over 40 countries worldwide. The headquarters of Muslim Hands is based in Nottingham, with additional operational function of the fundraising team located in London. There will be occasional travel between the two locations.

Muslim Hands UK is seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic and passionate individual to lead our Education work. Education is a core part of Muslim Hands Vision and strategy as we grow.

The purpose of this role is to provide strategic oversight and management of the Muslim Hands Education and Orphan Sponsorship portfolio. The Head of Education will ensure Muslim Hands programmes are meeting the needs of the communities we serve and benefit from wider learning from the sector.

How To Apply

Application is by CV and covering letter by email to or by hard copy to our address.

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Muslim Hands UK

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.