Program Manager, Education US Company Careers – Geneva Global

Organisation: Geneva Global
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda

About US:
Geneva Global Inc. is a philanthropic advisory firm headquartered in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania (USA).  Founded in 1999, Geneva Global provides independent research, advice and grant management to philanthropic investors. Geneva Global assists clients in cutting through the complexities of international giving to connect the best community-owned solutions to humanitarian needs. On behalf of our clients, our work has directly benefited more than 60 million people through 1,500 projects in over 100 countries. Geneva Global provides strategic advice, independent research, active program and grant management, as well as impact measurement. Its international network of on-the-ground experts provides community-based approaches to catalyze positive social change.

Job Summary: The Program Manager, Education will serve as a key member of a multidisciplinary team to ensure the successful implementation of the Northern Uganda Education Program (NUEP) and of other developmental initiatives of Geneva Global on behalf of its clients in the North (and potentially moving into other regions in the future). NUEP has operated since 2016 in the districts of Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, and Omoro to address the region’s serious out-of-school children problem. The Program Manager, Education brings technical leadership to the management, development, and implementation of Geneva Global, Inc.’s (GGI) education programs and related initiatives in Uganda. This entails primarily the delivery of client-supported programs and all other activities managed by GG-U and the development of new initiatives on behalf of GGI. Currently, GGI and GG-U implement a multi-year education, community empowerment, and systems strengthening program in Uganda, called the Northern Uganda Education Program (NUEP). The focus of the program is to reduce the incidence of out-of-school children and facilitate their enrollment in primary school to complete at least a basic cycle of education. Operated by Geneva Global-Uganda’s implementing partners, the program comprises five key components, with the Speed School model at the center. The other components are (i) Self-Help Groups, which foster the economic and social empowerment of the mothers of the Speed School students to support their formal education better, (ii) pre-primary education, (iii) support to community schools, and (iv) training and support to formal primary school teachers and the broader system. Implementing partners are usually local civil society organizations to which GG-U provides grants to conduct, administer, oversee, and monitor the technical components of NUEP.  The Uganda Program Manager, Education is responsible for the successful management of the program within Uganda and reports to the Uganda Country Director. The Program Manager, Education will be based in the Gulu office.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Lead the design, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of program elements relating to GG-U’s education portfolio in Uganda, including:
  • Lead in the technical aspects of program management, including content, methods, and materials for classroom instruction, learning assessment strategies, facilitator training and support modalities, content, and activities, and overall evaluation of impact.
  • Guide Implementing Partners in their mastery of the NUEP Speed School program and their support of facilitators in its delivery.
  • Lead in the design, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of all Speed School training activities—setting objectives, mobilizing partners, establishing the strategy and agenda, preparing materials, etc.—, including equally formal multi-day workshops, the continuous “holistic training” operations, and the interactions of facilitators (and other stakeholders) in permanent Education Communities of Practice.
  • Contribute to the development of the program budget and adhere to program budget requirements, ensuring the financial management of the program and all necessary project and program documentation is provided and the Geneva Global database is kept up-to-date.
  • Work with community-based organizations, local and government officials (notably, Gulu Primary Teachers College and the northern District Education Offices), local implementing organizations, other key stakeholders, and, potentially, local collaborators in Northern Uganda to ensure the high-quality delivery and outcomes of the Speed School program and to advocate for and support the model’s adoption by government schools and other education initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Monitor and support Implementing Partners in their conduct of regular school visits to undertake facilitator/teacher monitoring, observation, and support as relate to lesson plan delivery, overall school operations, collection of statistics and tracking forms, classroom size, and attendance.
  • Complete project and program monitoring assignments, including regular contact with grant recipients via telephone, in-person, and through project site visits.
  • Support technically the delivery of auxiliary interventions such as economic empowerment, pre-school education and community schools to sustain formal school attendance and improve enrolment.
  • Support GG-U efforts to introduce Speed School to more areas of Uganda and to cultivate new education opportunities for GG-U in the North and nationwide.
  • Participate actively in initiatives managed by GGI (headquarters) to strengthen the Speed School model, methods, and materials and to capture these as formal technical documents, media products, research studies, and more; and to contribute more widely to the consolidation of GGI’s overall education assets.
Analysis & Research of the program elements to contribute towards the growth of programs
  • Keenly review and analyse all data required of GG-U and GGI on the teaching and learning aspects of the program, contributing to the design of data collection tools, in consultation, coordination, and collaboration, as relevant, with the contracted research partner (Pincer Group), the IPs, DEOs, Gulu PTC, GGI, and other partners.
  • Write the education sections of the quarterly and annual program reports in line with reporting requirements and deadlines.
  • Conduct or lead landscape studies in potential implementation areas and use the results to inform the program design, planning, implementation, and partner engagement.
  • Contribute to the impact assessment of the program including data collection, stakeholder mobilization and analysis of results.
  • Provide input and expertise when working with our research and any academic partners before, during, and after their program evaluation activities.
Organizational and Technical Advisory:
  • With the other Program Managers, provide continuous supervision, monitoring, and support to Implementing Partners in their overall operations and administration of the grants they receive from GG-U, including equally: their training, monitoring, and support of Speed School classrooms, Self-Help Groups, pre-school classrooms, community schools, and formal primary school capacity-strengthening; their data collection and delivery to GG-U; their program reporting; their financial accounting and reporting; and more.
  • Work with the GGI Client Services and Marketing departments to provide local development expertise for client materials, and coordination, planning, and participation in client (donor or potential donor) visits in-country.
  • Cooperate and collaborate with members of the Geneva Global team in other countries.
  • Participate in Geneva Global training and sector research activities.
  • Assist in identifying and training in-country staff or consultants, as needed.
  • Assist in the development of additional opportunities, as needed.
  • Contribute to and improve Geneva Global’s understanding of the region and sector-specific issues.
  • The Program Manager, Education shall perform such other duties, tasks and activities as GGU/GGI may assign or specify from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s Degree in Education, Development Project Management, or related fields, or other relevant background with significant (10 years or more) experience in education programming in leadership positions.
  • Significant knowledge of Uganda’s education system and curriculum.
  • Should have significant past experience as a classroom teacher and teacher trainer.
  • Must be fluent in Acholi and English, with strong English writing skills.
  • Must be comfortable in being a pro-active member of the Senior NUEP team.
  • Must be a leader who seeks to identify and communicate potential problems and propose solutions to solve them.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a loosely structured but complex work environment that is constantly and rapidly changing as a result of project development in other sectors.
  • Must have the flexibility to deal rapidly with problems which require a range of skills and priorities.
  • Must have strong facilitation skills and work as a team player in problem solving.
  • Must understand and be aware of other managers’ scope of responsibilities and be willing to discuss with and when required defer decisions to these managers to ensure coordination of projects’ implementation.
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities and make decisions independently.
  • Must be a patient and good communicator who can function in an organization working with multi-national staff; and whose sites are located in regions of the country difficult to access during wet season.
  • Must be willing to spend significant time in more inaccessible areas of the region.
  • Computer literate including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and E-Mail.
  • Must be patient, diplomatic, and professional.

How to Apply:
 If interested, please fill out the form online, Click Here.  If short-listed, Geneva Global will contact you to submit a full CV and letter of interest.  No direct applications to Geneva Global will be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Deadline: Friday, 27th April, 2018

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