PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The Education and ECD Specialist is a leader who supports WV Lao PDR’s strategic goal to bring change in the lives of children in Laos, particularly to increase the number of children who are well educated. This role has a strong focus on strengthening WVL’s evidence based education programming and ensuring that education and early child development (ECD) interventions are in line with WV partnership and humanitarian industry global standards. This role has to provide technical support to Grants and APs which are part of the technical program (Unlock Literacy, Go Baby Go and WASH in School Models) implementation process including training the AP teams on implementing TP (Project Models activities, ensure that the frontline workers are fully trained to deliver the TP outcomes, closely monitor the activities to ensure its quality and effectiveness at community level, network with the respective departments at the Province and District level, support the team in drafting concept papers and proposals for fund raising purposes, conduct need based studies to showcase the relevance of the program. Specific responsibilities include the following:
Building the skill set of AP team.
Technical execution of Education Technical Programme (Unlock Literacy &WASH) and Early Child Development (GBG)
Provide hand holding support, monitoring and report.
Partnering, positioning and advocacy efforts at the block, district level.
Concepts for enabling resource mobilization.
Enhance the skills and potentials of the AP team
Build the capacity of the AP staff on the implementation of certain models and approaches recommended by Education TP (UL&WASH).
Enhance the knowledge and skills of the frontline workers and volunteers in the community on Education (UL&WASH).
Technical execution, hand holding support, monitoring and reporting:
Support the Grants and APs in developing the Annual plan and the LEAP budget template with proper planning and sequencing the activities.
Periodically visit the Grants and APs and ensure that the programs implemented by the AP/Grant are technically appropriate.
Ensure that the AP/Grants are able to have evidence base for all the programs.
Review the existing monitoring tools during the field visits/ joint morning visits and redesign as per the need.
Provide technical sector assistance with the design and the implementation of assessments, baseline and end line surveys.
Support Education and ECD TPCs and Government Counterparts to strengthen assessment, design and implementation of education interventions through trainings, awareness raising, communications, etc.
Develop and deliver curriculum (ToT) training to TPCs/Government counterpart staff to enable staff to deliver accountable, evidence based, quality ministry that brings sustained improvements to well-being of children.
Track the financial utilization of the AP against the activities planned and ensure timely completion of all the activities.
Periodically attend the review meetings at the AP/Province/NO and share the progress of Education TP (UL&WASH) at the respective Grants and APs.
Ensure that lessons learnt from our implementation are periodically shared within the team and at the district level.
Timely feedback on micro project proposal, Monthly Progress report of Grants and APs, TP reports and ensure the recommendations are followed up.
Make a joint visit twice to thrice in a year with Province team.
Partnership, Positioning and Advocacy:
Develop the linkages with the block/district level officials and have working agreements in place to implement our programs in all the Grants and APs.
Identify potential partners to work together and scale up certain initiatives.
Co-lead/facilitate district/level networks and advocacy campaigns related to the TP.
Assist in ensuring that the voices of children are heard in WVL’s programming and that children are involved in decisions on AP activities that affect their lives especially Most Vulnerable Children (MVC).
Strengthen disability inclusion in Education and ECD programs
Formation of consortiums at the Province level with the support of the TPM.
Position the organization by representation in such networks and actively contributing and sharing about our programs.
Conduct research studies and publish papers.
Promote action learning across the country program through regular Education and ECD Sector Working Group meetings, other meeting related and training of others to take leadership of structured reflection in the provinces.
Develop concept notes/proposals and extend technical support to the projects which are awarded.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Bachelor’s degree (Education, Development Studies or similar field)
At least 3 years’ experience in community development with a focus on education.
Experience supporting education activities in NGO context
Minimum of four years in demonstrated competency in providing management level support
Technical training in education sector, with focus on primary education preferred
Knowledge of development work, including program logic, theory of change, and community empowerment
Demonstrated knowledge on education, particularly as it relates to primary education
Good understanding of Lao Government policies, laws, and institutions and ability to work together with various stakeholders
Ability to identify and plan work strategically and to work to deadlines
Project management knowledge and skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Lao
Ability to train others, ability to provide technical guidance and support to AP staff
Possess strong organizational, computer, and writing skills
Ability to function efficiently and effectively with little day-to-day supervision
Willingness to travel to the provinces and districts on a frequent basis
Interested candidates are invited to submit a COVER LETTER and CV to the address below. Please indicate the POSITION TITLE. Deadline for application is 20 October 2019, however applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position will close early if a suitable candidate is found.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Mail: People and Culture Department
P.O. Box 312 Vientiane 01005
Email: [email protected]