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Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist -ZREAD


Position: Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist -ZREAD

Location: World Vision Zambia – National Office


To provide technical support and supervision to Development Facilitators for the execution of programme interventions for the delivery of ZREAD Technical Programme outcomes.

Major Responsibilities

Technical programme support:

  • Support the development, selection and/or adoption of guidelines, tools, Learning Roots Model and protocols to aid programme implementation

  • Provide technical support and supervision to Area Programmes (AP) on community and other partner engagement regarding Early Childhood Education (ECE)

  • Support in the design and implementation review of technical program interventions

  • Assess and support AP quality activity implementation to ensure that the programme is within scope, time and budget.

  • Ensure that information, education and communication (IEC) materials are in place for effective implementation.

  • Ensure recommended technical program models are contextualized for effective implementation in Aps

Programme Effectiveness and Quality Assurance:

  • Support research/Studies on ECE related topics and produce technical briefs for sharing with key stakeholders.

  • Participate and review data collection tools in conducting research/studies to generate lessons learnt for programme improvement.

  • Utilize and adapt learning from monitoring and evaluation processes to inform programming.

  • Consolidate and review monthly, quarterly and annual reports for timely submission.

  • Ensure all emerging industry technical standards are captured, documented and shared across APs

  • Provide technical guidance on teaching and learning materials and material development

People management:

  • Facilitate Training of Trainers (TOT) of partners, WVZ technical program staff, other stakeholders to ensure effective implementation

  • Support staff orientation and participate in building capacity of technical staff through coaching and mentoring for increased/enhanced competency

  • Provide input in performance appraisal of technical programme staff for increased accountability

Networking, Collaboration and Liaison:

  • Represent WVZL in various key meetings including Ministry of General Education Joint Annual Review Meeting (JAR), Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) and other meetings for alignment of National priorities.

  • Build and maintain relationship with internal and external partners/stakeholders for enhanced collaboration and sustainability

Qualifications/Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Degree in Education or relevant field with minimum 5 years’ experience in relevant field, BA/MA Degree in Early Childhood Education, or Higher Diploma (Post Graduate) in education or relevant field, including Teacher, Teacher Professional Development Systems and Literacy Programming with minimum 6 years’ experience

  • Post Graduate certificate in Curriculum Development or Education management will be an added advantage.

  • Experience in Teaching, Teacher Professional Development Systems and Literacy Programming

  • Experience in a complex, international organisation preferably NGO context

  • Experience in organization capacity building

  • Experience in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and report writing essential

  • In-depth understanding of how children learn to read and write

  • Experience working on Early Childhood Education projects

  • Experience with EGRA and EGMA

  • Registered with the Teaching Council of Zambia

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Knowledge and understanding of World Vision operations would be an added advantage,

  • Must have excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical, decision making, conflict management, negotiation, networking, liaison and donor engagement skills

  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment and functional teams.

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Computer literate in Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Work Environment

  • Office-based 40%: field 60%

Travel: international as required