Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) exists to accelerate good governance and equitable prosperity in Africa. Achieving that vision requires talented, ethical, energetic government professionals. With our in-country partners, we rigorously select diverse cohorts of public service professionals who are committed to practicing and promoting good governance throughout Africa. With EPL’s support throughout their career journeys, these leaders influence and strengthen their country’s infrastructure for delivering government services with care, innovation, and integrity.
EPL’s competitive recruitment process, continuous and responsive training, professional development, and mentorship motivates highly qualified, college-educated young professionals to pursue careers in the civil service. By injecting government institutions with new innovative, diverse, and ethical talent, EPL aims to improve government capacity and performance, strengthen countries’ democratic governance and accelerate sustainable growth in the countries where we operate. We bring an inclusive and accessible approach across lines of class, ethnicity, ability and geography because we believe that governments who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, better meet the needs of those citizens. Additionally, EPL ensures that the recruitment, retention, and promotion of young women in public service is prioritized; women and men are equally represented in the Fellowship program.
EPL has built strong partnerships with funders, government partners and local implementing partners in Liberia, Ghana and Kenya. The organization’s business model involves managing a significant amount of restricted funding and targeted international grant-making, which underlines its need for a strong and strategic operational infrastructure. It has a budget of approximately $4M and expectations of continued growth – with a headquarters office located in Washington, DC and staff based globally.
The Director of Programs and Learning oversees the effective and efficient implementation of programs by EPL’s implementing partners across countries and at the global level through a full project cycle management. This is a critical role for EPL with responsibility for building and strengthening EPL’s programs and alumni engagement.
An essential goal of this position is to move EPL’s work beyond a focus on the success of individual programs, towards ensuring that all EPL’s activities are anchored in its strategic objectives and informed by evidence, data, and insights.
This is a role for an experienced leader and a skilled expert; with a vision for how evidence can be used to effectively drive decisions, practice and impact in a complex, high stakes environment.
The Director of Programs and Learning reports to the Executive Director and manages the Programs & Learning Associate.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Preferred (Not Required) Qualifications
Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) is driving Africa’s development by creating a new generation of public servants committed to social impact. EPL exists to accelerate good governance and equitable prosperity in Africa. EPL believe that Africa’s development and economic growth can be accelerated by building effective civil service departments from the bottom up.
Through the Public Service Fellowship, we support in-country programs that recruit Africa’s most promising future leaders and place them into meaningful civil service positions. Over a period of two years, fellows are provided with the supervisory support, rigorous training and mentorship they need to launch and build a successful career in public service.
With a footprint in Liberia, Ghana and Kenya, our short-term vision is to expand our Public Service Fellowship Program and create a pan-African network of 500+ fellows by 2027. By supporting a merit-based pathway for competent and ethical talent to work in government, EPL is helping to improve civil service performance in Africa.
Today's fellows. Tomorrow's leaders.
EPL Fellowships provide an array of benefits for aspiring public leaders.