USAID Save the Children Careers – Senior Specialist, Early Grades Literacy & Institutional Capacity Strengthening

Organisation: Save the
Children
Project Name: USAID LARA
Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
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 – Early Grades Literacy & Institutional Capacity Strengthening
is responsible for provision of expert advice, analysis and technical support
to the USAID/Uganda LARA project on early grades reading, with a particular
focus on strengthening Ministry of Education & Sports (MoES) capacity to
sustain and expand the coverage of LARA reading initiatives. S/he will provide
technical leadership and ensure effective coordination with strategic partners
on early grades literacy, including the other USAID/Uganda EGR project, the
School Health & Reading Program (SHRP).
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the aforementioned USAID Project vacancy should hold a
    Master’s degree in education, with a focus on literacy and reading, and
    specific expertise in teacher training, assessment, and reading material
    development;
  • At
    least ten years of relevant experience working on reading assessment,
    instruction, and training, with 5 + years of experience working in
    developing countries;
  • Proven
    ability to work with host government and partners in implementing a
    complex project in the field under challenging circumstances;
  • Significant
    knowledge of the education system in Uganda, specifically in-service
    teacher training and professional development, pedagogical practices, and
    classroom management;
  • Significant
    experience in early grades reading instruction improvement within the
    Uganda context, particularly with regard to reading materials development;
    teacher mentoring, supervision and support; community engagement in
    children’s literacy; use of early grade reading assessment data for project
    design/refinement
  • Proven
    ability to work with the Uganda Ministry of Education & Sports and
    other potential partners on EGR initiatives, from national to district
    levels, and particularly on institutional capacity building across the
    education system
  • Project
    experience in the 28 target districts , or contacts with local NGOs or
    education authorities in these locations, preferred
  • Past
    experience working on similar USAID or other donor-funded programs;
    familiarity with USAID regulations and policies preferred;
  • 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
  • Excellent
    communication skills, training design and deliver capacity, and report
    writing skills;
  • Fluency
    in English required; knowledge of at least two of the target LARA local
    languages (Luganda, Runyankole, and Runyoro) is preferred;
  • Ability
    to work in a constructive way in collaboration with different project
    stakeholders, including the MoES, partner NGOs, district authorities, etc.
  • 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
    conditions.
  • Computer
    literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
  • Availability
    and willingness to work extra hours during times of humanitarian
    responses.
  • 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
    necessary.
  • 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
    responses.
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: uganda.recruitment@savethechildren.org
NB: Only
online applications shall be considered. Testimonials/certificates should not
be attached to applications.
Deadline:  20th
January 2015
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