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Earn over 190 millions annually as Project Management Specialist (Reading) – United States Embassy / US Mission

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).
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.
·        
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;
·        
A signed
AID-302-3 Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts, Download
Here
·        
Cover
letter clearly indicating the position for which you are applying and
describing how you meet the minimum requirements
·        
Updated
Curriculum Vitae/Resume
·        
Copies
of Academic Transcripts
·        
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 July 2018
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