Instructional Leadership Adviser

  • Posted on 13 February 2019

Job Description

Project Summary:
The four-year General Education Quality Improvement Programme for Equity (GEQIP-E), funded by DFID, will work at the federal and sub-national levels across all 11 regions of Ethiopia. The objective is to improve the quality of education that children and young people receive in Ethiopia (including safety and inclusiveness of the learning environment). To achieve this, the program will work across four key areas:

  • Work to strengthen the delivery capacity of the Federal Ministry of Education (MoE) and Regional Education Bureaus (REBs);
  • Enhance the current national school leadership training, improve gender equity by working with four Colleges of Teacher Education in Mekelle, Bahir Dar, Jimma, and Hawassa;
  • Develop a revised school leadership and instructional leadership training program;
  • Strengthen the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of the program on order to provide assistance to education data capacity of the Federal Ministry of Education.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Instructional Leadership Adviser will report to the School Leadership Lead. The position is expected to report in March/April 2019.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the MoE, REBs, and WEOs to identify the worst performing schools and support and strengthen instructional leadership to improve inclusion, teacher classroom performance, career development, to ultimately upgrade school performance levels;
  • Carry out an initial survey in collaboration with REBs, Inspectorate and Cluster supervisors (linking with World Bank’s own support phasing) to identify schools, clarify the major problems and work out phasing of support over four years to address performance and upgrading targets (based on inspectorate assessment tool of levels 1-4);
  • Enhance instructional leadership through on the job capacity building programs (including exploring just in time learning and other technology solutions) for supervisors, school leaders, and community members targeting the worst-performing schools in Somali, Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, and Gambella that will later be scaled to all schools;
  • Improve instructional leadership and teachers’ classroom performance, especially in early grade literacy and numeracy, focusing on inclusive approaches that promote learning of all students in the classroom;
  • Work within existing systems to deliver an effective, decentralized, standardized, practical leadership training program and model of accreditation to staff in the Ministry, regions, and woredas; and
  • Coordinate with existing donor-funded projects working in the area of instructional leadership, including the USAID-funded READ II project.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education or related field;
  • Ten (10) years’ experience developing, designing and implementing school leadership programs in similar contexts, preferably in a leadership role;
  • Experience leading small teams or workstreams to deliver to a high quality, on time and on budget;
  • Strong experience working in Ethiopia and a strong understanding of the Ethiopian education Federal, regional, and woreda education offices;
  • Experience overseeing the review and roll out of improved school inspectorate assessment systems;
  • Experience overseeing the design and implementation of revised in-school service training, coaching, and mentoring programs;
  • Experience working on similar internationally-funded technical assistance programs, preferably with DFID;
  • Knowledge of spoken and written English; and
  • Fluency in spoken and written Amharic.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

About the Organization

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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