12 June 2017

Project Officer - Education Subsidy United States USAID NGO Careers - Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Title:                Project Officer - Education Subsidy
Organisation: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Funding Source: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Technical Manager -SOCY

About US:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in an international non-profit organization that carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners’ people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

The SOCY bursary initiative is a short-term education support initiative under the USAID/SOCY OVC program aimed at supporting children especially the girl child from critically vulnerable households to enroll back into formal school, transition into secondary and support them to complete secondary school level. This bursary initiative is part of the USAID/SOCY core OVC package of services targeting only children from enrolled critically vulnerable households in the 17 District.

Job Summary: The Project Officer- Education Subsidy will take lead in the planning, implementation and monitoring or supervision of the education subsidy component under USAID/SOCY OVC program in all the 17 Project Districts. This job will involve working with all program technical leads IP level result area specialists and CSOs to plan, coordinate and guide the implementation of the SOCY OVC education subsidy. This role will also involve working with the DLG staff to ensure that there is a coordinated, inclusive and involving activity implementation approach or mechanism. The coordinator will also work with District based IP staff and CSO Social Workers to manage coordination and relationships with the District education officers (DEOs) and Inspector of schools (DIS), staff and School management committees in all participating schools, community leaders, community child protection structures and caregiver groups.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Program planning and management:
  • Work in liaison with all program technical leads and result area specialists to plan, coordinate and manage the overall implementation of the subsidy
  • Provide technical guidance and support to CSO Social Workers and community child protection volunteers on beneficiary identification, assessment and selection process as per program guidelines and minimize chances of having non -program beneficiaries into the bursary program
  • Work in close collaboration with program M&E team to develop guidelines for tracking beneficiary school attendance and academic performance at both primary and secondary school levels
  • Ensure timely settlement of all termly school dues and issuance of scholastic and other related logistical materials to all program beneficiaries.
  • Send regular technical and statistical updates to the program team and IP staff on beneficiary enrollment in school and retention, academic performance and transition to secondary or next levels.
  • Work in liaison with the Services and Linkages Technical Manager to identify additional strategies and appropriate layering of services to ensure comprehensive support to children with the goal of increasing retention, progression and completion
  • Ensure and manage collaboration with other project component for internal learning and adaptation
  • Ensure effective participation of District and community level stakeholders in the planning, implementation and supervision of core education subsidy activities at community and school level.
  • Plan and conduct regular and/or periodic meetings with all the key stakeholders to review progress and assess challenges affecting successful implementation of the education subsidy
  • Coordinate the development of district-specific Work plans and Budgets for the Bursary Initiative and ensure implementation of the education subsidy initiatives, including maintenance and monitoring of a database of existing OVC beneficiaries
  • Build and maintain ongoing relationships by initiating and responding to individual districts, community leaders, community organizations and schools when renewing or securing vacancies in the schools.
  • Ensure effective and regular coordination with other project staff managing the implementation of other program components for coordinated and comprehensive household support.
Manage Relationships:
  • Establish, manage and maintain relationships with participating private and government owned school and school management committees
  • Ensure effective and timely communication between implementing CSO and District project officers during activity planning, implementation and monitoring
  • Maintain good communication channels between the program partners, OVC stake holders and Local Governments
Capacity strengthening for program staff: Participate / occasionally take lead in capacity strengthening for program implementation staff, CSO Social workers, community and District stakeholders

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Project Officer- Education Subsidy job placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any social sciences related field, education, economics and or development studies
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in managing an education bursary or sponsorship program
  • Prior experience in managing and coordinating an OVC related program is an added advantage
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with all ages are required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight program implementation and reporting deadlines.
  • Ability to pay attention to details is a must.
  • Successful applicant must be open to new ideas and learning to develop or gain new knowledge and able to work in an environment with multiple program implementation layers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and/ or in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning and coordination skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 60% of the time.
  • Agency-Wide Competences (for all CRS Staff): Serves with Integrity, Models Stewardship, Cultivates Constructive Relationships, Promotes Learning

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, updated CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to ug_recruitment@crs.org or submit hard copy to Catholic Relief Services, Plot 577, Block 15, Nsambya Road, P.O Box 30086 Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 21st June 2017 by 5:00pm

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