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Programme Manager International NGO Jobs - STIR Education

Job Title:     Programme Manager
Organisation: STIR Education
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About Us:
STIR Education is an International NGO headquartered in London and currently operating in India and Uganda.  At STIR Education, we strongly encourage self-learning, taking ownership of your workload, and supporting the organisation in a holistic way – in order to collaborate with us to grow the STIR dream and the Teacher Changemaker movement. We see teachers as the solution, not the problem, in addressing the global learning crisis that affects 250 million children in developing countries today. We motivate and network teachers so they can improve their own professional practice as well as influence their peers and the wider system. The networks are deeply embedded into education systems, both government and private. The core model underpinning the STIR strategy is a journey that gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate with peers in local networks and gain exposure to evidence based practices – motivating teachers to develop the professional mindsets and behaviours to improve student learning. There is a strong focus around impact measurement; and in aligning with government and other large-scale systems.

Job Summary: The STIR Programme Manager will support the effective implementation of our rapidly growing work in Uganda. The Programme Manager will work as part of STIR’s existing vibrant team of managers and other staff in the Uganda office; have excellent skills in partnership/relationship management; be a very positive and solution focused person; be flexible, extremely organised and is able to work in a very fast paced, dynamic environment. Crucially, the Programme Managers will have a very strong belief in the potential of teachers to be changemakers in the Uganda education system.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·         Working closely with the Senior Programme Managers leading on the Government, Union and NGO partnership programmes, and together with the rest of the team to support STIR’s partners in embedding the STIR model effectively in their existing organisation infrastructures, and running local networks of Teacher Changemakers
·         Ensuring that partners gather and share data required by STIR and make sure the data is organised carefully – working with the M&E Team and Lead Programme Managers in the NGOs and Government Partnership Programmes.
·         Actively participate in organising STIR training institutes and other STIR – led events to promote teachers, education leaders and policy makers as changemakers.
·         Develop and share a knowledge base about what makes an effective Education Leader and policy changemaker (Learning Improvement Groups); and work with partners and STIR team to ensure the STIR methodology is appropriately embedded in the work of both NGO and government partners.
·         Provide on-going coaching and mentoring to Education Leaders to ensure high quality implementation, whilst integrating learning from monitoring & evaluation to further improve model delivery.
·         Build and maintain relationships with STIR’s partners: Government and Districts, unions and education institutions – such that they remain committed to working in partnership with STIR and build mechanisms to sustain the model.
·         Work closely with education leaders – the partner and government staff who run their local Changemaker Networks – as well as policy makers, to share learning about how STIR is working in Uganda and different contexts within Uganda
·         Work closely with other members of the STIR team in Uganda to plan training for Education Leaders
·         Provide ongoing support to Education Leaders from STIR’s partners to deliver the 3-year STIR model and teacher journey
·         Ensure timely implementation of partners’ activities as per the overall STIR annual workplans.
·         Regularly monitor the implementation of the STIR programme activities by partners and ensure all necessary data is gathered from partners, checked and correctly entered in the STIR data base
·         Actively participate and contribute to the developing and dissemination of appropriate training materials, manuals, workbooks, etc for teachers, education leaders and policymakers.
·         Work with the rest of STIR team in Uganda to share lessons about the most effective means of running teacher and policy changemakers’ networks.
·         Work with the Lead Managers in identifying and creating opportunities for STIR teachers, education leaders and policy makers profiled and recognized publicly for their work.
·         Provide additional support to STIR as an organization as required and be willing to share learning with the India and UK teams.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·         The ideal candidate should have good knowledge of Uganda’s Education context, clear leadership and partnership skills.
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of the challenges teachers and schools face in Uganda
·         Previous experience of supporting teachers or others in school to lead change in grassroots contexts
·         Experience of facilitating and managing multiple partnerships simultaneously
·         Excellent computer skills and experience in managing the collection of data and analyzing it
·         Demonstrated ability to provide useful feedback to team members and partners
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to hone STIR’s key messages for the Ugandan context
·         An ability to influence people without direct authority over them
·         Previous experience in organizing events and coordinating large numbers of external partners
·         Previous exposure and experience in creative problem solving
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of what is required to improve education quality in Uganda.
·         Strong commitment to excellent education for all and a belief in teachers and school leaders as innovators with the capacity to lead change in the system
·         Positivity and optimism such that you can motivate others during challenging times
·         Flexibility and a willingness to adapt and work in low-resource settings
·         Willingness to learn from and collaborate with partner organisations
·         Humility as you work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and openness to learn from their experience
·         Resilience in the face of the challenges of impacting public education in Uganda
·         Highly Innovative – especially in terms of motivating people and finding ways to overcome the challenges of working in schools in low-income communities
·         Confident in wide variety of social settings
·         Open and keen to learn from all colleagues and partners
·         Highly organized and professional in approach while dealing with partners, teachers, education leaders and policy makers.
·         Enjoyment of travel and opportunity to work ‘on the go’ in rural areas
·         Sensitive to local context and particularities and able to adapt to work effectively in different contexts

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter (no longer than one page). In this, please share with us why you are interested in becoming, and how your experience makes you a suitable candidate for, Programme Manager. Please also send a copy of your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and details for three professional referees to

Deadline: 14th October 2016 by 5.00pm Uganda local time.

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