5 USAID LARA Job Opportunities – Program Officers at RTI International

Organization: RTI
Project Name: USAID Literacy
Achievement and Retention Activity Program (LARA)
Duty Station: Mbarara,
Rakai, Kiboga, Mukono and Mpigi, Uganda
Reports to: Program

About RTI:
RTI International is one of the
world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition
by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides
research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75
countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training,
surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development,
economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing
and chemical analysis.

About USAID LARA Program:
The Literacy Achievement and
Retention Activity is a five-year USAID activity that supports the Ministry of
Education Science Technology and Sports (MoESTS), Government of Uganda’s aim of
improving early grade reading outcomes and enhancing safe school environments
for children in primary grades utilizing EGR curriculum and methodologies. LARA
is expanding the curriculum and methodologies developed and rolled out in SHRP
districts to an additional 28 districts and these five Programme Officers will
be essential to the success of the roll-out. They will work with partners to
improved reading skills in three local languages (Luganda, Runyoro/ Rutoro,
Runyankole/ Rukiga) and English for early primary grades.

Job Summary: The Program
Officer will be in charge of facilitating the transfer of knowledge at the
region, district and school level; mentor and supervise the Field Assistants
and ensure smooth flow and implementation of the program activities without any
interruptions. The Program Officers will be responsible for initiating and
coordinating program activities in the new districts.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Training:
  • Oversee
    the implementation of the early grade reading activities at the
    regional/district level.
  • Offer
    technical expertise for early grade reading trainings both at the regional
    level and ensure that capacity needs are appropriately identified.
  • Provide
    technical presentations, carryout leadership and administrative roles
    during trainings.
2. Monitoring and Support
supervision of head teachers, deputies and teachers:
  • Work
    in liaison with CCTs, DISs and DEOs to provide on-site supervision to
    schools through mentoring and coaching teachers for the consolidation of
    knowledge and skills acquired during EGR training.
  • Build
    the capacity of Head Teachers and Deputy Head Teachers in skills of
    clinical support supervision as immediate support supervisors through appropriate
    training activities.
  • Technically
    support the program to improve national level participation for more
    active engagement by DEOs, DISs and other district level staff in the
    school level implementation activities.
3. Field Activities:
  • Take
    part organizing and conducting Program based meetings with the Field
    Assistants and CCTs in developing monthly, quarterly, bi-annual basis and
    as the program may require.
  • Ensure
    that the Programme Field Assistants are empowered with the recommended
    skills and knowledge for Quality performance through proper guidance,
    counseling, coaching and on-site supervision.
4. Community Engagement:
  • Provide
    Programme advocacy through participation in Community and School level
  • Participate
    in organizing and conducting Program based meetings with District
    officials, monthly and quarterly and as the program may require.
5. Materials Distribution: Work closely with Procurement and Logistics
departments to follow up Materials distribution to ensure correct delivery of
books to Schools and Colleges.
6. Reporting and
  • Technically
    support the documentation of implementation by compiling and sharing
    reports, success stories and best practices from the Programme Field
    Assistants, CCTs and of all activities conducted on a weekly, monthly and
    quarterly basis.
  • Effectively
    update the program on any related concerns or problems identified during
    training, on- spot supervision, meetings, monitoring and supervision.
7. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Follow
    up on data collection process to ensure accuracy and quality submission to
    Monitoring and Evaluation department.
  • Take
    part in the development of School data collection tool.
  • Contribute
    to other technical areas of the program, as appropriate and required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The
    ideal candidates for the USAID LARA Program Officers should possess master’s degrees
    in a related field and a minimum of one year of professional experience,
    or a bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of three years of
    professional experience.
  • A minimum
    of five years’ prior office management experience, preferably on a
    USAID/USG or other donor-funded project in Uganda.
  • Previous
    experience supervising administrative staff.
  • Ability
    to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent
    organizational, administration, and oral and written communication skills.

How to Apply:  
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send updated CVs including three work related
referees and cover letters to the Human Resource Manager by e-mail to recruitment@lara.rti.org.
Emails should not exceed 2MB.

Deadline: 30th July, 2015

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