Earn 191m as Project Management Specialist (Reading) – United States Embassy, US Mission in Uganda

Organisation: United States
Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station:  USAID, Health & HIV/AIDS Office, Kampala,
Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-12 (Ugshs
191,547,014 – UGX 282,336,746 inclusive of allowances).
Vacancy Number: 617-18-00003
Reports to: USDH Education
Officer


About US Embassy:
Welcome to the United States Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.  The United States has enjoyed diplomatic
relations with Uganda for over 30 years. 
Ambassador Deborah R. Malac currently heads the U.S Mission to
Uganda.  The Mission is composed of
several offices and organizations all working under the auspices of the Embassy
and at the direction of the Ambassador.
Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
·        
United States Agency for International
Development (USAID)
·        
Centers for Disease Control
·        
Peace Corps
Job Summary: The Project
Management Specialist (Reading) will be responsible for advancing USAID/Uganda
early grade reading goals. The incumbent is a member of the Education, Youth,
and Child Development Office (EYCD) and shares responsibilities with other team
members in achieving the overall goals of USAID/Uganda’s CDCS. Specifically,
the incumbent spends a major portion of time on activities related to the
quality delivery of basic education reading services at the national level, and
as a technical specialist in early grade reading for the Mission. The incumbent
works closely with the Education Development Officer, and is expected to be the
lead in providing early grade reading input and guidance to EYCD, the Mission,
and the Ministry of Education and Sports. The incumbent will have a leadership
role in program management of the Mission’s early grade reading and related
awards, providing appropriate oversight, robust responses to CLA, and overall
direction for the overall early grade reading efforts of the Uganda Mission.
The position requires significant programmatic and technical knowledge and a
thorough knowledge of reading acquisition and measurement best practices as
well as major Ugandan reading education policy. The incumbent works closely
with other education, youth/workforce development, and child protection team
members to strategically adapt USAID/Uganda’s reading efforts to the goals of
its Country Development Coordination Strategy 2.0. An estimate of the time the
incumbent should devote to each area is indicated in Section 14.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
EYCD Program Management and Oversight: 50%
·        
The incumbent has principal responsibility for
strategically managing activities to improve national level systems and
policies in the Education sector under EYCD with a specialized focus on early
grade reading. The position requires substantial programmatic and technical knowledge
regarding the major educational policies that address early grade reading. The
activities include:
·        
AOR/COR/Activity Manager for performance and
impact evaluations (P&IE) of large education reading programs with emphasis
on Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA).
·        
The incumbent is required to lead in adapting
the Mission’s early grade reading efforts in response to Collaboration,
Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) assessments and independent performance and
impact evaluations at both the program level and in collaboration with USAID,
Ministry, donors, and other stakeholders.
·        
AOR/COR/Activity Manager (or alternate) for the
School Health and Reading Program and/or the Literacy Achievement and Retention
Activity, and/or other related programs as assigned, with an emphasis on
achieving early grade reading results and leading the strategic adaptation of
USAID/Uganda’s reading efforts with CDCS 2.0. Activity management will be
guided by designation letters from the Contracting Officer, including financial
and pipeline analysis, tracking of deliverables and results, technical
expertise to resolve challenges in improving early grade reading results, and
general knowledge of Uganda specific issues such as violence in schools,
adolescent pregnancies, child marriages, etc.
·        
AOR/COR or Activity Manager of Basic Education
Reading Programs currently in the initial design phase.
·        
Contribute to overall EYCD Office management of
items such as the Mission Operations Plan, PPR reporting, development of
office-wide documents such as a PMP, portfolio reviews.
Technical Guidance: 50%
·        
The incumbent serves as a basic education
reading technical specialist and shares responsibility with the Education
Development Officer in representing EYCD on various external education
committees and with internal USAID stakeholders.
·        
S/he will ensure EYCD/USAID’s views and goals
regarding early grade reading are well articulated during various internal and
external education fora, including the Education Development Partners,
Education Sector Consultative Committee, Education Sector Review, the Basic
Education Working Group, other MOES working groups, CDCS 2.0 integration
working groups, and others as assigned including as high as the Permanent
Secretary and State Minister for Primary Education levels.
·        
The incumbent is expected to frequently and
articulately promote early grade reading as the essential starting point for a
literate population in support of the U.S. Government’s early grade reading
strategy. Literacy is an essential prerequisite supporting the U.S.
Government’s strategic goals in health (including HIV/AIDs), democratic
governance, and economic growth.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection
criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting
each item.
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The ideal candidate for the United States US
Embassy Project Management Specialist (Reading) career opportunity should
possess a master’s degree in literacy, early grade reading, or another clearly
relevant education or other social science subject is required. Doctorate is
preferred.
·        
A minimum of fifteen years of progressively
responsible professional experience working in the education sector, five years
of which must have been in early grade reading, is required.
·        
If with a doctorate; 10 years’ experience is
acceptable.
·        
Significant involvement with primary education
systems reform programs and major program implementation experience in multiple
districts is preferred. Early primary classroom experience teaching reading is
advantageous.
·        
Strong background in current status of early
grade reading pedagogy and achievement, including instruction in local
languages with a later transition to English as a model of teaching early grade
reading in Uganda is required.
·        
Grounding in the historical development of
education in Uganda; personal knowledge of typical conditions in primary
schools; familiarity with the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and its
affiliated institutions (the Uganda National Examinations Board, National
Curriculum Development Center, etc.); well-grounded in knowledge of Ugandan
basic education systems (i.e.: curriculum design, teacher training, classroom
effectiveness, educational management, literacy development and testing and
evaluation, etc.); comprehensive understanding of factors that interact to
impede learning, especially reading at the early primary level is required.
·        
A strong technical knowledge of general early
grade reading assessment is required.
·        
A demonstrated strong knowledge of early grade
reading pedagogy required.
·        
Substantive knowledge of quantitative and
qualitative methods for measuring early grade reading skills preferred.
·        
Excellent writing and interpersonal
communication skills; ability to form positive and productive working relationship
at all levels; ability to use word-processing and spreadsheets programs.
·        
Ability to obtain, analyze and evaluate complex
data and to prepare precise and accurate factual and analytical reports.
·        
Ability and willingness for limited travel
within Uganda.
·        
Language Proficiency: Excellent command of
written and spoken English, Level IV (fluent).
How to Apply:
All qualified candidates should submit the following;
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A signed AID-302-3 Offeror Information for
Personal Services Contracts, Download Here
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Cover letter clearly indicating the position for
which you are applying and describing how you meet the minimum requirements
·        
Updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume
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Copies of Academic Transcripts
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Names, contact numbers, and e-mail addresses of
three (3) professional references. At least one of the references must be a
prior or current direct supervisor.
·        
U.S. citizen, Resident Aliens and other nations
(resident in Uganda) must attach a copy of a valid work permit.
Send them to: KampalaHR@state.gov in standard file types such as
Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). All should be in one document
which should not exceed 10MB.
Deadline: 17th
November 2017
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