Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Save the Children,School Leadership and Management Officer Jobs in Rwanda



POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda
BACKGROUND:
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirteen
districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 172 staff.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced National to fill the following position: 
Position:                                                   School Leadership and Management Officer
Place of Work:
Kigali
Reports to:
Staff directly reporting to this post:
Time frame:
Tentative start date:                                                                                             
School Leadership and Management Support Coordinator
None
3 Years
ASAP
CHILD SAFEGUARDING:
Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Save the Children is seeking School Leadership and Management Officer for a USAID-funded SCOPE project, which aims to support the Rwandan Education Board to create and roll-out a school-community partnership model that supports improved learning and literacy for children in grades 1-3.
The SLM Officer will work closely with SLM team to strengthen the capacity of school leadership to promote school community partnerships and improve children’s literacy outcomes. S/He will work with the SLM team to develop training materials, prepare and conduct trainings to DEOs, SEOs, HTs and SGACs, follow up HTs and SGACs complete self-study modules, as well as provide technical support and oversight of elements of the program that focus on SGAC engagement.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Standards and Module/Guide Development and Coordination
  • Collaborate with other project staff to develop and revise standards and training materials
  • Collaborate with other project staff to organize and conduct trainings to DEOs, SEOs, HTs, SGACs on Parent School Partnership for Education
  • Maintain database of targeted beneficiaries
  • Monitor and mentor SEOs, HTs and SGACs as they apply learning from trainings and self-study modules
  • Follow up SEOs, HTs and SGACs to complete self-study training modules
  • Advocate within Districts, Sectors and Schools to include literacy activities in their Imihigo
  • Advocate within School-Communities to celebrate literacy days in their respective areas
  • Initiate Peer Learning Circles between SEOs, HTs and SGACs
  • Collaborate with key partners to ensure gender-sensitive and inclusive messaging
  • Disseminate key literacy messages whenever appropriate
  • Develop and submit annually, quarterly and monthly work plans
  • Provide monthly and quarterly report in accordance with the agreed schedules
  • Develop case stories detailing the activities covered.
External Networking & Representation:
  • Collaborate and build on other development partners’ initiatives and best practices related to school-community partnerships and a culture of reading
  • Represent Save the Children in District meetings and other relevant Educational partner meetings
Innovations:
  • Advocate within Districts, Sectors and Educational partners to develop strategies of ensuring that people with disabilities and other vulnerable parents are able to participate actively in school community
  • Collaborate with Districts and Sectors to apply strategies for both fathers’ and mothers’ engagement in supporting children’s literacy skills development
  • Collaborate with relevant gender-focused stakeholders on building the capacity of women to assume leadership roles within SGACs and provide ideas during the meetings
  • Share with DEOs, SEOs, HTs and SGACs different activities they can do to celebrate literacy days.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
  • Support MEAL staff in the preparation of data collection and research, as well as in dissemination of research findings
  • Highlight early to the line manager any potential constraints to implementation of project so that action can be taken to address this
  • Document progress on indicators/achievement of targets, action plans and accountability mechanisms and provide feedback for improvements
  • Ensure the use of MEAL findings to inform programme decision making and quality improvements
  • Share successful stories, lessons learnt and other related materials to SCOPE team.
Child Safeguarding
  • Understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures and conduct oneself in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.
  • Do children risk assessment before conducting any activity.
  • Ensure that all project activities carried out are considered in relation to prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and handling of serious complaints in line with the child safeguarding policy.
  • Promote the message of child safeguarding to colleagues in other organizations and government ministries, children in their own and beneficiary families, and community members in general and be vigilant about observing possible child abuse/harm in their personal and professional lives.
  • Promote positive discipline messages in schools and communities.
General:
  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures
  • Coordinate with the Communications Specialist and other project staff to ensure compliance with USAID’s marking and branding guidelines and all REB/MINEDUC policies on all materials developed
  • Perform other duties, as assigned by Chief of Party, Technical Advisor or SLM Coordinator
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
Accountability:
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding
Ambition:
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale
Collaboration:
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.
Creativity:
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach
Integrity:
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  • Displays consistent excellent judgement
  • Acts in the best interests of children
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
  • University degree (Master’s degree preferred) in education, or related discipline
  • Experience in Coordinating, organizing and conducting trainings to DEOs, SEOs, HTs or SGACs
  • Experience in training materials development
  • Proven ability to forge connections with MINEDUC, REB, Districts, HTs, SEOs and parents
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a workload comprised of varying and changing tasks and responsibilities
  • Understanding of key concepts supporting early grade reading / literacy programming
  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure
  • Strong communication (written and spoken) in Kinyarwanda and English
  • Good attention to detail, strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work effectively on own initiative
  • Good computer skills
  • At least five years of relevant experience
  • Experience as a Head Teacher and/or a SEO and with teacher training programs/systems in Rwanda is desirable.
Additional job responsibilities
  • The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience
CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding - Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact. 
  • This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to HR-Rwanda@savethechildren.org. The deadline for receiving applications is 6th March 2017.
           Please mention School Leadership and Management Officer as subject of your mail.
                                  *Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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