Primary and Pre-service Curriculum and Materials Specialist (English)

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 4 June 2019
  • Vientiane, Laos
  • Closing on 17 July 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Basic Education Access and Quality in Lao PDR

Primary and Preservice Curriculum and Materials Specialist (English)

  • Opportunity to contribute to this significant basic education program
  • Full Time, contract until August 2020, with a possible extension
  • Based at the Ministry of Education and Sports in Vientiane, Lao PDR

The Program

The goal of BEQUAL is to ensure all girls and boys, especially those experiencing disadvantage, complete a quality basic education to achieve literacy, numeracy and other life skills. The program will address education policy, planning and coordination, increased child participation in and access to basic education, teacher education and improved school infrastructure.

Coffey, through BEQUAL, is now seeking applications for a Primary and Preservice Curriculum and Materials Specialist (English) to join this significant and high performing education program.

The Position

The Primary and Preservice Curriculum and Materials Specialist (English) will provide on the job training and mentoring to MoES curriculum writers and materials developers to ensure alignment with the new curriculum framework and pedagogy, and materials that are contextually appropriate, gender sensitive, and inclusive of disadvantaged groups. This position will work in both the primary curriculum teams, in partnership with the Research Institute for Education Sciences (RIES), and the preservice curriculum team, in partnership with the Department of Teacher Education (DTE).

The Person

The Primary and Preservice Curriculum and Materials Specialist (English) will have tertiary qualifications in education and, ideally, a qualification related to technology-based learning and demonstrate experience working in primary education at the school or system level or in teacher education.

Coupled with your experience developing English language curriculum and teaching and learning resources for primary and teacher preservice education and experience developing or assisting with the development of technology-based education solutions, you will demonstrate capacity in the basic education sector in a developing country and low resource context.

With a strong understanding of technology-based education solutions, especially for learning and teaching foreign languages, you will demonstrate experience working in partnership with MoES counterparts and other colleagues and a strong understanding of international development agreements and principles including the aid effectiveness agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.

With the ability to mainstream gender equality, disability and social inclusion into activities, and address child protection policy commitments, you will demonstrate the ability to effectively self-manage your priorities and deadlines while working effectively with senior management and implementing teams to deliver results.

A strong ability to coach and mentor colleagues from diverse social or cultural backgrounds is essential. Previous experience within South East Asia or Lao PDR is highly desirable.

This position is classified Category B, Level 3 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. Please visit for further detail.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please visit, click on ‘career opportunities’ and search for the relevant job reference number 497843.

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Applications close 5.00pm (Adelaide time) Monday 17 June 2019.

About the Organization

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK's Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people's lives.

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