Senior Programme Manager NGO Jobs – STIR Education

Organisation: STIR Education
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
STIR Education
is an International NGO currently working in Uganda and India, creating a
movement of Teacher Changemakers and driving improvements in children’s
learning. STIR see’s teachers as the solution; and is building a teacher-led
movement to improve children’s learning from within the system itself; by
creating local collaborative networks of teachers who develop professional
practices and skills to improve learning. STIR is currently focused on India
and Uganda where in just three years, it has reached over 14,000 teachers, who
are impacting learning for 450,000 children.
About ECD Programme:
completed a successful pilot year in Uganda during 2014, and a scale-up year in
2015, mainly working with government primary and secondary schools in 46
districts across all regions of Uganda, STIR is now scaling the model by
embedding within the work and structures of partner NGOs and government
structures at district, regional and national levels. Particularly, during 2016
and beyond, STIR will be expanding its work into the early childhood
development arena – a new area for STIR.
Job Summary:  The Senior Programme Manager will oversee all
activities for the ECD Programme and will line manage a Programme Manager in
their team; will 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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Work in liaison with the Country Director to form
and launch the ECD programme for STIR Uganda
The incumbent will support the Programme Manager to
lead on the ECD programme – supporting STIR’s partners in ECD to embed the STIR
model effectively in their existing organisational infrastructures – to run
local networks of ECD Teacher Changemakers
Ensure that partner organisations gather and share
data required by STIR and make sure the data is organised carefully – working
with the M&E Team
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 Local Action Groups); and work with partners and STIR team to ensure
the STIR methodology is appropriately embedded in the work of NGO partners
Develop and share a knowledge base specifically
around ECD and ensure the STIR Model is adapted appropriately to this new
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.
The incumbent will support the development of an ECD
channel/track at STIR Education
Build and strengthen working relationships with
STIR’s ECD partners, such that they remain committed to working in partnership
with STIR and build mechanisms to sustain the model.
Line manage, and effectively develop, a Programme
Manager in the ECD Hub at STIR
Work in liaison with education leaders – the partner
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 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.
Routinely 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 closely with the rest of STIR team in Uganda to
share lessons about the most effective means of running teacher and policy
changemakers’ networks.
Offer additional support to STIR as an organization
as required and be willing to ‘muck-in’ and share learning with the India and
UK teams.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate will have a 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
Specific expertise in early childhood development or
Past exposure and experience of line management and developing staff members
Past experience of supporting teachers or others in
school to lead change in grassroots contexts
Previous experience in managing high level
Past experience of managing multiple partnerships
Excellent computer skills and experience in managing
the collection of data and analyzing it
Proven 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
Possess the ability to influence people without
direct authority over them
Experience in organizing events and coordinating
large numbers of external partners
Demonstrated experience in creative problem solving
Personal Competencies:
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
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
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
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
The Senior Programme Manager should possess a very
strong belief in the potential of teachers to be changemakers in the Uganda
education system.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates should send a cover letter (no longer than one page) indicating
why they are interested in becoming a STIR Uganda Senior Programme Manager in
ECD and why they their experience makes them one of the most suitable candidates
to advance STIR’s mission to create a movement of teacher changemakers. The
applicant should also send a copy of updated CVs (no longer than 2 pages) and
details for three professional referees to
Deadline: 23rd October, 2015
by 5.00pm

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