Primary Curriculum Development Manager

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 21 August 2019
  • Vientiane, Laos
  • Closing on 6 September 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Basic Education Access and Quality in Lao PDR (BEQUAL)

Primary Curriculum Development Manager

  • Opportunity to contribute to this significant and high performing education program
  • Full Time, long term - initially until 31 August 2020 (with a possible extension for Phase 2)
  • Based in Vientiane, Lao PDR

The Program

BEQUAL supports the education priorities of the Government of Lao PDR and is aligned to Australia’s education strategy. Phase 1, from 2015–2020 aims to increase participation of disadvantaged children, improve learning environments and teacher quality. A key focus of BEQUAL has been assisting the MoES with the revision and implementation of the national primary curriculum. This includes the development of an aligned preservice curriculum, teacher development and providing additional support to targeted districts. BEQUAL is also assisting MoES with the nation-wide roll out of the national curriculum.

Grade 1 curriculum materials have been completed; grade 2 materials are due for completion by October 2019. Grade 3 curriculum materials development planning starts in November 2019. BEQUAL Phase 2 commences in September 2020 with a focus on Grade 3-5 primary curriculum development and implementation and the pre-service primary teacher training curriculum for Years 2-4.

Coffey, through BEQUAL, are now seeking applications for a Primary Development Curriculum Manager to join this significant and high performing education program.

The Position

The Primary Curriculum Development Manager, in partnership with MoES/RIES, is responsible for managing activities for the planning, development and design of curriculum materials and teaching resources.

This will be achieved by supporting and developing RIES’ curriculum writers’ and illustration teams’ capacity to develop curriculum materials and resources that are suitable for a low resource environment, gender sensitive, inclusive of children with disabilities and of disadvantaged groups and aligned with child protection principles.

The Primary Curriculum Development Manager is part of the BEQUAL management team and works closely with other BEQUAL managers and teams to ensure cohesion and coherence across curriculum development, design, production, training and implementation.

The Person

Combined with relevant professional experience in developing curricula, you will have tertiary qualifications in Education or a relevant discipline, and you will have demonstrated management experience in an education program in a developing country.

Coupled with your capacity addressing and integrating gender, inclusive education and child protection principles into curriculum materials, and your experience in capacity development approaches, you will demonstrate the ability to develop strong and sustainable working relationships with Senior Ministry officials.

An experienced manager, you will have managed teams of national and international education experts, including program activity and budget planning, and you will have worked in a multilingual and multicultural (ethnic) education context.

Previous working experience in South East Asia is highly desirable.

For more information on BEQUAL, please visit

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 job reference number 497996.

For further enquiries please contact us at

Applications will be assessed as they are received. Previous applicants need not apply.

Applications close 5.00pm (Adelaide time) Friday 6th September 2019

This program is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government and co-financed by the European Union

Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection.

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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