Regional Education Specialist – School Performance – Mott MacDonald

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About SESIL Project:

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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technical direction in
School Performance:
·       Strengthening schools
use of data and quality assurance procedures (school self-evaluation) so that
schools are better able to determine and plan for self-development
·       Improving school
leadership through contributing to the design and implementation of a head
teacher training programme and a handbook for primary head teachers that they
can reference in their daily practice
·       Working with SMCs to
improve the quality of their management and support to schools leading to a
greater involvement of communities with their schools.
·       Participating in the
design and implementation of appropriate training activities
·       Establishing networks
between schools that can assist in incentivising teaching and school
·       Developing with other
team members the ability of CCTs and PTCs to provide responsive, appropriate
and effective advisory and support services to schools
·       Establishing within
communities a voluntary pre-primary school readiness programme to support the
transition of children into primary school.
Regional team
responsibilities and duties
·       Through effective
collaboration with regional team members, the DSSCs and the SESIL national team
based in Kampala, lead the planning, delivery and monitoring of activities that
will secure the desired output of improved school performance, through
·       Contributing to work
planning and monitoring routines
·       Identifying and
resolving bottlenecks that impede progress
·       Regular reporting
effective collaboration with, regional team members and the DSSC, provide
technical contribution to school improvement components in the development and
delivery of regional level events and activities for district level personnel.
This will include:
·       Training and capacity
needs analysis
·       Regional consultative,
planning and review meetings
·       Specific training events
and workshops
effective collaboration with regional team members provide technical support to
and supervision of DSSCs through:
·       Establishing and guiding
effective work planning routines and processes
·       Regular visits to
monitor and support district level activities
·       Providing or sourcing
professional development opportunities for DSSC, including establishing
effective coaching and mentoring opportunities
·       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 relevant
district/regional meetings involving education partners and stakeholders
·       Contribute to SESIL’s
national planning, monitoring and reporting routines as advised by the national
Kampala-based team

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       Relevant graduate (or
postgraduate) qualification in education preferred
·       Varied and recent
experience of working in service delivery with, or in, local government,
preferably in a performance improvement capacity, preferably in education
·       Team working and
leadership – an ability to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams, to
be able to coach and mentor team members and provide guidance to district
·       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
·       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
·       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, particularly with regard to school levels systems and processes,
including their relationships with parents and communities.
·       Understanding of the
concepts and principles of Managing for Results (or similar, e.g. Performance
Management, Results Oriented Management, Deliverology), School Improvement
·       Computer literacy:
working competence in main applications (Microsoft Office)
How to Apply:
candidates should apply online at the link below.
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