Vacancy: School Improvement Officer

Date 27 Feb 2024
Location Lawra in the Upper West Region
Job Type Full-time
Industry Education
Description


Company Profile


PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) is a non-profit organisation working to expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across Africa. Since 2008, we have been building and running secondary schools in some of the remotest, and most underserved, communities in Uganda and Zambia. PEAS schools aim to enrol students who would not otherwise have access to education, and deliver a quality education that helps our students lead fulfilling and socially responsible lives.



Over the past 14 years, PEAS has had first-hand experience of running some of the best secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia whilst building up our tools, teams and evidence. We are now looking to expand our impact beyond PEAS’ two secondary school networks and to begin working in new countries across Sub-Saharan Africa where there is a need for increased access to quality secondary education. In particular, we are looking to work with governments and reputable education operators who are focused on delivering a quality secondary education to the most marginalised communities in their countries.




Job Description


About PEAS



PEAS (www.peas.org.uk) is a fast-growing charity with a mission to ‘expand access to sustainably delivered quality secondary education across Africa’. We run the fastest growing network of sustainably financed secondary schools in Africa. At PEAS, we are passionate about delivering quality education at a low cost, so that we are able to educate the poorest rural communities and replicate our model across other communities.



Since March 2023 PEAS has been working closely with the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Services to support in strengthening the leadership and management in government schools in Lawra, Upper West, through the Enriching Basic Education in Laware (EBEL) programme. The EBE programme works with school leaders and School Improvement Support Officers (SISOs) to strengthen leadership and management, teaching and learning, and safeguarding and child protection practices in primary and junior secondary schools.



Building on the solid foundations of our programme, we want to grow our impact and scale the programme to wider schools across Lawra, and eventually Ghana. Our ambition is to be true exemplars of quality education, and to drive improvements across the Ghanian education system. We are now looking for a School Improvement Coordinator to join us on this exciting and challenging journey to make our ambition a reality.

 



Job Summary



The central part of this role will be delivering PEAS’ school support programmes – this includes co-delivering PEAS’ school improvement by ensuring that all the partner school leaders are effectively delivering a high-quality experience for all learners. This will consist of adapting and designing tools and training from the learnings throughout the EBEL programme; monitoring schools’ progress on a regular basis, and coaching and mentoring them to address challenges in order to improve outcomes for learners.



The School Improvement Officer should be an effective communicator and have experience in school leadership. You will work closely with the peer School Improvement Officer and School Improvement Coordinator based within Ghana, as well as members of the PEAS Global team – who will provide technical assistance and support with material and tool development.



To be successful in this role you will need to be a self-starter, able to get stuck in at all levels and support others to drive results. You will be part of a hard- working, growing and highly effective team who support one another to deliver impact. Our team are united by our vision, values and desire to give the highest possible number of students the best possible education and life outcomes.





Further detail about the Roles and Responsibilities and Measuring Impact in this role can be found in the full Candidate Pack.




Required Skills or Experience


Who we are looking for



The ideal candidate…



Has:




  • Minimum of a degree from a recognised university (preferably Social Sciences, Education or Gender)

  • Experience working in a school leadership position at a secondary or primary schools

  • Experience and knowledge of how to support others to improve education outcomes

  • Experience in delivering training and capacity building

  • Experience working with complex stakeholder groups in rural low income communities in Ghana



Can:




  • Consistently champion PEAS’ values

  • Lead training sessions, tailoring the content for a range of different audiences (e.g., for school staff, staff who support schools, students)

  • Monitor progress and report against key data points

  • Confidently use Microsoft Office and workplace technology (e.g., email) to remain in contact with the wider team.

  • Be comfortable working and planning to budgets.



Should be:




  • Passionate about improving the life chances of all children through educational opportunity.

  • Able to quickly build working relationships and coach school leaders and teachers using strong interpersonal skills.

  • Well-organised; able to perform multiple responsibilities to strict deadlines, following up with others in PEAS and in other schools for input and progress updates where necessary.

  • Target-driven; comfortable with planning to targets and motivated to achieve them.

  • Persistent; willing to go the distance to get things done well.

  • Collaborative not competitive; working with peers in and across schools and different teams across the organisation and externally to achieve shared objectives



Desirable criteria




  • Experience working for/with international NGOs.

  • In-depth knowledge of rural context in Ghana and community dynamics





How To Apply


How to apply



First, please read through the full Candidate Pack on our website. If you are excited by the opportunity of the role at PEAS and have meet the essential criteria, you can apply by:





Please note, only complete applications will be reviewed, and only qualified candidates will be shortlisted and contacted. We will review applications on a case-by-case basis and shortlisted applicants may be invited in earlier than the closing date. We reserve the right to close the application process sooner than the date specified should we receive a high number of qualified candidates.



The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, March 10th.




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