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25 November 2016

Senior Officer Basic Education Jobs - Save the Children International

Job Title:          Senior Officer Basic Education
Organisation: Save the Children International
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has program presence in over 120 countries in the world and has been implementing programs for over 90 years. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice for and of children, and by achieving results at scale.  In Uganda, we implement programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of over 240 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. In 2014, we reached over 143 million children through our work around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly around the world.

Job Summary: The Senior Officer Basic Education is primarily responsible for planning and ensuring quality and timely implementation of Basic Education (BE) core program within the designated district/ sub-counties.  He/she will assist the Education Manager in managing the basic education intervention within the sponsorship programme. He or she is expected to implement the BE program in a manner that promotes integrated programming with other core programs of the Sponsorship Programme and cross cutting themes such as gender, disability, child Protection and rights programming. The Job Holder is also expected to liaise with implementing partners, provide input into basic education programme design, monitoring implementation progress; write reports, facilitate project implementation meetings and workshops and maintain relationships with key education stakeholders in the district. He/she should implement the BE program in a manner that fosters networking and collaboration with local government education officials, Sub county stakeholders (i.e Community Development Officer, Centre Coordinating Tutors), local capacity strengthening (i.e Head Teachers, School Management Committees, Parent Teacher Association), meaningful active participation of children, accountability (internal and external to Save the Children).

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The ideal candidate for the Save the Children Senior Officer Basic Education job placement should hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education preferably in Teacher education.
·         Additional qualifications in Teacher Education is an added advantage.
·         A minimum of three years of progressive working experience in planning and implementing Education programmes with INGOs with at least two years of teaching experience in primary schools or as a Tutor in Primary Teachers’ College.
·         Must be willing to be based in the field and to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.
·         Previous experience of working with the Local Government, and local partners with focus on improving the learning environments is an added advantage.
·         Ability to speak the local language in Yumbe and directly interact with target group will be an added advantage
·         Previous experience in all technical areas of logistics operations including procurement, transport/distribution, warehousing, stock, fleet, asset, construction, communications and security management.
·         Past exposure and experience of working with local partners and District Local Government in Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS or Child Protection is an added advantage.
·         Excellent analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
·         Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
·         Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
·         Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
·         Ability to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as necessary.
·         Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
·         Excellent time management and planning capacity.
·         Availability and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian responses.
·         Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send a copy of their updated CVs with a cover letter (attached as one document) indicating three referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors to: uganda.recruitment@savethechildren.org

NB:
·         Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to applications
·         Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.

Deadline: 2nd December 2016

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