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Head of National Programs NGO Careers - Educate!

Job Title:      Head of National Programs
Organization: Educate!
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Educate!' develops young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa. Educate! provides a proven mix of a leadership and entrepreneurship course, long-term mentoring, and practical experience starting an enterprise for secondary school students. Educate! is working with over 20,000 diverse youth across Uganda, growing to a staff of 53 in just five years, and has already incorporated its curriculum into Uganda’s national education system to reach 25,000 students annually. The organization has received the Ashoka Fellowship and several international awards and grants, proving out a program model that can be replicated across Africa.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Government Strategy – Outreach & Development – 30%
·         Develop and execute strategies and communications to advance Educate! Advocacy goals, particular government reform.
·         Create relationship management strategy towards national program goals.
·         Formulate new relationships and partnerships, review official partnership agreements that formalize Educate! Relationship with partner-governments, such as MOUs, letters of endorsement, and proposals.
·         Hand over management of partnerships to NPM after formalising formal agreements.
·         Research and network on government funding, opportunities, upcoming strategies
·         Ensure E! Experience program has the relationships & agreements with government to achieve its goals.
·         Ensure E! Experience has the right people in government supporting our efforts.
·         Represent E! on working groups, conferences & committees to promote Educate! at the government and sector level.
·         Build strong professional and personal relationships with key stakeholders in partnering government ministries.
·         Stakeholders should include members in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender, curriculum development, teacher training, UNEB, Universities and NTCs.
·         Create overview documents and concept notes geared towards policy makers that share Educate!'s work in innovations, so that the government is informed and brought along on our learning journey.
National Representation & Communication – 30%
·         Represent Educate! in government sector meetings, such as sector review meetings, M&E task-force meetings, etc and advocate for Educate!’s education reform agenda.
·         Represent Educate! in technical workshops with NPM on curriculum, teacher training, and assessment and drive forward Educate! Education reform agenda.
·         Prepare documents and presentations as part of larger education reform engagement strategy.
·         The jobholder will also advocate and push for government adoption of skills lab as a policy.
·         Co-develop teacher development strategy with the ministry.
·         Build partnership with pre-service and in-service training institutions in Uganda and secure Educate!’s involvement in teacher re-tooling and professional development.
·         Co-represent Educate! in technical workshops on curriculum, teacher training, and assessment
·         Drive forward Educate! Education reform agenda.
·         Prepare documents and presentations as part of larger education reform engagement strategy.
·         Support NPM to build brand recognition throughout through strategic partnerships, media exposure, and thought leadership - Collaborate with External Relations team on the creation of government reports and documents required for Registration.
·         Lead mapping exercise specific policy processes (such as TT) with the NPM and share with broader advocacy team (DCD &MD) to inform strategy.
·         Lead quarterly strategy retreats with programs team, and present government policy work and priorities to ensure Innovations, D&T and NP are informed about the national dialogue.
National Programs Oversight – 20%
·         Manage a team of 5-6 people, include managers, technical experts and sometimes consultants
·         Capacity building for the national programs team.
·         Strategically solve problems and respond to opportunities with National Program team
·         Align team to strategic objectives by setting and managing to termly goals
·         Coordinate across departments to leverage country programs team support when necessary.
·         Support the National programs manager in the media campaign, specifically on the activity of building brand loyalty among policy makers through a process of nominating and awarding leaders in the field of education development.
·         Support National programs manager to build partnership with TIETS, secondary department, NCDC, Universities, partners and ensure Educate! Plays a role in designing and re-tooling teachers during CURASSE roll out.
·         Approve annual national programs, financial advances and accountabilities, budgets and work plans.
·         Manage, review BVAs and be the lead on the mid-year government related review.
·         Create and manage National reform budgets for implementation of government related activities
·         Critically review NPM priorities to find areas for savings, reallocation according to priority, or emerging needs for investment.
·         Submit timely and accurate accountabilities for all reform activities
·         Ensure cost effectiveness during implementation of all activities as related to the reform process and other government related activities.
Policy Mapping – 20%
·         Support the NPM – National Program Manager in branding, specifically on the activity of building brand loyalty among policy makers.
·         Lead mapping exercise specific policy processes (such as TT – Teacher Training) with the NPM (National Program Manager), PRM (Policy & Research Manager) and share with broader advocacy team (DCD – Deputy Country Director & MD – Managing Director) to inform strategy.
·         Lead quarterly strategy retreats with programs team, and present government policy work and priorities to ensure Innovations, Design & Training and National Programs are informed about the national dialogue.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, possessing a Masters in a relevant field is an added advantage.
·         At least three years of professional experience in government advocacy and policy development. Project management is an added advantage.
·         Professional experience in networking & partnership development with excellent strategic and management skills.
·         Previous experience in multi – tasking in a fast – paced environment, set priorities, work independently as well as thrive a team

Educate!’ 5 Cultural Tenets:
·         We Put Youth First - The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does.
·         We Are Always Learning - When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share.
·         We Only Solve a Problem Once - We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.
·         We Are Flexible - We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.
·         We Exceed Expectations - We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create your own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send and updated resume, a cover letter describing yourself, and a list of references to Please include "Position Title – – Your Name” in the subject line.

Deadline: 24th November 2017

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