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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

TweetThis! Job opp: Education Programme Coordinator with Amani Children's Home - Tanzania

Amani Children’s Home is a nationally registered NGO based in Moshi, Tanzania. Amani is committed to reduce the number of children living on the streets in northern Tanzania by providing a safe place for homeless children to heal, grow, and learn, and when possible uniting them with safe and healthy homes.

Location: United Republic of Tanzania (the) - Moshi

Position Description: This role requires a highly motivated, professional individual dedicated to children’s rights and the ongoing development of Amani’s programs and services. The Education Coordinator will lead a dynamic team of teachers dedicated to the education of vulnerable children. S/he will continue the development of an innovative curriculum for the children in Amani’s in-house MEMKWA programme as well as monitor the progress of over 200 children in the community whose education is supported by Amani. S/he will ensure that the education of each child supported by Amani is prioritized in their care and follow-up and that consideration is given to each child’s individual needs, interests, and abilities. S/he will be responsible for actively catalyzing the professional development of each staff member on the Education team. The Education Coordinator will put the Strategic Plan into action through creating and monitoring strategic targets and action plans with the Education staff, using participatory leadership. This person will lead Amani as one of the members of the Management Team, develop and manage the Education Programme budget, and supervise the Education staff team.

Key Responsibilities:
1. To carry out Amani’s vision on child development in its programs through developing and implementing effective policies and stimulating reflection and learning for other staff members.
2. To develop, implement and supervise the Amani MEMKWA Program.
3. To work closely together with Amani’s Social Workers to ensure that high-quality and timely educational support is given to all children in the community supported academically by Amani.
4. To supervise the activities of the Education team staff members, ensuring the professional growth and development of each member as well as the effective and cooperative functioning of the group as a whole. This includes monthly performance report discussions with each staff member, job mentoring, and facilitating team meetings.
5. To continuously monitor the situation on the ground and actively meet the educational needs of all children supported by Amani (Formal School, MEMKWA, VTC and Secondary School).
6. To manage the Education budget and supplies. The ES Coordinator is ultimately responsible for finances and administration of the ES Department and supervises that colleagues are using funds in line with Amani’s financial policies.
7. To keep complete and accurate records of students’ progress. To write detailed and thoughtful reports for Trustees and donors.
8. To work alongside of a child’s counselling leader to identify and address developmental issues and to achieve the progress goals created with the child.
9. Work in close collaboration with the others on the management team to ensure that Amani’s programs and activities are being continually developed to advance its mission and vision, and to advocate for the best interests of the individual children in Amani’s care.

- Bachelors degree or higher, preferably in the field of education.
- At least three years of management experience working in a professional NGO environment.
- Minimum of four years of classroom experience teaching children and youth.
- Comprehensive understanding of current debates concerning education in Tanzania, the national, regional, and global context and how children’s vulnerability affects their needs and performance academically.
- Demonstrable experience in team management and training.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation and strategic planning
- Project planning and management experience
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to coordinate and strategise both independently and as part of a collective decision-making process
- Observant, creative, and initiative-taking
- Ability to monitor spending strictly and follow a budget
- Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and research skills.
- Open for self-evaluations and to be active in improving own skills
- Fluency in English and Swahili (written and spoken)
- Tanzanian citizen
How to apply
Position begins in January 2010. All posts are contractual, starting with a three-month probation period and renewable depending on performance. Salary commensurate with Amani’s salary scale.

Qualified Tanzanians are invited to submit a cover letter, CV, copies of diplomas, professional references as well as salary requirements to: jobs@amanikids.org or by mail to: Human Resource Coordinator, Amani Children’s Home, P.O. Box 6515, Moshi.
Reference Code: RW_7VR9PD-68
Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Closing date for the application is 1.10.2009.
With questions contact: jobs@amanikids.org or +255 784 277 543.
Please visit our website at www.amanikids.org

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