USAID Parenting and Early Childhood & Development (ECD) Specialist (PES) Job Placement – World Education Inc. /Bantwana (WEI/B)




Organisation: World
Education Inc. /Bantwana (WEI/B)
Reports to: Deputy Chief of
Party
Duty Station:  Jinja, Uganda
About US:
World Education Inc. /Bantwana (WEI/B) is a non-governmental
organization that helps families and children orphaned and made vulnerable by
HIV/AIDS to access the comprehensive support and care they need to grow into
healthy adults.
Job Summary: The Parenting
and Early Childhood & Development (ECD) Specialist (PES) will provide
technical advice and support on programmatic Parenting and ECD intervention and
helping establish and nurture strong relations with networks of Parenting and
ECD implementers and experts. In specific, the incumbent will provide technical
support in designing, implementation, monitoring and coordination of parenting
and ECD interventions within BETTER OUTCOMES and its Partners. The PES will
work in partnership with Case Management, Youth Development, and Economic Strengthening
Team Leads and other community structures to strengthen parental capacity and
family relationships and increase parental engagement in their local community
and in their children’s education and general social well-being of the children.
The PES will lead and coordinate BETTER OUTCOMES Parenting and ECD
interventions. The PES will apply a strong combination of team leadership and
relationship building abilities as this position requires new program
development ideas to complement existing BETTER OUTCOMES initiatives, the PES
will have a strong ability to assist with the development, implementation, and
evaluation of parenting and ECD interventions.

Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
Technical Support and Quality Programming in BETTER OUTCOMES project
(60%)
  • Design, test, and refine Parenting and ECD
    products (curriculum and SOP) and programs with Case Management, Youth and
    Economic Strengthening teams based on needs and priorities set by
    department.
  • Provide technical programming, design,
    implementation, monitoring and evaluation support across BETTER OUTCOMES.
  • Render support in the analysis of BETTER
    OUTCOMES Parenting and ECD strengths and weaknesses and formulate plans to
    improve its effectiveness.
  • Act as the primary focal point and
    resource for BETTER OUTCOMES Parenting and ECD intervention.
  • Assist in the establishment and oversight
    of a peer mentoring support network for BETTER OUTCOMES Parenting and ECD
    practice.
Development of Technical Resources for BETTER OUTCOMES Project (15%)
  • Work closely with the Case Management,
    Youth Development, and Economic Strengthening teams to develop technical
    packages and common approaches based on BETTER OUTCOMES experience and
    strategy.
  • Offer support in the development of
    parenting and ECD toolkits to support field offices and BETTER OUTCOMES
    Partners in implementing Parenting and ECD curriculum.
  • Steer the development, review and
    dissemination of relevant Parenting and ECD tools in consultation with
    M&E team and Technical Leads.
  • Support the development of resources for
    innovation in Parenting and ECD programming.
  • Participate as a member of BETTER OUTCOMES
    Technical steering Committee to advance the embodiment of Parenting and
    ECD as strategic programming Platform for BETTER OUTCOMES.
Program Learning and Innovation (15%)
  • Attend professional development and
    networking meetings designed for Parenting and ECD specialists.
  • Regularly monitor new developments in ECD
    and participate in promoting the application of best practices.
  • Regularly review the experience of BETTER OUTCOMES
    irf implementing Parenting and ECD programs and assist with the
    documentation of best practices and innovation.
  • Contribute to and maintain a virtual
    library of key resources and reports for reference and distribution as
    needed.
  • Work with Technical Steering Committee and
    other professional bodies to development opportunities to disseminate
    BETTER OUTCOMES experience in Parenting and ECD programming.
New Business Development within BETTER OUTCOMES (10%)
  • Support strategy development to strengthen
    BETTER OUTCOMES’s Parenting and ECD program portfolio.
  • Review reports to ensure technical quality
    of Parenting and ECD
  • Help identify new opportunities for
    collaboration and Networking.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s Degree
    in Early Childhood development, Social or Behavioral Sciences, or any
    related degree within the Social Sciences field.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively
    increasing responsibility working in program management of ECD and
    Parenting interventions (children and families interventions).
  • Working knowledge of and experience with
    USG-funded activity management, policies and procedures will be an added
    advantage.
  • Prior experience of working with families,
    caregivers and young mothers
  • Direct experience of working in
    partnership with CSOs
  • Extensive knowledge of child development
    and its influence on parent/child relationship in every stage of child’s
    development
  • Significant knowledge,
    understanding/training in child protection (policies, procedures and
    practices) and child safeguarding principles.
  • Practical knowledge and experience of
    working with vulnerable families and being aware of any issues a
    practitioner may face while working with vulnerable families
  • Previous experience of working with
    families with complex needs who typically find it difficult to engage with
    services
  • Demonstrable experience of sharing
    information to improve outcomes
  • Able to work flexibly to meet demands of
    the service including some evening and weekend working, if required. To work
    flexibly in responding to the needs of families as they emerge.
  • Able to communicate effectively and
    concisely and with a range of different Individuals and groups
  • Ability to effectively plan and prioritize
    workload associated with case work
  • Ability to travel locally and countywide
  • Ability to engage and motivate resistant
    and hard to reach families
  • Confidence and ability to work alone and
    prepared to work with families in their own homes
  • Create, maintain and develop relationships
    with families and professionals and to maintain professional boundaries
  • Able to keep excellent records of work
  • Able to use IT systems
  • Effective verbal and written communication
    skills
     
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
World Education Inc. /Bantwana (WEI/B) are encouraged to apply via E-mail only
be sending an updated CV and cover letter to: Human Resource Manager, World
Education Inc. Bantwana at wei_recruitment@ug.worlded.org
Deadline: 23rd
January, 2017 by 5:00pm
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