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Deputy Chief of Party, Technical: USAID Uganda Targeting the Learning Crisis

FHI 360

FHI 360

Administration, IT, Operations
Kampala, Uganda
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the upcoming USAID/Uganda Targeting the Learning Crisis activity. This position will be based in Kampala, Uganda and is contingent upon award to FHI 360.

Project Description

The USAID/Uganda basic education activity—Targeting the Learning Crisis (TLC)—seeks to utilize USAID/Uganda’s past programming and leverage the global evidence base to implement cost-effective, sustainable, and impactful programming to significantly improve math and reading outcomes for Ugandan primary students. The activity will provide programming to learners from pre-primary education to primary grade 5 (P5). The activity will emphasize targeted instruction and other evidence-based approaches to significantly improve math and reading outcomes.

Position Description

The DCOP works in close coordination with the Chief of Party (COP) and is responsible for managing the quality and timeliness of the project’s overall technical workstream. They will supervise the technical team, liaise with technical partners, relevant national stakeholders, beneficiaries and the donor, as needed.

The DCOP should have a deep understanding of the context of the Ugandan basic education system, as well as evidence-base practices to improve foundational literacy and numeracy acquisition amongst pre-primary and primary students. This should include, but not be limited to, experience with and knowledge of targeted instruction and Teaching at the Right Level.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

  • Coordinate closely with the COP on all technical matters; provides support to the overall leadership and management of the project

  • Provide technical leadership over all technical workstreams, activities and products.

  • Lead the design and implementation of workplans; ensure strategic and cohesive program direction.

  • Oversee technical outputs (activities, strategies and deliverables) and capacity building of all implementing partner organizations, ensuring cohesive technical strategy across the consortium

  • With the COP, serve as primary technical liaison to the Ministry of Education and Sports and other relevant government counterparts.

  • Support the MEL Director to oversee project monitoring and evaluation activities.

  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, coordination and linkages to other programs, partners and counterparts, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.

  • Contribute to timely and accurate donor reporting.

  • Supervise the recruitment, hiring, and management of technical staff and consultants.

  • Provide leadership to technical staff and ensure clear roles and responsibilities; maintain clear lines of communication with project team members

  • Collaborate with in-country and headquarter-based technical staff to ensure the project is implemented according to FHI 360 and industry best practices, program framework, and regulations • Serve as project representative in the absence of the COP

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required in education, curriculum and instruction, primary teacher education or related field.; PhD or EdD preferred

  • Expertise in early grade reading and math, early childhood education, teacher professional development, and targeted instruction strategies (e.g., Teaching at the Right Level)

  • 12+ years of related work experience in increasingly senior roles, with 8+ years in leadership positions; experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO) preferred

  • Experience in the education sector in Uganda

  • Proven technical leadership in USAID-funded projects preferred

  • Ability to build positive working relationships with local communities, government officials, implementing partners and donors

  • Demonstrated ability in complex environments, working across different cultures, and managing diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines

  • Expertise in gender equality and social inclusion preferred and universal design for learning (UDL) preferred

  • Oral and written fluency required in English

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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