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Education Field Officer, Integrated Early Childhood Development in refugee & host communities Project – Plan International Uganda

Stationed at: Arua

Reports to: Programme Manager

About us:

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

Dimensions of Role:
• Member of the Education Team at national level.
• Member of the Programme Team at Programme Unit level.
• Participates in planning, implementation and monitoring of project activities to achieve the set project objectives and targets.
• Directly implements project supported interventions to achieve the set objectives and targets.
• Works closely with the relevant district departments, civil society organisations and community teams to ensure effective coordination and quality delivery of Integrated Early Childhood Development in line with the national frame work and guidelines.

Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:

Scaling-up of ECCD Interventions and in particular the establishment of the programme team for ECCD Implementation:
• Conducts knowledge and skills gaps among ECCD caregivers/facilitators and other key associated stakeholders and develop capacity building plans to address identified capacity building needs.
• Develops/adapts relevant/appropriate training curriculum for training ECCD caregivers/facilitators, Center Management Committees, Parents Groups and any critical stakeholders associated with ECCD.
• Delivers relevant training for ECCD caregivers/facilitators, Center Management Committees, Parents Groups and any critical stakeholders associated with ECCD to enable them to support appropriate ECCD activities, including sustainability of ECCD interventions.
• Conducts and/or supervises monitors and evaluates relevant training for effectiveness.
• Supports coaching and mentoring of ECCD caregivers/facilitators to enable them to more effectively deliver preschool education activities.
• Provides on-going technical supervision to ECCD caregivers/facilitators and relevant stakeholders to provide quality ECCD emergency response interventions.
• Maintains the database to monitor ECCD children and facilitators and promote capacity building initiatives.
• Provides technical guidance in the establishment of new ECCD centres.
• Recruits, trains and coaches local staff as per guidelines and regulations.
• Supervises local staff and creates a positive and productive working environment.
• Creates and maintains duty schedules.
• Regularly evaluates staff as per guidelines.

ii) Technical support to the Emergency programme in scaling-up of ECCD appropriate parenting and community based programmes:
• Strengthens parents and community engagement in the running and support to ECCD centre and outreach services.
• Mobilises and educates parents and community members to participate in ECCD interventions within the centres and at community level.
• Support the formation, training and operationalisation of strong CFS/ECCD Centre Management Committees for each of the centres.
• Coordinates with all the key partners in the district to enhance mutual support and establish a strong humanitarian networking framework.
• Supports the documentation and sharing of learning, knowledge and experience generated from Plan International Uganda’s Education/ECCD interventions as widely as possible.
• Prepares and submits weekly and monthly reports in writing, including ECCD stock reports , order overviews and asset inventory.

iii) Networking and Coordination Representative of Plan International Uganda in the Education and sometimes Child Protection Working Group meetings in Adjumani district:
• Develops strong and sustainable relationships with local and international NGOs, Government departments and UN bodies involved in Education/ECCD work.
• Coordinates with relevant stakeholders to ensure strong internal programme integration and external programme.
• Keeps abreast of developments within the ECCD field and shares best practices within and outside Plan International Uganda.
• Provides support to Plan International Uganda teams and communities to identify and access resources that will enable them to meet the needs of ECCD children.

iv) Developing of ECCD Fundraising Strategy & tools, writing of proposals for any potential funding opportunities:
• Supports the Emergency Response Team in compiling the concept papers/ proposals of preschool education/ ECCD projects for submission to donors.

Dealing with Problems:
• Spots the solution that will lead to a safe outcome.
• Calming and rationally looking at the problem and envisioning a successful solution.
• Stays focused on positive outcome in situation which is avoidable
• Confronts the problem

Communications and Working Relationships:
• Programme Manager: Direct line-management and appraisal of the Education Field Officer.
• Programme Unit Manager/ERM: For overall management of all activities at the field office level.
• District Education Teams: Technical support in planning and budgeting, implementation and monitoring of project supported Education services.
• Education Technical Lead: As the lead person for the Education team at national level.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience, Attitudes and Behaviour Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Knowledge;

• Bachelor’s degree in Education/ECCD
• Demonstrated empathy and positive attitude towards children ages 0-5, their caregivers, and other stakeholders;
• Experience in community development or with NGO.
• Experience of implementing and/or managing programs for children 0-5;
• Experience of managing projects, including project design, monitoring and evaluation (i.e. preparation of documents and reports for external dissemination).
• Experience of and demonstrated ability to effectively network with a diverse range of organisations and government bodies
• Experience of working with refugee communities
• Minimum 2 years of professional humanitarian experience.
• Excellent writing, facilitation, and organisational skills. Prior demonstrated results within the UN system or INGO is an asset. .
• Excellent command of the English language.
• Strong drive for results and ensuring timely delivery of quality products.
• Knowledge on Tackling Inequality and Exclusion

Skills
• Ability to ride a motorcycle is a MUST
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft office programmes including MS Excel, MS Word and MS Power Point.
• Strong skills in teamwork and networking.
• Good communication skills (written and oral).
• Excellent skills in documentation and report writing
• Excellent negotiation and influencing skills in multi-cultural contexts
• Ability to generate and interpret financial reports using excel

Behaviour

• Behaves consistently in approach to work and decision-making
• Strongly drives performance forward in area of the business for which they are responsible together with the team
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationship
• Conceptual understanding of and commitment to development work in emergency and development context, especially Education/ECCD interventions, child rights, community-based development concepts, approaches and processes;
• Demonstrated understanding of the needs of children ages 0-5, their caregivers, teachers, and local stakeholders;
• Sets a strong learning culture in their part of the organisation
• Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations
• Aware of impact on others and adjusting own behaviour accordingly

Physical Environment and Demands:
Typical office environment and has to be fluent with the local language specifically Lugbara

Level of Contact with Children:
The incumbent will have often interaction with children especially while in the field.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

CPP Responsibilities
• Ability to adhere to the Child Protection Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any Child Protection Policy (CPP) issues;
• Responsible for the implementation of the CPP standards as they apply to area of responsibility, plus the development of actions to address identified gaps and monitoring their effectiveness.

Sponsorship Commitments Responsibilities
Support the Sponsorship Support Manager to ensure that Plan International Uganda staff effectively understand, implement and meet the 10 sponsorship commitments.

Suitably qualified candidates should submit letters of application, together with a CV, contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names and contact details of three references, plus salary history should be included and sent to the undersigned not later than Friday, 30th September 2016. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Please consider your application unsuccessful in case you do not hear from us by 30th November 2016.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Ag. Country Human Resources Manager,
Plan International Uganda
Email: uganda.recruitment@plan-international.org

NB: Only soft copies of applications will be considered and indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

As a Child Centred Development organisation, Plan International Uganda strives to ensure that children are kept safe in all the areas we operate. The organisation further has a Child Protection Policy that every staff is required to sign. Potential candidates will be required to provide information confirming whether or not they have ever been convicted of any child abuse crimes.

Deadline: not later than Friday, 30th September 2016

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