4 Education Programme Officer Non-profit Career Placements – SOS Children’s Villages

Organization: SOS Children’s
Villages
Reports to: Programme
Director
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
SOS Children’s Villages Uganda is an indigenous non-government, social
development organisation affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a
worldwide child care organisation, currently running Children’s Villages and
other projects in 135 countries around the world. SOS has been working in
Uganda since 1991, and runs Children’s Villages and other projects at Kakiri,
Entebbe (Abaita Ababiri), Gulu and in Fort Portal – Kabarole district.
Job Summary: The Educational
Programme Officer is primarily responsible for planning and implementing
educational programmes for children and youth on SOS Children’s Village program
in liaison with the Family Based Care (FBC) Manager and Family Strengthening
Coordinator (FSP). Through his / her efforts, children and youths are guided and
supported to reach their full potential in developing academic and practical
skills required to grow and lead a well- balanced life.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Build the capacity of parents / guardians, caregivers and stakeholders
on education matters:
  • Develop and implement programmes to raise
    SOS mothers and community caregivers’ understanding of educational
    programmes such that they are able to meaningfully support / participate
    in the education process of their children.
  • Carry out educational reviews at least
    twice a year together with the Family Based Care Manager, respective SOS
    Mother and community care givers to assess educational development and
    support needs of individual children and youth.
  • Initiate and implement capacity building
    programmes for education stake holders including School Management
    Committees, Parents Teachers Associations, Board of Governors on their
    role in the teaching and learning process
Ensure Communication with Teachers and Schools.
  • Serve as a liaison between the children
    and the youth and the schools / institutions they study in, by maintaining
    contact with teachers and other responsible staff as necessary.
  • Ensure that all teachers / trainers
    involved with SOS children are informed of how SOS operates. Encourages teachers
    to visit Children’s Village to gain a deeper understanding of the children
    and their educational needs.
  • Attend Parent – Teacher Association
    meetings of all schools in which SOS children are enrolled, together with
    the Village father and relevant SOS Mothers.
Monitor and evaluate each child’s educational progress:
  • Maintain an up-to-date record of all
    children and youths’ educational performance. Ensure that all the files
    contain all documentation relevant to the individual’s academic progress,
    including reports and performance evaluations.
  • Keenly analyse performance recommendations
    and supervise the implementation of appropriate academic performance
    improvement interventions for children and youth at different levels of
    education.
  • Follow-up and support children and youths
    in international educational institutions. Keep in contact with them
    through emails, phone calls, whatsapp group chats or physical visits.
  • Identify individual children and youths
    education / learning needs and choose the right placement for them.
  • Compile and submit to the Programme
    Director annual information about each child and youth clearly indicating
    the age, programme (FBC/FS), educational institution attended and the
    level of education.
  • Arrange additional educational support to
    meet the needs of individual children, including individual tutoring,
    after-school catch up lessons, guided home work sessions and holiday
    remedial classes.
  • Identify and advise the location education
    committee on available appropriate alternative informal education /
    vocational skills training opportunities for children & youths after
    exhausting all avenues for continued formal education.
Educational career guidance and counseling:
  • Develop a clear system of capturing each
    child and youth’s skills, abilities, potential, future prospects and
    aspirations.
  • Provide children and youth with on-going
    career guidance, counselling and job orientation designed to prepare them
    for their eventual independence.
  • Keep informed of available vocational
    training and educational opportunities, offered locally and in other
    countries.
  • Work in liaison with the Youth Leaders to
    organise social programs to occupy children and youth meaningfully as and
    when necessary.
  • Develop and implement child and youth
    development programs in, and outside the Location, including talent
    development programmes, life skills, entrepreneurship trainings,
    internship, apprenticeship placements / sessions.
  • Support SOS Mothers and Youth Leaders in
    developing and reviewing Individual Development Plans and Youth
    Development Plans respectively.
  • Actively participate in the assessment and
    select educational institutions for children placement. Maintain an
    up-to-date data bank of education institutions for children / youth
    placements.
  • Source for local education scholarships,
    fees discounts or local government subsidies for children and youths.
  • Hold regular meetings / talks with
    children and youths to share their challenges and address them in liaison
    with the relevant departments.
  • Encourage and interest the caregivers to
    upgrade in educational matters such as enrolling for adult literacy and
    development programmes to help them attain higher qualifications to be
    able to support the children to reach their full potential in their
    academic and professional career lives.
General:
  • Attend meetings of the Village Management
    Team and provide an input in other Programme matters as required by the
    Programme Director.
  • Implement psychosocial activities for
    children and youths such including training for care givers and sports galas
  • Serve as the Secretary to the CV Education
    Committee.
  • Be a member of the Child Admissions
    Committee
  • Be a member of the Youth Resettlement,
    Integration or Re-integration Committee at the Location
  • Support children and youth to get
    scholastic materials and tuition in time.
  • Manage the CV resource centers (library,
    book store)



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the Education
    Programme Officer jobs must hold University degrees in Education,
    Counselling, Social Work, Social Sciences and Psychology
  • At least three years’ experience in
    practical teaching or education liaison / coordination  in a modern, well founded education
    institution. Additional experience in special needs education and
    assessment will be an added advantage.
  • Good counselling and career guidance
    skills and involvement in music, drama, sports, or children’s clubs is
    required.
  • Broad knowledge of child rights and child
    protection issues.
  • Excellent communications skills, written
    and spoken English language skills.
  • The applicant must be youthful, display
    much interest in educational matters and development of children, with a
    desire to help them attain greater educational and career development.
  • A mature person aged between 28 – 35
    years.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send an application letter, detailed curriculum
vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact
details of three traceable referees to the address below to:
The National Human Resource Coordinator,
SOS Children’s Villages Uganda,
25 km on Kampala-Entebbe Rd, Abaita Ababiri,
P.O Box 27510, Kampala. Uganda
Electronic Applications must be sent as one Single Document not
exceeding eight pages to: elizabeth.opio@sosuganda.org
NB: Applications that are
late, do not have CV or certificates attached, will be disqualified. Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 31st May 2017 by
4:00pm

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