International NGO Jobs – Program Officer at Twaweza

Job Title:   Program Officer
Organization: Twaweza
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Manager WWE
About US:
Twaweza is an independent East
African initiative that was established in 2009 by Rakesh Rajani, a Tanzanian
civil society leader who founded HakiElimu and served as its first executive
director until the end of 2007. Twaweza’s approach and theory of change is
built on the lessons from the HakiElimu experience, as well as wide ranging
conversations across East Africa conducted through 2008 and a review of the
literature. Hivos provided the incubation space for Twaweza’s development, and
currently houses the initiative before it becomes fully independent by 2014.
Hivos is registered in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as a non-profit company
(company limited by guarantee with no share capital).
Job Summary: The Program
Officer will render support in the design and implementation of the What Works
in Education program in Uganda/Kenya. The incumbent will be responsible to
generate evidence, ideas, data and stories of effective interventions through
reference to global and local experience, experimentation and analysis. In your
work you will collaboration closely with particularly the Data and Voice and
PPE units.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • With
    support from the Manager WWE, implement the WWE program in Uganda/Kenya.
  • Work
    in liaison with team members, gather and organize knowledge of rigorous,
    locally relevant and credible evidence of what works in improving learning
  • Create
    a knowledge database consisting of an accessible and well referenced
    system of experiences, studies and literature reviews mostly from
    Uganda/Kenya, but also global.
  • Work
    closely with the Public and Policy Engagement, create a forum for
    interveners, researchers and policy makers, where crucial evidence can be
    presented and discussed.
  • Drawing
    on the academic as well as a practical body of work, set up Twaweza’s
    Positive Deviance program in education: systematically searching,
    validating and testing successful locally led solutions that deviate from
    the norm.
  • Manage
    small scale research projects that are informed by our learning from
    existing knowledge. Aim is to find potential solutions that are articulate
    and simple in design and are in principle scalable.
  • Support
    the Public and Policy Engagement unit in specific campaign style
    activities to achieve the Twaweza formulated successes leading to
  • Document
    lessons in a structured fashion on all aspects of WWE.
  • Manage
    the production of compelling written products on a regular basis,
    including high quality policy briefs, analyses, research papers, blogs and
    other social media for local and global audiences.
  • Present
    findings at various events, locally, regionally and globally.
  • Independently
    represent WWE in contacts and negotiations with interested third parties.
  • Successfully
    implement above responsibilities and assigned activities in work plans and
    budgets, consistent with Twaweza Policies.
  • Actively
    contribute effectively to planning, monitoring, reporting and information
    dissemination of Uwezo’s/Twaweza’s work.
  • Collaborate
    with Twaweza staff across units and countries in a spirit of mutual
    respect and cooperation to get things done.
  • Communicate
    your work through active use of internal platform (SalesForce), electronic
    calendar (Gcal) and being accessible on electronic chat (Skype) as per
    Twaweza requirements.
  • Participate
    actively in organization-wide learning and other joint activities.
  • Comply
    with and foster adherence to the established Twaweza values, policies,
    regulations, guidelines and procedures.
  • Perform
    any other lawful tasks as may be assigned by the Manager WWE, respective
    Director and/or Executive Director.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a Bachelors of Arts/Science qualification in social
    sciences, public policy or related area.
  • A
    minimum of four years of relevant work experience in education, research
    and analysis.
  • Good
    working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Excellent
    communication and writing skills in English and Swahili with demonstrable
    attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable
    computer proficiency including web based applications.
  • Possess
    good management skills and ability to work independently and as a part of
    a team.
  • Possess
    the ability to deliver on short notice where necessary and with minimum
How to Apply: 
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to send their applications including an updated CV (max 4 pages) to: with a cover letter
explaining your interests/motivations to work for Twaweza, and two samples of
your written work and names of three referees, in MS Word or PDF file. In the
subject of your email write your name and the position you are applying for.

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