Save the Children USAID Project Job Vacancies – Chief of Party, Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity

Organisation: Save the
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 USAID Project:
Save the Children will
implement the 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 Chief
of Party (COP) will be responsible for providing technical leadership and
overall management direction for the project. S/he is also responsible for
project inputs, program strategy, operations, external representation and
coordination with project counterparts, USAID, the Government of Uganda, other
donors within the sector and other programs as necessary. The incumbent will be
ultimately responsible for compliance with the agreement results and the
oversight of project activities which will meet the stated objectives within
the targeted districts.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should possess a Master’s Degree in Education,
    Administration, Management or related field is required;
  • A
    minimum of ten or more years demonstrated technical and management
    experience in education, with experience in sub-Saharan Africa preferred;
  • Technical
    understanding of primary education issues;
  • COP
    experience in education with an emphasis on girls’ education strongly
  • A
    minimum of eight years of demonstrated excellence in senior level
    management and leadership, including direct supervision of professional
    and support staff, evaluation of staff performance, and contract/grant
    management is preferred;
  • Significant
    experience in institutional capacity building of government counterparts
    at the national and/or local level is preferred; strong analytical skills
    related to this technical area a plus;
  • Excellent
    past performance references are required;
  • Demonstrated
    experience managing operations for a multi-million dollar complex,
    donor-funded project is preferred;
  • Proven
    ability to identify, address and resolve communication issues within the
    activity and with external stakeholders and coordinating multiple
    implementing partners or institutions within Uganda or the region is
  • Demonstrated
    problem solving skills, a collaborative and flexible manner, creativity
    and willingness to innovate;
  • Possess
    the ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships
    with USAID/Uganda, host government partners at the national and district
    levels, and personnel within the activity is required; strong visionary
    leadership and demonstrated professional accomplishments;
  • Excellent
    representational and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead
    and work effectively in team situations;
  • Strong
    working familiarity with USAID regulations, procedures, documentation and
  • Fluent
    oral and strong analytical, written English communications skills is
  • Significant
    experience managing and mitigating fraud and corruption issues preferred.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
candidates should apply directly through Save the Children’s International
recruitment portal at the web link below.
Deadline: 19th January 2015
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