People Development and Organisational Culture Manager NGO Careers - STIR Education

Organization: STIR Education
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
STIR Education is a fast-growing international education NGO that sees teachers as the solution, not the problem, in addressing the global learning crisis that affects 250 million children in developing countries today. We motivate and network teachers so they can improve their own practice as well as influence their peers and the wider system. The networks are deeply embedded into education systems, both government and private.  

Job Summary: The People Development and Organisational Culture Manager will play a key role in leading and driving forward the people, values and culture that strongly define and set the course for the organisation, and will operate within in the unique context of STIR Education as a fast growing organisation and movement. The role is an exciting opportunity for a vibrant creative thinker; for someone who enjoys thinking around structure and strategy; who is passionate about people development and who thrives working in an informal atmosphere where a close nit team of like-minded people works towards mutual goals.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The jobholder will design, launch and oversee systems for people development efforts and cultural alignment, and ensuring they are fully aligned with STIR’s distinct culture, strategy and objectives e.g. appraisal and feedback systems, recruiting systems, induction assessment systems for promotion, recognition
  • Develop organisational policies and practices to be used as guidance across teams and offices within country - and are strongly based off STIR core values
  • Develop, launch and oversee the overall leadership development plan for STIR staff at different levels, using internal sources of training expertise and external partners, based on a clear understanding of staff development areas
  • The jobholder will develop the right channels and platforms for strong immersion of staff into the STIR culture (such as inductions, cultural 'boot camps' etc.)
  • Work in liaison with the head of communications to celebrate key achievements and stories linked to people, organisational development and culture
  • Develop a group of 'culture carriers' (staff in different areas) through the different STIR offices that act as an ongoing force to maintain a strong culture.
  • Provide 1:1 support to STIR leadership team on people/organisation development matters, and bespoke advice/mentoring to line managers for any people related concerns or challenges. Be available to staff on a 1:1 basis as needed
  • Design and implement a platform for the sharing of innovation, learning and knowledge sharing around people, organisation development and culture across teams, networks and offices through these 'culture carriers'
  • Develop a set of organisational health metrics and track progress against these with STIR senior team and discuss potential new opportunities and initiatives

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should possess some professional experience with Human Resource, and/or strong management experience. It is important you can show openness to creative ways in developing people to become excellent practitioners in their own rights.
  • Possess experience in designing systems and structures in managing change within an organisation, in supporting others do so too, and the ability to understand peoples needs.
  • Proven experience in supporting staff in growing with their talent and in overcoming challenges, in a sensitive, innovative and supportive way.
  • The applicant must be a big believer in the values of organisational culture and you have a natural passion to work with people; open to unconventional ways of operating and strategizing; feel comfortable in creating your own professional space – as well as supporting individuals at different levels within the organisation in doing the same; and excited about the idea of shaping something new and different. The idea of close collaboration across teams energizes you, along with a focus on shared learning across offices and cultural boarders.
  • The ideal candidate must be positive and optimistic such that you can collaborate with, carefully listen and influence others; are resilient and action orientated; like a fast pace of growth; love efficiency and day to day operations, and remain open and humble as you work with people from a variety of backgrounds. 
How to Apply: 
All applicants should send an updated resume (no more than 3 pages) and cover letter (no more than 1 page) with, mentioning the subject line as “People Development and Organisational Culture Manager“.

In your email, please mention:
  • Current notice period and current annual compensation
  • Two professional references

Additionally share a short write up on below questions (each in not more than 100 words)
  • Why would you make a good fit for STIR and this particular role?
  • “Teachers are Changemakers” – what is your opinion about the statement with respect to the real scenario in Uganda schooling system?
  • Why do you think organisational culture is important for the direction of STIR?
  • What general key aspects are important to consider when putting together a high performing organisation?

Deadline: 15th July, 2016

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