Special Needs Education Teacher NGO Jobs – Xavier Project


Job Title:    Special Needs Education Teacher

Organisation: Xavier Project

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Xavier Project Programme Lead


About US:

Xavier Project is an international NGO registered in Kenya, Uganda and the UK which specialises in building holistic partnerships with Refugee-Led Organisations (RLO) in refugee hosting areas. Xavier Project is a facilitator ensuring greater community ownership and self-reliance over humanitarian and development projects. We strengthen the RLOs’ capacity to design multi-year strategic plans to implement and manage pioneering community-led interventions which address core problems in their own communities.


Job Summary:  Xavier Project is looking to recruit for the position of Special Needs Education Teacher in Uganda who will predominantly work within a specific education programmes targeting refugee and host community children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism and down syndrome. The programme aims to provide the identified children and their families with specialised educational support and improve their access to formal and informal learning opportunities. The Special Needs Education Teacher will be based in Kampala but will be required to make regular short-term field trips to our other two locations – Imvepi refugee settlement, North-western Uganda and Rwamwanja refugee settlement, South-western Uganda.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·        Assessing learner’s skills and determining their educational needs

·        Providing teachers with training and guidance on effective teaching strategies and methods of working with children with disabilities

·        Providing caregivers and other target groups with training and guidance on effective learning tools and methods for children with disabilities

·        Contributing to the design of individualised learning pathways for children with disabilities

·        Developing monitoring tools to assess learners´ progress

·        Ensuring the safety of programme participants during programme activities

·        Appropriate referral to other relevant service providers

·        Designing and delivering awareness-raising workshops for schools, ministries and other crucial stakeholders

·        Providing guidance on how to improve the capacity of children with disabilities to perform activities of daily living (ADL)

·        Providing support and cooperation to programme staff

·        Contributing to the design of effective strategies to address challenges encountered during the life of the programme

·        Producing reports and relevant documentation

·        Conducting basic research activities

·        Promoting local leadership and community-led solutions

·        Active participation in promoting Xavier Project’s vision and mission

·        Any other duties assigned


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        The applicant must hold a Diploma/Bachelor degree in special needs education recognized by the Ministry of Education and Sports

·        Three years of professional experience in special needs education

·        Practical experience in working with children with moderate to severe disabilities

·        Extensive practical knowledge on target disabilities – cerebral palsy, autism and down syndrome in terms of assessment, interventions and progress monitoring

·        Experience in management of disabilities/impairments in children

·        Experience in the field of disability inclusion and accessibility to services for persons with disabilities

·        Experience in planning and delivering trainings

·        Fluency in written and oral English and strong report writing skills

·        Experience and good understanding of working in the disability education sector in Uganda

·        Strong interpersonal skills and empathy, particularly with regards to working with vulnerable people

·        Willingness to travel within Uganda

·        Excellent knowledge of MS Office

·        Reliability and self-reliance

·        Motivation to cultivate and share knowledge

·        Responsible and systematic work approach

·        Enthusiasm and self-initiative


Desired requirements

·        Strong understanding of the challenges faced by refugees and other marginalised communities in East Africa

·        Experience working in refugee context

·        Experience working with a diverse team of people from different backgrounds

·        Fieldwork experience in challenging contexts


How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please submit your CV and cover letter to jobs@xavierproject.org and use your name and the job title “Special Needs Education Teacher Uganda” in the email subject. Please do not send any other documents at this stage. The deadline for submitting your CV and cover letter is 28th February 2021 midnight (EAT). As the selection of applicants will be conducted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Deadline: 28th February 2021


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