Technical Advisor – Education, July 2021 – NGO Jobs


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Title Technical Advisor – Education
Functional Area Programmes
Reports to Head of Programme Strategy
Location Country Office Travel required 30%
Effective Date May 2021 Grade E


Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation.

Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries

Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalised and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality and social norm change. Our organisation is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work.

The Technical Advisor – Education is responsible for Ensuring Programme Quality and Gender Transformative outcomes for programming and influencing in the areas of Education, in both development and humanitarian contexts and in line with Country Strategy and Global priorities. The Advisor will lead on new programme design, actively support business development and ensure technical soundness of all programme design and program implementation for Education. The Advisor will actively represent Plan International Uganda in relevant technical working groups and other fora at National, Regional and International levels. They will also work closely with Plan International’s global network of National Organisations, its Global and Regional Hubs, and the relevant technical network, to ensure Plan Uganda is well represented and is up to date with evolving policies and trends.

Dimensions of the Role

  • Programme Quality– leads the technical areas of Education by advising the Country Programme Team (CPT), Project Managers and Programme Area Managers to ensure quality implementation of all Education related projects and components, in line with Plan International’s Programme and Influence approach, and the global AOGD frameworks for Inclusive Quality Education. This includes substantial work in humanitarian contexts and with refugee populations. The role works closely with the Monitoring Evaluation and Research team to oversee quality baselines, evaluations and research, to track progress against outcomes, indicators, milestones and targets of the Country Strategy and consolidate progress for Quarterly, Annual and other relevant reports.
  • Programme Design – leads new programme design for Education work, actively supporting business development to develop new proposals and liaise with donors. Also supports integration of Education work into other proposals under other technical areas (e.g. Early Childhood Development Youth Economic Empowerment, Health, Protection)
  • Representation and Partnership – leads Plan International Uganda’s representation with relevant Government Ministries, technical networks and working groups, and with other NGOs and CSOs working in the areas of Education. Also responsible for mapping and meeting potential partners, collaborators and networks; and fostering collaboration on influencing and advocacy initiatives with partners and coalitions.
  • Capacity Building – actively supports technical teams, project teams and partners to access regular capacity building on Education, through direct training support, identifying learning and training opportunities, and working as a mentor and role model to other staff and partners.
  • Documentation – Produce high quality documentation on Protection interventions to promote country profile, business development, replication and scaling up of successful models.
  • Liaison with other offices in Plan International – including National Organisations, Global Hub and Regional Hub, and other Country Offices for sharing, learning and collaboration on Education work.


Key relationships

  • Reports to the Head of Programme Strategy
  • Works closely with:
    • Country Programme Team – comprising other Technical Programme Advisors to ensure effective integration of Protection activities across all projects, and Gender Specialist, Advocacy and Influencing Manager, Communications Manager and Partnerships Manager.
    • Head of Programme Implementation, Programme Area Managers and Project Managers and Coordinators to ensure Programme Quality and to provide technical support and oversight of relevant programme activities
    • Business Development Manager to develop high quality proposals for gender transformative programming in the area of Education.
    • Monitoring Evaluation and Research Manager for development M&E frameworks, conduct research and to support monitoring and evaluation of programme impact and documentation of success stories
    • Technical advisors and teams in Plan International outside Uganda, including those based in

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Knowledge, Experience & Education:

  • Master’s degree (preferred) in Human Rights, Social Sciences or equivalent, with professional training on child rights programming and gender
  • At least 7 years’ experience in design and implementation of Education programming in a reputable organization and in both development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Demonstrated understanding of environment and current effective practices of Education in Uganda, including existing networks, CSOs and government stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender transformative programming and relevant approaches
  • Experience of managing compliance with safeguarding and child protection policies at a senior level
  • Substantial experience in successful proposal development and report writing.

Skills required:

  • Excellent proposal development and report writing skills. Knowledge of institutional donors.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including networking, negotiating ability and influencing others.
  • Strong understanding of effective monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Capacity to deal with people of diverse cultures.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literate (Microsoft office)

Attitude and behaviors:

  • Shows commitment and understanding to always act in the best interest of the child and respect to human rights.
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Plan International values, striving for lasting impact.
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity, capacity to include and empower others.
  • Comfortable working with others, as part of a team or as a team leader. Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters; approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
  • Thinks strategically, reflects about achievements and recognizes people’s contribution.
  • Promotes a culture of learning and sharing.

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.

Physical Environment AND DEMANDS

Office based with frequent travel to the field within and outside Uganda (at least 30% of time).

Level of contact with children

This position has been classified as “Mid contact”: Occasional interaction with children

As a Child Centred Development organisation, Plan International Uganda strives to ensure that children are kept safe in all the areas we operate. The organisation further has a Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy that every staff is required to sign.

Additional Responsibilities:

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (SCYP) Responsibilities (mandatory for all staff)

  • Adhere to the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any Safeguarding issues.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the Safeguarding Children and Young People standards as they apply to area of responsibility plus the development of actions to address identified gaps and monitoring their effectiveness.
  • Ensure that all Plan International partners, visitors and associates in his/her area of responsibility are provided with, are made aware off and have signed and returned a copy of the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy. Inform the partners, visitors and associates that they must comply with the policy in all contacts and communications with children during their visit.

Location: KAMPALA



Grade: E

Closing Date: 9TH AUGUST 2021

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.


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