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Education Technical Advisor

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Technical Advisor for Education will be a lead technical advisor for the Australian Government-funded “Together for Education” project, providing overall technical leadership to World Vision and consortium partners.

The Technical Advisor will be responsible to establish and maintain project technical standards and quality assurance mechanisms, deliver training and other capacity building to staff, liaise with counterparts and partners at the technical level, and provide technical input to guide effective planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and learning.

The Technical Advisor is expected to be highly skilled at designing, implementing, and tracking multiple kinds of educational activities, including but not limited to: teacher training; material development; community outreach; host country capacity building; and student assessments.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop the overall framework for grant EDUCATION in accordance to the design document and donor requirements.

  • Identify the core information needs of grant management, partners, and funding agencies; Participate in development of the annual work plan and budget, ensuring alignment with technical strategy.

  • Contribute substantial information and analyses to interdepartmental working groups on the education sector.

  • Conduct readiness assessment: the incentives at the system level, the beneficiaries and existing capacity.

  • Give technical lead on the development, processing and administration of the grant projects in the education.

  • Provide technical leadership and integrate Grant Education policies and guidelines in the design and implementation of education projects.

  • Identify the requirement for collecting baseline data, prepare terms-of-reference for and arrange the conduct of a baseline survey, as required.

  • Oversee and execute EDUCATION activities with particular focus on results and impacts as well as in lesson learnt.

  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of EDUCATION and to identify where adaptations might be needed.

  • Clarify and/or facilitate process for the technical evaluation of the Grant project’s implementation process and progress.

  • Identify the need and draw up the ToRs for specific studies; Recruit, guide and supervise consultants or organizations that are contracted to implement special surveys and studies required for evaluating grant effects and impacts.

  • Perform regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by Programs and to verify the accuracy of reported data.

  • Guide staff and executing partners in preparing their progress reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure their timely submission. This includes quarterly progress reports, annual project reports, inception reports, and ad-hoc technical reports.

  • Prepare consolidation progress reports for grant management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in the project implementation, and providing specific recommendations.

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management systems and propose solutions to improve knowledge management activities.

  • Draft tools and their revisions as well as data collection procedures (eg. logical framework, project performance tracking, indicators, data flow chart, EDUCATION manuals).

  • Design and implement a system to identify, analyze, document and disseminate lessons learned.

  • Monitor the follow up on evaluation recommendations.

  • Support project/program staff on ways to properly document, organize and capture program progress.

  • Facilitate, act as resource person, and join, if required any technical supervision and evaluation initiatives.

  • Organize (and provide) refresher training in EDUCATION for grants staff, implementing partners, local organizations and primary stakeholders with view of strengthening local EDUCATION capacity.

  • Network with external and WV internal partners to promote learning and achieve EDUCATION excellence.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s) in education or closely-related field from an internationally recognised university, or equivalent experience.

  • Strong knowledge in literacy and learning; specific experience in one or more of the areas of materials development, teacher education and/or language and literacy policy reform is desired.

  • Strong analytical skills required.

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English are also required.

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the successful development and implementation of literacy and/or community education/early learning programs; including at least 3 years of experience providing technical leadership for large, complex grant-funded projects involving multiple partners in developing countries.

  • Experience with programming to address gender and protection concerns and programming for very young children and adolescents/youth required.

  • Proven experience in mentorship and staff capacity building.

  • Fluency in English is required.

Preferred:

  • Professional working proficiency in Tok Pisin is viewed as an asset.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience living or working in a developing country is desirable; experience living or working in a Pacific island nation is preferred.

  • Experience providing direct instruction for elementary- or primary-school-aged children.

  • Experience leading capacity building initiatives and/or developing adult education materials for low-literacy audiences.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Regular travel to field offices and communities in Central, Madang, and Morobe Provinces required 25%.

  • Willingness to work in insecure environments.