Earn 12,000 Pounds – Academic Director at African Prisons Project (APP)

Title:      Academic Director
Organisation: African
Prisons Project (APP)
Kampala, Uganda
Director General
Salary:  £12,000 to £14,500 per annum
The African
Prisons Project is an international non-profit organization that works to
restore dignity and hope to prisoners across Africa. APP works holistically to
change the way that criminal justice issues are addressed in the countries in
which we work and empower prisoners to drive positive change. We work with
Prison Service leaders who wish to develop services and policies in line with
our mission and welcome our support. We pursue these changes in a two pronged
approach. Firstly, by focusing on rising stars and senior management of the
prison services, providing them with the skills needed to reform and improve
prison systems. Secondly, by providing scholarships and training to prisoners
and prisons staff pursuing legal degrees or diplomas through distance learning
programmes, to support them act as educators and legal advisers to prisoners
and to then take this knowledge of the law to the poorest communities upon
Job Summary: The Academic
Director will drive through our strategy aims around Education & creating
future Leaders. The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing various
programs outlined below. The incumbent will cooperate and coordinate with a
wide range of teams both within APP’s offices in the UK, Kenya and Uganda,
prisons/prisoners in Kenya, and also working to create partnerships with
universities and donors from around the world.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Prisoner and Prison
Officer Legal Studies:
Meet targets including having a 90% pass rate in
exams and at least 85% of students staying in the programme through to the
point of completing a qualification. Other targets will include 3% of exams
being passed at 1st class level, 30% 2:1 and 50% at 2:2 this academic year and
year on year improvement.
Maintain an awareness of external strategic
developments relevant to our programmes
In charge of establishing internal policies,
standards, continuous ongoing assessment and frameworks in relation to our
academic work. Our accreditation as a partner of the University of London and
in due course with a number of the other universities we currently work with or
plan to work with. Making the UoL work scalable, including to the UK.
Develop a core group of legally trained
individuals in prisons who can drive change to access justice for prisoners.
The job holder will also increase the number of
successful appeals, bail applications and outcomes at trial.
Improve the legal knowledge of prisoners and
prison staff, create instructors amongst the convicted to help inform others
and thereby demonstrate prisoners’ ability to have a direct positive impact on
their lives and the lives of other prisoners.
Provide marketable skills to prisoners through
legal training to improve their job prospects upon release.
Create an increasing number of future lawyers, law
students and paralegals with first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced in
Get ex-prisoners in posts to lead change at a
national level e.g. as politicians, lawyers, judges etc.
2. Learning journeys for prison staff
The incumbent will improve the skills of prison
staff in order to increase the overall skills level of mid to high level prison
Develop officers capable of training fellow staff
on the issues which they studied while in the United Kingdom.
Identify areas of need within the prison system
and to develop capable prison officers who are readily able to solve these
problems internally.
Equip prison staff to change policy and practice
3. Masters Courses:
Improve the skills of prison staff in an effort to
increase overall skills among mid to high level officers.
Establish officers capable of training fellow
staff on the issues that they studied
Identify areas of need within the prison system
and create capable prison officers who are readily able to solve these problems
Build up a body of research (through master’s
dissertations) on African prison issues and use this to influence change
Develop new and sustainable ideas within prison
services, contribute to reforming existing systems.
4. Strategy, planning and Management
Submit to the UK office the quarterly and monthly
budget including overseeing the finances for this programme.
Manage the procurement process.
Manage the human resources of staff (globally) who
work on this programme including leading, recruiting and appraising all staff.
Plan and implement annual volunteer plan for the
Leadership Development Programme.
Act as the contact person for the media and to
generate stories on our work in Kenya. To contribute to the social media of the
Establish and maintain a strong cooperative
relationship with prison service at all levels (HQ and Prisons) in Kenya and
any other East African country that the LD programmes expands into.
5. Networking:
Building a network of change makers.
Bringing them together online and in person
Developing mechanism for those who have been
through the programmes to work together and support each other.
Performance Indicators:
Identify and recruit inmates and staff who have
the potential to complete a legal education programme successfully and the
desire to help others.
Develop and identify effective courses which can
equip prisoners and prison staff with legal knowledge relevant to prisoners’
access to justice. This will involve providing lecturing and tutoring support
to students, both in the core course content as well as in supplementary skills
including: critical thinking; problem solving; legal reasoning; legal research;
legal writing and drafting; preparing case notes; exam preparation; paralegal
services; local law; interviewing and advising; writing appeals; oral
arguments; negotiating, ethics and advocacy.
Develop links with educational institutions which
can facilitate access to relevant courses of legal education and develop
bespoke courses providing the necessary legal knowledge
Equip students with advocacy and lobbying skills,
in addition to improved reading and written English skills, so that they are
effective advocates for their peers,
Develop links with law firms and non-government
organisations to train students in practical skills and potentially to provide
future opportunities for released prisoners.
Mobilise volunteers, interns, local and
international partner groups – build a network of them.
Work directly with returned Masters Scholars to
help build a lasting network of change makers in prisons in Africa.
Schedule regular meetings with students and
develop a Memorandum of Understanding requiring participation in such
activities as part of the agreement between the candidate and APP.
Work with prison service directors to spell out
clearly the expectations of Masters Candidates, ensuring a second level of
Recruiting, preparing and supporting master
students. Giving them leadership and practical training.
Liaise with returning prison staff to help build a
lasting network amongst the students.
Schedule regular meetings with students and
develop a Memorandum of Understanding requiring participation in such
activities as part of the agreement between the candidate and APP
Conduct training with applicants before and after
their time in the UK to develop rapport among groups and ensure the long term
success of the project.
Work with prison service directors to spell out
the expectations of candidates, ensuring a second level of accountability.
Skills and Experience: 
The applicant should preferably hold a minimum of
five years’ project planning and change management experience.
Five years’ experience handling academic
administration and teaching of legal programmes.
Excellent track record in delivering projects in
multiple countries.
A minimum of five years’ professional experience,
ideally with other education/leadership development programmes, managing
academics, putting together academic year plans and timetables, overseeing
delivery of teaching and extracurricular activities.
Significant experience of overseeing research – as
this will be an increasingly important aspect of UoL work, secondment, masters
and all other aspects of our work as we look to influence change and share best
Broad working knowledge and experience of humanitarian
and development sector and/or social enterprise/academia.
Proven problem solving and strategic planning capability
with creative skills.
Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines under
Strong reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills
· Highly
fluent in English.
Job Terms and Conditions: We offer a
competitive remuneration and plenty of scope for learning and development. This
is not a family duty station. The candidate will be expected to spend time both
in Kenya, Uganda and in the UK. The contract duration is 12 months, with a
strong likelihood that this will be extended annually depending on performance
against objectives.
to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send an updated CV and covering
letter to Peter R. Tibigambwa, Country Director, African Prisons Project via
E-mail to, petertibigambwa@africanprisons.org.
Please do not apply unless you have the right qualifications and experience.
This role will be popular and we will only be reviewing applications who send
us their CV and covering letter which are no more 3 pages long. We do not need
to see certificates and references at this stage.

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