Project Officer – Education (Maternity cover temporary 2 positions)


Job Title: Project Officer – Education (Maternity cover temporary 2 positions)

Reporting to: Project Manager or Project Coordinator

Location: West Nile (Rhino Camp)

Purpose of the position

ZOA is looking for 2 Project Officers (maternity cover) for 2 education projects being implemented in Rhino Camp and Imvepi refugee settlement.

One position is for August and September (2 months)

One position is for August – October (3 months)

ZOA may also consider applicants for additional roles or extend contracts beyond this time


The Project Officer carries out day to day implementation of the project, in coordination with other project team members, and staff of other education projects, including:

  • Implementation of activities in schools and communities, according to the agreed activity plans;
  • Delivery of community engagement and mobilization strategies aimed at increasing community understanding/buy in, participation and contribution to ensure project sustainability and ownership;
  • Supporting Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) activities, including gathering and recording feedback from project beneficiaries and other stakeholders;

Place in organization

The Project Officer – Education is supervised by the Project Manager (or Project Coordinator), and closely coordinates with the MEAL Officer, as well as ZOA staff working on other education projects in West Nile. The PO may be responsible for coordinating and supervising volunteers at field level.

Responsibilities and main activities


  • Implement project activities in line with the project proposal and agreed activity plans
  • Support community volunteers in day to day implementation;
  • Account in a timely way for executed project activities in line with and according to relevant ZOA policies and guidelines;
  • Ensure project outputs are consistent with project proposals, log frames and in line with quality standards and country policies;
  • Oversee and ensure implementation is in line with standards and policies of both ZOA and government of Uganda;
  • Any other duty as assigned by the supervisor in line with the project.


  • Provide inputs to implementation plans and activity/monthly reports;
  • Identify, document lessons learned and best practices;
  • Prepare and submit well written success stories;
  • Contribute to project reports or implementation plans as required by supervisor;
  • Collect monitoring data according to ZOA’s systems and activities in the project;
  • Actively participate in (technical) working groups and coordination meetings

Characteristics of Role

The PO Education will be based at Rhino Camp in West Nile region. Regular field visits to the project locations/schools supported will take place.

Regular visits to the ZOA office in Arua are anticipated, which may necessitate overnight stays in Arua. Visits to other locations may also be requested for coordination, training and learning.

The role is 1.0 FTE (40 hrs/ week). Working hours are outlined in the ZOA Uganda Conditions of Service. Some flexibility on working hours may be required, e.g. for travel at weekends, or during reporting times.


Knowledge & Experience:

  • Degree in Education, Development Studies or other related relevant field;
  • At least 2 years of successful experience in a similar position implementing related projects;
  • Working experience in a humanitarian setting is an added advantage;
  • Experience in supporting Early Grade Reading or Phonics approaches is an advantage;
  • Good facilitation skills, e.g. being able to host a community meeting or training group;
  • Understanding of the local context, culture, and language(s);
  • Excellent spoken and written command of English.


  • Good communication, writing and facilitation skills;
  • Innovative, creative and enthusiastic;
  • Good computer skills: Ms Excel and Ms Word;
  • Self-motivator, able to work with limited supervision;
  • Ability to drive a motorcycle with valid driving/riding license class “A’’. This will be checked with a practical test during the interview process


  • High level of personal integrity
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Motivated to work independently / self-managing
  • Commitment to ZOA’s mission, vision and values (see

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via:

CV’s of no more than 2 pages in length and a Cover Letter of 1 page are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. It is our aim to inform all other candidates of their status in the recruitment process within 4 weeks after the vacancy has closed. An assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered.

Noting that Closing date is 18-Jul-22