Lead Education Specialist- Improved Basic Education in the Kyrgyz Republic

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Apply by 13 February 2019
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 15 November 2018

Job Description

Lead Education Specialist

Improved Basic Education in the Kyrgyz Republic

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 Improved Basic Education in the Kyrgyz Republic program, focused on improving early grade learning outcomes in the Kyrgyz Republic for 300,000 students in grades one through four, giving children a better foundation for educational achievement.

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. Interested candidates should submit their CV or resume and cover letter (in English) to: recruitment@worldlearning.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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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 Kyrgyz Republic or the region
  • 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 Kyrgyz Republic;
  • Professional level of verbal and written fluency in English required and Kyrgyz and/or Russian preferred; Kyrgyz Republic 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.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

About the Organization

Why World Learning

Eighty years ago, a group of young Americans sailed to Germany on a cultural exchange program. They returned home with lifelong friendships, a broader understanding of the world, and the ability to empathize with people from other cultures. This was the beginning of The Experiment in International Living. It was also the beginning of World Learning.

The Experiment in International Living is still a vibrant part of World Learning today. But as global needs have grown, World Learning has grown too. Today World Learning operates the SIT graduate school, study abroad programs, and leads international development and civic activism programs throughout the world.

In 60 countries with an annual budget of $145 million, World Learning empowers people and strengthens institutions that help people learn, grow, and thrive.

Nobel Peace Prize winners and heads of parliament have earned master’s degrees at our School of International Training. College students spend a semester abroad in our Study Abroad program. Judges, police officers and other community leaders hone their skills through our international exchanges. Activists in Myanmar learn community organizing through our international development program.

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