Senior Program Specialist (Education) USAID LARA Careers - RTI International

Organization: RTI International
Project Name: USAID Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity Program (LARA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party

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 will work with partners to improve reading skills in three local languages (Luganda, Runyoro/ Rutoro, Runyankole/ Rukiga) and English for early primary grades.

Job Summary: The Senior Program Specialist (Education) will initiate, lead, inform and monitor project activities that focus on enhancing positive and supportive school climates, strengthen recognitions, prevention and response, reporting and referral systems within 3500 schools and communities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Annual Work Plan and Implementation
  • The Senior Program Specialist will take part in the design of annual work plan.
  • Ensure national, district and school level activities are implemented as outlined in the AWP and proposing adaptation based on learning and evidence
  • Represent the project at national level.
  • Work in liaison with the School Related Gender Based Violence Short-Term Technical Assistant(s), and national stakeholders to ensure all teacher training materials and student materials
  • Plan and coordinate national and district schedules in collaboration with the Annual Work Plan technical leads
  • Ensure compliance to cost principles and financial policies and procedures during activity implementation
  • Works closely with Short Term Technical Assistant (SRGBV and SBCC) and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Teams.
System Strengthening with MoESTS (IR2.1):
  • Working with and through the Component Manager, the Senior Program Specialist will implement a needs assessment for MoESTS to strengthen SRGBV, Reporting, and Tracking Response, and Referral Systems.
  • Develop capacity building initiatives with a focus on accountability and leadership.
  • Monitor the case referral system to protect children in project area against victimization.
  • Ensure the integration of children with special needs into program.
Positive and Supportive School Environment Materials Development:
  • Work with MoESTS to ensure input into all materials
  • Design and deliver training to publishers and illustrators in the production of school reading materials based on positive school climate
  • Work with language boards and EGR Specialists to produce local language materials (above) that align with P1-P4 level and vocabulary and are decodable
  • Keenly review and revise teacher training materials
  • Work with DREAMS and others to provide content for student engagement initiatives
Training (IR1.2 and IR 2.2):
  • Support the Program Coordinator 3 in identification of good facilitators to roll out training.
  • Work with the MoESTS and MoGLSD to monitor training, consolidating their insights to improve  subsequent trainings.
  • Ensure the quarterly learning events are occurring, participate in the synthesis and analysis of data and create feedback loops with data to create project learning
  • Facilitate training where required; specifically with Program Coordinators and Field Assistants to ensure that capacity needs are appropriately identified and addressed.
  • Provide technical expertise, positive and supportive school climate trainings both at the regional and national level
  • The incumbent will design and deliver training to CBOs (technically) with Communication Specialist on Social Behavior Change Communication and Referral Web
  • Ensure CBO technical fidelity on SBCC and referral web
Support Supervision:
  • Support the development of support supervision tools to monitor school and community progress on creating positive and supportive school climates
  • Synthesize and analyze information and provide learning and adaptation
Community Engagement (Support to PO and FA):
  • Ensure that key advocacy messages and Social Behavior Change Communication is consistently being applied across districts through CBO grantees at community and school levels by randomly attending meetings
  • Attend various grantee events to ensure consistency of delivery (referral web undertaken, reflection communication meetings using key messages, community RTRR systems strengthened)
  • Collaborate with other team members to build capacity of CBO grantees in SRGBV.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), Reporting and Documentation:
  • Compile result 2 learning reports
  • Compile quarterly and annual reports
  • Compile and submit quarterly child protection report
  • Provide success or learning stories
  • Support the Performance and Impact Evaluation team (contractor) when monitoring on behalf of USAID

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a Master’s degree with nine years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 12 years of experience
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts
  • Previous experience working in SRBGV projects of similar nature and scope
  • Counselling and Guidance experience an asset
  • Previous exposure and experience working with referral webs and effective recognition, response, reporting and referral systems that protect children against school-related gender based violence.

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 Emails should not exceed 2MB.

Deadline: 20th April, 2016

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