American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a US-based not-for-profit company specializing in education programming, educational assessment, and other social policy issues. AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of people in developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. We have worked in collaboration with local and international stakeholders in more than 80 countries over the past three decades. We seek to ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change.
AIR is seeking an Education Technical Advisor to work on a 5 year, USAID Learn to Read Activity based in Laos to improve literacy for children in selected target districts in Laos. USAID seeks to improve the literacy (reading, writing, and comprehension) outcomes in pre-primary (the grade directly before grade 1) and grades 1 and 2 for ethnic students, who are mostly non-Lao speakers, and other disadvantaged students. USAID also seeks to improve the classroom instruction by teachers and support teachers to better meet the learning needs of non-Lao speaking students and those with mild disabilities that may go undetected in the classroom.
The Education Technical Advisor will report to the Chief of Party (COP) and will oversee the Education Coordinator. The Education Technical Advisor will provide overall technical oversight and guidance to the project on learning and reading instruction. This will include:
• Supervising the production of program-supported reading material, teaching methodology improvement and teacher training, teacher and classroom supervision and monitoring, student formative and summative assessments and research and evaluation of project components
• Implementing best practices in early childhood education and early grade reading, as well as pedagogical skills needed for inclusive education and multi-grade classrooms
• Liaising with government representatives at various levels on technical matters
• Working directly with other senior specialists to achieve the expected results
This position is contingent on funding.
• Requires a Master’s degree in education or related field; a focus on basic or primary education, early grade literacy, early childhood development, and/or inclusive education for vulnerable populations or children with disabilities is preferred
• Must be an experienced educator with at least 10 years in areas related to teacher training design and delivery
• Experience in programs that work specifically to improve early grade reading is required
• Prior experience with the development of early grade reading materials, training programs, classroom monitoring protocols, and assessments is required
• Some knowledge and experience with small qualitative and quantitative research studies is preferred
• Proven knowledge of Laos’s education system capacity, strengths, needs and challenges is strongly preferred
• Prior experience with supporting civil-society based monitoring of reading outcomes is required
• Sound knowledge of USAID rules and regulations preferred
• Experience working in Laos PDR or the region is strongly preferred
• Proficiency in English is required
About the Organization
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