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The Education Pathways to Peace Program is a six-year education program that is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of the Philippines and implemented through the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the newly installed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The program’s key outcomes are to reduce disparity and improve participation and education performance of boys and girls, particularly those experiencing disadvantage within the BARMM, and to support sustainable positive engagement and collaboration of key actors and stakeholders in providing and supporting conflict sensitive quality basic education services. Pathways’ core program relates largely to K to 3 education and the key challenges that are associated with its delivery. Recently, however, Pathways supported broader transition issues that are crucial to the life and political survival of K to 3 programs.
The program’s base of operations is in Cotabato City and covers five provinces of BARMM. The program is currently supporting the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Authority for the Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as it transitions to govern the region, as well as working towards its wider intermediate and end-of-program outcomes which combine education, governance and peacebuilding elements.
A strategy and annual work plan for Pathways’ third year of implementation was agreed in July 2019, with a key focus on supporting the transition to BARMM and helping the new administration achieve its foundational objectives, most notably the development of a new Education Code. The program is also building its team capacity to deliver on this plan, including objectives relating to improving quality, access and governance in the basic education sector of Mindanao in a highly dynamic and political sensitive context. This includes the need for recruitment of further core staff and advisers and also greater need to work through partner organisations such as Pathways consortium partner, the Australian Council on Education Research (ACER) and local education organisations.
Purpose of the Position:
The purpose of this position is to drive education strategy and provide ongoing advice to the Team Leader and senior Pathways staff on education matters including curriculum, comparative education models and education strategy and approaches (cognizant of the design).
Type of engagement: Short-term Consultancy for up to 120 days in a year
Location: Home base and Cotabato with some time in Manila (approx. 60 days in Philippines)
Child Protection : Level 2
The responsibilities of the adviser may involve contact and working with children or young people.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Ensure the program strategy, plans and MEARL frameworks integrate sophisticated and contemporary education technical thinking, contextualized to the local political economy and institutional capacity levels;
- Provide ongoing oversight of the program’s technical education output and engagement, including advice to partners on technical education (K-3) matters;
- Provide quality assurance of all relevant technical outputs;
- Advise on the appropriate structures and resourcing of the technical team to ensure Pathways is fit for purpose in supporting the government on achieving key education outcomes, including participation in recruitment panels for education specialist roles and also inputs to the design of TORs or scopes of work for consultants or partners required to provide technical education inputs to the program;
- Develop and support implementation of capacity building plans for program staff and partners as it relates to technical education knowledge and skills;
- Ongoing oversight of the program’s technical education output and engagement;
- Advice to counterparts on technical education (K-3) matters, including provision of contemporary and comparative knowledge of other education contexts and how lessons from these contexts might be applied to the BARMM;
- Quality assurance of all technical outputs with education focus or components;
Qualifications and Experience:
The Education Adviser will possess the following qualifications and experience:
- Advanced degree in education, management or relevant development subject is desirable;
- Extensive professional experience in education service delivery in countries with complex development challenges including scale, remote areas and conflict;
- Able to think strategically and engage with DFAT on key issues;
- Extensive experience preparing DFAT documentation, such as annual plans, progress reports and reviews;
- Experience working in the Philippines education sector, particularly in the Mindanao region is highly desirable, as is experience in a transition context;
- Demonstrated ability to establish good working relationships with key education stakeholders at national and sub-national levels, with exceptional political sensitivity and objectivity;
- Familiarity with the application of key Australian Aid policies, including those relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment, disability, the environment and child protection; and
- Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills.
This vacancy is open for national and international applicants.
Along with the CV (maximum 3 pages), interested applicants must submit a cover letter (maximum of 800 words or 2 pages) addressing their suitability for the role, with particular reference to how they meet the selection criteria (see above and terms of reference here).