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We are Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID). For the last 15 years, our work remains centered on community-driven solutions to build up our fellow refugees on a resilient path.

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Kampala, Uganda



February 14, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

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About the Organisation

How it started.
Sedrick Murhula and Kefa Mayange lived as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the urban neighborhood of Nsambya in Kampala, Uganda. After living the everyday struggle and observing the same of their peers, they decided to rise up and make a change in their community.

In 2007, YARID was founded with the hope that young refugees living in Kampala can make a great impact in their communities and live successful lives despite the challenges of being refugees. With only one soccer ball and a passion to “be the change,” Sedrick and Kefa hosted their first event uniting refugees from Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi on the soccer field in Nsambya. This is where they started discussing issues related to their lives, offering motivational speeches, and communicating hope to improve the lives of refugees in Kampala.

The soccer program grew quickly, and many refugees expressed their challenges with communicating in English. Next, Sedrick and Kefa opened free English classes in a space offered by the J.O.S Church, where hundreds of young men and women joined. YARID programs grew rapidly as community needs arose.

In 2008, Robert Hakiza, also a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, joined Sedrick and Kefa’s efforts and helped bring the vision of YARID to life. Kefa and Sedrick invited Robert to join them as a co-founder and together they built one of the first refugee-led organizations in Uganda. The team grew with committed volunteers, including local Ugandans and other refugees, who joined YARID to contribute to the mission to serve refugees.

At the end of 2009, Kefa moved to join international humanitarian responses in the DRC, Sierra Leone, and Niger to develop his expertise in the context of conflicts, natural disasters, and epidemics with a focus on protection and humanitarian response management.

In 2012, Sedrick was granted refugee resettlement and moved to the United States where he continued his career in refugee advocacy and social innovation. Sedrick remained involved with YARID overseas organizing fundraisers, sharing the story of YARID, and supporting staff and programs from afar.

Since 2012, Robert has faithfully served as the Executive Director for YARID Uganda growing the organization and expanding partnerships through research and public speaking engagements.

Today, 15 years later, YARID is one of the best-known refugee-run organizations in Uganda with 130 employees (60% Refugees and 40% Nationals and 50% men & 50% women on staff). In 2022, we directly served over 8,000 refugees across three field offices in Kampala, Kyaka II, and Palabek refugee settlements addressing access to education, sustainable livelihoods, refugee protection, and continually advocating for the rights and opportunities for refugees.

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Job Title

Assistant Education Lead job at Young African Refugees For Integral Development (YARID)

Job Description

Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) is a registered NGO based in Kampala, founded in 2007 by young Congolese refugees living in Uganda.

The mission of YARID is to empower refugees, orphans and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) around Africa to overcome the burdens of deprivation and vulnerability to become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategic plans: Contribute to the development and execution of strategic plans for the education department, focusing on programs such as Bridging and English for Adults.

  • Ensure alignment with organizational goals: Ensure that educational programs align with the broader goals of the organization and address community needs effectively.

  • Collaborate with curriculum developers: Work closely with curriculum developers to maintain and enhance the quality of educational programs.

  • Oversee planning and implementation: Take charge of planning and implementing effective educational curricula or program designs.

  • Provide guidance and support: Offer guidance and support to field teams involved in educational initiatives.

  • Monitor field activities: Regularly monitor field activities to ensure compliance with program goals and standards.

  • Analyze program data: Conduct thorough analysis of program data for comprehensive and timely reporting purposes.

  • Submit progress reports: Prepare and submit reports detailing program progress, challenges, and outcomes to the education manager and stakeholders.

  • Participate in coordination meetings: Actively participate in coordination meetings with stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration.

  • Collaborate with other departments: Work collaboratively with other departments to align educational programs with organizational goals.

  • Develop and facilitate training sessions: Develop and conduct training sessions for staff and field teams to enhance their skills and knowledge.

  • Engage with the community: Actively engage with the community, parents, and local leaders to foster positive relationships and ensure programs meet community needs and any other duty assigned to you.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree in Education from a recognized institution.

  • Proven 3 years experience in educational program management or similar role as an assistant education manager.

  • Strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills.

  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation systems.

  • Familiarity with budget management and technology integration.

  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and community engagement.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Knowledge of languages spoken by refugees such as French, Swahili, etc. will be considered an added advantage.

  • Excellent digital literacy competencies and conversant with ecommerce platforms.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to convey information effectively both in verbal and written formats.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Knowledge of urban/community development.

  • Service-oriented with good interpersonal and facilitation skills.

  • Experience in skilling sectors and with refugees is considered an added advantage.

  • Candidates with displacement experience are encouraged to apply.

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How to Apply

If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application before the 14th of February 2024. Please note that there will be a rolling review of applications, so we encourage early application. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Send your CV, application letter, LC1 letter, ID, and academic documents to with “Assistant Education Lead” in the email subject line.

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