We are looking for enthusiastic, self-driven, organised individuals with great interpersonal and communication skills to fill a position in the Programs Department. The Youth Leader respectively shall lead in monitoring & evaluation reporting and support, administrative support, mentor support as well as club advisory services for a team of vibrant youths who run the innovative Educate! Experience Program in LIRA. 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 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 2019, we’re working in 175 secondary schools in Rwanda, 60 pilot schools in Kenya, and over 750 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.
- Monitoring & Evaluation Support (30%):
- Receive list of Top Scholars for back home Project Interviews of the Mentor and arrange with Mentor date and time for Back home Project Interviews
- During the Backhome Project Interview simultaneously enter responses in the Smartphone Monitoring Form “Backhome Project” and give data to the RO
- Check 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.
- Attend mentor meetings, interschool skills retreat, association trainings plus meetings and record the attendance of the mentors, associates and scholars.
- Enter the data in the smartphone monitoring form and hand the sheets to the RO.
- Visit and collect all information for Educate! Club Survey
- Enter the Educate! Club data in the Smartphone Monitoring Form “Educate! Club Information”
- Conduct End of Course Survey with the Educate! Scholars
- Conduct SSAT Survey with Educate! scholars
How will success look like in this function
- Error rates below 5%
- All event reporting done on time and accurately
- All hard copy reporting tools submitted whenever required.
- Data quality checks are carried out for all mentors each month.
- All club surveys done each term
- Club Advisory (30%):
- Schedule with mentors club meetings and advise accordingly
- Attend club meetings in touch with club leadership
- Invite guest speakers who can benefit the clubs
- Carry out club surveys and evaluations with Program Officer and co-mentor
- Lead club discussions sessions in YBE meetings
- Take note of red school clubs for immediate support in trainings, meetings and mentor coaching forums
- Provide insights into club management to mentors, Program Officer and regional officer
- Monitor club progress to hit termly milestones for all schools per term
- Source for any resources necessary to make clubs successful
- Promote a brand in visibility of club activities in schools through Educate! Days
- Ensure clubs operate with right standards as guided by the Educate! Club guide
- Meet leadership monthly to understand, draw work plans and mentor them for better leadership.
- Visit each club at least once a month, observing projects carried out and update administrators on club and program progress.
How will success look like in this function
- All clubs in the CU visited monthly
- Filled out Club visit form submitted to PO for each school monthly
- Regularly provided feedback to mentors on club findings at YBE twice a month
- Each CU club meets termly milestones
- Participated in each CU club meeting at least once a month
- Participated in evaluation of all CU clubs with PO and Co-mentor.
- All School heads are updated on club activities regularly.
- Administrative Support (20%):
- Research local vendors according to the administration procedures.
- Prepare venues and Officer with food vendors for all major events for community unit including Administrator Training, Experience-Week training, pre-term mentor training, Mentor induction, partner-trainings, and YBE graduation.
- Be available to receive materials from the taxi/ bus park and take ownership by counting materials and distributing them.( Refer to the youth leader handbook for details)
- Assist mentors with any materials and supplies they need to run the Educate! Experience program at schools. Coordinate with regional office to collect and distribute replacement materials and supplies when needed.
- Assist mentors and officers with any logistical support they need to run EXP and YBE programs.
- Assist mentors with organizing community Unit retreats during term 2 and competitions in term 4
How will success look like in this function
- Adherence to procurement procedures during CU procurements.
- Updated list of vendors maintained.
- Mentors have all materials needed and any inadequacies are communicated within a weeks turnaround.
- Conducive CU major event venues are secured ahead of each event.
- Mentor Support (20%):
- Create a monthly co-teaching schedule with mentors every first YBE meeting of the month
- Co-teach with the mentors during the visits and before class starts, check scholar IDs to ensure only scholars attend the lesson
- Visit clubs to give advice on projects and businesses.
- Use the judging rubric to score clubs against each judging criteria during the community
- Complete club visit report form for submission to Program officer immediately after visit.
- Support mentors during mentoring week and complete Mentoring week visit form which should be submitted to PO
- Youth Leaders should observe each Mentor three times in the term
- Co-Pitch the Educate! Experience with the mentors to senior 5 students during assembly.
- Interview students together with the mentor.
- Support mentor during registration session with 40 selected scholars + give out IDs + invite scholars for first session
- Fill in the selected 40 scholars in the Official Scholar Tracker and keep in Community Unit file during Mentor Meetings
- Continuously update Official Scholar Tracker during mentor meetings based on dropped/active status
- Assist with mentor-recruitment during Term 2 and Term 3 through calling graduates on recruitment short-list to inform them about the program, assisting with information sessions, communicating to candidates about process, and collecting parental release forms.
- Assist with back-up mentor training in during pre-term 3 holiday by leading sessions and organizing logistics.
- Visit Mentors at their schools to provide support and guidance at least once a term.
- Call mentors bi-monthly to support their work in EXP and YBE programs.
- Identify high-potential youth to participate in YBE program.
- Select graduates to participate in the Short Course program
- Organize and run annual 4-day short course training, including finding a venue, coordinating with food vendors, and leading training.
- Follow-up monthly with Junior Mentors on short-course progress.
- Conduct Short-Course monitoring survey at end of program
- Disseminate graduate opportunities, helping with applications in link with graduate fellow.
- Coordinate with partner schools every February to ensure that Educate! Graduate Registration Sheet is filled in as graduates pick exam results from schools.
- Call all graduates on community unit list to verify and update graduate contacts .Submit updated contacts to Office regularly.
- Conduct graduate survey as directed by the M&E department.
- Support scholars to apply for US university opportunities.
- Source for high-potential graduates to participate in YBE and other graduate programs
How will success look like in this function.
- At least co-taught 6 LECs with mentors in a month
- Number of schools co-pitched to with mentors
- Mentors supported during selection, mentoring week, community day.
- Each mentor observed at least 1 each month
- Club visit forms submitted to PO for each school per month
- Up to date scholar list and tracker maintained .
- Updated graduate contact list maintained at CU.
- Active participation in mentor recruitment exercise.
- A Diploma in any relevant field (Diploma in Education has 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 Lira District.
- Location is Lira, Uganda respectively.
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.
Intrigued? Please upload a resume, cover letter and respond to a few questions. For more information about Educate! check out our website www.experienceeducate.org. Deadline for sending applications is Thursday 16th May 2019. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. If you have not heard from us by 31st May 2019 kindly consider your application unsuccessful.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.