Education Specialist NGO Jobs – Opportunity International

Job Title:    Education Specialist

Organization: Opportunity International

Duty Station:  Jinja, Uganda

Reports to: Head Education Specialist


About US:

The Opportunity Network is made up of 48 organizations, 39 of which are microfinance institutions (program partners) operating in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and East Asia and Latin America. These program partners provide loans and other support directly to families in need. Funds to support the work of program partners are raised through support partners operating in various countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA. These funds are provided to program partners as either equity, loans or grants. While program and support partners have close relationships, each operates as an independent legal entity.


Job Summary:  Under oversight of the Head Education Specialist, the Education Specialist (ES) is responsible for the delivery of non-financial education services supporting the development of low-cost private schools as part of the EduQuality programme. As part of a local team of Education Specialists, this role is focused solely on the professional development of school leaders, teacher mentors, and teachers to support effective management, teaching and learning, and supporting effective school development planning processes.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Pathways to Excellence

  • Collaborate with Education Specialists in-country to develop and implement a self-assessment and school development plan that analyses school performance against 18 domains of education quality.
  • Establish and support school development planning teams at each school to identify priority areas for school improvement and train school leaders and teachers on provided digital resources for each domain of education quality.

Cluster Development

  • Establish effective school clusters by supporting the development of a cluster governance committee with a Cluster Leader, Deputy Cluster Leader, and Cluster Administrator.
  • Develop an annual schedule of cluster meetings for school leaders and teachers.
  • Facilitate collaboration across clusters for school enrichment activities; i.e. sports competitions debate teams, arts exhibitions, etc.

School Leader Professional Development

  • Facilitate delivery of School Leadership Professional Development (SLPD) training on teaching and learning, child protection, early years, positive behaviour policies, finance, marketing, etc.

Teacher Mentor Professional Development

  • Develop mentorship capacity of teachers through Joint Practice Development (JPD) by facilitating independently and/or collaborating with external trainers. Through ongoing coaching and training, JPD targets the improvement of teacher motivation, subject matter expertise, and pedagogical skills within school clusters and Opportunity International’s broader network of schools.

Learning & Knowledge Management

  • Document case studies of ongoing effective practices and innovations from the field for dissemination to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Liaise with learning partners, as necessary, who engage with the Education Finance programme to evaluate effectiveness and impact.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold an advanced degree in school-based education or educational development, with significant experience in low-resource settings.
  • 5-7 years of experience as a classroom-based teacher within school leadership.
  • Post-graduate qualification /certification related to education is preferred.
  • Strong writing, data collection, and ICT skills (e.g., Microsoft Office products, data collection tools, mobile tablets, EdTech, etc.).
  • Experience working in education management with school leadership experience and experience working in schools in remote/rural areas preferred.
  • International education experience or training is preferred.
  • Experience working within cross-cultural global organizations and NGOs.
  • Strong communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are required.


How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.


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