PURPOSE OF POSITION:
WV International Lao PDR is in the final progress of getting approval from Japan Government of a grant to implement iREAD (Improved Reading, Environment and Advancement in school for children) in Thapangthong district, Svannakhet province. The project will implement Unlocking Literacy (UL), an evidence-based approach that aims to improve teaching methods for classroom reading and to engage students, families and communities in reading activities outside of school. UL brings a holistic approach that works with teachers, parents and community members to create a supportive literacy environment that can sustain reading improvements for children – both in and out of school. The activities are built around promoting the five core reading skills that research shows are central to learning to read: letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This model has a strong assessment component, its baseline serves not only for endline comparisons but also diagnostically, for informing and modifying the design of the intervention.
Fit for School: The model focuses on providing training and support for teachers to implement a daily hand-washing and tooth-brushing activity with students. Hand-washing stations (called Washalots) are installed in each school (with the number of stations depending on the number of students at the school) to support these daily hygiene activities.
School Sanitation and Hygiene Triggering (SHT): The School Sanitation & Hygiene Triggering basic method is activity-based and child-center model which includes games, exercises, theory and interaction between children. The messages deal with improved school sanitation, disposal of human excreta and other personal hygiene issues, with the expectation that the learning will be spread by the children to their homes and communities.
The Education Coordinator (EC) will responsible for implementation of activities in the target villages assigned to them. The EC will work to engage with school staff, caregivers, community leaders, VEDC, and communities to implement the Unlocking Literacy activities of the Project. The EC will spend large portions of their time working in the target villages. Responsibilities of this position will include:
Lead implementation of the project activities at field level.
Engaging with DESB, teachers, VEDC, parents and community to actively participate in project activities.
Follow up and support to teacher after training to apply new teach techniques in their class rooms.
Supporting community volunteers to implement community engagement and support learning for children outside school.
Major Responsibilities of Job:
Strengthen Evidence Based Programs:
Assist the Deputy Project Manager to ensure that any education program or project designs are aligned with WVL strategic priorities.
Promote action learning across the country programme through regular meetings and reflection.
Assist Deputy Project Manager to develop technical guidelines, programming models, methodologies, implementation and monitoring tools.
Provide updated information and data about the project indicators M&E, DPM
Develop evidence-based data based relevant to Education that can be used by Grant Acquisition team for proposal development and grant acquisition.
Provision of Technical Support to the project and Government Counterparts:
In collaboration with DPM provide technical support to TDF which includes support from the design stage upto the implementation stage to ensure the activities contribute to organization’s goal.
Develop and share the monitoring plan (including schedule to visit) with the DPM and PM. The monitoring plan will serve as an evidence of support giving to the ADPs.
Travel the target locations according to the agreed schedule. Submit trip report at the end of each visit.
Perform technical review and endorse of project activities and outputs in the DIPs and ensure that proposed activities
Orient, train, coach and support TDF to understand the project logic. Equip the TDF with adequate Activity Guideline and Monitoring Tool.
Support projects and Government Counterparts to strengthen assessment, design and implementation of livelihood interventions through trainings, awareness raising, communications, etc.
Assist DPM by facilitating education planning at community level. This includes assistance with developing, adapting and field testing research tools.
Provide technical sector assistance with the design and the implementation of assessments, baseline and end line surveys.
Collaboration and Coordination
Quarterly coordination meeting with the provincial and district technical counterpart to build rapport and solve issues on the ground.
Actively participate in the regular meeting with the Operations Department and with other technical managers to discuss cross-cutting theme like Gender, CPP, and Community Engagement in the sector activities.
Work closely with M&E Coordinator to run an effective monitoring system in the respective sector, analyze the data and suggest changes when the need be.
Participate and provide meaningful input to new proposal for grant acquisition.
Provide technical input / support to relevant Grant funded project (when requested by PQD Director or Management Team)
EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Bachelor’s degree (Education,Development Studies, or similar field)
At least a University degree and 3 years experience in community development with a focus on education.
Technical training in education sector
Knowledge of development work, including program logic, theory of change, and community empowerment
Demonstrated knowledge on 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 TDFs
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
Experience supporting livelihoods activities in NGO context
Interested candidates are invited to submit a COVER LETTER and CV to the address below. Please indicate the POSITION TITLE. Deadline for application is 23 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]