Save the Children International USAID LARA Project Jobs – Senior Specialist, Safe Schools & Student Retention

Organisation: Save the
Project Name: USAID LARA
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
Save the Children is the
leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over
120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in
the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change
in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities.
In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover
from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our
partners reach millions of children in communities around the world.
About Save the Children Uganda:
Save the Children envisions a
Uganda in which every child attains the right to survival, protection,
development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the
way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in
their lives. We strive to create impact for children by delivering our
Programmes through partnerships, by being innovative, by acting as the voice
for and of children, and by achieving results at scale. In Uganda, we implement
programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights
Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health, Nutrition and
HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers
programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central
regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of over
200 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them
fulfil their potential. In 2013, we reached over 143 million children through
our work around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly around the world.
About USAID Project:
Save the Children will be
implementing a USAID-funded program focused on improving the reading skills of
primary-grade learners in government schools in Uganda through the scale-up of
the EGR methodology approved by the MoES. The goal of the $36m, five-year
project is to improve literacy by supporting interventions that (1) improve key
aspects of reading skills in both English and 3 of the 12 selected local
languages in the early primary grades, and (2) improve the year-to-year
retention of learners in the primary grades through safe school environments
within Uganda.
Job Summary: The Senior
Specialist – Safe Schools and Student Retention is responsible for provision of
expert advice, analysis and technical support to the USAID/Uganda LARA project
on key student retention, school safety and child protection interventions, and
ensure the integration of project interventions within national and local level
child protection systems. S/he will provide technical leadership and ensure
effective coordination with strategic partners on Child Protection and Safe
Schools, including UNICEF and other relevant USAID/Uganda implementing
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should have significant experience in child protection and the
    education sector within the Uganda context, particularly issues related to
    Safe Schools, Teacher Code of Conduct, gender-based violence in schools
  • The
    ideal candidate should hold  a
    Bachelor’s degree in social work with a minimum of five years’ experience
    on technical and managerial positions; Master’s degree in social sciences
    or public health preferred;
  • Significant
    experience with child protection programming, basic education, and social
    mobilization/social communications;
  • Technical
    knowledge of Safe School programming, gender-based violence prevention/
    reporting/response, and dropout prevention/student retention is highly
  • Proven
    experience in networking with local NGOs, strong communication skills and
    good interpersonal relations;
  • Proven
    leadership and inter-personal skills for effective team work; as well as
    the ability to work independently on a frequent basis, taking initiative,
    managing multiple priorities
  • Possess
    excellent communication skills, training capacity and report writing
  • Fluency
    in English required; knowledge of at least two of the target LARA local
    languages (Luganda, Runyankole, and Runyoro) is preferred;
  • Ability
    to promote Save the Children´s Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum
    protection for children;
  • Able
    to work in a constructive way in straight collaboration with different
    thematic program areas
  • Significant
    experience of working with local partners and District Local Government in
    Child Rights Governance, Health, Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS or Child
    Protection is an added advantage.
  • Excellent
    analytical skills and strategic planning abilities.
  • Possess
    the ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and
    perform effectively as a member of a team.
  • Willingness
    to travel and work in hard-to-reach areas, occasionally under strenuous
  • Computer
    literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
  • Availability
    and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian
  • Highly
    developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international
    environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Possess
    the ability to intervene with crisis management or troubleshooting as
  • Exceptional
    interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation
    and coaching.
  • Excellent
    time management and planning capacity.
  • Availability
    and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian
How to Apply: 
All candidates who wish to join
the world’s largest Child-focused NGO, Save the Children International should
send their application letters with detailed CVs indicating three professional
referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors and send them to:
NB: Only
online applications shall be considered. Testimonials/certificates should not
be attached to applications.
Deadline:  20th
January 2015

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