Head Teacher Needed for Ibba Girls Boarding School (IGBS), South Sudan



Dates: Apply by letter, with CV and referees by Dec 7 2014

Job start: As soon as possible from Feb 2015 onwards

Location: Ibba County, Western Equatoria State, South Sudan

Contract type: Full Time residential 

Contract term: Three years in the first instance, following satisfactory probation.


The Challenge - and the Opportunity of a Lifetime 

We are looking for a qualified, committed, inspired and inspiring Head Teacher to help lead, develop and manage the new Ibba Girls Boarding School (IGBS), in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan, from Year 2 onwards - to build on the excellent foundations laid in Year 1 by our Australian volunteers, Paula and Jamie Sgherza, who have been working closely with Betty, Yoane, Nama, Agnes and the rest of the  IGBS team to get the school up and running since its opening in March 2014.

Paula and Betty who have been acting as co-heads in Year 1 will both be leaving Ibba at the end of this successful first year.  The Trustees and Governors have decided to change the structure from two co-heads to a single post of Head Teacher, and to search worldwide to find the best possible person to take on this exciting role and responsibility to lead IGBS forward over the next phase of its development.   

The School

IGBS’ long term aim is to provide high quality residential education for 360 girls aged 10 to 18 plus (from  Primary Level 4 through to Senior Level 4) from across the whole of Western Equatoria State, and to empower young women with the values, knowledge and skills for leadership in their local communities and in this newest African nation.

IGBS opened to its first 40 ten year old girls in March 2014. An additional intake of 40 girls will start in February 2015, and again in each year for the next 8 years, until the target of 360 students is reached in Feb 2022.

IGBS aims to provide high quality education rooted in Christian values, but open and welcoming to people of all faiths and none.

The Head Teacher

The UK and South Sudan Trustees and Governors for IGBS ideally would like to find an outstanding Head Teacher from South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya or rest of Africa, or from the Diaspora. However, we are also keen to search internationally (including the UK) to find the best possible candidate for this very important job, which aims to combine the best of African and Western approaches to education.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to make a practical difference to the education and life chances of girls in South Sudan, the majority of whom get no schooling beyond the age of 10 - because of traditional and family pressures to help with domestic labour (cooking, fetching water and fire wood) and looking after younger children – and then early pregnancy and marriage (often as young as 14 years).    

Expressions of interest in this post are therefore invited by Dec 7 from trained teachers of whatever age or background or country of origin.  We are willing to offer a highly competitive salary, food, vehicle, and residential accommodation at the school which has solar powered electricity, running water and satellite internet, However a clear vocation and personal calling to serve and improve girls education in South Sudan are even more important.

The person appointed must be committed to the Christian vision and values which led the Founders and Trustees to set up the school, and to the guiding principles outlined in the job description.  Above all the Head Teacher must be able to lead and manage the school in a way which models and inspires high standards of teaching, a love of learning, a sense of safety and security, and a culture of caring for each other and for the wider community. We need a person (whatever their age, background or experience) who can combine positive energy, clear leadership and warm inter-personal skills with a firm commitment to achieving the highest standards of teaching, learning and behaviour throughout the school.

Further details, together with a film and news about the school are available from our website.

Expressions of interest with CV and referees, to be sent by Dec 7 to John Benington J.Benington@warwick.ac.uk (Chair of Trustees, Friends of Ibba Girls School); Hon Pia Philip Michael piaphilip2@yahoo.com (Vice Chair of the South Sudan Trustees for Friends of Ibba Girls School); Commissioner Nagomoro Bridget nagosb@yahoo.com (Chair of IGBS Board of Governors)

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