Save the Children seeks an Education Technical Advisor for an upcoming USAID-funded basic education opportunity in Laos. The Technical Advisor will provide technical leadership and oversight of programmatic activities to ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under this USAID-funded program.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact
The Technical Advisor will provide technical direction to the implementation of program activities aimed at strengthening the quality of student learning, utilizing evidence-based practices. The Technical Advisor will work with the project team, USAID and partners to develop the detailed design and annual implementation plans, management and resources plans on all components related to the project. S/he will support implementation to ensure quality and timely delivery and build capacity of team to deliver activities independently in remote, rural areas. S/he will oversee the quality of project activities and build capacity of team to ensure collaboration and sustainability. The Education TA will lead the technical team to develop and deliver the technical program in partnership with the MoES and other development partners. S/he will ensure program interventions build on existing evidence and are integrated with the relevant MoES and other donor activities. S/he will guide the CLA (continuous learning and adaptation) processes within the project and oversee the generation and use of evidence by the project and its partners. S/he will monitor the quality of program implementation and work with the project management team to make any necessary adaptations based on learning. S/he will develop and oversee the advocacy and networking approach of the project.
S/he will establish effective communication and coordination with relevant personnel from the Ministry of Education and local stakeholders, as well as existing Save the Children staff.
Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors
- Minimum of Masters’ Degree in Education, international development or related field;
- Minimum of seven years’ experience working in support of planning, implementation and management of education programs in an international setting/NGO context, prior experience in Early Grades Reading preferable;
- Excellent training and facilitation capability;
- Able to conceptualize and manage a project research agenda;
- Experience in advocacy and policy development;
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically;
- Demonstrated creativity, innovation and initiative;
- Excellent communication skills, including fluency in written and spoken English, and strong inter-personal skills;
- Experience of working in Laos or elsewhere in the region is an added advantage; knowledge of Lao language or other similar SE Asian languages with an alphasyllabic orthography also a distinct advantage;
- Prior experience with USAID desirable
About the Organization
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.
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