The PEAS Education Specialist Fellowship Programme

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In Sub-Saharan Africa the majority of young people do not have access to an affordable, quality secondary education. PEAS is an innovative social enterprise working to address the urgent need for expanded access to quality secondary schooling in Uganda and Zambia

PEAS runs one of the fastest growing networks of secondary schools in Africa, with 28 schools in Uganda and 2 in Zambia. We expand access to education while also ensuring young people leave our schools with better than expected outcomes. We are passionate about providing quality education and some of the highest performing schools in Uganda are now PEAS schools.

If you are interested in helping improve the life chances of children from low-income families in Uganda and Zambia then this programme is the place for you.

PEAS’ Education Specialist programme is an exciting placement that exposes top talent from the global education sector to a high-performing education development organisation. We offer educationists the opportunity to both bring their expertise to our education teams, and learn from the expertise of our education experts.

Programme details

  • 1-year placement based in Uganda
  • Hands-on experience working in a high impact role for a cutting-edge education development organisation
  • 1 induction week with PEAS in the UK
  • An individual mentor on the global team
  • Compensation includes:
    • Stipend for the duration of the placement  
    • Housing is provided
    • Flight to and from your placement  
    • Any costs associated with filing for a visa
    • Vaccinations
    • Travel insurance

Main objective of role

PEAS education teams are the source of technical expertise at PEAS. PEAS Education Specialists will work with PEAS Uganda education team to provide technical assistance to PEAS delivery teams. PEAS’ delivers interventions across a range of technical area. These are summarised in the table below.  Specific responsibilities will depend on the experience and interests of each Education Specialist.

Technical area


Leadership development

Developing autonomous and accountable school leadership.


Leadership development opportunities are provided to school leaders throughout the year. These include training opportunities, peer-to-peer exchanges and mentorship.

Teacher training

Improving student achievement through high quality teaching.


Teacher training is delivered through regional or central workshops and in-service school-based sessions.

Curriculum development

Delivering a balanced and well-rounded curriculum in schools.


Teachers deliver Life Skills and Literacy programmes as well as the national curriculum. The Life Skills programme helps ensure that students are equipped with critical life skills and knowledge in order to define and lead a fulfilling and socially responsible life. The literacy programme in Uganda has been designed to both directly improve literacy skills and also help students to apply these skills to other academic subjects.

Child protection


Ensuring that all children are safe from harm and that their rights are fully realised.


PEAS schools are responsible for promoting child-safe practices and protecting children from harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation in any form.

Community engagement and school governance

Working with families and communities to create a local environment where young people are supported to enrol, attend, complete and succeed at school.


PEAS schools conduct community engagement activities in order to generate support for education and encourage active participation from local stakeholders. Community engagement activities include holding community meetings to build awareness of particular issues, setting up and collaborating with school governing bodies and visiting local primary schools.


Location and travel

  • Education Specialists will be based in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Education Specialists will be expected to travel within Uganda to visit PEAS schools and regional offices.


Programme timing

  • The programme will start in September and run for 12 months, however we can be flexible for the right candidate to start sooner.
  • Extension of the programme beyond 12 months can be explored on a case by case basis


Person specification


  • Degree or equivalent, preferable in education studies
  • Teaching qualification
  • Experience supporting improvements in educational outcomes at classroom and school level
  • Comfortable working in an entrepreneurial environment - resilient, flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Sensitive and thoughtful communicator


  • Qualified teacher status
  • Master’s degree in education, international development or a related field
  • Experience working in international teams
  • Project management experience


Closing Date:

The fellowships closing date is Monday 03rd April 2017 at 1700hrs.

When will I be contacted about my application:

Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis and successful candidates will be offered an interview immediately.

We would love to be able to contact every candidate to inform them whether they have been shortlisted or not as we do appreciate the amount of effort that goes into making an application. However, due to the sheer volume of applications that we receive it is not feasible.

As such, we only contact shortlisted candidates. If you have made an application and have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.  

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter specifying how you meet the person specification, why you would like to volunteer with PEAS and send complete with an up to date CV to

Please include all portions of your application in one attached document as a PDF document, and use PEAS Education Specialist Fellowship as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

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.

PEAS has a strict child protection policy. All staff and volunteers are expected to abide by this.

PEAS kindly requests for no contact from agencies.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss the role further, please call 0203 096 7700.