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Monday 7 April 2014

Programme Manager - STIR Education Uganda

Vacancy: Programme Manager
Recruiting Organisation: STIR Education
Project Funding Source: ARK, DFID and British Council
Duty Station: Kampala,
Country Uganda

STIR Education is based on the belief that the most effective method of change is to build on what the best teachers and schools. As such, we are creating a movement of Teacher Changemakers.

Having completed a successful pilot project in India (with the support of ARK, the British Council and DFID), we are now testing the STIR model in Uganda, where we are training and supporting a strong group of partner organisations (including PEAS, Educate!, Volunteer Uganda and Build Africa) to embed the Teacher Changemaker approach into their existing programmes and school networks.

Job Summary: The STIR Education Programme Manager will work closely with our existing Programme Manager, and Uganda Programme Head to support our partners in delivering STIR's model and ensuring the pilot is implemented effectively.

Key Duties:
Build, nurture, grow and maintain relationships with partner field coordinators such that they remain committed to working in partnership with STIR after the pilot
Work closely with partner field coordinators to share learning about how STIR is working in Uganda and different contexts within Uganda
Technically support the STIR central team and Programme Head to plan training for Education Leaders
Offer ongoing support people from partner organisations trained by STIR to lead innovation searches and teacher networks
Monitor the implementation of the pilot programme by partners and ensure all necessary data is gathered from partners
Work in liaison with STIR India team members to share lessons about the most effective means of running STIR innovation searches and networks
Create opportunities for STIR teachers to be profiled and recognized publicly for their work
Develop a knowledge base to support the effective running of future teachers' networks in Uganda
Provide additional support to STIR as an organization as required – be willing to 'muck-in' – and share learning with the India and UK teams

The ideal candidate for the STIR vacancy must have at least three years' experience (with at least 2 years in grassroots education), a good knowledge of the East African context, clear leadership skills and good 'start-up' experience.
The Uganda Programme Manager will have excellent skills in partnership/relationship management; be a very positive and solution focused person; be extremely organised. Crucially, they will have a very strong belief in the potential of teachers to be changemakers in the Uganda education system.
Detailed knowledge and understanding of the challenges teachers and schools face in Uganda

Skills and Experience:
Past experience of supporting teachers or others in school to lead change in grassroots contexts
Prior experience of overseeing multiple projects and managing multiple partnerships simultaneously
Significant experience in and understanding of what is required to improve education quality in Uganda
Experience in managing the collection of data and analyzing it
Demonstrated ability to provide useful feedback to team members
Experience in creating opportunities for people to learn from each other
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to hone STIR's key messages for the Ugandan context

Possess the ability to influence people without direct authority over them
Past exposure and experience in organizing events and coordinating large numbers of external partners
Demonstrated experience in creative problem solving
Strong commitment to excellent education for all and a belief in teachers and school leaders as innovators with the capacity to lead change in the system
Positivity and optimism such that you can motivate others during challenging times
Flexibility and a willingness to adapt and work in low-resource settings
Possess the willingness to learn from and collaborate with partner organisations
High degree of humility as you work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and openness to learn from their experience
Resilience in the face of the challenges of impacting public education in Uganda
Creative – especially in terms of motivating people and finding ways to overcome the challenges of working in schools in low-income communities
Confident in wide variety of social settings
Open and keen to learn from all colleagues and partners
Highly organized and professional in approach to managing and developing people
Enjoyment of travel and opportunity to work 'on the go' in rural areas
Sensitive to local context and particularities and able to adapt to work effectively in different contexts

If interested, please send a cover letter please share with us why you are interested in becoming a STIR Uganda Partnerships Manager and why you think your experience makes you a suitable candidate. Please also send a copy of your CV and details for two referees to eakers@stireducation.org