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Title: Project Officers –AGENCI (2 Positions)

Reporting Unit/Supervisor: Program Manager-West Nile

Location: Moyo and Obongi Uganda

Grade: G7

About us: The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies that share a mission to improve the living conditions and opportunities for marginalized communities across some target countries in Africa and Asia. AKF was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1967 and AKF work in East Africa started in 1974. In Uganda, AKF operates a multi-sectoral portfolio that includes programming in Education, Economic Inclusion, Civil Society, Health and Early Childhood Development predominantly in the Central and West Nile Regions.

Project Background:

AKF and World University Service of Canada (WUSC), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, will be implementing a four-year project to increase the agency and self-empowerment of adolescent girls and female youth in Moyo and Obongi. The Adolescent Girls’ Education in Crisis Initiative (AGENCI) will impact the lives of 148,000 adolescent girls and female youth aged 10-24 by promoting improved equitable learning outcomes in primary and secondary schools including non-school learning programmes. AGENCI will respond to specific barriers and educational needs identified by adolescent girls, female youth, community members, and other education stakeholders to address the root causes of inequality and support transform of structurally entrenched social norms, attitudes, and power relations that limit girls’ ability to access and benefit from education. AGENCI will implement evidence-based programming and incubate locally driven solutions and innovations working in partnership with schools, communities, government and civil society organisations (CSOs). The Project Officers will work with AKF Senior Management to perform the following specific roles/responsibilities:

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Implementation

  • Develop annual and quarterly workplans including budgets for implementing project activities**
  • Engage and supervise the schools within the district assigned, and ensure that all planned school communities’ activities are promptly rolled-out
  • Supervise and support the partner Civil Society Organisations engaged on the project to ensure that they deliver on their mandate
  • Support school communities to establish flexible action fund committees and guide social audit activities for the committees
  • Organise, facilitate and report on capacity building activities for various project beneficiaries in the various assigned AGENCI clusters
  • Participate in project-wide level and district level regular work planning and review/reflection
  • Maintain good/efficient working relationship with AGENCI partners including district authorities, CSOs, target schools and other institutions
  • Facilitate COVID-19 Response activities including work with district offices to promote back to school activities for teachers, school leaders, parents and learners
  • Support teacher peer support clusters in the district to ensure they are established and functional
  • Mobilise AGENCI stakeholders in project communities to work with local language boards to develop relevant gender focused appropriate instructional materials
  • Supports radio messaging and community events
  • Lead delivery/implementation and reporting on all field level activities in the assigned district

M&E Roles

  • Provide timely accurate activity reports including lessons learnt, success stories and challenges with implementation.
  • Engages with MERL/M&E team during data collection, analysis and dissemination of major ongoing findings**
  • Routinely monitors all ongoing project implementation activities**
  • Conducts regular post-training support including monitoring and assessments of project performance, and execute continuous remedial coaching and mentoring for teachers, head teachers, parents, community and government field staff.

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Represent AKF and AGENCI with relevant local authorities including district child protection and education working groups
  • Keep abreast of major district level Government priorities and activities/interventions focused on Education as well as other non-state actor’s interventions in the district and inform /advise the Program Manager and senior management of any actions required.
  • Organise, coordinate and conduct field visits for district, internal and external visitors including consultants interested in learning from AGENCI interventions.
  • Attend trainings, meetings or other collaborative events organised by like-minded organisations in the district

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • A recognised degree in social sciences, gender, education, international development or similar.
  • At least 3-5 years relevant experience of working on gender mainstreaming and education interventions
  • Familiar with TOT evidence-based models for teachers and other community Change Agents/Resource Persons
  • Good at mobilising stakeholders and respectfully work with them to to develop action plans, monitor implementation, document and disseminate findings.
  • Experience working with Local Governments to promote education and gender advocacy
  • Experience working in West Nile is preferred
  • Experience of working in multi-cultural and diverse teams including experience of working in Refugee Settlement context
  • Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage

How to apply

Candidates interested in this unique career opportunity with AKF should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three professional referees 4th December 2020 via e-mail to recruitment@akfea.org with ‘Project Officer-Also indicate preferred district if considered’ in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

“AKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.”

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)