Program Officer – Education


POSITION TITLE: Program Officer – Education
DATE: February, 2018
RESPONSBILE TO: Program Coordinator
STATUS: Full time
Background of the Give Us Wings:
Give Us Wings Uganda (GUWU) is an independent organization founded in 1999. GUWU currently works to socially and economically advance poor and vulnerable communities in Eastern Uganda since 1999. GUWU was registered with the National NGO Board as an international NGO under Registration No. S5914/8796 in 2012. The GUWU country program focus is on three interrelated thematic areas namely; Entrepreneurship development, Health and Education. As a result of its recent strategic planning exercise, GUWU embarked on restructuring to realize a technical team that would effectively deliver on its 2018-2022 strategic plan.
GUWU Mission:
With an envisioning of an empowered society exercising full potential and enjoying a fulfilled life, GUWU’s mission is to empower communities to sustainably advance through holistic development. We work with community groups to improve household incomes, parents to ensure children’s access to quality education as a right. GUWU further works to improve health standards of communities through its healthcare services. All these interventions are expected to benefit Tororo and neighbouring districts. The aim of all this is to ensure sustainable community transformation where outcomes and impact are clearly measurable.
Position purpose:
GUWU’s Program Officer will work under the Program Coordinator in the Family to Family Education Support (FFES) thematic area of the country program. The overall purpose is to provide day to day support in the running of the education component. In particular, the Program Officer will be responsible for the FFES component at all its stages: Designing, monitoring and evaluation, and actively participating in resource mobilization for the component.
Core duties and responsibilities:
 Provide leadership and management support for the FFES program component.
 For the established guidelines in implementation and budget utilization to ensure clear target setting and meeting of those targets.
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 Ensure compliance with GUWI, the donors and Government policy standards and regulations.
 Write quality reports and submit to the Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
 Contribute to the development of an effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (M.E&L) system showing clear outcomes and impact of the GUWU interventions.
 Communicate with the donors as and when need arises.
 Participate in the monthly, quarterly and annual planning and budgeting.
 Identify and recommend beneficial strategic partnerships for GUWU.
 Take personal initiative in enhancing technical capacities in the area of jurisdiction.
 Co-facilitate periodic stakeholder program reviews and report accordingly.
 Support the Records Assistant in building the Management Information System
 Work with the Program Coordinator to design the program charter clearly spelling out its FFES component.
 Work closely with other Program Officers to conceptualise, implement, monitor and evaluate the GUWU 2018 – 2022 strategic plan.
 Closely collaborate with and other Program Officers in the development of budgets and plans for new projects ensuring that donor and GUWI requirements are met.
 Ensure maximization of the efficient utilization of available limited financial and other resources plus efficacy in addressing the needs of target communities and households as per the organisation’s mandate.
 Engage in the GUWU resource mobilization drive through identification of funding opportunities.
GUWU Representation:
 Represent GUWU at meetings and workshops as will be guided by the Program Coordinator.
 Attend meetings to sell GUWU to potential partners and supporters
Other Duties:
 Carry out duties as will be assigned by the Program Coordinator
 Facilitate staff and management meetings.
 Exhibit GUWU core values and working principles at all times.
Required educational standard, Professional abilities, Skills and Knowledge:
 A degree holder in the relevant fields (Education, Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts, Development Studies, Program Management, Child development).
 Four and more years of experience in program work. Experience in education programs with NGOs will be a key requirement.
 Experience in child sponsorship and child protection programs will be an added advantage.
 Practical skills in program designing, monitoring and evaluation, plus project proposal development.
 Good understanding of child rights issues and child rights instruments in Africa.
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 Working experience with national or international NGOs.
 Experience working with donors and other organizational supporters.
 Ability to promptly respond to issues and multiple demands.
 Ability to work in a busy environment and pay attention to details.
 Effective inter-personal skills.
 Good computer skills.
 Good command of English and any of the local languages.

Contact Address of GUWU: To apply, please submit your application letter, Curriculum Vitae and copies of your academic certificates via email to:, or drop your typed application to the following address:
The Head of Human Resource Management and Organizational Effectiveness
Give Us Wings Uganda, Plot 21 Tensing Road, P. O. Box 108, Tororo – Uganda
Closing Date is 5:00PM on the 16th March, 2018
GUWU is an equal opportunities organization which welcomes applications from all qualified professionals irrespective of gender, nationality or race.
Only qualified short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Any canvassing for special favours will lead to automatic disqualification

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