We are looking for enthusiastic, self-driven, organised individuals with great interpersonal and communication skills to fill the Teacher Support Leader positions in the Programs Department. The Teacher Support Leader shall lead in Association Coordination, Teacher leader capacity building, Mentor training and Quality Assurance/Monitoring & Evaluation for a team of vibrant youths who run the innovative Educate! Experience Program in MBARARA. You’ll join a motivated, passionate, overachieving team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and intensively impact one million youth each year by 2024.
Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy.
We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it, so that students in Africa have the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities,start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.
In 2019, we’re partnering with the government to pilot in 60+ schools in Kenya, working in 175+ secondary schools in Rwanda and 800+ schools in Uganda (25% of the country) reaching over 44,000 students intensively and 545,000 more broadly. Two rigorous external evaluations, including a randomized controlled trial, found that towards the end of secondary school, participants of our program earn nearly DOUBLE the income of their peers and are 44% more likely to launch a business. Girls achieve even greater results. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.
Educate! supports governments with integrating skills-based curriculum nationally. This includes partnering with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a student business club structure into Uganda’s entrepreneurship course nationally and serving as a technical advisor to both Rwanda and Kenya on national education reforms.
Educate! is a non-profit social enterprise with 200 staff and 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Prize (and was featured in a video), a 2015 WISE Award, and was highlighted by Bill Gates, in the World Bank’s S4YE’s Impact Portfolio, an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative. Educate! was also selected by the UN’s Generation Unlimited as 1 of 20 innovative youth solutions.
Educate!’s long-term vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
Association coordination (40%)
- Work with the program to mobilise teachers and other stakeholders for termly association meetings with Program Officer as role owner.
- Organize all logistics associated with teacher Association meetings
- Work with program officer to pitch the Skilled Learning Program to stakeholders
- Provide feedback to program officer, regional officer and Association Program Coordinator on Association activities.
- Support teacher-mentor relationships as both carry on their roles.
- Fill in gaps for mentor and co-mentor where necessary as advised by Program officer
- Oversight over teacher leader logistics and deliverables.
- Support the community unit to have a backup of mentor candidates.
- Organize community unit teacher events and generating insights for teacher training design
- Document school event schedules with the team
- Participate in feedback platforms to improve program design
Teacher Leader Logistics Support (25%):
- Create and update the Teacher Leader database
- Mobilize logistics for demand-driven Teacher Leader led training. Keep Program officer and APC informed of trainings with clear track
- Organize Community unit program events like Regional meetings, mentor meetings, District competitions among others support graduations
- Teacher leaders are well tracked and supported to meet their deliverable roles
- Teacher Leader database is created and maintained
- Teacher leaders are well oriented and timely paid their due facilitation in liaison with APC and Program officer. Submit their deliverables to Association program Coordinator
- Teacher leader deliverables are well tracked, reported on to relevant structures.
- Teacher leader materials are received and timely distributed and
trainings are timely coordinated
Mentor Training & Events (25%):
- Leading 1 professional mentor fellowship training (termly)
- Observe mentor delivery LEC on monthly basis
- Mentor recruitment as per the standards of Educate!. Keep updated backup database for replacements
- Events management. Work with Program Officer to oversee coordination and success of events like skills retreat, regional competition, graduation, mentor and regional meetings among others.
- Carry out short course trainings as a source of mentors
- Pass on available opportunities to mentors and graduates
- Receive program materials and work with co-mentor to timely distribute them
- Research vendors for community unit events as lead with co-mentor support as per the procedures.
- Co-teach and where necessary fill mentor gaps in the Community unit
Quality Assurance/Monitoring & Evaluation (10%):
- Track and reports on activities for example tracking associates for each school, collecting learning reports, back-up in-class support, spot-checks among others
- Work with the program officer to track learnings on teacher and monitoring findings are shared with Association program coordinator.
- Document community unit best practices in working with teachers and share with the program officer and Association program coordinator.
- Conducts pilot in-class mentor lesson support verification with the learning reports.
- Work with mentors to track scholars in the community unit using the monitoring and Evaluation procedures
- Collect learning reports and report in a timely manner
- Perform quality checks on the sms tracking sheet to ensure that the sms sent by the mentor have the right format and compare the sms report with the sms tracking sheet according to the M&E Data quality check procedure.
- Track community unit meetings and events attendance including but not limited to mentor meetings, exhibitions and, association trainings
- Carry out Spot checks for skills lab lessons
- Hold updated final scholar termly lists and coordinate graduation list and reporting.
- A Diploma in any related field or Diploma in Secondary Education is an added advantage.
- Experience as a Mentor Fellow in the Educate! YBE Fellowship shall be an added advantage.
- Experience of at least one year working in a fast paced environment.
- Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here.
- Salary is commensurate with experience and benefits include Medical Insurance.
- Applicant MUST be a resident of Mbarara, Uganda..
Why You Will Brag About Working At Educate!
- We’ve got the impact.
- Educate! is designed for scale. We quadrupled operations in 2014, going from 54 to more than 200 schools served. We carefully measure our outcomes, and — here’s the best part — we are maintaining quality at four times the size.
- We believe in local leadership — 97% of our on the ground staff is African.
- Our model has gone nationwide in Uganda — Educate!’s model is now incorporated into the national curriculum and exams, impacting thousands more students than we can reach directly.
- Educate is a well-oiled learning machine. We built our model by methodically testing hundreds of assumptions and we are constantly experimenting, evaluating, and improving.
- We’re honored that luminaries and leaders like Oliver Wonekha, the Ugandan Ambassador to the US, and Ann Veneman, a former Secretary of Agriculture and head of Unicef, believe in us enough to have joined our advisory board.