District System Strengthening Coordinator Careers – Mott MacDonald

Organisation: Mott
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About Mott MacDonald:
 Mott MacDonald
is a leading, employee-owned global management, engineering and development
consultancy with £1 billion revenue and more than 14,000 staff working in 140
countries for both the public and private sectors. Our International
Development Services Unit, IDS, operates portfolios within the international
development sectors of Environment, Climate, Water, Roads, Rural & Urban
Development, Education, Health, Social and Economic Development in over 40
countries. Together we implement and manage projects in developing countries
and emerging economies around the world, supporting national governments and
municipalities in policy, planning, project design and delivery. We are
committed to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and to provide
our expertise to improve the lives of people in need.
About SESIL Programme:
SESIL (Strengthening
Education Systems for Improved Learning), is a four-year education programme
designed to improve the quality and equity of measurable learning outcomes at
lower primary level in Uganda.  SESIL
will do this by strengthening the systems needed to manage and raise the
performance of four key drivers of learning outcomes: teachers, schools,
districts, and assessment and examinations.
Job Summary:   The District System Strengthening Coordinator
will provide will provide technical support to districts for the implementation
of project activities.  The DSSC will be
embedded within the District Education Office working closely with and through
the district’s technical and political leadership.
By the end of the
programme the DSSC is expected to have supported districts raise standards of
achievement in literacy and numeracy in grades 1-3 through the following:
  • Strengthened educational management within the district
  • Improved school support and supervision services
  • Enhanced the quality of teaching and the learning experience
  • Improved school management and strengthened community involvement
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Enable districts to
develop a M4R approach to service delivery in education through:
  • Prioritising: focusing on a small number of core priorities that
    offer the greatest potential for achieving better learning outcomes for
    all children.
  • Using evidence: getting and using education performance data and
    information to monitor performance and drive improvement.
  • Problem-solving: ability to adopt a problem-solving approach that
    identifies and analyses bottle-necks in performance
  • Provide support on strengthening performance in key areas of
    district education management and administration, including:
  • District education planning, budget and resource allocation,
    including the distribution and allocation of teachers (deployment and
  • District education office management routines of progress checks on
    priorities and follow-up actions
  • District monitoring and supervision of primary schools, including
    school inspection
  • Establishing literacy and numeracy benchmarks through which to
    measure learning outcomes
Supporting school
improvement processes, including:
  • Head Teacher and School Management Committee/Parent Teacher
  • Continuous Professional Development with a particular focus on
    literacy and numeracy
  • School support and supervision processes
  • Establishment of community-based school readiness programmes
  • Implementation of training and capacity-building activities,
  • Undertaking training needs analysis
  • The design, development and delivery of specific training
    events/workshops for key stakeholders at school, community, sub-county,
    county and district levels
  • Establishing coaching and mentoring programmes
Engagement and
networking, including
  • Undertaking regular visits to schools and Primary Teacher Colleges,
  • Develop effective working relationships with key political and
    administrative stakeholders, as well as with other relevant development
    partners (e.g. bi- and multi-lateral programmes, NGOs)
  • Participate in meetings involving education partners and
  • Broader team responsibilities and duties
  • Effectively document all information related to project successes
    and best practices
  • Contribute as a team member to SESIL’s overall planning, monitoring
    and reporting routines under the direction of the Regional Coordinator
  • To liaise with other team members in the implementation across the
    several work streams, in particular the M4R, district, school and teacher
  • To embed issues of gender and inclusion within all work in local
  • In close collaboration with the national and regional teams to
    ensure that they develop and implement effective strategies that raise and
    district performance.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must be a graduate or hold postgraduate qualification in education
  • Varied and recent experience of working in service delivery with, or
    in, local government, preferably in a performance improvement capacity,
    preferably in education
  • Strong communication skills – ability to express ideas and
    information clearly and simply, both verbally and in writing. A high level
    of written and spoken English is essential.
  • Strong analytical skills – ability to investigate and understand
    constraints and bottle-necks
  • High levels of creativity and innovation –  ability to develop and test new
    approaches to old problems
  • Leadership and team work – ability to support others through
    mentoring and coaching
  • Facilitation skills – ability to design, prepare and deliver
    training and consultation workshops
  • Sound understanding of Uganda’s education system, decentralisation
    and local government processes and practices.
  • Understanding of the concepts and principles of Managing for Results
    (or similar, e.g. Performance Management, Results Oriented Management,
  • Computer literacy: working competence in main application (Microsoft
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are invited to apply direct via the careers
website of Mott MacDonald at the web lick below. Please create an account and
submit a curriculum vitae and application letter.
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