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Literacy Specialist

Job Description

Job Opportunity

Literacy Specialist

World Vision International (Rwanda) is a child focused Christian humanitarian organization implementing development programs in 15 Districts of Rwanda.

World Vision seeks to hire a highly qualified, dedicated and experienced national for the position of Literacy Specialist. This position will be based at the Head office,in Kigali and reporting to theDeputy Chief of Party

Purpose of the position:

This position will report to the Deputy Chief of Party-Food For Education Program with a matrix reporting relationship to the Technical Education Manager, World Vision Rwanda.

The Literacy Specialist will lead the development and review of literacy teaching and learning materials for the Rwanda Food for Education project. The Specialist will lead engagement with external agencies to ensure robust collaboration with other agencies working in the area of childrens literacy in Rwanda, and to avoid duplication of work. Finally, the literacy specialist will identify literacy consultancy needs, manage said consultancies, and review deliverables.

The major responsibilities:

Lead development and review of literacy teaching and learning materials

  • Lead the revision/development and contextualization of project-appropriate teacher training content in reading for grades 1-3. Lead the development of reading instruction content for teachers for grades 4-6.

  • Coordinate development and procurement of supplementary reading materials for children with Rwanda Education Board, integrating other sectors as appropriate, and coordinating with external actors as needed

  • Ensure that reading materials are selected based on the results from a baseline assessment on reading skills in the target population of children.

  • Lead the contextualization of community action content and materials for training of communities.

  • Adapt other existing training materials in collaboration with MINEDUC and other key early grade reading stakeholders based on a review of materials available in schools to ensure gaps are filled and to eliminate duplication.

Review of Work Plans and Consultancy Needs:

  • Provide technical review and feedback on feasibility of proposed work plans; provide adjustments and recommendations as needed.

  • Identify consultancy needs for literacy activities to ensure targets are met on time; manage consultancies and review technical deliverables in consultation with identified WVUS and GC colleagues.

Partnership Engagement:

  • Engage with strategic partners, including MINEDUC, REB, and other education departments ministries (in coordination with the NO Education Advisor), key bilateral donors (USAID, DFID, JICA, etc.), and other relevant major education actors (i.e. Save the Children, Rwanda Reads, Education Development Center and local organizations) to ensure coordination and collaboration in the child literacy space, and identify/develop WV’s core literacy strengths.

  • Works closely with Education Technical Manager at National Level ensure the food for education program is well represented in all Education coordination meetings and other humanitarian forums at all levels.

Management and Building Capacity of Local Staff:

  • Build the capacity of Literacy Coordinators in literacy competencies, using the literacy-specific competencies in the to determine literacy learning needs for WV literacy staff, and incorporate into staff L&D plans.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

Minimum Qualification required:

  • Masters degree in Education


  • At least 10 years performing the same role and team management experience, preferably within East Africa.

Technical Skills & Abilities:

  • Understanding of the 5 core components of literacy instruction

  • Understanding of key challenges in child literacy in east Africa

  • Understanding of coaching and mentoring methodologies for primary school reading instruction

  • Understanding of how literacy skills can be sequenced in instruction

  • Understanding of language issues in the classroom

  • Ability to facilitate partnerships at the national level to improve literacy

  • Ability to adapt curricula or other materials based on a review of other materials available in schools to ensure gaps are filled and to eliminate duplication.

  • Understand how to complement work of national literacy programs.

  • Ability to assess, level, and develop supplementary reading materials for children.

  • Understanding of early grade reading assessment to give input to monitoring and evaluation processes and outputs.

  • Knowledge of the Rwanda MINEDUC early grade reading curriculum a plus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including proposal and report-writing skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, and ability to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

  • Strong supervision skills, including training, mentoring, and supporting staff.

  • Excellent relationship building and people management skills.

  • Emotional maturity and ability to lead a team of professionals.

How to apply:

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In case you face any challenges in applying, please let us know on wvrwanda [email protected] (no applications will be accepted through this email)

The closing date for submission of applications is September 26, 2016 ; no later applications will be accepted

As a child focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditional upon successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks