Lively Minds Set-up Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Lively Minds Set-up 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 1.1million children.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • We have a structured package of set-up activities to sensitise and build the capacity of sub-county teams, community trainers (VHTs) and parents to set-up, own and sustain the Lively Minds programme. The Set-up Coordinator will lead the staggered replication of set-up activities across 6 sub-counties. They will be responsible for leading the Set-up team to deliver all activities to quality standards and for managing the relationship with the district and sub-county teams.

  • Lead set-up activities across the sub-counties

  • Responsible for the successful completion of set-up phase in 6 sub-counties ensuring that all deliverables are achieved on time and to the right standard

  • Work with the Liaise officers to establish and maintain effective relationship with the District and sub-county teams and stakeholders, ensuring that they are well sensitised to the programme

  • Project manage the Set-up Officers, to ensure that the team is properly prepared, materials and logistics are well organised, budgets and financial policies are managed well and that progress is tracked

  • Supervise and coordinate a small team of Set-up Officers, District Liaise, Star Coaches and Star Players ensuring that they are able to deliver trainings and activities to the right standard; that they identify and manage risks; tracking progress and reporting accurately

  • Support the wider
    organisational operations where required – including monitoring top-up workshops, play schemes and parenting workshops

  • Manage team budgets, ensuring in line with country budget and monitor use according to financial policy

    Manage a Team of Set-up Officers

  • 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 Set-up Officers, providing coaching and mentorship

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

    Monitoring and Reporting

  • Ensure field reports are submitted to quality, analyze data and contribute to improvement of Training up content based on lessons learnt

  • Support team in challenges in reporting and build capacity in reporting quality

  • 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

  • Experience managing others

  • 5 years experience delivering trainings in rural settings

  • Ability to work with high level government stakeholders

  • Ability to handle finances/budgets

  • Strong ability to prepare for and deliver training in a fast paced environment

  • Strong data analysis ability

  • Strong problem solving abilities

  • 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

  • Experience working with teams at a distance

  • Experience of community education programmes

  • 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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