Education and Impact Intern

About PEAS:

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.

For the last ten years, PEAS has built and operated quality secondary schools in under-served communities in Uganda and Zambia. We now have a network of 32 schools across Uganda and Zambia educating over 14,000 marginalised students. PEAS has strong evidence from a number of external studies showing that our schools in Uganda are more equitable, better quality and more cost-effective than comparison private and government schools.

PEAS has achieved great things in the last 10 years, and we want to achieve even more in the next 10 years. We are proud of what we have already achieved, but we are ambitious for our schools and students. We now want to make PEAS schools some of the best in Uganda and Zambia. At the same time, we also want to support the wider education systems in the places where we’re working and globally by sharing our evidence and know-how.

About this Role:

The Education and Impact Internship is an exciting 6-month role within the UK Technical Team, with the possibility of extension. PEAS Technical Team interns have gone on to a variety of exciting careers, working at the Behavioural Insights Team, the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) and becoming permanent members of the PEAS team.

A previous Technical Team intern shares their experience:  “Being an intern with PEAS is an amazing opportunity to develop skills and gain insight into education systems in Uganda and Zambia. You will be given a high level of responsibility and exposure to diverse areas of work. It’s also a chance to work with an incredibly positive and committed team across three countries!”

Internship projects will include working with leads in Uganda, Zambia and the UK to develop education initiatives that ensure PEAS students receive the highest quality education, and helping to develop tools and content that will support students within our school networks, and have the potential to benefit students in the wider education systems that we work in.

The PEAS Technical Team is a small team of experts who work to continually strengthen PEAS’ impact across our network of schools and beyond.

Work on the team is varied and exciting. The Technical Team:

  • Provides technical education and monitoring and evaluation advice and support to our country programmes in Uganda and Zambia.
  • Designs and runs internal and external research projects to make sure we are learning as much as possible about how best to improve the quality of education in our schools.
  • Establishes collaborative partnerships with the Ugandan and Zambian governments and other organisations to impact as many young people as possible.
  • Proactively share our evidence and know-how with our partners and the international education community.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work at the heart of an award-winning education organisation. They will need to be a quick learner, highly organised, and adept at working flexibly to support evolving team and organisational needs. Strong written and verbal communication are essential, as well as enthusiasm for working with multi-national teams.

Purpose and responsibilities of the role:

Education support to country teams (50%)

Provide high quality support to education teams in Uganda and Zambia to deliver on education quality goals. This will involve supporting programme leads in Uganda and Zambia and the Education and Partnership Lead to:

  • Develop training for school staff and school support staff, as well as school-level education tools and content (for example, tools and content to support literacy and numeracy programmes)
  • Design projects to address priority areas of improvement by conducting and sharing relevant research from across the sector.

Support the delivery of PEAS partnerships strategy (Co-Impact) (20%)

Support the delivery of Co-Impact (collaborative projects with partners to share PEAS know-how) projects by:

  • Supporting the development of training and communication material for external partners about PEAS Co-Impact projects
  • Supporting the development of tools used to implement PEAS Co-Impact projects in collaboration with PEAS colleagues and external partners.

Provide ad hoc support to the wider PEAS Technical Team (30%)

Support members across the PEAS Technical Team on an ad hoc basis, specifically in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, strategic projects, and business development.

  • Provide support to PEAS Impact Lead to analyse and share PEAS internal data and evidence.
  • Provide support to funding proposals and reports
  • Undertake and share research on best practice in the wider sector to inform strategic decisions

Person Specification:

We are open to the type of person who might be suitable for this role and are not fixed on a set amount of experience required. You could be a graduate, or someone who is looking to change careers and gain experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Minimum requirements and essential skills:

  • At least a Bachelors Degree
  • Experience or knowledge of the education sector
  • Strong English written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint and Excel
  • Adaptability to manage a varied & evolving workload
  • Flexibility to work with colleagues in different, often international locations
  • Able to synthesise secondary research
  • Concise and engaging writing ability for technical audiences
  • Passion for international education

Ideally, applicants will also be:

  • Knowledgeable about, or have experience volunteering or working in, a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Great with numbers: able to analyse quantitative data and pull out key findings, with good attention to detail

Terms and conditions

Location:  Office based in London, Kampala or Ndola, or remote but based in the UK, Uganda or Zambia. Must have the right to work in one of these three countries.

Compensation:  Dependent on location as follows:

  • UK – London Living Wage
  • Uganda & Zambia – remuneration will be at level for equivalent roles

Reports to:  Education and Partnerships Lead

Hours : Full-time (part-time considered for exceptional candidates)

Length : 6 months initially with the possibility of a further 6-month extension

How to apply

  • Please complete this  application form
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed and only qualified candidates will be shortlisted and contacted.
  • Closing date for applications is  22 January.
  • Please note; we are keenly looking for someone to join our team so will be reviewing applications on a case-by-case basis and shortlisted applicants may be invited in earlier than the closing date for interviews. We encourage you to apply ahead of the closing date, if you are able.
  • 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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