Lead Inclusive Education Specialist (Shobai Miley Pori – “Everyone Reads Together” in Bangladesh)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 June 2019
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Job Description

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 Inclusive Education Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Shobai Miley Pori “Everyone Reads Together” program in Bangladesh which will support the government of Bangladesh to improve early grade reading outcomes in Bangla for children with disabilities in grades 1 and 2 in Government Primary Schools.

The Lead Inclusive Education Specialist will oversee design of the program’s disability-inclusive education approach to ensure that instruction is responsive to the needs of children with disabilities. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic individual with demonstrated knowledge of primary education sector work, adaptive pedagogy, early grade learning approaches for reading, 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. Only finalist candidates will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Responsibilities
  • Provide oversight and strategic direction to the program’s disability-inclusive education approach, ensuring scalability from the beginning
  • Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to government counterparts at the central and district levels in areas such as the adaptation of curriculum and textbooks, development of flexible testing, design of strengths-based screening assessments, and teacher education;
  • 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 assessments;
  • Lead technical assistance and dialogue related to disability-inclusive education instruction best practices with the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, the Directorate of Primary Education, 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;
  • Build community and host country government awareness regarding the importance of disability-inclusive education;
  • 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 disability-inclusive education preferred;
  • A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated relevant experience; experience providing technical leadership for inclusive education activities for projects of similar size and scope, preferably in Bangladesh or the region
  • Expertise in teacher training, universal design for learning, curriculum design and improvement, flexible assessment, adaptive pedagogy, 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 Bangladesh;
  • Professional level of verbal and written fluency in English required and Bengali preferred; Bangladesh 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

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.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc.Opens a New Window. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

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

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