Head of National Programs NGO Careers – Educate!

Job Title:      Head of National Programs
Organization: Educate!
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
Educate!’ develops young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa. Educate!
provides a proven mix of a leadership and entrepreneurship course, long-term
mentoring, and practical experience starting an enterprise for secondary school
students. Educate! is working with over 20,000 diverse youth across Uganda,
growing to a staff of 53 in just five years, and has already incorporated its
curriculum into Uganda’s national education system to reach 25,000 students
annually. The organization has received the Ashoka Fellowship and several
international awards and grants, proving out a program model that can be
replicated across Africa.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Government Strategy –
Outreach & Development
– 30%
Develop and execute strategies and
communications to advance Educate! Advocacy goals, particular government
Create relationship management strategy towards
national program goals.
Formulate new relationships and partnerships,
review official partnership agreements that formalize Educate! Relationship
with partner-governments, such as MOUs, letters of endorsement, and proposals.
Hand over management of partnerships to NPM
after formalising formal agreements.
Research and network on government funding,
opportunities, upcoming strategies
Ensure E! Experience program has the
relationships & agreements with government to achieve its goals.
Ensure E! Experience has the right people in
government supporting our efforts.
Represent E! on working groups, conferences
& committees to promote Educate! at the government and sector level.
Build strong professional and personal
relationships with key stakeholders in partnering government ministries.
Stakeholders should include members in the
Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender, curriculum development, teacher
training, UNEB, Universities and NTCs.
Create overview documents and concept notes geared
towards policy makers that share Educate!’s work in innovations, so that the
government is informed and brought along on our learning journey.
National Representation
& Communication – 30%
Represent Educate! in government sector
meetings, such as sector review meetings, M&E task-force meetings, etc and
advocate for Educate!’s education reform agenda.
Represent Educate! in technical workshops with
NPM on curriculum, teacher training, and assessment and drive forward Educate!
Education reform agenda.
Prepare documents and presentations as part of
larger education reform engagement strategy.
The jobholder will also advocate and push for
government adoption of skills lab as a policy.
Co-develop teacher development strategy with the
Build partnership with pre-service and
in-service training institutions in Uganda and secure Educate!’s involvement in
teacher re-tooling and professional development.
Co-represent Educate! in technical workshops on
curriculum, teacher training, and assessment
Drive forward Educate! Education reform agenda.
Prepare documents and presentations as part of
larger education reform engagement strategy.
Support NPM to build brand recognition
throughout through strategic partnerships, media exposure, and thought
leadership – Collaborate with External Relations team on the creation of
government reports and documents required for Registration.
Lead mapping exercise specific policy processes
(such as TT) with the NPM and share with broader advocacy team (DCD &MD) to
inform strategy.
Lead quarterly strategy retreats with programs
team, and present government policy work and priorities to ensure Innovations,
D&T and NP are informed about the national dialogue.
National Programs Oversight
– 20%
Manage a team of 5-6 people, include managers,
technical experts and sometimes consultants
Capacity building for the national programs
Strategically solve problems and respond to
opportunities with National Program team
Align team to strategic objectives by setting
and managing to termly goals
Coordinate across departments to leverage
country programs team support when necessary.
Support the National programs manager in the
media campaign, specifically on the activity of building brand loyalty among
policy makers through a process of nominating and awarding leaders in the field
of education development.
Support National programs manager to build
partnership with TIETS, secondary department, NCDC, Universities, partners and
ensure Educate! Plays a role in designing and re-tooling teachers during
CURASSE roll out.
Approve annual national programs, financial
advances and accountabilities, budgets and work plans.
Manage, review BVAs and be the lead on the
mid-year government related review.
Create and manage National reform budgets for
implementation of government related activities
Critically review NPM priorities to find areas
for savings, reallocation according to priority, or emerging needs for
Submit timely and accurate accountabilities for
all reform activities
Ensure cost effectiveness during implementation
of all activities as related to the reform process and other government related
Policy Mapping – 20%
Support the NPM – National Program Manager in
branding, specifically on the activity of building brand loyalty among policy
Lead mapping exercise specific policy processes
(such as TT – Teacher Training) with the NPM (National Program Manager), PRM
(Policy & Research Manager) and share with broader advocacy team (DCD –
Deputy Country Director & MD – Managing Director) to inform strategy.
Lead quarterly strategy retreats with programs
team, and present government policy work and priorities to ensure Innovations,
Design & Training and National Programs are informed about the national

Qualifications, Skills and
applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field,
possessing a Masters in a relevant field is an added advantage.
least three years of professional experience in government advocacy and policy
development. Project management is an added advantage.
experience in networking & partnership development with excellent
strategic and management skills.
Previous experience in multi – tasking in a fast – paced environment, set
priorities, work independently as well as thrive a team
Educate!’ 5 Cultural Tenets:
We Put Youth First – The youth we
serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways
we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that
we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather
take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making
every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it
We Are Always Learning – When you
work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage
every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on
graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher
pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to
We Only Solve a Problem Once – We
are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to
solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet.
We Are Flexible – We thrive on
change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt
quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up.
We Exceed Expectations – We assume
we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want
our staff to create your own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream
scary big!
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send and updated
resume, a cover letter describing yourself, and a list of references to
ugandajobs@experienceeducate.org. Please include “Position Title –
theugandanjobline.com – Your Name” in the subject line.
Deadline: 24th
November 2017
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