World Learning is accepting applications for a Special Education Advisor for the anticipated Department for International Development-funded (DfID) Punjab Education Sector Program ll (PESP II). The Government of Punjab (GoPb) has dedicated significant resources to improving the quantity and quality of education inputs. PESP ll will support the government of Punjab, Pakistan to deliver equitable access to better quality education through a range of interventions, designed to ensure more children are in school, staying longer and learning more. The program will combine a mix of delivery mechanisms including sector budget support and technical assistance (TA). The program will aim to provide comprehensive, flexible and high-quality TA to the GOPb, support the delivery of the PESP II and GoPb priorities, improve and enhance capacity and transfer useful knowledge, and support and influence policy change and collaborate effectively.
The Special Education Advisor will provide technical guidance and oversight for the project’s activities. S/he will work closely with Special Education Department (SpED) and other government stakeholders to ensure project activities are aligned with the GoPb’s vision, project approach and best-practices. The Advisor will ensure alignment of approaches across project activities and will coordinate with the technical team, including other in-country advisors and partner organizations, in order to improve education quality. The position will be based in Punjab, Pakistan or based remotely with frequent travel to provinces in the country.
- Lead the design and delivery of education services for children with disabilities and special educational needs;
- Support the implementation of the SpED sector plan and institutional strengthening plan;
- Provide recommendations for systems strengthening and institutional development to the Special Education Department;
- Provide guidance and support to ensure quality monitoring and evaluation of SpED programs;
- Provide recommendations and guidance for the commissioning of relevant research and pilots to improve the quality and quantity of provision for children with disabilities in Punjab;
- Build the GoPb’s capacity to engage non‐state actors (private sector and NGOs) with an interest in working in the education sector, specifically to discern viable, evidence based and credible non‐state opportunities in education, that are aligned with delivery of PESP II;
- Ensure the timely and quality completion of technical deliverables;
- Represent World Learning at meetings, professional events, and conferences as needed throughout the project;
- Report regularly to the Team Lead and occasionally to World Learning headquarters as needed, providing timely updates of all situational and program developments.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field; Ph.D. degree preferred;
- A minimum of 10 years of experience of successful implementation of international development programs, with a focus on education, social inclusion, and special education;
- Experience leading effective social development interventions in the education sector;
- Previous experience working in Pakistan strongly preferred;
- Willingness to travel to Pakistan or within Pakistan;
- Experience with DfID and other international donors is strongly preferred.
- Experience liaising with government officials and vulnerable groups, including women and children.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with donors, ministry personnel, and external partners;
- Excellent communication and diplomatic skills;
- Proven team leadership capabilities;
- Fluency in Urdu preferred but not required;
- 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.
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