Position Overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-driven, organised individual with great interpersonal and communication skills to fill the Senior Program Officer position in the Programs Department. The Senior Program Officer East shall be responsible for recruiting and coaching mentors to help them become the best leaders and entrepreneurs they can be, ensure weekly high-quality program reporting from mentors, submit mid and end of term reports as well as provide termly reports to major stakeholders. In this role, you shall maintain at least 18 fully-paid partner schools in a community unit, and manage relationships with potential partner schools including scheduling of lessons and organization of regional events; as well as coach teacher and administration associates in the areas of school leadership, business and mentorship and lead Experience-School Association meetings; in addition to this provide regional support to Program Officers in the areas of M&E reporting, partner school relationship, and professional development, procurement and communications. 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.    

About Educate!

Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy.

We tackle youth unemployment by reforming what schools teach and how they teach it, so that students in Africa have the skills to 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 2018, we’re working in 175 secondary schools in Rwanda, 60 pilot schools in Kenya, and over 700 schools in Uganda reaching over 42,000 students intensively and 530,000 more broadly. Our model was proven to have massive impact in a randomized controlled trial. Graduates earned DOUBLE the income of a control group and had a 64% increase in business creation. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.

In 2012, Educate! partnered with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a student business club structure into Uganda's entrepreneurship course nationally, and in 2015, we served as a technical advisor to Rwanda on its secondary education reform.

Educate!’s team includes nearly 200 staff and almost 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 the 2015 WISE Awards, and was featured by Bill Gates, an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, Clinton Global Initiative and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.

Educate!'s vision for 2024 is to measurably impact 1 million students across Africa each year.


Performance Objectives


  • Coaching & Mentor Recruitment - 42%


    • Observe mentors during their EXP volunteer ship to provide feedback to develop their skills in youth- empowerment and mobilization, public speaking, entrepreneurship, and community leadership.
    • Empower mentors through  2 monthly trainings with graduate-mentors,
    • Provide one-on-one mentorship to graduate and teacher mentors in the areas of personal and professional development.
    • Link graduate mentors to professional mentors in their industry.
    • Ensure the community unit maintains strong relationships with least 12 mentor-ready graduates of the Educate! Program.
    • Facilitate the matching of mentors with partner schools.
    • Formally contract all mentor volunteers and equip with the necessary resources and orientation
    • Support program officers through weekly phone calls.
    • Coach Program officers termly in performing key tasks and assist with Program Officer training.

How will success look like in this function

    • Mentors with successful businesses established
    • Completion of mentor YBE portfolio activities and scores
    • Number of times each mentor is monitored per month
    • Mentor retention in the YBE fellowship
    • Mentors recruited as per guidelines
    • Performance of mentors in Leadership and entrepreneurship course and clubs
    • YBE meetings held and attendance at over 85%
    • Program officers peer-coached to perform their roles



  • Educate! Experience Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning - 25%


      • Write mid-term and end-of-term program evaluation and recommendation reports
      • Conduct Secondary Skills Assessment Tool evaluation at all schools termly,
      • Conduct termly Student business club finance assessment 
      • Disseminate program impact reports to schools, local government and any local sponsors/partners. 
      • Submit attendance records for teacher/grad mentor trainings and other program activities. 
      • Assist in reviewing M&E data to ensure accurate and timely submission. 
      • Lead conference calls and send notes including follow ups on issues from the calls 
      • Support Program Coordinator in meetings to take up notes and share, manage logistics of  Regional meetings in collaboration with area Regional officer. 
      • Produce reports as may be required on specific activities.



How will success look like in this function

    • Mentor and PO error rates are below 5%
    • End of term and midterm reports submitted on time
    • Impact reports submitted to schools regularly
    • Successful Conference call meetings organized and notes submitted



  • Partner School Recruitment & Management - 23%


    • Ensure the community unit maintains at least 18 fully-paid partner schools and that school payment is remitted. Ensure updated records regarding school payment status.
    • Manage relationship with back-up and potential partner schools through the association.
    • Coordinate all program scheduling and program events with mentor support.
    • Lead annual Association Celebration Event and ad-hoc donor, government, media, and partner organization visits.
    • Conduct bi-annual Progress Report meetings with key stakeholders in the schools.
    • Create strategy to move red schools to yellow status and provide red schools with additional support.
    • Support program Officers manage and improve relationships in red schools through meeting with administration, recommendations for relationships improvement strategies, and follow-up with Program Officers, mentors, scholars, and school administration.
    • Collaborate with Program Officers to solve cross-cutting challenges faced by Program Officers and mentors to improve program implementation and management.
    • Support the Regional Officer in ensuring that procurement (materials, equipment) and logistics are planned for and distributed to Program Officers.

How will success look like in this function

    • School Payment contributions collected
    • Head Teacher ratings
    • Schools retained
    • Member back up schools maintained
    • Favourable time on the time table for E! activities
    • Support Program Officers in co-create, documenting and sharing good and best practices for cross-cutting regional challenges.



  • Associate Coaching - 10%


    • Coach administration and teacher associate in personal and professional development through monthly visits to schools as part of EXP program monitoring.
    • Support teacher fellows in their role as Student Business Club patron and business leader through monthly phone calls.
    • Lead  1 monthly Experience Schools Association meetings in the areas of innovative teaching, mentoring in , and business.
    • Provide on-site support after global conference.
    • Co-organize and lead annual Global conference

How will success look like in this function

    • Number of teachers attending meetings and global conference
    • Associate Teacher coaching
    • Teachers implementing Association tasks



  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and one year experience implementing a youth related program.
  • Experience of at least one year working in a fast paced environment.
  • Hands on experience in purchases, supply management and stores management.
  • 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
  • Benefits include Medical Insurance.
  • Location is Eastern region, in 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.

Application Process

Intrigued? Please respond to following questions and you shall be requested to upload an updated resume and an application letter.  Deadline for sending applications is Monday 7th January 2019 at 10:00 AM 

What Is Educate! About?

We’re ambitious. Are you? Educate! is growing fast, so new opportunities are opening up and expanding all the time. We’re inspired by people with drive, and we love to help them reach their full potential. We expect everyone at Educate! to contribute above and beyond their job description, grow their skills, and advance their careers, and we are committed to supporting our staff members on that journey.

  1. We Put Youth First - The youth we serve come first. Always. In everything. That means we wake up thinking of ways we can serve youth even better and get the highest impact out of every dollar that we spend. It means Educate! doesn’t own a single vehicle, because we’d rather take the bus if it means one more student can participate. It means making every decision like the future depends on it — because if we get our way, it does.
  2. We Are Always Learning - When you work at Educate!, educating yourself is part of your job too. We encourage every employee to find the best book on management; share the latest article on graphic design; bring in your favorite college mentor; or meet the researcher pushing the edge of the field. We are always thirsty for knowledge and love to share. 
  3. We Only Solve a Problem Once - We are allergic to band-aids so we love the person who brings the new system to solve the problem for good, even problems we haven’t recognized yet. 
  4. We Are Flexible - We thrive on change — we’re driving it. We are growing every day, so we have to adapt quickly to meet new challenges, and our team keeps up. 
  5. We Exceed Expectations - We assume we can achieve the impossible because we already have, year after year. We want our staff to create your own challenges, ask the toughest questions, and dream scary big!


Every person at Educate! from interns to the executive director is evaluated by how they live up to these five cultural tenets. They are at the core of how we achieve our mission and why we work as well as we do.

Educate is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community.  In creating this environment, we encourage people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our diverse team.

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