Child of Hope

 

Background

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Child of Hope is situated in Namatala slum of some 25,000 people in Eastern Uganda. The population largely consists of  survivors from the conflict in Northern Uganda. Child of Hope principally runs a purpose-built nursery and primary school in Namatala, but also provides other support to this slum community, particularly focusing on the needs of vulnerable children.

Their activities include:

  • running a nursery and primary school for 300 children- expanding to support 600 children soon;
  • providing free healthcare for supported children at their school;
  • provision of basic supplies such as soap, blankets and mosquito nets to needy families;
  • teaching programmes on health issues for the wider community;
  • regular home visits to families of supported children, to offer free services such as family planning, numeracy/literacy training, social care, sanitation, road safety, and malaria prevention;
  • building pit latrines to improve sanitation in the surrounding community;
  • training parents in the community to start their own businesses.

Project Description-1

Through years of fundraising and hard work, Child of Hope has grown into a large, newly built school with all basic amenities set within a secure compound. Although well established, Child of Hope constantly strive to deliver the best they can for the community which, when working with limited resources and being reliant on donor funding, is a challenge. The focus of this project is to review and improve current systems, with particular attention to management and staff performance (many of the staff are teachers). Activity may include:

  • Review management systems
  • Review/develop performance management procedures
  • Conduct training needs analysis across the organisation
  • Review current organisation wide systems and policies
  • Provide training to staff, including teachers, to drive up standards or consider options for doing so if no direct teaching experience in areas such as entrepreneurial/small-business skills

The person apply for this opportunity may have some or all of the following skills:

  •   A background in education/teaching would be desirable for this placement though not essential
  •   Leadership experience
  •   Experience of managing a large team/organisation
  •   Performance management experience
  •   Strategic planning
  •   Teaching/Training, coaching and mentoringWe will consider applications from individuals who feel they have transferable skills that could be applied to this role.

Project Description-2

Child of Hope is a relatively large organisation employing 60 staff and undertaking a variety of different activities linked to improving the lives of people in Namatala. Many of these projects could benefit from support and expertise from Wales, examples of these projects include:

  • Review of systems for analysing short/long term impact of activities across the school, essential for fundraising.
  • Improvements to data collection including the use of IT packages and software out in the field.
  • Scoping of possible environment focused projects for the school to enhance education and improve livelihoods including allotments, zero grazing cattle, etc.

Child of Hope has a longer term ambition of building a Secondary school in Mbale.

The person applying for this opportunity may have some or all of the following skills:

  •   Leadership experience
  •   Experience of managing a large team/organisation
  •   Project management experience
  •   Advanced IT skills
  •   Strategic planning
  •   Community engagement
  •   Communication Skills

We will consider applications from individuals who feel they have transferable skills that could be applied to this role.