Reading Specialist

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  • Posted on 26 April 2019
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Job Description

Assignment Title: Reading Specialist, Mali

Location: Mali

Technical Point of Contact: Evaluation Team Leader

Type: Consultant

Classification: Consultancy

Overview:

Participate in a mid-term performance evaluation to assess the effectiveness of activities implemented under USAID’s Selective Integrated Reading Activity (SIRA) Project. The mid-term evaluation of SIRA will investigate questions in three broad categories: 1) implementation progress, 2) project management, 3) lessons learned and the sustainability of results. Note that the questions below are illustrative and will need to be further developed in collaboration with USAID prior to the finalization of the evaluation design. Field work for this evaluation is expected to be conducted in June or July of 2019. THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO MALI NATIONALS ONLY.

THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON AWARD BY USAID, MALI.

Tasks could include, but not be limited to:

Scope of Work:

  • Working with a team of at minimum six (6) professionals, conduct field research to answer the following questions, which includes but is not limited to:
    • To what extent has the Activity made progress in achieving its intended objectives and results and what have been the factors facilitating or impeding the achievement of these results
    • What has been the contribution of SIRA implementation approaches to the achievement of SIRA results? Which approaches are making a difference and why? Which ones are not working and need to be changed?
    • What are the prospects for sustainability of SIRA at mid-implementation? Which approaches are showing positive results in terms of promoting long-term sustainability and how can they be strengthened?
    • To what extent community participation activities have contributed to improved reading and increased school enrolment and retention of girls?
  • Administer oral and /or written tests of student reading comprehension;
  • Provide support in presenting findings to the USAID Mission and relevant stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.

  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience conducting educational evaluations in sub-Saharan African context preferred;
  • Experience with reading issues in international donor education projects preferred;
  • Familiarity with USAID’s M&E policies and reporting requirements preferred.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Seven (7) years of experience in teaching reading at the primary-school level and/or IFM experience in training teachers and/or CAP experience in teacher supervision.
  • Fluency in Bambara or another local language;
  • Professional oral and written communication skills in English and fluency in French.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in sociology, anthropology, education or a related field.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: Travel around Mali is required and may include travel to fragile or conflict prone zones.

No phone calls please. All candidates will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.

IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws. We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. We are an E-Verify Employer.

If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Human Resources at 703-749-0100.

About the Organization

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over two hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture and food security, governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

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