We are looking for enthusiastic, self-driven, organised individuals with great interpersonal and communication skills to fill the Experiments Officer position in the Out of School Youth (OosY) Program. They shall be responsible for the following functions: Coordination & Implementation of Experiments With the support of the Program Manager ensure experiments implemented are well aligned to program plans and strategies, coordinating with the program training team for implementation ensuring the team understands the key hypothesis/ assumptions to be tested, that the right data collection tools are made available to the team and are used, and data is collected and analysed to inform product development. Support the development of experiments reports. Quality Assurance and Reporting Collaborate with the Training Officer and Program Manager to determine quality assurance strategies and questions, and support the monitoring of quality program delivery identifying successes and gaps for future improvement. Support the development of reports on program quality. Networking & Learning Complete required designer trainings and certifications (relevant sections of Design Academy). Learning from local field staff, experimentation, and referencing international research. The OosY Program’s focus is to serve the lowest income and most vulnerable segment of out-of-school youth by exploring the creation of an alternative or multiple alternative learning experience to academic secondary. You’ll be joining a motivated, passionate, overachieving team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and intensively impact millions of youth each year.
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 2020, 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 is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
- Coordination and Implementation of Experiments (60%):
- Ensure you have and remain up to date on planned experiments, their purpose and relevance to the program strategy
- Support the Program Manager to coordinate the operational aspects of running experiments, including:
- identification and mobilization of sample participants
- Proactively engaging all relevant team members in the development of research questions and data collection tools
- Budgeting and allocation of resources for experiments
- Planning for training of program team members on upcoming experiments
- Ensure the program team is informed of upcoming experiments including communication of their roles and responsibilities in implementation
- Support the development of data collection tools
- Ensure planned experiments are implemented and run smoothly with all the participating stakeholders kept informed on any updates and changes
- Support training of program staff on the purpose of experiments and understanding of data collection tools
- Ensure all data collection tools:
- are available to the implementing team in a timely manner,
- Are familiar to the team through training sessions on their purpose and use
- Are filled as required during experiment implementation, and
- Are collected on schedule
- Ensure data collected is shared for analysis with insights drawn shared with the product design and implementation teams
- Support the Program Manager to ensure field activities including data collection are meeting the objectives of the experiment
- Quality Assurance and Reporting (30%)
Program Quality Assurance and Reporting
- Support the Program Manager in the development of a clear quality assurance plan for each experiment
- Support the Program team in the development and implementation of a clear quality assurance plan for any changes made to the program and design based on learning from each experiment program delivery
- Support the monitoring of program quality assurance
- Support the development and delivery of monthly reports with accurate and readable information on Experiments
- Networking and Learning (10%)
- Complete required relevant designer training and certifications (relevant sections of Design Academy)
- Learn and implement the design processes and principles that will be applied in the experiments work
- Respond to emails and inquiries from the team on Experiments work
- Support research on program participants and program development
- Engage in and seek opportunities to learn from other organizations and individuals in Uganda
- Participate actively in the global design community by learning from local field staff, experimentation, and referencing international research.
- Designers are encouraged to proactively network with other organizations from diverse fields.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field with a minimum of three (3) years professional with 1-2 years experience in a high paced fast-moving organization.
- Experience in program management and design
- Experience working in the field of education in Uganda preferred. Knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation is a plus.
- Experience in Training or facilitation skills; coordination of several activities and exceptional planning and organizational skills
- 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 Kampala, 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.
Intrigued? Please visit the link to apply. You will be asked to upload a resume, and your response to the following questions:
Deadline for sending applications is Friday 24th January 2020.
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.