Oxfam Regional Education Adviser - Advocacy and Social Accountability Mechanism Jobs in Uganda

Oxfam Regional Education Adviser - Advocacy and Social Accountability Mechanism Jobs in Uganda

Background

The Advocacy and Social Accountability (ASA) funding mechanism was approved for establishment by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in December 2017.

GPE’s aim is to strengthen national education systems to deliver stronger outcomes in the areas of learning and early childhood development, equity, gender equality, and inclusion.

GPE is the largest fund for education in the world and provides around $800million a year for education in developing country partners.

In January 2019, GPE selected Oxfam IBIS as Grant Agent for the ASA mechanism, subject to final board approval end March 2019. The programme is forecast to run for at least 5 years, with the inception phase commencing imminently.

Oxfam IBIS’ Grant Agent role will be implemented primarily through a Global Management Unit (GMU) based in Copenhagen, and Regional Management Units (RMUs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Each RMU will be led by an expert Program Manager that will provide oversight of day-to-day operations across countries in the region, including management of staff, provision of technical advice, and quality assurance of reporting across the entire region.

What are we looking for

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Education Advisor for the Regional Management Unit in Uganda of this large-scale, complex funding mechanism.

The candidate will be a senior professional with a proven track record and good understanding of Education policy issues and knowledge of the key actors in this field in the region.

The candidate will have comprehensive knowledge and experience in programme cycle management ideally built on mature understanding of relevant issues derived from field experience enabling the successful delivery of the ASA mechanism, under operational oversight of the Global Management Unit.

They will have experience of capacity development of partners and strategic planning.

They will lead an adaptive programming approach which responds to rapidly changing political environments, delivering outputs that contribute to the ASA goal: enhanced civil society capacity to further GPE2020 goals in learning, equity, and stronger systems, by improving their participation, advocacy and efforts to ensure transparency and increased effectiveness in national educational policy and implementation processes.

Based in Uganda the candidate will have strong leadership qualities to motivate and support partners across the region.

Job Purpose

The Education Adviser will be an integral part of the Regional Management Unit team based in Uganda which leads the Advocacy and Social Accountability (ASA) funding mechanism in the region. The job purpose is to:

  • Support selected regional ASA partners in the development and implementation of thematic and strategic advocacy and social accountability projects on education funded by the GPE/ASA mechanism;
  • Be part of the technical teams responsible for the appraisal of projects submitted by partners in the region
  • Ensure quality, alignment to key strategic objectives and overall programme standards;
  • Support as a technical advisor the regional project portfolio;
  • Lead knowledge development, learning and innovation regarding education in the region;
  • Promote evidence-based influencing work through strengthened linkages between partners of the project and with different actors and levels.
  • Ensure the promotion of gender equality in all parts of the work.

    Job Responsibilities
  • Advise the RMU colleagues and partners providing ongoing strategic, thematic and capacity development support to the educational projects implemented in the region under the GPE/ASA funding mechanism. This includes technical advice in relation to:
  • Project planning and appraisal
  • Thematic competence
  • Advocacy, Influencing and Campaigning
  • Partnership approach, capacity development and innovation
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  • Contribute to development of approaches, tools and frameworks in support of the implementation and monitoring of the GPE/ASA Education strategies activities;
  • Strengthening processes and platforms for networking and knowledge management across educational interventions and between partners and other relevant actors; here under support to documentation of results/lessons learnt and the utilization of this to improve best
    practice;
  • Participating in grant management/reporting;
  • Spearheading learning and innovation both on different educational topics e.g. ICT and education and through building partnerships with diverse actors.

    Job Requirements

    Essential

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Sciences, Business Related or any other related field is a requirement

    Desirable
  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Project Planning and Management Certificate

    Skills, Knowledge and Experience
  • At least 7 years’ experience in a similar field ,5 of which should be in management
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in project cycle management ideally built on mature understanding of relevant issues derived from field experience;
  • Documented experience from acting in an advisory capacity on education programming. Good understanding of Education policy issues and knowledge of the key actors in this field in the region;
  • Documented experience from working with civil society strengthening and inclusive participation of youth, women and disadvantaged groups;
  • Ability to engage, effectively coordinate with and influence both governmental institutions, donors and a spectrum of education actors (Government, local civil society, INGOs, UN agencies);
  • Experience with piloting education models and approaches that target and involve the most marginalised and using evidence gathered to influence formal education policies;
  • Familiarity with the SDGs/2030 agenda, familiarity with the work and agenda of the global campaign for education and the work of regional and national education coalitions;
  • Robust experience with grant management and reporting from institutional and private donors;
  • Proven collaboration, communication and networking skills ranging from staff and partners at different levels and from different contexts, to building relationship with donors, campaign teams and audiences;
  • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions and a partnership approach across the spectrum of GPE/ASA’s work including innovative approaches, communities of practice and capacity strengthening.
  • Knowledge and experience from effective communication practice from a development/humanitarian project with skills to facilitation of ongoing exchange of information, peer-learning and ensuring coherence between activities and the messages of the project.
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow through
  • Knowledge of capacity building, learning and development activities and how to create a learning and sharing environment with a strong knowledge management basis
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and gender policies.

    Key Attributes
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

    How to Apply
  • Please submit your application via the ‘send application’ button and include your motivation letter and CV.
  • Application deadline: 10th June 2019, at 23.59.
  • Expected interview date: 24th June 2019.
  • Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration.
  • For further information about the position, please contact Antonio Cabral acb@oxfamibis.dk
  • Oxfam IBIS is committed to equal employment opportunity we therefore encourage everybody – irrespective of age, gender and of religious, sexual, national or ethnic affiliation – to apply for this position.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Oxfam Regional Education Adviser - Advocacy and Social Accountability Mechanism Jobs in Uganda

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