• Location:
    Kampala Kampala Kampala Kampala
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Consultancy
  • Deadline:
    October 14, 2019
  • Languages:
    English

MEL and Data Specialist
Candidate Pack
Executive Summary
We are PEAS. We are an international education not-for-profit with the mission to ‘expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across Africa’. Our vision is for a world where all children enjoy an education that unlocks their full potential.
We build and run high quality not-for-profit secondary schools in close partnership with government in communities where there is urgent unmet demand for secondary education.
In 2008, we built and opened our first school in Uganda and now we run a school network of 28 schools in Uganda and 4 in Zambia.
The Opportunity
PEAS has achieved great things in the last 10 years, and we know we can achieve even more in the next 10 years. So as we move into the next chapter, we’re looking for MEL and Data Specialist to join us on this exciting and challenging journey as we work to make the vision a reality.
The MEL and Data Specialist role is designed to lead the analysis of data to drive support and supervision across a network of 28 schools. You will play a critical role and will be challenged to produce fast, high-quality analysis of school data, guided by the needs of school support and global teams. Unlike the traditional M&E roles in the NGO sector, this role with focus heavily on data analysis, with a small number of M&E projects where need arises.
We want an excellent data analyst, who can work as an independent team member whilst also working in collaboration and coordination across the Uganda and global teams. You will serve as the driving force for the School Information System (SiS) across the network, providing guidance, capacity building and support to schools and school support teams.
How to apply
Read through our candidate pack and if you have the skills and experience to excel in this role and are passionate about what we do and how we do it, we want to hear from you. To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking here.
The deadline for all applications is 5pm (EAT) on Monday 14th October 2019
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Who we are
We are PEAS. We are an international education not-for-profit with the mission to ‘expand access to sustainably delivered, quality secondary education across Africa’.
We build and run high quality not-for-profit secondary schools in close partnership with government in communities where there is urgent unmet demand for secondary education.
In 2008, we built and opened our first school in Uganda and now we run a school network of 28 schools in Uganda and 4 in Zambia. We are proud of what we have achieved:
 Building and running two school networks of 32 schools serving over 15,000 students;
 Helping students who start further behind than their peers to catch up by the time they leave our
schools;
 Running schools where all students feel safe and cared for;
 Keeping our fees low and working hand-in-hand with communities, so that children from some of the
poorest backgrounds attend our schools;
 Opening the first ever zero day-fee secondary school in Zambia by securing a ground-breaking
partnership with the government.
And, don’t just take our word for it.
After rigorous external studies in recent years, we know our school model works. In Uganda, PEAS students are from the poorest households and have worse primary school exam results than average. Once they enrol in a PEAS school they go on to make faster academic progress than their more privileged peers. Importantly, this is achieved at a lower cost per student than in other school types.
Watch a summary video on our external evaluations
The next chapter
We are proud of our success so far, but we believe that no matter how well we are doing, we can always do better. Our students and schools come first and we are committed to delivering the best possible results for our students, every day.
After 10 years of growth in Uganda, now is the time to take stock and make PEAS fit for the future. As a team, we have agreed what is working best in our schools, and also where we want to achieve even more. That has meant an ambitious new plan for school support, and hiring some great new roles to deliver it. We want PEAS schools to be the best in Uganda, and we are looking for passionate and ambitious individuals to join us on that mission.
PEAS has achieved great things in the last 10 years, and we know we can achieve even more in the next 10 years. So as a team, we look to the next ten years with excitement and energy to make this a reality.
Whydowedoit?
A high quality secondary education increases people’s lifetime earning potential and helps them and their children to live healthier lives, yet 264 million young people are currently out of school and the vast majority of these young people are of secondary school age. PEAS wants every young person in Sub-Saharan Africa to have the opportunity to receive a high quality secondary education that can transform their lives.
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Working at PEAS
Everyone at PEAS is united by the desire to give more students the best possible education and the best life chances. Whether we are spending school fees, external grants, or our own time, we know that every shilling, kwacha, pound or minute that we spend has to go on what matters most to achieving our mission. It is not always easy and sometimes it means sacrificing the personal benefits that other organisations pride themselves on, but it guides us to deliver the most we possibly can for our students in everything we do.
The Opportunity
Role Headlines
Role Title and Department
MEL and Data Specialist, School Network Support
Compensation
Specialist Grade-3,800,000 UGX
Location and Travel
Kampala with 10% travel
Reporting to
Head of School Network
Line Management Responsibility
None
Budget Holder Responsibility
Systems and Data Budget
Measuring impact
As an organisation and individuals, we all have key performance indicators to keep us focussed on our overall objectives. We track these throughout the year and review them annually to make sure they align with what we want to achieve. The MEL and Data Specialist’s impact will be measured against the following:
 Annual exam data analysis is turned around within: o 1 week of mocks exams release
o 3 weeks of UCE and UACE release
 Positive feedback (3.5/5) from school support team that the training and support received is high quality and sufficient to help them in their role in school support
 All data analyses are accurate and relevant interpretations are produced in an accessible format
 Successful roll-out of SiS across 28 schools
Roles and Responsibilities
Lead the annual cycle of M&E and data collection
 Assess country-level data needs; develop appropriate tools and processes to collect information
 Conduct annual cycle of data collection and analysis of school data
o Termly dashboard data
o Annual exam results analysis
o Annual enrolment analysis
o Annual demographic/equity analysis
o Annual alumni tracking
o Annual student and teacher perception survey
 Work with UK technical team to determine and implement any M&E needs across the Uganda programme
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Data management and dissemination
 Manage the school network database (securely store and organise all school data; ensure accessibility of data to relevant Uganda and global stakeholders)
 Provide relevant data on Uganda network and schools to user departments (HoS, inspections team, grant managers, UK fundraising team)
 Provide adhoc school data analysis to be used by school support teams to better understand school and student performance.
Thought leadership and strategic input
 Update and track organisational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs); ensure alignment of data collection processes with KPIs and provide regular updates to country and global team members on progress
 Serve as the go-to source of performance and impact data on the PEAS Uganda programme, including
joining and inputting into internal strategy meetings, as well as joining meetings with external parties on
an emerging, needs basis; represent PEAS’ data accurately and effectively
 Support the PEAS Uganda team to understand and make use of data in their day-to-day jobs, including
finding opportunities to proactively share information, and designing and delivering bespoke trainings to
build the capacity of staff in using data.
 Collaborate with the UK technical team on global research and M&E projects, including representing the
Uganda programme within joint projects.
Oversee the School Information Systems (SiS) at school and country level
 Drive and coordinate the roll-out of the SiS across the 28 schools
 Coordinate and deliver capacity building to school support staff and school-level focal persons on use of
the SiS
 Lead the analysis of SiS data
 Be available to support troubleshooting with the SiS
Wider impact
 Upon occasion, work with the UK Technical Team to share PEAS expertise with external organisations and/or deliver a project to support a partner organisation
Who we are looking for
No matter the role, we are looking for people who believe in what we do and how we do it; is passionate about transforming lives through education and aligned to our values.
Experience & Qualifications Essential
 Minimum 2 years’ experience in a data analyst or M&E related role
 BA or above in relevant field
 Experience working with data management systems and data-handling and processing
 Experience implementing effective practice in Monitoring and Evaluation Desired
 Experience working in the education sector
 Experience working at a strategic level to support decision-making

Skills & Personal Attributes:
 Excellent data-handling and processing skills, including ability to work with excel and statistical packages
 Able to present data analysis in concise and compelling formats
 Highly numerate analyst, who is able to draw insight from multiple sources
 Strong attention to detail
 Ability to work independently and under pressure
 Flexibility and ability to adapt priorities in response to emerging team needs
 Systems literate
 Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills; proficient in MS Word and PowerPoint.
Our values
PEAS is highly committed to keeping children safe from harm and preventing corruption. We therefore take our responsibility to promote safe recruitment practices very seriously, including conducting appropriate reference and background checks. We also operate a zero-tolerance approach to any PEAS employees who breach our Safeguarding and Anti-Corruption Policies, which all employees are required to sign upon induction.
PEAS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its recruitment practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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