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Programme Head, Partnerships for Public Education

Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)
Location: Uganda
Last Date: August 1, 2011, 2pm EAT
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ARK is an international charity whose purpose is to transform children’s lives. ARK maximises its impact by creating and managing innovative programmes which it rigorously researches, monitors and evaluates to ensure the work it undertakes is effective and sustainable. It works in education (UK, India, soon to be Uganda), health (Mozambique, and soon to be Zambia and Zimbabwe) and child protection (Eastern Europe).

PEAS is an education NGO which aims to “unlock the potential of Africa by delivering equal access to affordable, quality secondary education”. PEAS founds and develops, self-sustaining schools where they are needed most.

ARK and PEAS have recently partnered to deliver secondary education in Uganda in order to demonstrate and catalyse affordable quality secondary education through public-private partnerships. ARK is now seeking a Programme Head who is passionate about positively impacting children through helping to develop a growing network of quality secondary schools and using the evidence we collect to improve secondary education at a national level.

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to lead the programme for ARK and:
•Be responsible for the successful implementation of the programme, together with the Managing Director of PEAS, our partner organisation
•Provide leadership, guidance and strategic direction to the design and implementation of the programme •Build and manage stakeholder relationships with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education and Sports, international and local NGOs, bilaterals etc.
•Manage the ARK team in Uganda
•Deliver ARK reporting requirements and communications
•Look for future opportunities for ARK (once this programme has been launched and is on track)

Experience and qualifications

•Bachelor’s or Master’s degree ideally in a relevant degree
•Five years experience of research and/or monitoring and evaluation in development or with donor agencies, preferably in the education sector

To see the full programme description and the job description for the position, please go to the ARK website at  You will also find an application form, to be submitted alongside a CV (of no more than 3 pages).

The deadline for all applications is Monday 1st August, 2pm (EAT). All applications should be returned to Please include your name and the role title and in your message heading.

First-round telephone interviews will be held in the first instance on 4th and 5th August and then second round interviews will be held in person on 8th and 9th August. There is a strong preference for national candidates. An attractive local salary will be offered dependent on experience. If you have not heard from us by 3rd August, please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful.


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