Program Coordinator (Education) USAID LARA Project Jobs – RTI International

Organization: RTI
International
Project Name: USAID
Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity Program (LARA)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Senior
Program Specialist (Reading)
About RTI:
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one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the
human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than
3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in
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About USAID LARA Program:
RTI International is
implementing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
funded Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity under Cooperative Agreement
# AID-617A-15-00009. The 5-year USAID/Uganda Literacy Achievement and Retention
Activity is expanding the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) early grade
reading ‘ program and supporting the implementation of the National Strategic
Plan on Violence against Children in Schools (VACiS) 2015-2020. It seeks to
reinforce the implementation of the MoES 2014 Reporting, Tracking, Referral,
and Response (RTRR) Guidelines in the 28 implementation districts. The project
seeks to fill positions in 10 districts across Uganda including Bukomansimbi,
Mukono, Rakai, Mityana, Sembabule, Gomba, Gulu, Lira, Omoro and Oyam.
Job Summary:  The Project Coordinator will provide technical
expertise in EGR and the creation of positive and supportive school climate.
S/he must model good leadership: technical competency, credibility, vision and
commitment, integrity and trust around improving the condition of children in Uganda.
S/he must build and sustain relationships by working collaboratively and
communicating effectively with key partners and colleagues. S/he represents the
project to clients, stakeholders, and partners at district and school level.
Project Coordinators are key to project learning as they ensure that best
practices and lessons learned are captured and disseminated from school-level
and shared and discussed with MoES and other key district partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Continuously monitor the progress of teachers competences in the
    implementation of the EGR methodology and offer appropriate support
    through Continuous Professional Development sessions and Peer Group
    Meetings organized at the Coordinating Centres or sub zonal levels.
  • Closely work with School and Community Change Agents to reduce
    School Related Gender Based Violence for learners Retention purposes.
  • Build and uphold networks with key stakeholders especially the
    political wing and regularly involve them in the project activities for
    purposes of ownership, political will backing and sustainability
  • Closely work with key stakeholders like the District leadership,
    School Management Committees, Schools flag bearers like head teachers and
    the communities to improve, strengthen and uphold educational outcomes in
    line with MoES guidelines.
  • Offer technical onsite and hands on support to Field Assistants in
    the mentoring and coaching of Early Grades Teachers
  • Learn and document best practices to inform future interventions at
    the National and International levels.
  • Work closely with the District Education key stakeholders to design
    and implement local innovations which can improve education in Early
    Grades in the District
  • Identify major hindrances to learning and work closely with key
    stakeholders to find solutions with main focus on improving education
    performance
  • Represent the Organization in key District meetings and offer
    support in budgeting, planning, teachers allocation and transfer.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID LARA Project Program Coordinator
    (Education) career opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Teacher
    Education or a diploma/Certificate in Education discipline
  • Knowledgeable in early grade reading methodology
  • Possess at least three years of increasingly responsible experience
    in coordinating projects in the education sector.
  • Fully competent in information systems skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communications
    skills in both Local language and English.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and the ability to perform and
    collaborate under challenging conditions.
  • Strong planning, community mobilization and inter-cultural
    communication skills required.
  • Experience working on a USAID-funded or other donor project
    pertaining to technical and organization capacity development.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send updated CVs including three
work related referees and cover letters to the Human Resource Manager by e-mail
to info@lara.rti.org.  Please clearly indicate the position title in the
subject of the E-mail.
Deadline: 25th January 2019
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