East Africa Quality in Early Learning (EAQEL) Initiative (Kenya and Uganda) The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominationa! development agency promoting creative and effective solutions to problems that impede social development. The Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa) is launching a two-year education initiative in Kenya (Kinango and Kwale Districts) and Uganda (Amolatar and Dokolo districts), called the East Africa Quality in Early Learning (EAQEL) initiative. AKF is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following 25 positions which are focused on interventions in the teaching of reading and numeracy in the lower primary grades (1-3). 1. Country Coordinators (2 positions: 1 for Kenya, 1 for Uganda) (Ref: EAQEL01) The Country Coordinators are responsible for leading an intensive programme to significantly improve literacy and numeracy learning outcomes for children in early grades of primary. The Country Coordinators, based in Mombasa and Kampala, will serve as the Team Leaders and will be responsible for the project's success at country level. Specific responsibilities include: Oversight and overall coordination all project activities within respective countries Project quality, effectiveness and sustainability Supervision of the implementation process Development and maintenance of government relations and participation in relevant policy discussions. Supervision of the project team The ideal candidates will have: A Master's degree in Education or its equivalent; 5 years experience managing education programmes either in government or non-governmental organisation with preference given to those with experience in a supervisory capacity, managing a diverse team in an intense, results-oriented environment Proven familiarity with a variety of approaches to improving literacy and numeracy Professional contacts with key institutions active in the education sector at country level, including Ministries of Education, curriculum centres and National assessment centres Proven familiarity with early primary school curriculum Knowledge of Kenya/Uganda education policies and practices Experience in grant management. 2. Project Officers (12 positions: 3 for Kwale, 3 for Kinango, 3 for Amolatar and 3 for Dokolo) (Ref: EAQEL02) The Project Officers report to the Country Coordinators and are responsible for providing field-based technical input to the pedagogical intervention. Specific responsibilities include: Facilitating trainings of target groups in the districts in their geographic areas Initiating, developing and maintaining relationships with target schools, teachers and communities, and district-level stakeholders Ensuring all activities are being implemented according to work plans Carrying out post-training assessments and developing continuous coaching plans with head teachers and government staff. Providing data and information for reports and internal and external analysis. The ideal candidates will have: A Bachelor's degree in education or its equivalent Proven facilitation and mobilisation skills including working with teachers Knowledge of the early years curriculum, especially teaching of reading and numeracy Ability to work in a team and a results orientation At least 5 year experience in working in areas of teaching and learning Knowledge of Kiswahili (Kenya) or Luo (Uganda) will be an added advantage 3. Regional Communications Officer (1 position based in Mombasa) (Ref: EAQEL03) Responsible for project reporting and documenting all aspects of the project Managing project information relating to efficiency and sustainability of interventions Creating a range of communication materials for dissemination Working with the M&E Officers to ensure that M&E data and analysis are used to improve program quality and inform programmatic decisions The ideal candidate will have: A Master's degree in communication or a related field Proven experience in donor reporting An understanding of education policies and practices in East Africa Excellent writing and editing skills Experience of at least 5 years in a similar position 4. Monitoring and Evaluation Officers (2 positions: 1 for Kenya, 1 for Uganda) (Ref: EAQEL04) The Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, based in Mombasa and Kampala, are responsible for measuring the outputs, outcomes and impact of project interventions. Specific responsibilities include: Monitoring of country-level activities Evaluating the achievement of project outcomes, using agreed indicators, at country level Analysis of project results in relation to activities and inputs Providing continuous feedback at county level and to project staff on progress, results and challenges Analysis of project effectiveness and sustainability Data collection, maintenance and analysis The ideal candidates will have: A Master's degree in M&E or a related field; 5-7 years field experience in monitoring and evaluating education projects; Proven experience in capacity building in core M&E topics. 5. Accountants (2 positions: 1 for Kenya and 1 for Uganda (Ref: EAQEL05) The Accountants, based in Mombasa and Kampala, are responsible for the financial management of the intervention Specific responsibilities include: Maintaining an accurate financial recording system to record and reconcile transactions (i.e., cash, cheque, bank transfers) Providing regular financial reports to AKF Finance Officers Ensuring financial compliance of the project in accordance with the approved budget Managing cash flow and release of funds Managing the day-to-day banking and investment transactions Preparing required documents for financial and governmental audits and ensuring statutory compliance The ideal candidates will have: A B.Com and a CPA or equivalent qualification; 5-7 years experience as a field-based accountant for a non-governmental organisation or an international development agency; Proven experience in project budgeting, financial reporting and budget monitoring; Familiarity with an ERP. Expertise in iScala would be an added advantage. 6. Administrative Assistants (2 positions: 1 for Kenya, 1 for Uganda) (Ref: EAQEL06) The Administrative Assistants, based in Mombasa and Kampala, are responsible for all administrative duties related to the implementation of the project. The ideal candidates will have: Certified clerical training 3-5 years experience working as a field-based administrative assistant. Experience for working in a non-governmental organisation will be an added advantage. 7. Drivers (2 positions: 1 for Kenya, 1 for Uganda) (Ref: EAQEL07) The Drivers, based in Mombasa and Kampala, will be responsible for driving project vehicles. The ideal candidate will have: A valid Driver's License Proven experience driving manual double-cabin pick-ups in rough terrain; 3-5 years experience driving vehicles. Experience for working in a non-governmental organisation will be an added advantage. Advanced Driving Certificate from the National Institute of Transport is an advantage. 8. Cleaners/Messengers (2 positions: 1 for Kenya, 1 for Uganda) (Ref: EAQEL08) The Cleaners/Messengers, based in Mombasa and Kampala, will be responsible for office cleaning and administrative tasks. The ideal candidate will have: 2-3 years experience as a cleaner/messenger. Experience working in a non-governmental organisation will be an added advantage. All technical positions are expected to have the following aptitudes: Demonstrated initiative and attention to detail; Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili; Excellent computer skills and high familiarity with Microsoft software; Ability to function effectively within and outside the office in a cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary environment, including the ability to meet multiple demands and deadlines with a positive and constructive attitude under minimal supervision. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV, along with the names and contact information of three referees (at least two of which must be professional) before the close of business on Friday, 15 May 2009, to the Aga Khan Foundation (East Africa), by e-mail to akf.east-africa @ akdn.org or by mail to P.O Box 40898, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya. Please quote the appropriate reference number in the e-mail subject line or on the application envelope. Applications which do not include a reference number will NOT be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.