Experiments Officer

at Educate!
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted January 14, 2020
Category Business Operations
Currency UGX


Experiments Officer - (Out of School Youth - OosY)
at Educate! (View all jobs)

We are looking for enthusiastic, self-driven, organised individuals with great interpersonal and communication skills to fill the Experiments Officer position in the Out of School Youth (OosY) Program. They shall be responsible for the following functions: Coordination & Implementation of Experiments With the support of the Program Manager ensure experiments implemented are well aligned to program plans and strategies, coordinating with the program training team for implementation ensuring the team understands the key hypothesis/ assumptions to be tested, that the right data collection tools are made available to the team and are used, and data is collected and analysed to inform product development. Support the development of experiments reports. Quality Assurance and Reporting Collaborate with the Training Officer and Program Manager to determine quality assurance strategies and questions, and support the monitoring of quality program delivery identifying successes and gaps for future improvement. Support the development of reports on program quality. Networking & Learning Complete required designer trainings and certifications (relevant sections of Design Academy). Learning from local field staff, experimentation, and referencing international research. The OosY Program’s focus is to serve the lowest income and most vulnerable segment of out-of-school youth by exploring the creation of an alternative or multiple alternative learning experience to academic secondary. You’ll be joining a motivated, passionate, overachieving team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and intensively impact millions of youth each year.

About Educate!

Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy.

We tackle youth unemployment by reforming what schools teach and how they teach it, so that students in Africa have the skills to start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems.

In 2020, we’re working in 175 secondary schools in Rwanda, 60 pilot schools in Kenya, and over 750 schools in Uganda reaching over 42,000 students intensively and 530,000 more broadly. Our model was proven to have massive impact in a randomized controlled trial. Graduates earned DOUBLE the income of a control group and had a 64% increase in business creation. Our graduates change their lives and their communities, such as Lillian Aero who employs over 100 AIDS-affected women.

In 2012, Educate! partnered with Uganda’s government to integrate curriculum and a student business club structure into Uganda's entrepreneurship course nationally, and in 2015, we served as a technical advisor to Rwanda on its secondary education reform.

Educate!’s team includes nearly 200 staff and almost 300 volunteer youth mentors. We have been backed by top foundations such as MasterCard, Big Bang Philanthropy, Mulago, Echoing Green, Ashoka and Global Innovation Fund. Educate! won the 2015 WISE Awards, and was featured by Bill Gates, an Al Jazeera documentary, Forbes 30 under 30, Clinton Global Initiative and The Brookings Institution as one of 14 case studies in their global scaling education learning initiative.

Educate!'s vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.

Performance Objectives:
Coordination and Implementation of Experiments (60%):

Ensure you have and remain up to date on planned experiments, their purpose and relevance to the program strategy
Support the Program Manager to coordinate the operational aspects of running experiments, including:
identification and mobilization of sample participants
Proactively engaging all relevant team members in the development of research questions and data collection tools
Budgeting and allocation of resources for experiments
Planning for training of program team members on upcoming experiments
Ensure the program team is informed of upcoming experiments including communication of their roles and responsibilities in implementation
Support the development of data collection tools

Ensure planned experiments are implemented and run smoothly with all the participating stakeholders kept informed on any updates and changes
Support training of program staff on the purpose of experiments and understanding of data collection tools
Ensure all data collection tools:
are available to the implementing team in a timely manner,
Are familiar to the team through training sessions on their purpose and use
Are filled as required during experiment implementation, and
Are collected on schedule
Ensure data collected is shared for analysis with insights drawn shared with the product design and implementation teams
Support the Program Manager to ensure field activities including data collection are meeting the objectives of the experiment
Quality Assurance and Reporting (30%)


Knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation is a plus.
Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here.

Experience Requirements

1-2 years experience in a high paced fast-moving organization.
Experience in program management and design
Experience working in the field of education in Uganda preferred.
Experience in Training or facilitation skills; coordination of several activities and exceptional planning and organizational skills

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field with a minimum of three (3) years professional.