Early Grade Literacy Specialist

  • Posted on 9 April 2021
  • Malawi
  • Closing on 7 May 2021

Job Description

Project Description: World Education, Inc. seeks candidates for an Early Grade Literacy Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Early Grade Reading (EGR) project in Malawi. The project aims to improve early grade reading outcomes in primary schools nationwide, building upon USAID’s current investments in Malawi’s National Reading Program.

Position Description: The Early Grade Literacy Specialist will be based in Malawi and will oversee the design and implementation of an effective literacy curriculum for pre-primary education and Standards 1 and 2 of primary education. The ideal candidate will demonstrate knowledge of the primary education sector in Malawi, early grade literacy, and experience working with the international donors and the national government, in particular the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) and the Malawian Institute for Education.

Final responsibilities and qualifications are subject to change pending final project design in the eventual solicitation and potential resulting award.

  • Lead a team of international and national staff at the program and task level, providing technical guidance to the Chief of Party, Teacher Training and Coaching Specialist and other technical staff from government and NGO partners;
  • Work closely with program management and partners in program activity management, budgeting, work planning, and professional development for program staff;
  • Develop learning materials and assessments for pre-primary and early-grade literacy, working with local partners and language experts, as required;
  • Work with the Teacher Training and Coaching specialist to align teacher training and coaching interventions with the pedagogical approach;
  • Provide technical guidance, in close cooperation with the MoEST and other relevant national and regional stakeholders, on the quality and use of Early Grade Literacy (EGL) material, the pedagogical approach, and inclusive design of teaching and learning materials. This will include the use of national assessment data to inform development and review of the material;
  • Work with national and international stakeholders to provide overall management and technical assistance to the literacy interventions;
  • Develop a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure a high quality EGL intervention, conduct ongoing program monitoring, and monitor progress against work planning and program objectives;
  • Liaise with MoEST at national and sub-national levels and partners to design and implement a training program for all stakeholders on community-based literacy/ family literacy instruction;
  • Coordinate cooperation between complementary programs working in primary education, early childhood education, and community-based literacy;
  • Lead research, presentations, and report writing to share lessons learned and create awareness about the importance of literacy and the program;
  • Organize and participate in national and international forums or working groups that further aim to improve EGL learning outcomes of students;
  • Work with other senior project staff from World Education, Inc. and its partners in designing and implementing the project.
  • Master’s in education, early grade reading or related field, Doctorate preferred;
  • A minimum of 10 years demonstrated relevant experience in implementing and managing early grade reading programs, especially in East and Southern Africa;
  • Experience working in Malawi and knowledge about prior literacy interventions in Malawi;
  • Experience in the design and implementation of community-based and/or family literacy interventions;
  • Knowledge of a balanced literacy framework, early literacy competencies, and reading diagnostics and assessments;
  • Familiarity with USAID tools and methodologies, such as Structured Pedagogy, to improve literacy outcomes;
  • Experience implementing interventions that promote gender equity preferred;
  • A deep understanding of the educational challenges and successes in Malawi and experience working with a variety of stakeholders in education, teacher training, and policy development;
  • Knowledge of the current research and trends in EGL and bilingual education in formal and non-formal settings;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and vision of working in low resource settings such as Malawi with large class sizes;
  • Deep understanding of the importance of Safeguarding measures to prevent Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, Harassment, and Bullying of beneficiaries and stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated knowledge to promote Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in education settings;
  • Professionally proficient in written and spoken English (ILR 3+) required; Knowledge of Chichewa or other Malawian local languages is an advantage.

About the Organization

World Education improves the quality of life through education for half a million children and adults in 20 countries. World Education's programs promote individual and collective change: Our training programs improve adult education, help displaced peoples, stem the tide of HIV, and reduce violence through conflict resolution. How do we do it? World Education is a leader in building the skills, knowledge and resources of local groups so they can accomplish their missions effectively.

We use experiential and engaging teaching techniques to help people and organizations develop skills that build on the learners' context (cultural, linguistic, geographic, and economic), and include vital information about life and livelihoods—health, agriculture, small business development—that learners can put to immediate use.

Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged, World Education has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as in the United States. Working in concert with private, public, and nongovernmental organizations, World Education initiatives support effective local management and promote partnerships between local organizations.

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