10 August 2017

Project Officer - Early Childhood Development (ECD) Non-profit Careers - ChildFund International

Organisation: ChildFund International
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: ECD Specialist

About US:
For over seventy years globally, ChildFund International has been providing help to deprived, excluded and vulnerable children to have the capacity to improve their lives and opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change to their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.

About Project:
ChildFund Uganda intends to implement a three year maternal, new born and child survival project in 4 sub-counties in Busia District. The purpose of the project is to increase availability, access and utilization of high quality health services both at community and health facilities. This will be done by improving access and quality of ECD services and strengthening health systems both at community and health facility.

Job Summary: The Project Officer - Early Childhood Development (ECD) will be part of the Area team that will lead in the implementation of project activities in line with the National Integrated Early childhood Development policy (NIECD). He will, provide technical support, build capacity and mentor community volunteers, parents and caregivers in various core program areas of ECD to ensure children in the target communities have a better start in life.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Take a lead in project implementation, quality assurance and evaluation of ECD project in line with NIECD policy
  • Carry out ECD capacity assessment of existing ECD centres, ECD Facilitators, CBOs, other programme partners as appropriate within the project area
  • Adapt/Develop materials related to ECD, including training packages, assessment tools for smooth roll out and implementation of ECD project component.
  • Work closely with the local government authorities to constitute IECD committees as per new ECD policy (NIECD)
  • Work in liaison with Child protection committees to sensitize communities on Child Protection.
  • Ensure smooth operation of ECD activities, by implementing and monitoring ongoing activities; ensuring they are on schedule, are in line with NIECD policy, budget and agreed results framework, yield expected results, and are reported on time.
  • Liaise with ChildFund International ECD Specialist at Country and international offices to ensure adherence to relevant ChildFund standards, policies and procedures.
  • Work in consultation with M & E officer facilitate quarterly reflection sessions and document lessons learnt and progress to impact including the unintended outcomes/challenges
  • Work in close consultation with M&E Officer, prepare and disseminate regular ECD monitoring reports to all stakeholders
  • Responsible for the use of financial and material resources as per approved budgets, internal rules and procedures within ChildFund and in accordance with the guidelines of ChildFund Korea
  • In collaboration with the Finance Department, track expenses against approved budgets and reviews financial reporting for approval prior to submission to donors and ensures timely financial reporting to donors.           

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the ChildFund Project Officer - ECD job placement should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree or relevant qualification in Education, social work, social sciences, public health (with early childhood focus) or a related field.
  • Possession of a Post graduate Diploma in project planning and Management.
  • At least five years’ working experience in Child development programming with three years implementing ECD programmes.
  • Strong participatory/ capacity building and training skills.
  • Excellent organisational, logistic, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Possess a Motor cycle license or ability and interest to learn and ride motor cycle.
  • Knowledge of local language in Busia will be an added advantage.

How to Apply:
All interested candidates should send their applications including detailed Curriculum Vitae, academic and professional papers and names of three professional referees with their Email/ daytime telephone contacts to: The Country Director, ChildFund International, P.O. Box 3342, Kampala, Uganda Email: ugandahr@childfund.org OR Hand deliver to ChildFund National Office located on Plot 71/72 Namirembe Road P.O. Box 3341, Kampala. Uganda.

Deadline: 15th August 2017

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