Job DescriptionRTI•s International Development Group (www.rti.org/idg) is accepting expressions of interest from qualified professionals for the position of Deaf Specialist under the USAID funded All Children Reading Cambodia project.
The All Children Reading-Cambodia project will improve the early grade reading skills of children in grades 1 to 3 in Cambodia. The project will assist the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), its development partners (DPs), and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to harmonize approaches, and support the implementation of early grade reading interventions in Kampong Thom in the 2018-2019 school year. The IE Technical Officer will•serve•as•a member•of•the All Children Reading-Cambodia project•team with•the responsibility of supporting the work related•to inclusive education for children with disabilities in two districts in Kampong Thom (Stueng Sen, Kampong Svay).
The key project activities include: training teachers; conducting disability screenings; communicating with families of children with disabilities; and providing bridging classes to children (aged between 4-8 years) who are deaf or blind, and who are not currently in school. A team of Bridge Facilitators will support these younger learners through one-to-one tuition to prepare them for entry to primary school.
In this context, the IE Technical Officer will work closely with IE team to assist with teaching and learning materials development for the deaf and blind children aged 4 to 8 years old, conducting teacher training, conducting screening tools training, conducting screening, developing an adapted Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) for students who are blind, have low vision and students who are deaf or hard of hearing, coordinating with technical departments of MoEYS and NGOs for meetings/workshops, and representing All Children Reading-Cambodia in other meetings for networking and advocacy. In addition, this position will have frequent travels to the field in Kampong Thom to support the inclusive education team.
This position will be stationed in the office in Phnom Penh, with frequent travels to the field in Kampong Thom province to support the Inclusive Education team and Bridge Facilitators. This position will work closely with the IE Specialist and IE Advisor.
- With guidance from the technical team, assist with the development of teaching and learning materials for young children aged 4 to 8 who are blind and deaf
- With guidance from the technical team, assist with the facilitation of teachers training and conduct of teacher observations•
- Work with technical team to organize the delivery of the screenings tool training, conduct disability screenings and monitor screenings among all the schools in the target two districts
- With guidance from the technical team, assist with the development of an adapted Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) and other assessments for students who are blind, have low vision and students who are deaf or hard of hearing
- In conjunction with technical team, provide technical supports to the team working in the field when needed
- Coordinate with concerned technical departments of MoEYS, other government agencies and other NGOs working on disability at national level for meetings and workshops
- Participate and represent the ACR-Cambodia in relevant workshops and meetings outside for networking and advocacy as needed
- With guidance from the technical team, assist with monitoring the implementation of inclusive education activities in the field
Education and Experience:
- Degree in Education, Special Education, Social Work, or other related fields required, focus on disability related issues and/or reading desirable with at least 6 years of working experience.
- Must be a Cambodian national
- Experience working with children with disabilities in a school or non-formal education setting including early childhood education.
- Experience working with people of all ages who are blind, have low vision and those who are deaf or hard of hearing is preferred.
- Experience in facilitating teacher training and supporting teachers is preferred.
- Experience in working with MoEYS and with other disability networks for advocacy is preferred
- Experience in monitoring the implementation of the project activities•
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with a problem-solving, proactive attitude, and capacity to work both independently and as a collaborative team player.
- Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong oral and written communications skills.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure.
- Strong computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Language skills: Good command of English required.
- Cambodian sign language preferred and/or a commitment to learning. Knowledge of Braille preferred and/or a commitment to learning.
Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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