Mango Tree Careers – Education Specialist

Organisation: Mango
Duty Station:  Kampala,
About Mango:
Mango Tree is a socially responsible, private limited company. As part
of its social mission, over the last six years Mango Tree, under the Northern
Ugandan Literacy Program (NULP), has developed a literacy model for mother
tongue education that has shown significant results in improving reading and
writing skills among Primary 1 – 3 children in their mother tongue (Leblango).
Mango Tree’s growing reputation for expertise in developing high level
literacy and education content has resulted in opportunities for expansion of
our literacy model, as well as partnerships and other possibilities within the
field of education.
Job Summary: The Education
Specialist will be responsible for capturing opportunities from a content
perspective by interacting with our partners’ technical specialists, developing
or adapting methodologies for different projects and/or expansion of the
literacy program, and development/adaptation of materials.
On a content level, the Education Specialist is providing a conduit
between NULP, other education projects, external stakeholders and partners. The
ES will capture synergies within Mango Tree and with our partners, thereby
increasing the capacity of the organization to develop educational tools and
materials in house.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Create a sustainable knowledge base within
    Mango Tree with regards to educational tools and methods
  • Develop and execute content related
    trainings, both internal and external
  • Create methodologies and systems for
    development of materials and train Mango Tree staff to use these
  • Capture the current knowledge within the
    project and Mango Tree as a whole by developing manuals
  • Work closely with experts – either
    individuals or expert centers – to bring knowledge within Mango Tree
  • Where needed develop support and or
    implement trainings with regards to NULP
  • Develop and adapt educational tools and
  • Support development and adaptation of
    literacy and education materials using Mango Tree’s approaches to
    education and literacy instruction in Ugandan schools, including the
    development of relevant, simple, user-friendly, effective teaching and
    learning materials
  • Offer technical assistance to NULP and
    other projects, ensuring that Mango Tree’s literacy model is implemented
    in the correct way together with the NULP team
  • Participate in meetings with clients to
    assess their needs and develop creative communication strategies and
    innovative education products using Mango Tree’s strategic design process
  • Participate in the development of a wide
    variety of literacy materials and curricula for trainings, education
    programs and grassroots community development resources
  • Write initial text for products and create
    illustration ideas
  • Work closely with artists and designers
  • Actively participate in situational
    analyses and other field activities
  • Support the Customer Relationship
    Management Department to write the deliverables sections of project
    proposals and briefs, particularly literacy, education and curriculum
    development projects.
  • Assist in the creation of assessment tools
    for evaluating literacy competencies in pupils in local language and
    English on a continuous, termly and annual basis
  • Serve as the face of Mango Tree,
    showcasing expert knowledge with regards to education in general and NULP
    in particular
  • Provide content for the annual literacy
    events in northern Uganda, such as Mother Tongue Day
  • Communicate about methods and content with
    key organizations like the National Curriculum Development Center, the
    Ministry of Education and Sports, civil society organizations and donors
  • Represent Mango Tree in various education
    related forums and serve as the contact person with the Ministry of
    Education and Sports where needed
  • Provide technical input in writing funding
    proposals where applicable
  • Support the NULP team to develop
    communication messages to various audiences using different forms of media
  • Support other departments
  • Collaborate with CRM staff to write
    project proposals and briefs that include commitments to product quality
    and project timelines for education and literacy projects; assist when
    required in the development of donor proposals for NULP
  • Work closely with project managers to
    create project plans, including work schedules and budgets
  • Liaise with project managers and the
    Consultancy, Design and Production Departments to ensure projects are
    within budget, on time and in line with project objectives
  • Support other departments as necessary or
    when special needs arise
  • Carry out other reasonable tasks as
    assigned by the creative director or program director NULPNULP Director in
    agreement with the Creative Director
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant should hold a Master’s
    degree in education or related field of study
  • A minimum of three to five years’
    experience in developing and implementing education programs, specifically
    on developing tools and methods for education is critical
  • Past experience living and working in
    Africa, preferably East Africa
  • Classroom experience strongly desired
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
    and abilities; computer abilities are a must
  • Prior experience working with education
    materials; publishing strongly desired, including layout conceptualization
    and copy editing
  • Understanding of low-income communities in
    developing countries and a passion for empowering them
  • If possible experience in proposal writing
    to major international donors
  • Excellent track record of high level
    performance, creativity and leadership
  • Able to maintain high standards for
    quality work with a critical eye for details
  • Able to create and contribute to a working
    environment that is energetic, empowering and dynamic
  • Excellent networker, ideally having an
    extensive professional network in the education sector in Uganda and East
  • Ability to understand the NGO and
    education community in Uganda and East Africa
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates should visit the web link below and create a profile on the NFT
Consult website by entering their e-mail addresses. Please visit web link below
and click Apply now if convinced you have the job requirements. The
applications/CVs should be prepared in English and submitted in either MS Word
or PDF format will be considered.
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