Right To Play
Organization: Right To Play – Uganda
Work location: Kampala, Uganda
Authorized to work in: Uganda (Eligible to work legally without requiring sponsorship or work permit)
Target Hiring Range: UGX. 103,808,343 up to UGX. 120,677,578 Per Annum (before taxes)
Target Start Date: Immediate
Contract Duration: 11 Months contract with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.
Applicant Closing Date: 15th February 2024.
Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity through the power of play. We help millions of children each year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the leading global development organization that uses play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality.
Established in 2000, Right To Play reaches children through experiential programming in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These programs are supported by our headquarters in Toronto, Canada; London, UK and seven national offices across Europe and North America.
With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars:
- Accept Everyone – Be intentional about inclusion.
- Make Things Happen – Seek opportunities to lead and innovate.
- Display Courage – Act with integrity
- Demonstrate Care – Look after yourself and one another.
- Be Playful – Have fun at work.
The Education Specialist reports directly to the Country Director. He/she is responsible for providing technical advice and guidance on the development and implementation of education programs in line with the Country Strategic Plan and Right To Play (RTP)’s global theory of change. You will work to integrate RTP’s methodologies into the system-level education planning and delivery, the curriculum of provincial and national boards/agencies, as well as, the activities of RTP’s strategic and implementing partners. This includes developing materials and resources as necessary, in collaboration with the programs team and Education Specialist at Headquarters as relevant. You will also provide technical input to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist/Officer on the development of education-related performance measurement frameworks, baseline assessments and evaluations. He/she plays a leadership role in policy engagement with external stakeholders. You will also be responsible for analyzing education-related results from RTP’s interventions and bringing innovative knowledge to organizational approaches.
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
#1: Program planning, implementation, and delivery (60% of Time)
- Together with the Program Manager, leads the design and development of education program strategies in close coordination with the Education Specialist at HQ to ensure alignment with RTP’s global theory of change.
- Leads technical planning and monitoring of RTP’s education program(s) in line with the Country Strategic Plan, the Ministry of Education plans, and donor requirements.
- Supports Country Office Program Manager in developing education focused & integrated project proposals and concept notes for new projects.
- Identifies and develops new partnerships with education-focused NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and communities.
- In coordination with Country Office Program Manager, the Gender Specialist and program staff ensures that issues of gender equality, inclusion, child protection and safeguarding, accountability, risk and vulnerability are addressed and monitored throughout all education programs.
- Leads in developing curricula and resources for basic education programs (preprimary and primary) as needed, working in collaboration with the Global Training and Capacity Building Specialist.
- Builds networks with other Education Specialists in the region to support crosslearning with other RTP country programs in the region.
- Stays abreast of new developments and opportunities to develop new initiatives to improve education outcomes for children in the country.
- Provides technical leadership on the procurement and/or development of appropriate teaching and learning materials, training manuals and education resources.
- Develops and promotes support-materials for incorporating activity based learning methods for teachers.
- In close coordination with the Training Officer, conducts needs assessments in support of designing training for education departments, teachers and Education District Officers, and RTP strategic and implementing partners, where applicable.
- Works closely with teacher training and curriculum development institutions to integrate RTP methodology into curriculum, text books and class room teaching.
- Regularly develops lessons learned and best practices and shares them with the programs team, and stakeholders, ensuring that program lessons are being used to promote improved program delivery.
- Collaborates with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist/Officer (MELS/O) to develop appropriate systems, tools and procedures for the monitoring and evaluation of education programs.
#2: Representation, advocacy and policy engagement (25% of Time):
- In close coordination with the Program Manager and the Country Director, leads RTP’s advocacy and policy effort in the education sector by participating in national coordination forums as applicable national strategic planning for the education sector, relevant technical working groups and other key coordination platforms.
- Represents RTP in various platforms and maintains positive relationships with governments and other relevant stakeholders regarding RTP activities.
- Regularly updates stakeholder analysis for the education sector and ensures that RTP is engaging with and is visible to the most influential actors in the sector.
- Coordinates research and advocacy interventions related to the program at national and international level, using data from school-level interventions to advocate for national-level policy development/implementation, in close coordination with the MELS/O.
- Leads and develops RTP’s analysis and best practices in education programming in the country and disseminates through documents and position papers with education stakeholders and within RTP at the regional and global levels.
- Provides technical inputs to global strategies, policies and resources related to education programming to ensure that country experience and realities are well reflected.
- Oversees the engagement plan of sub-granted partners and leads on the technical & thematic development accordingly.
- Increases presence on digital learning platforms (online learning) or on media (TV program for learning).
- Promotes knowledge of RTP mandate and values through responsible representation of RTP amongst all stakeholders and potential partners involved in education work and local and national working group.
#3: Capacity building support (10% of Time)
- Ensures that country staff are properly supported with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to deliver education program interventions.
- Conducts regular visits to the field to provide technical support to program teams.
#4: Performs other duties as assigned (5% of Time)
WHAT YOU’LL BRING (ESSENTIAL):
- Master’s degree in Education or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
- 5 years’ experience implementing and providing technical guidance on basic education programs and liaising with government officials
- Proven experience in project planning, report writing, networking, partnership-building and working with NGOs
- Significant experience in designing and delivering training and/or the development of education materials and resources
- Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task constantly
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors, and community leaders
- Ability to adapt and work under pressure meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Creative and flexible with problem-solving skills
- Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy
- Ability to represent oneself as an effective Right To Play ambassador to high-level officials
- Strategy planning skills for education initiatives
- People management particularly influence management
- Understanding of active learning approaches, particularly play-based learning
- Knowledge and understanding of best practices in basic education programs, including technical experience in teacher training and resource and curriculum development
- Understanding of community development processes
- Strong MS Office and program management tools and procedures
- Knowledge and experience with programmatic approaches related to life skills or social-emotional learning
- Knowledge and experience in education research, quantitative and qualitative methods
- Fluency in spoken and written English and local languages.
- The knowledge of the local language will be an added advantage.
BONUS IF YOU’LL BRING (NOT ESSENTIAL):
- Experience in quality improvement
- Experience in strengthening civil society organizations
- Experience in coaching
- Knowledge/experience in child protection, gender mainstreaming and/or governance
- Knowledge of adult learning
- Knowledge of international donors
WHAT YOU’LL GET:
The opportunity to collaborate with an innovative global team who are passionate about working with children and youth. You will gain experience working for a globally recognized organization with a healthy culture premised on our Culture Code (accept everyone, make things happen, display courage, demonstrate care and be playful). You will be immersed in an environment where learning and development is encouraged and valued, and “play” is appreciated as a core avenue to building community.
- Competitive salary and benefits (e.g. medical insurance – up to 4 dependents, life insurance, group personal accident cover)
- Flexible work arrangements
- 21 days annual leave
- 3 personal days per year
- 5 personal learning and development (L&D) days per year
- Maternity/paternity/parental leave top-up and support
- Annual learning week
- Annual staff recognition awards
- Opportunity to connect with employees across our offices (Global Buddy Chat, Facebook Workplace)
- Opportunity to engage in global projects and initiatives
- Wellness programs
- Playful activities and events
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply with your resume and cover letter in English via the application link.
While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately, and interviews may be held before the closing date.
Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.
We value and promote a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Should you require any accessibility related accommodations or specific adjustments to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process, and thereafter, please reach out to the People & Culture team by email at [email protected]. All information provided will be treated as confidential and used only to provide an accessible candidate experience.
We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment.
To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.com.