The Luminos Fund, an international nonprofit bringing education opportunities to the world’s most vulnerable children, is looking for an experienced and dynamic Program Coordinator in The Gambia to contribute to its rapid growth and expansion. The Program Coordinator will help facilitate smooth program implementation, coordinate program monitoring, and support day-to-day office operations. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, self-motivated, collaborative, organized, and passionate about driving transformative results for out-of-school children. Additionally, they will have experience working in education programs and operations in The Gambia.

This full-time position will be based at the Luminos office in Banjul and will require frequent travel to the regions where classes are located. The Program Coordinator will report to the Country Manager.


The Luminos Fund ( provides transformative education programs to thousands of out-of-school children, helping them to catch up to grade level, reintegrate into government schools, and prepare for lifelong learning. Working in partnership with community-based organizations, Luminos is scaling up its accelerated learning program to ensure all children have equal access to joyful, foundational learning, especially those shut out of education by crisis, poverty, or discrimination. To date, Luminos has helped over 218,000 secure a second chance to learn. A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, Luminos is working in Ethiopia, Ghana, Lebanon, Liberia, and The Gambia.

Luminos is supported by a range of funding partners, including Cartier Philanthropy, Dubai Cares, Legatum, and UBS Optimus Foundation. Luminos has been recognized for its achievements globally, receiving the 2022 Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize, the Library of Congress International Literacy Award, the Lipman Family Prize, the WISE Award, and the HundrED Global Innovation Award for the last six years.


Program Coordination

  • Plan, coordinate, and oversee all logistics for program events, including teacher training, program meetings, and site visits by donors, government officials, and staff.
  • Lead procurement of program resources, including training guides, textbooks, and reports.
  • Support the research and delivery of academic interventions such as parental engagement and reading initiatives to improve student outcomes.
  • Support the recruitment and onboarding of local implementing partners.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the annual program budget and strategic goals.
  • Represent Luminos to key partners including government officials, school leaders, and other education and community stakeholders.

Program Monitoring

  • Monitor program delivery, including via in-person observations and regular contact with partner organizations.
  • Review reports submitted by partner organizations to ensure program objectives are met in a timely fashion.
  • Collaborate with Luminos staff and partner organizations to drive accurate data collection and analyze program data to propose areas of improvement and refinement.

Operations & Financial Support

  • Support legal, HR, IT, and general compliance activities, including registration, and acquisition of applicable national and regional licenses.
  • Maintain an up-to-date repository for organization documents including grant agreements, internal policies and procedures, and other operational records.
  • Develop recommendations that will inform procurement processes and vendor selection.
  • Implement financial and operational guidelines as requested by the finance team, including verifying expenditure documentation for staff and partner organizations.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in leading the delivery of teacher training and continuous professional development of teachers.
  • Experience working in rural communities in The Gambia.
  • Three or more years’ experience in program coordination, with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Proven organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to speak and write English fluently.
  • Conversational fluency in local Gambian languages.

Preferred Experience

  • Academic qualifications in Education, Social Sciences, or a related field.
  • Experience in a startup environment and building something from nothing.
  • Event planning experience.


  • Belief and demonstrated passion for the mission, vision, and values of the Luminos Fund.
  • Impeccable integrity, professionalism, and a can-do attitude.
  • Innate sense of responsibility for the delivery of quality work, even in adverse circumstances.
  • Team player, with a belief in the power of positivity and appreciative inquiry.
  • Natural curiosity and hunger for continuous learning and improvement.
  • Affinity for technology and a love of data.
  • Belief that success lies in the details.
  • Readiness to problem-solve creatively on a myriad of fronts and go above and beyond to deliver success.

The Luminos Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.