Job Title: School Support Officer (4 Job Opportunities)
Organization: PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Salary: UGX 2,600,000 /=
Reports to: Head of School Network
PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) is a UK based charity/social enterprise with a mission to ‘expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across Africa’. PEAS establishes and operates low-cost secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia in areas where access to quality secondary education is limited due to cost and geographical barriers. PEAS’ interventions are built upon 3 pillars of education impact; Access, Quality and Sustainability. Since opening its first schools in 2008, the PEAS network has grown to 31 schools, and we are currently educating over 16,000 students. PEAS Uganda has about 50 staff at the Country Office and over 900 staff working in the network schools.
Job Summary: The Senior School Support Officer will play a pivotal role in the success of our schools; delivering direct support and being accountable for improving their performance by working alongside our fantastic school staff. We’re looking for someone who has a clear vision on what the key ingredients are to be a great school and be committed to deliver that for every PEAS student. We want a credible educator whose opinion is valued by our school staff and communities, someone who relishes the opportunity to build relationships with and mentor others. As a key player in driving school performance, you should not be afraid to take difficult decisions to ensure that the PEAS mission and approach is achieved in every school and classroom. This is not an office based role so to be successful as a Senior School Support Officer, you should be passionate about being in the field, and doing hands on support to schools.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- School impact: Fully accountable for driving performance across Access, Quality and Sustainability in a cluster of 3-5 PEAS schools, line managing the School Leaders of each school and sharing their goals.
- School compliance: Ensure that schools are operating in accordance with PEAS and GoU policies.
- Performance management: Work alongside the Head of School Network to deliver annual performance appraisal of school leaders.
- Build a strong positive cluster culture where all schools identify and are proud to be part of their cluster, promoting healthy relationships, collaboration and support to one another.
- Deliver high quality coaching to school leaders and training for teachers.
- Coordinate all support from other teams within PEAS Country Office, ensuring that support is delivered when it is needed but is never a distraction from the key activity of educating our students.
- Support school leaders to set, review and implement school improvement plans.
- Support schools with teacher recruitment and deliver high quality teacher inductions
- Interpret and use school-level data to provide relevant and practical support to schools including how to use the functionalities of their School Information System effectively.
- Conducting lesson observations alongside school instructional leadership teams and provide high quality feedback and action steps which are routinely followed up.
- Responsible for ensuring key communications are shared between the schools and country offices
- Serve as the Child Protection Focal Person for their cluster, delivering child protection training at school-level and leading investigations and case management.
Representing PEAS in our schools and communities
- Attend all BoG meetings for all assigned cluster schools.
- Identifying, inducting and training BoG members
- Attend and speak at community and BoG community engagement activities.
- Support school leaders with community engagement and marketing/enrolment activities
- Will be an independent advisor for case management and principal or support investigator wherever a Child Protection, Adult Safeguarding, Anti-Corruption, or Staff Disciplinary concern arises.
- Be seconded for up to 3 weeks each year to another region within Uganda to serve as Junior Inspector during the inspection of up to 5 schools in another cluster.
- Uphold PEAS’ standards through the PEAS inspection process, and act as a confidential and independent quality assurer alongside the Senior Inspector.
- Build a strong team spirit aligned with PEAS values and culture; offering leadership, motivation and support for employee development
- Set clear goals and high expectations of those that you line manage, hold regular 1-2-1s to discuss progress towards goals and carry out annual progress reviews in line with PEAS annual progress cycle
- Recognise and encourage strong performance of team members and address poor performance effectively and efficiently
- Reserve 10% time to work on special projects which can benefit the whole school network (e.g Livelihood project; pedagogy review project)
- Upon occasion, work with the UK Technical Team to share PEAS expertise with external organisations and/or deliver a project to support a partner organisation
- Improve the Access, Quality and Sustainability indicators for the schools in their cluster
- Improve school leaders’ pulse survey scores
- Schools are using the school information management system effectively to record, track and submit data for school improvement
- All schools have the right number of teachers with the right weekly workload (18-24) and 70% are full timers.
- All school staff have updated job descriptions
- School performance management cycle implemented and annual performance report shared with other key users.
- School inspection and school audit scores are improving and implementation of previous report recommendations
- BoGs understand PEAS policies and approaches and are effectively engaged in school oversight
- Oversee school policy compliance and reporting of policy breaches in line with PEAS guidelines
- During the year, SSSOs support at least 5 inspections in other schools and receives positive feedback from Senior Inspector
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the PEAS UK Senior School Support Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s in Education
- At least two years of experience serving as a school leader
- Experience in delivering training to school leaders and teachers
- Background knowledge in Child Protection and Safeguarding practices
- Experience working in rural communities and passion for work in the field
- Driving license for car or motorcycle (and willingness to self-drive)
- Strong understanding of school governance structures in Uganda and/or previous experience in school governance
- Desire to learn and quickly build knowledge of international best practices across pedagogy, assessment, teacher and leader training and development.
- Able to analyse, interpret and use school data to inform school support
- Adaptable, flexible and resilient
- Strong communicator, able to motivate and persuade others
- Able to model excellent teaching and learning
- Independent self-motivated worker, able to tackle challenging situations with professional maturity
- Excellent line management skills; and/or commitment to becoming a great line manager
- Able to be based in rural locations, in close proximity to schools with frequent travel
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should apply online at the link below. Please submit your CV with 3 professional referees
Deadline: 14th October 2019