Position: Education Field Officer, Integrated Early Childhood Development in refugee & host communities Project
Department & Location: Programmes, Adjumani
Date: August, 2017
Reports to: Education in Emergencies Coordinator
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian not for profit 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.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
This position reports to the Education in Emergencies Coordinator.
The overall responsibility of the Education Field Officer is to conduct the day to day implementation of Integrated Early Childhood Development in refugee host communities’ project interventions in Arua under Adjumani Office. Working closely with other members of the project team and other project stakeholders (local government, NGO partners, communities) he/she will ensure that the project activities are implemented in a timely and efficient manner in a bid to contribute to improved Early Childhood Development in refugee host communities Project and Education related interventions among the refugee and host community girls and boys.
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 develops 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, supervises and monitors trainings to ensure relevancy and effectiveness of ECCD/CFS staff.
Supports coaching and mentoring of ECCD caregivers/facilitators to enable them manage 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.
Provide technical guidance in the establishment of new ECCD centers
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 supports to ECCD center and outreach services.
Mobilises and educates parents and community members to participate in ECCD interventions within the centers and at community level.
Supports the formation, training and operationalisation of strong CFS/ECCD Center Management Committees for each of the centers.
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.
Responsible for strong internal programme integration and external programme coordination with relevant stakeholders.
Keeps abreast of developments within the ECCD field and to share best practice 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 ERT in compiling the Concept papers/ proposals of preschool education/ ECCD projects are prepared for submission to donors.
Performs additional duties as per the request of the Emergency ECCD Specialist
Dealing with Problems:
Spots the solution that will lead to a safe outcome.
Calmly and rationally looks at the problem and envisions 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 Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
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 programs 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
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 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 Ma’di and Lugbara.
Level of Contact with Children:
The job incumbent will have often interaction with children especially while in the field
Ability to adhere to the Child Protection Policy (CPP), Code of Conduct and reporting any 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
Supports the Sponsorship 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 Monday, 04th September 2017. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Please consider your application unsuccessful in case you do not hear from us by 30th November 2017.
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Country Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager, Plan International Uganda
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.