Assistant Education Specialist Jobs – Opportunity International

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Organization: Opportunity International

Duty Station:  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:  The Assistant Education Specialist (AES) is responsible for the delivery of non-financial education services supporting the development of affordable private schools as part of the Education Quality programme. As part of a local team of Education Specialists and in collaboration with teams across Africa, this role is focused solely on the professional development of school leaders, teacher mentors, and to support effective school development planning processes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Pathways to Excellence

·         Collaborate with Education Specialists in-country and across Africa to develop and implement a self-assessment, external-assessment, and school development plan that analyses school performance against 42 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 teacher mentors.

·         Facilitate collaboration across clusters for school enrichment activities; i.e. sports competitions debate teams, arts exhibitions, etc.

Senior Leader Professional Development

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

Joint Practice Development

·         Develop mentorship capacity of teacher mentors 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.

Key Results 

·         Establish and manage a portfolio of affordable private school clusters, a maximum of 13 networks of affordable private schools with an average of 6 schools per cluster.

·         Facilitate regular cluster meetings (9 per cluster per academic year) to train school leaders and teacher mentors on best practices as outlined by established criteria.

·         Digital-based reporting and data collection on all program activities using mobile tablets.

·         Encourage Joint Practice Development (subject specific training of trainers within clusters) so that innovations and best practices become embedded within teaching practices.

·         Support school leaders and teachers in completing school self-assessments and school development plans against established domains of education quality outlined in Pathways to Excellence, a school development planning manual.

·         Contribute to and support schools in using local and international digital resources to support effective school development planning.

·         Support school cluster WhatsApp groups to aid collaboration across and between clusters.

·         Facilitate senior leadership professional development training of school leaders and teachers on established training modules.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

·         The applicant must hold a Degree in a field related to school-based education; or education development, with experience in the education field.

·         Three to five years of experience working in the field of affordable private education in Uganda.

·         Strong writing, data collection, and ICT skills (e.g. Microsoft Office products, mobile tablets, etc.).

·         International education experience or training is preferred.

·         Experience working within cross-cultural global organisations and NGOs.

·         Strong communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are required.

Competencies

·         Clear commitment to the values of the organisation – commitment, humility, respect, integrity, stewardship, and transformation.

·         Readily identifies mistakes and works to actively develop fixes and solutions.

·         Aggressive pursuit of excellence, including regularly going above and beyond the call of duty to achieve results that will contribute to the development goals of the organisation.

·         Flexibility in ambiguous work environments without losing sight of desired outcomes.

·         Honest and direct in communication and business practices.

·         Embodies ethical and high moral standards and is able to identify unethical behaviour and report to EduFinance senior management.

·         Ability to manage contract negotiations with external vendors and ability to manage internal work-related expenses.

·         Language Skills: English language fluency, Local language fluency, Second local language knowledge is preferred

How to Apply:

All candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below.

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