Education specialist | Syria | 2020

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 July 2020

Job Description

Chemonics seeks an education specialist for an ongoing DFID Syria Education Programme – Takaamul in Syria. The project aims to achieve measurable improvements in children’s Arabic and mathematics competencies and to improve children’s well-being. The education and research specialist will provide technical reviews of SLP scope and sequence materials, as well as review lesson plans and other ad hoc technical needs of Takaamul. The education specialist and researcher shall design and test summative assessment approaches in Arabic and numeracy. This position is desk-based, with online meetings. Colleagues are based in Washington, London, and Syria, so most calls happen between GMT 11:00 – 15:00. Partners are based in the Syria time zone. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Review medium term plans (scopes & sequences) submitted by 2 partners. These will cover Grade 4 – 6 for August – December
  • Review lesson plans & learning resources for face-to-face and distance education
  • Partners will share a sample of face-to-face packs and distance education packs and for the Specialist to review
  • Regularly review teachers’ feedback on a small sample of homework
  • Provide written feedback to partners and prepare professional development opportunities for teachers based on the feedback (e.g. pros and cons of ability grouping; formative assessment; distance teaching & learning; tactics to boost core Arabic and numeracy skills)
  • Provide input into an online learning platform for teachers (Takaamul team members will manage the technology
  • Contribute some content – as noted in the previous bullet
  • Review diagnostic assessments by partners and comment on quality of test (validity) and of administration (reliability)
  • Designing and testing a summative assessment approach for Arabic and numeracy. For example, a simplified version of RTI’s GALA
  • Lead, but other educators experienced in assessment in Syria will contribute
  • Report on findings of the assessment, commenting on reliability/validity of the approach
  • Represent Chemonics in meetings of education actors in North-East Syria
  • Coordinating with the Child Protection specialist to ensure work is complementary (e.g. when reviewing education packs, looking at the guidance to caregivers on learners’ social and emotional well-being or when the CP specialist is providing training to teachers)
  • Coordinating with the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) manager to sense-check their analysis of monitoring data regarding children’s progress
  • Working with the MEL manager and a short-term education adviser on research briefs (<10 pages)
  • Education and livelihood opportunities
  • Factors determining engagement with self-study
  • Identify the level of child protection and inclusion needs


  • Bachelor’s degree equivalent or above in education or a related field
  • Experience working on education projects in fragile contexts, including in the MENA region
  • Experience with open / distance and/or flexible learning and designing courses in online learning environments
  • Experience working in formal and non-formal settings, including engaging out-of-school learners
  • Experience working in Syria preferable
  • Knowledge of principles of curriculum design, including catch-up/remedial curricula
  • Knowledge of principles of acquisition of primary-level literacy and numeracy
  • Formative assessment skills, particularly supporting teachers to conduct formative assessment of Grade 4 – 6 Arabic and numeracy remotely
  • Summative assessment of literacy and numeracy and Teacher professional development
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in Arabic

Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Education Specialist” in the subject line to No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

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About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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