**This position is contingent on donor funding**
PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
Launched in 2016 by UNICEF and the World Bank Group, the Early Childhood Action Network (ECDAN) is a global network that connects, gathers, disseminates, and advocates for cross-sector solutions to improve the overall well-being of young children and families, so that every young child is safe, well-nourished, healthy, happy, and learning.
Since its inception in 2016, hundreds of members of the early childhood development (ECD) community have contributed recommendations for the type of network needed by the ECD community to advance the goals of its agenda — moving from science to scale and accelerating progress towards achieving the relevant Sustainable Development Goals for early childhood development.
ECDAN is currently hosted by PATH.
PATH is seeking a Home-Based Child Care Project Manager to support the Global Home-Based Child Care Project.
About the Global Home-Based Child Care Project
Hundreds of millions of children are cared for in homes around the world every day and yet support for them and their carers is limited. This is a unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of these children by creating a movement to support home-based care globally.
Home-based childcare (HBCC) is a form of non-parental childcare that takes place within the home of either the child or the provider, as opposed to a center. While global data is scarce, anecdotal and other information indicates that HBCC represents one of the most popular forms of childcare globally. In developing countries, very few employed women have access to organized childcare or nurseries (Lombardi and Sammen 2019).
Despite its prevalence and critical importance, HBCC is under supported, regulated, and financed. This initiative seeks to effectively scale enabling environments for HBCC by testing and scaling methods of building systems to support HBCC in three different contexts, establishing a global learning community to share learning tools and resources to support HBCC. Ultimately, we aim to strengthen HBCC systems in 100 communities in the next 10 years.
The first phase of the project will run for 18 months from January 2022 – July 2023 and will focus on:
- Convening and mobilizing all the stakeholders in the HBCC ecosystem in 3 key geographies that will receive “Spark Grants”
- Mapping the systems in these 3 key geographies, including understanding the key players and the levers for transitional change
- Beginning to develop and pilot solutions to challenges to scaling HBCC support systems in those 3 key geographies
- Establishing a learning community to exchange lessons, resources, and tools to advance HBCC systems globally
We are looking for a Home-Based Child Care Lead to provide the entrepreneurial energy and the expertise to help kick start this new project, forge strategic partnerships, develop the vision for Phase 2 of the project, and raise funding for Phase 2 of the project. Initial funding is secured, and the groundwork has been laid for a successful start to the project.
The HBCC Lead will lead the HBCC Task Force, hosted by the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) and report to the Executive Director. The role will involve close collaboration with project partners Spring Impact, Nexial, home-based child care working groups in countries, funders and other stakeholders.
Project management (5%)
- Facilitate the smooth implementation of the work plan across 3 Spark Grant sites and global learning community; manage timeline and activities to ensure that milestones are achieved in a timely manner
- Manage resource allocation and 5-year planning for technical projects on HBCC across core geographies
Partnership development (10%)
- Develop and sustain trust-based, reciprocal, and culturally responsive relationships with childcare partners, government agency leads and other stakeholders.
- Convene and mobilize stakeholders in Spark Grant sites to understand the home-based childcare system and work to address barriers to advance the scale up of enabling environments for home-based child care
- Identify strategic opportunities for partnership and facilitate collaboration towards shared goals
- Leverage the strengths of partners and explore opportunities to pilot and test solutions to shared challenges
- Be an active representative of the HBCC initiative and its work including through participating and presenting in global meetings
Technical assistance (25%)
- Offer evidence-based recommendations, guidance, and support, to partners in Spark Grant sites when requested and where appropriate drawing on experiences in other countries and in other fields e.g. public health and education
- Link partners to subject-matter experts as needed/ where relevant
- Facilitate the exchange of learning and promising practices across Spark Grant sites through the learning community
- Ensure technical quality across the project
Strategy development (30%)
- Strategically position home-based childcare globally in both the government and non-governmental level
- Develop a strategy and associated funding proposal for Phase 2 of the project to implement and scale-up, building on the strategy developed by Spring Impact and the blueprints for action created in Phase 1 of this project
- Identify and address barriers to project goals, working with partners to resolve them and ensure smooth implementation
Learning community facilitation (15%)
- Establish and facilitate a global learning community to advance our understanding of how to build systems that enable home-based childcare
- Coordinate the surfacing, documentation, analysis, and dissemination of lessons learned + resources developed during Phase 1
Fundraising and reporting to donors (15%)
- Track, analyze and report on ongoing programme activities using reporting templates required by donors
- Form and nurture strong relationships with funders with the aim of galvanizing investment of public and private resources for supportive ecosystems around home-based childcare