Lively Minds Programme Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Lively Minds Programme Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

About Us

  • Lively Minds is an award-winning NGO working to get pre-schoolers in rural Ghana & Uganda school-ready. Over 250 million children under 5 years globally do not get the early childhood care and education (“ECCE”) they need, leading to poor health, poor education, lost life opportunities and poverty. We believe that one of the main barriers to ECCE is that parents in remote resource-poor villages lack the information, education and aspiration to provide basic and affordable opportunities for their children. We have developed an innovative behaviour-change programme that empowers marginalized, poorly educated Mothers to run educational Play Schemes for pre-schoolers and to provide better home-based care, using cheap local resources. Not only does this result in positive outcomes for child development, but also has positive impacts for the Mothers too.

  • These are exciting times for Lively Minds. In Uganda we are in 3-year period to test and position our programme for scale. Over this period we will support district and sub-county officials in Mayuge District to deliver the programme across all eligible communities in the District (approximately 420 communities). We will also conduct a mixed-methods independent evaluation and build the case for Government adoption and replication. Our funders include USAID and Echidna Giving.

  • In Ghana, we are finalising a partnership agreement with Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service (“GES”) to integrate the programme into the national kindergarten system and to support them to scale it across 60 rural districts in the northern regions of the country, reaching approximately 4000 kindergartens and 1.1 million children.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • The programme will be implemented across Mayuge district, and our goal is that it is run and sustained to quality standards by communities supported by sub-county and district teams. In order to achieve this, we have agreed to provide each sub-county with an agreed package of technical support (including provision of coaching, training, financial assistance) to embed the programme (“embed phase”). These support activities will be conducted by our internal Liaise Officer team. The Programme Coordinator is responsible for leading the Liaise officers and ensuring that the technical support activities are provided, and that local government is able to run the programme to quality standards.

    Lead responsibility for sub counties

  • Responsible for overseeing the provision of technical support activities to sub-counties and district teams

  • Support the Country Director in managing liaise team to provide quality supervision and coaching of local government officials, identifying risks and problem solving, esclating where required

  • Build capacity of direct reports to prepare timely and accurate reports

  • Lead team to monitor quality of Play Schemes and Parenting Workshops, problem solve and provide timely and accurate reports

    Responsible for the success of the “embed” phase

  • Support set-up team in set-up phase and establish relationships with sub county team, ensuring sensitisation, buy-in and capacity building through training, coaching/mentorship. Monitor and report on set-up activity compliance by sub county team, identifying issues and proactively problem solving

  • Build local government capacity and ownership through trainings, and field and phone coaching/mentorship
    sessions, providing correct messaging and motivation and transferring ownership

  • Supervise quality of activities delivered by sub counties – Top-up workshops, monthly meetings, monitoring, termly reporting, radio programme etc.- proactively identifying challenges and coaching sub-counties to solve challenges

  • Supervise and report on sub county compliance, analysing data and financial reports/accountability, identifying risks, problem solving and escalating where appropriate

  • Share lessons learnt and contribute to improvement of sub county ongoing support package

    Quality assurance

  • Monitor quality of Play Schemes and Parenting Workshops identifying risks and bright spots and proactively problem solving

  • Provide timely and accurate reports of Play Scheme and Parenting Workshop quality


  • Be an ambassador of Lively Minds and our mission in all you do

  • Role model and ensure that your direct reports adopt LM cultures and competencies

  • Where required, manage the performance of and build capacity of district liaise officers, providing coaching and mentorship and regular feedback

  • Support the Country Director when needed (i.e. supporting in team management, country budgets, etc.)

  • You may be assigned any other responsibility in agreement with your line manager, in contribution to Lively Minds work and in recognition of your experience and skills. It is therefore expected for staff to be flexible and willing to contribute to the work of the wider team.

    Experience and Skills

    Essential Experience and Skills

  • Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject

  • 3 years project management experience

  • Strong ability to coach others and deliver training

  • Ability to manage a small team where required with limited supervision

  • Ability to handle finances/budgets and schedules

  • Ability to work with high level government stakeholders

  • Strong data analysis and problem solving

  • Ability to write basic reports clearly

  • Tech literacy- basic user of MS word, ppt excel, MS Teams, able to adapt to and learn new tech systems easily

    Desirable Experience and Skills

  • Community education programmes

  • Experience managing others

  • Experience working with teams at a distance

  • You will be expected to perform against the Lively Minds Competencies.

    How to Apply

  • Please send a completed application form detailing how you meet the person specification to

  • by 3 January 2021.

  • To download the application form, please ; click here

  • Please note that CVs and cover letters will not be considered. Lively Minds operates a strict Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy and the post-holder will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this role though background checks. Please note that due to resource constraints, we will only respond to shortlisted candidates. Short-listed candidate will be contacted to proceed on next steps in the application process, which includes assessment followed by two rounds of interviews.

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