World Learning is a leading international non-profit organization advancing education, systems strengthening, and inclusive development through programming around the world. We are seeking an experienced Lead Education Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Georgia New Education Program (NEP). The project will seek to: 1) Expand the innovative learning instruction methods in reading and math into the national curriculum in all 2,400 of Georgia’s primary schools for grades 1-6, including schools in marginalized communities; 2) Strengthen teacher development curricula and teacher induction activities in at least five universities across the country that will result in a highly-qualified cadre of teachers and; 3) Build financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills.
The Lead Education Specialist will oversee design of reading, numeracy, math, teacher professional development, and materials development approaches. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic individual with demonstrated knowledge of primary education sector work, early grade learning approaches for reading, numeracy, and math, experience working with government specialists in the development of training modules, assessment, and supplementary materials, and will possess the ability to respectfully collaborate with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project. If you are unable to access the position on our career’s page, you can submit your CV or resume/cover letter (in English) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the post title on the subject line as well as a note explaining your qualifications for the position in the email body. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. No telephone enquiries please. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates should apply as soon as possible.
• Provide overall management, oversight, and direction to the program’s reading and numeracy interventions, including development of standards, benchmarks, and assessment systems;
• Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education and Sciences (MOES) in the analysis and appraisal of quality of instruction, curriculum reform efforts, materials development, and production for the dissemination of early grade educational materials;
• Provide technical direction related to policies, training, and teaching methodologies;
• Supervise the production of activity-supported materials, trainings, teacher and classroom supervision and monitoring, and student testing efforts;
• Lead technical assistance and dialogue related to reading and numeracy instruction best practices with the MOES, local schools, partners, and civil society organizations/community-based organizations;
• Ensure complementarity of program approaches across the country, liaise with government representatives and technicians on technical matters, and bear ultimate responsibility for ensuring that targeted students achieve improved outcomes in reading, numeracy and math;
• Build community and host country government awareness regarding the importance of early grade learning outcomes;
• Work with senior project staff to help analyze and reflect on monitoring and evaluation data to continually inform and refine overall project design;
• Other responsibilities as assigned.
• Doctorate degree in education, literacy, early grade reading, or related field; a focus on reading and/or numeracy competencies and outcome desired
• A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated relevant experience; experience managing early grade reading activities for projects of similar size and scope, preferably in the country of Georgia
• Expertise in teacher training, curriculum design and improvement, teaching and learning materials, inclusive education, and gender-sensitive pedagogy and curriculum
• Familiarity with common education tools and approaches to improving education outcomes, including those of USAID and other international organizations
• Understanding of the development and education systems in the country of Georgia;
• Professional level of verbal and written fluency in English required and Georgian preferred; Georgian Nationals preferred;
• Commitment to inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.
About the Organization
Why World Learning
For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.
As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce developmentprograms help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.
All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.
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