4 Senior School Support Officer UK NGO Jobs – PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools)

Organization: PEAS
(Promoting Equality in African Schools)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Salary: UGX
2,600,000 /=
Reports to:
Head of School Network
About US:
PEAS (Promoting
Equality in African Schools) is a UK based charity/social enterprise with a
mission to ‘expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education
across Africa’. PEAS establishes and operates low-cost secondary schools in
Uganda and Zambia in areas where access to quality secondary education is
limited due to cost and geographical barriers. PEAS’ interventions are built
upon 3 pillars of education impact; Access, Quality and Sustainability. Since
opening its first schools in 2008, the PEAS network has grown to 31 schools,
and we are currently educating over 16,000 students. PEAS Uganda has about 50
staff at the Country Office and over 900 staff working in the network schools.
Job Summary:   The Senior School Support Officer will play a
pivotal role in the success of our schools; delivering direct support and being
accountable for improving their performance by working alongside our fantastic
school staff. We’re looking for someone who has a clear vision on what the key
ingredients are to be a great school and be committed to deliver that for every
PEAS student. We want a credible educator whose opinion is valued by our school
staff and communities, someone who relishes the opportunity to build
relationships with and mentor others. As a key player in driving school
performance, you should not be afraid to take difficult decisions to ensure
that the PEAS mission and approach is achieved in every school and classroom.
This is not an office based role so to be successful as a Senior School Support
Officer, you should be passionate about being in the field, and doing hands on
support to schools.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
School supervision
  • School impact: Fully accountable for driving performance across
    Access, Quality and Sustainability in a cluster of 3-5 PEAS schools, line
    managing the School Leaders of each school and sharing their goals.
  • School compliance: Ensure that schools are operating in accordance
    with PEAS and GoU policies.
  • Performance management: Work alongside the Head of School Network to
    deliver annual performance appraisal of school leaders.
School support
  • Build a strong positive cluster culture where all schools identify
    and are proud to be part of their cluster, promoting healthy
    relationships, collaboration and support to one another.
  • Deliver high quality coaching to school leaders and training for
  • Coordinate all support from other teams within PEAS Country Office,
    ensuring that support is delivered when it is needed but is never a
    distraction from the key activity of educating our students.
  • Support school leaders to set, review and implement school
    improvement plans.
  • Support schools with teacher recruitment and deliver high quality
    teacher inductions
  • Interpret and use school-level data to provide relevant and practical
    support to schools including how to use the functionalities of their
    School Information System effectively.
  • Conducting lesson observations alongside school instructional
    leadership teams and provide high quality feedback and action steps which
    are routinely followed up.
  • Responsible for ensuring key communications are shared between the
    schools and country offices
  • Serve as the Child Protection Focal Person for their cluster,
    delivering child protection training at school-level and leading
    investigations and case management.
Representing PEAS
in our schools and communities
  • Attend all BoG meetings for all assigned cluster schools.
  • Identifying, inducting and training BoG members
  • Attend and speak at community and BoG community engagement
  • Support school leaders with community engagement and
    marketing/enrolment activities
  • Will be an independent advisor for case management and principal or
    support investigator wherever a Child Protection, Adult Safeguarding,
    Anti-Corruption, or Staff Disciplinary concern arises.
  • Be seconded for up to 3 weeks each year to another region within
    Uganda to serve as Junior Inspector during the inspection of up to 5
    schools in another cluster.
  • Uphold PEAS’ standards through the PEAS inspection process, and act
    as a confidential and independent quality assurer alongside the Senior
Line Management
  • Build a strong team spirit aligned with PEAS values and culture;
    offering leadership, motivation and support for employee development
  • Set clear goals and high expectations of those that you line manage,
    hold regular 1-2-1s to discuss progress towards goals and carry out annual
    progress reviews in line with PEAS annual progress cycle
  • Recognise and encourage strong performance of team members and
    address poor performance effectively and efficiently
  • Reserve 10% time to work on special projects which can benefit the
    whole school network (e.g Livelihood project; pedagogy review project)
  • Upon occasion, work with the UK Technical Team to share PEAS
    expertise with external organisations and/or deliver a project to support
    a partner organisation
Key Results:
  • Improve the Access, Quality and Sustainability indicators for the
    schools in their cluster
  • Improve school leaders’ pulse survey scores
  • Schools are using the school information management system
    effectively to record, track and submit data for school improvement
  • All schools have the right number of teachers with the right weekly
    workload (18-24) and 70% are full timers.
  • All school staff have updated job descriptions
  • School performance management cycle implemented and annual
    performance report shared with other key users.
  • School inspection and school audit scores are improving and
    implementation of previous report recommendations
  • BoGs understand PEAS policies and approaches and are effectively
    engaged in school oversight
  • Oversee school policy compliance and reporting of policy breaches in
    line with PEAS guidelines
  • During the year, SSSOs support at least 5 inspections in other
    schools and receives positive feedback from Senior Inspector

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the PEAS UK Senior School Support Officer
    job must hold a Bachelor’s in Education
  • At least two years of experience serving as a school leader
  • Experience in delivering training to school leaders and teachers
  • Background knowledge in Child Protection and Safeguarding practices
  • Experience working in rural communities and passion for work in the
  • Driving license for car or motorcycle (and willingness to
  • Desired
  • Strong understanding of school governance structures in Uganda
    and/or previous experience in school governance
  • Desire to learn and quickly build knowledge of international best
    practices across pedagogy, assessment, teacher and leader training and
  • Able to analyse, interpret and use school data to inform school
  • Adaptable, flexible and resilient
  • Strong communicator, able to motivate and persuade others
  • Able to model excellent teaching and learning
  • Independent self-motivated worker, able to tackle challenging
    situations with professional maturity
  • Excellent line management skills; and/or commitment to becoming a
    great line manager
  • Able to be based in rural locations, in close proximity to schools
    with frequent travel
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates should apply online at the link below. Please submit your CV with 3
professional referees
Deadline: 14th October 2019
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