STIR Education Programme Manager (Several Vacancies) – 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.
Job Summary:  The Programme Managers will support the
effective implementation and will work as part of STIR’s existing vibrant team
of managers and other staff in the Uganda office.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Work closely with the Lead Programme Managers
leading on the Government 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 organisational infrastructures, and running local
networks of Teacher Changemakers
Support in the expanding of STIR Education’s work
into the secondary education and pre-primary education space while working with
both public and private sector partners.
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 with other members of the STIR team in Uganda
to plan training for Education Leaders
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.
Ensure timely implementation of partners’ activities
as per the overall STIR annual workplans.
Actively 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
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.
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 both NGO and
government partners.
Work in liaison 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 ‘muck-in’ and share learning with
the India and UK teams.
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 and Lead Programme Managers in the NGOs and Government
Partnership Programmes.
Participate in organising STIR training institutes
and other STIR – led events to promote teachers, education leaders and policy
makers as changemakers.
Qualifications, Skills and
The STIR Programme Managers should have good
knowledge of Uganda’s Education context, clear leadership and partnership
Broad knowledge and understanding of the challenges
teachers and schools face in Uganda
Significant experience of supporting teachers or
others in school to lead change in grassroots contexts
Prior experience of facilitating and managing
multiple partnerships simultaneously
Excellent computer skills and experience in managing
the collection of data and analyzing it
Possess excellent skills in partnership/relationship
management; be a very positive and solution focused person;
Be highly flexible, extremely organised and is able
to work in a very fast paced, dynamic environment.
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
Previous experience in organizing events and
coordinating large numbers of external partners
Demonstrated experience in creative problem solving
Understanding of what is required to improve
education quality in Uganda. Specifically with Early Childhood
Development/Pre-Primary and Secondary Education experience.
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
High degree of 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
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
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
Programme Manager 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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