Project Officer, Bursary job at Straight Talk Foundation (STF)

kampala, uganda
negotiable Expires in 12 months


Straight Talk Foundation (STF) is a Ugandan health communications National Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in 1993 and operates nationally in Uganda. Its activities and interventions aim at improving the sexual reproductive health and wellbeing of young people for adoption of healthy behaviors in Uganda through advocacy, evidence driven communication and youth friendly service delivery.

Straight Talk Foundation with support from the Embassy of Ireland has been implementing the Bursary programme with the aim of improving access to education, retention and completion of post-primary and post-secondary for the bright but disadvantaged girls and boys in the Karamoja Sub-Region.
STF seeks to fill the following vacant positions to support the implementation of the program.

3. Project officer, Bursary (01 Position); Moroto

Job Purpose:
Under the program coordinator, the job holder will be responsible for planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting on project activities aimed at improving program Access to education, retention and completion of post-primary and post-secondary learning for the Bursary beneficiaries in karamoja region.

Key Responsibilities:
• Carry out beneficiary enrolment, monitor the level of retention of beneficiaries on the programme, obtain and ensure that parent/ guardian consent forms are filled appropriately.
• Collect and provide detailed information and data to the program coordinator- bursary for all the beneficiaries on the bursary programme from the districts and schools allocated to each individual project officer.
• Plan, design and deliver structured mentoring and coaching initiatives within schools and during holidays within their homes and at the STF center in Moroto.
• Collect student report forms, banking slips and a list of respective school requirements for each bursary programme beneficiary before the beginning of each new term/semester and year of study and ensure all beneficiaries school requirements are catered for before a new term/semester.
• Conduct structured schools and home visits to the programme post primary beneficiaries and write reports that point out areas of attention as well as lessons that inform the bursary programme in Karamoja.
• Organize and conduct sensitization initiatives targeting post primary beneficiaries of the programme, parents, guardians and other stakeholders like teachers, community leaders and the wider community about issues on the bursary programme.
• Develop weekly, monthly, Quarterly and annual work plans for assigned Bursary program.
• Participate actively in Bursary programme reflection and learning reviews on quarterly basis and provide updates, lessons, challenges and mitigation measures.
• Actively take part in the selection of new beneficiaries on the programme through monitoring child eligibility as per STF Bursary standards and support the advisory board and district selection committees.
• Enhance mentoring sessions on protection against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
• Regular follow-up visits to schools and communities in cooperation with health institutions.
• Prepare quarterly project progress reports and submit them to the immediate supervisor
• Document lessons learned and success stories for the project in print and photography.
• Support the MEAL team to update student data onto the Bursary database system.

Academic Background, Experience and Person Specifications:
• The Applicant should possess a good University degree in Development studies, Social Sciences, Adult and community Education or related field.
• Excellent planning, coordination and reporting skills, with the ability to organize a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities.
• Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
• Awareness of good practices in relation to child safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

Job application procedure
Please send a copy of your CV with a cover letter (attached as one document) indicating 3 referees; one should be your direct supervisor and copies of academic documents to;

The Human Resource & Administration Manager
Straight Talk Foundation
Plot 4, Acacia Avenue, Kololo, P.O Box 22366 Kampala.

Only on line applications to email: [email protected] will be accepted _clearly indicating the position applied for in the subject line. Deadline for receiving applications is Sunday 25th February, 2024. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest opportunity. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Important to note:
Straight Talk Foundation works with children and young people in communities all over Uganda. Keeping children and young people safe is our priority and so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those suitable to work are considered for these posts.

STF operates and enforces policies on Child safeguarding and protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse among others. Successful applicants will be required to go through reference checks including with HR persons in their previous/ current work places.

Straight Talk Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, persons with disabilities and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Straight Talk Foundation does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.

Uganda, Kampala