PEAS International Jobs – Deputy Country Director for Programmes (DCDP)

Organization: Promoting
Equality in African Schools (PEAS)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Country Director
PEAS Uganda with a dotted line to PEAS- UK (technical & support)
About PEAS:
PEAS (www.peas.org.uk) is a
dynamic charity with a mission ‘to unlock the potential of Africa by expanding
access to affordable quality secondary education’. To do this, we build and
manage the fastest growing network of sustainably financed secondary schools in
Africa. PEAS is supported by major corporate, government and private funders
and our innovative financial model is pioneering in the field of Public Private
Partnerships in development education.
Job Summary:  The Deputy Country Director for Programmes
(DCDP) will take lead of the 4 main pillars of PEAS Uganda programmes –
Education Quality, Child Protection, School Inspections and ME&R. The
Deputy Country Director for Programmes (DCDP) is a new role which will provide
strategic leadership to the PEAS programmes in Uganda (Education, Child
Protection, School Inspections and Monitoring & Evaluation). This role will
drive the continual improvement of education provided across the PEAS network
of schools and will ensure that PEAS schools are the best free/low-fee schools
in Uganda. PEAS is looking for an exceptional candidate with a strong-track
record of driving educational outcomes in order to position PEAS as a recognized
global forerunner in low-cost high quality education.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. PEAS Uganda Education
Strategy:
  • Lead
    the development of the PEAS Uganda Education Strategy in line with the
    PEAS Education Philosophy and values
  • Oversee
    the implementation of the PEAS Uganda Education Strategy to ensure the
    continual drive for improving the quality of education across all PEAS
    Uganda schools
  • Use
    internally and externally generated data (e.g. PEAS M&E data, exam
    results, PEAS School Inspection results etc) to review and develop the
    PEAS Uganda Education Strategy
  • Contribute
    to the design of PEAS-global programmes, education tools and education
    policies
2. Driving Education Quality
and Accessibility: 
  • Line
    manage PEAS Regional Program Managers holding them to account for
    supervising schools and supporting them to meet ambitious School
    Improvement Plan targets
  • Line
    manage key central office education and programmes staff (Education
    Quality, School Inspections, Child Protection and Participation and
    M,E&R) to ensure that they are providing necessary tools, guidance and
    technical expertise to regional staff
  • Manage
    the implementation of tangential programmes across the school network
    which support the PEAS objectives to improve the quality and accessibility
    of secondary education
  • Ensure
    that PEAS admissions policies are effectively implemented across the
    network so that education quality is secured through quality interventions
    not student selection and that PEAS schools expand access to education to
    marginalised children
  • Build
    the capacity of the PEAS-Uganda programmes team through needs assessment,
    training and identification of additional capacity for recruitment and
    consultants
3. Child Protection: 
  • Oversee
    the development and implementation of a Child Protection Strategy for PEAS
    Uganda
  • Ensure
    that all Child Protection issues are reported and resolved effectively
    according to PEAS Child Protection policy and procedures
  • Ensure
    that all recommendations arising from PEAS internal Child Protection
    audits are implemented
  • Programme
    monitoring, evaluation and reporting and research
  • Working
    closely with PEAS UK M,E&R to oversee the implementation of the
    PEAS-Uganda M,E&R framework
  • Ensure
    that PEAS-Uganda programmes departments use of M,E&R data to make
    evidence-based interventions to improve educational outcomes
  • Facilitate
    the implementation of any required external evaluations of PEAS-Uganda
  • Produce
    high quality quarterly and annual reports for PEAS and donors within
    agreed reporting schedules
4. Compliance: 
  • Assume
    responsibility for implementing programme activities defined by specific
    grants (e.g. DfID Girls Education Challenge Grant)
  • Ensure
    that PEAS programmes departments are held to account for and supported to
    achieve contractual deliverables
  • Coordinate
    specific donor reports (for institutional grants) with Finance &
    Grants Manager and the GEC Coordinator
  • Review
    compliance issues on grants and contracts
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should be educated to degree level in an education,
    international development or related field (masters desirable)
  • At
    least five years management experience in a development or humanitarian
    INGO (including representation at a senior management level)
  • Comprehensive
    understanding of national and international development issues, in
    particular as they relate to education and children in Uganda
  • Strong
    track record of improving educational outcomes in low-resource settings
  • Experience
    overseeing the implementation of programmes funded by institutional or
    bi-lateral donors (e.g. DfID, World Bank etc)
  • Strong
    track record in grant reporting and financial management
  • Experience
    managing, supporting and developing a high-performing team.
  • Experience
    of developing and implementing Child Protection plans and of managing
    Child Protection risks
  • Knowledge
    of key issues in development education, public private partnerships in
    education, educational leadership and Teaching & Learning
  • Ability
    to think and plan strategically
  • Ability
    to use internally and externally generated data to make evidence-based
    decisions
  • Ability
    to advocate and represent authoritatively
  • Committed
    to building own capacity and capacity of others
  • Collaborative
    and participatory management style (listens and seeks to understand
    different perspectives)
  • Excellent
    organisational skills
  • Excellent
    MS Office skills, particularly MS Work and Excel
  • Excellent
    oral and written communication skills in English language
  • Committed
    to the PEAS values
  • Passionate
    about improving the life chances of all children through educational
    opportunity
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates should send their applications with a cover letter (paying
particular attention to the Person Specification), curriculum vitae, a brief
writing sample (unedited by others), and contact information for two references
to:  recruitment@peas.org.uk
Please include all portions of
your application in one attached document (PDF preferred), and use Deputy
Country Director – Programmes as the subject of your email.  Please state your salary expectations in your
cover letter.
NB:
Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only qualified candidates will
be shortlisted and contacted by email.
PEAS is an equal opportunity
employer that does not discriminate in its recruitment practices and, in order
to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant
pool. ‘PEAS has a strict child protection policy. All staff are expected to
abide by this.’
Deadline: 14th October 2013 at 17.00 (5pm GMT)

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