Programme Manager International NGO Jobs – STIR Education

Job Title:     Programme Manager
Organisation: STIR Education
Duty Station: Kampala,
About Us:
STIR Education is an International NGO headquartered in London and
currently operating in India and Uganda.  At STIR Education, we strongly encourage
self-learning, taking ownership of your workload, and supporting the
organisation in a holistic way – in order to collaborate with us to grow the
STIR dream and the Teacher Changemaker movement. We see teachers as the
solution, not the problem, in addressing the global learning crisis that
affects 250 million children in developing countries today. We motivate and
network teachers so they can improve their own professional practice as well as
influence their peers and the wider system. The networks are deeply embedded
into education systems, both government and private. The core model
underpinning the STIR strategy is a journey that gives teachers the opportunity
to collaborate with peers in local networks and gain exposure to evidence based
practices – motivating teachers to develop the professional mindsets and
behaviours to improve student learning. There is a strong focus around impact
measurement; and in aligning with government and other large-scale systems.
Job Summary: The STIR
Programme Manager will support the effective implementation of our rapidly
growing work in Uganda. The Programme Manager will work as part of STIR’s
existing vibrant team of managers and other staff in the Uganda office; have
excellent skills in partnership/relationship management; be a very positive and
solution focused person; be flexible, extremely organised and is able to work
in a very fast paced, dynamic environment. Crucially, the Programme Managers
will have a very strong belief in the potential of teachers to be changemakers
in the Uganda education system.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Working closely with the Senior Programme
Managers leading on the Government, Union and NGO partnership programmes, and
together with the rest of the team to support STIR’s partners in embedding the
STIR model effectively in their existing organisation infrastructures, and
running local networks of Teacher Changemakers
Ensuring that partners gather and share data
required by STIR and make sure the data is organised carefully – working with
the M&E Team and Lead Programme Managers in the NGOs and Government
Partnership Programmes.
Actively participate in organising STIR training
institutes and other STIR – led events to promote teachers, education leaders
and policy makers as changemakers.
Develop and share a knowledge base about what
makes an effective Education Leader and policy changemaker (Learning
Improvement Groups); and work with partners and STIR team to ensure the STIR
methodology is appropriately embedded in the work of both NGO and government
Provide on-going coaching and mentoring to
Education Leaders to ensure high quality implementation, whilst integrating
learning from monitoring & evaluation to further improve model delivery.
Build and maintain relationships with STIR’s
partners: Government and Districts, unions and education institutions – such
that they remain committed to working in partnership with STIR and build
mechanisms to sustain the model.
Work closely with education leaders – the
partner and government staff who run their local Changemaker Networks – as well
as policy makers, to share learning about how STIR is working in Uganda and
different contexts within Uganda
Work closely with other members of the STIR team
in Uganda to plan training for Education Leaders
Provide ongoing support to Education Leaders
from STIR’s partners to deliver the 3-year STIR model and teacher journey
Ensure timely implementation of partners’
activities as per the overall STIR annual workplans.
Regularly monitor the implementation of the STIR
programme activities by partners and ensure all necessary data is gathered from
partners, checked and correctly entered in the STIR data base
Actively participate and contribute to the
developing and dissemination of appropriate training materials, manuals,
workbooks, etc for teachers, education leaders and policymakers.
Work with the rest of STIR team in Uganda to
share lessons about the most effective means of running teacher and policy
changemakers’ networks.
Work with the Lead Managers in identifying and
creating opportunities for STIR teachers, education leaders and policy makers
profiled and recognized publicly for their work.
Provide additional support to STIR as an
organization as required and be willing to share learning with the India and UK
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should have good knowledge
of Uganda’s Education context, clear leadership and partnership skills.
Broad knowledge and understanding of the
challenges teachers and schools face in Uganda
Previous experience of supporting teachers or
others in school to lead change in grassroots contexts
Experience of facilitating and managing multiple
partnerships simultaneously
Excellent computer skills and experience in
managing the collection of data and analyzing it
Demonstrated ability to provide useful feedback
to team members and partners
Excellent verbal and written communication
skills in order to hone STIR’s key messages for the Ugandan context
An ability to influence people without direct
authority over them
Previous experience in organizing events and
coordinating large numbers of external partners
Previous exposure and experience in creative
problem solving
Broad knowledge and understanding of what is
required to improve education quality in Uganda.
Strong commitment to excellent education for all
and a belief in teachers and school leaders as innovators with the capacity to
lead change in the system
Positivity and optimism such that you can
motivate others during challenging times
Flexibility and a willingness to adapt and work
in low-resource settings
Willingness to learn from and collaborate with
partner organisations
Humility as you work with people from a wide
variety of backgrounds and experiences and openness to learn from their
Resilience in the face of the challenges of
impacting public education in Uganda
Highly Innovative – especially in terms of
motivating people and finding ways to overcome the challenges of working in
schools in low-income communities
Confident in wide variety of social settings
Open and keen to learn from all colleagues and
Highly organized and professional in approach
while dealing with partners, teachers, education leaders and policy makers.
Enjoyment of travel and opportunity to work ‘on
the go’ in rural areas
Sensitive to local context and particularities
and able to adapt to work effectively in different contexts
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover
letter (no longer than one page). In this, please share with us why you are
interested in becoming, and how your experience makes you a suitable candidate
for, Programme Manager. Please also send a copy of your CV (no longer than 2
pages) and details for three professional referees to
Deadline: 14th October 2016 by 5.00pm
Uganda local time.
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