Accountability and Communications Lead

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Job Description

Accountability and Communications Lead

Burma-UK Partnership for Education (BUPE): Component 2 – Assessment and Education Reform Support (AERS)

The Burma-UK Partnership for Education (BUPE) is a 5-year DFID program that aims to support more relevant learning for all Myanmar’s children, equipping them for life after school. Through Component 2 – Assessment and Education Reform Support (AERS), the project will support implementation of Myanmar’s national basic education assessment policy.

The Accountability and Communications Lead will provide overall leadership, management, and oversight of activities which aim to support and facilitate effective consultation, awareness raising, and communication on policy reforms to ensure an inclusive policy dialogue and reform process. S/he will design, implement, and evaluate activities such as awareness raising campaigns, advocacy trainings and capacity building, and policy dialogue at the grassroots and national levels. The ideal candidate will have in-depth experience in the education sector in Myanmar, education policy reform, communications and policy dialogue, and advocacy. Applicants should demonstrate experience working with various stakeholders, including educators, parents, and government, on education policy-related programs.

Responsibilities

  • Provide overall leadership, management, and oversight of the Accountability and Communications component; lead activities which support and facilitate effective consultation, awareness raising, and communication on policy reforms to ensure an inclusive policy dialogue and reform process;
  • Provide technical direction and expertise on education policy reform, assessment and examinations policy, and community outreach and stakeholder engagement;
  • Work closely with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education to establish processes to ensure accountability and transparency, and opportunities for two-way dialogue on reform;
  • Design and implement activities such as awareness raising campaigns, advocacy trainings and capacity building, and policy dialogue at the grassroots and national levels; ensure engagement of a variety of stakeholders, including educators, employers, parents, and government, in assessment reform, dialogue, and implementation;
  • Oversee production and dissemination of communications/awareness-raising materials (e.g. leaflets, posters, news articles) and associated outputs (events, radio broadcasts, etc.) to support roll out of national assessment policy;
  • Collaborate with project leadership team, partner organizations, and external consultants to provide technical guidance on accountability and communications activities; ensure alignment with overall technical approach and program implementation;
  • Work closely with the project team to collect and interpret monitoring and evaluation data; ensure findings and lessons learned are incorporated into ongoing programming;
  • Manage a small team of accountability and communications staff and provide technical guidance as needed;
  • Travel occasionally throughout Myanmar to monitor and follow-up on project activities;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Master’s degree preferred;
  • A minimum of 4-8 years of demonstrated relevant experience;
  • In-depth knowledge of Myanmar’s education system, reform agenda, and assessment policy
  • Demonstrated expertise in policy reform, communications and policy dialogue, community and stakeholder engagement, and advocacy;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience;
  • Understanding of the development and education issues in Myanmar;
  • Fluency in Myanmar language(s) and English required; Myanmar national candidates preferred;
  • Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action/ veterans/ ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

About the Organization

Why World Learning

Eighty years ago, a group of young Americans sailed to Germany on a cultural exchange program. They returned home with lifelong friendships, a broader understanding of the world, and the ability to empathize with people from other cultures. This was the beginning of The Experiment in International Living. It was also the beginning of World Learning.

The Experiment in International Living is still a vibrant part of World Learning today. But as global needs have grown, World Learning has grown too. Today World Learning operates the SIT graduate school, study abroad programs, and leads international development and civic activism programs throughout the world.

In 60 countries with an annual budget of $145 million, World Learning empowers people and strengthens institutions that help people learn, grow, and thrive.

Nobel Peace Prize winners and heads of parliament have earned master’s degrees at our School of International Training. College students spend a semester abroad in our Study Abroad program. Judges, police officers and other community leaders hone their skills through our international exchanges. Activists in Myanmar learn community organizing through our international development program.

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