Education Specialist

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Job Description

USAID Early Reading and Literacy Project in Dominican Republic

This posting is in anticipation of a USAID project which aims to support the Dominican Republic’s efforts to improve the access and quality of inclusive basic education for students. The Education Specialist will be based in Dominican Republic. Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Education Specialist will perform a range of services in support of program activities. The Education Specialist will contribute to the management of activities under this USAID project. The Specialist is responsible for project and activity design, effective implementation, monitoring and reporting, as well as for policy dialogue and sector coordination with local government officials, development partners and education stakeholders.

In line with local and U.S. Government policy priorities, the Specialist will advance efforts that promote reading and improve learning in the targeted regions in the Dominican Republic (specific regions still TBD). The Specialist will have a deep understanding of USAID program requirements, including work plan development. This position reports to the COP and will oversee some staff.

Essential / Primary Functions

  • Manages early grade reading activities within the program parameters as determined by USAID. The position also includes activity management including determining work priorities in consultation with the COP and the POA Director of Education; making decisions on activity implementation; identifying and resolving program issues; assuring that all activities are carried out in a technically-sound and cost-effective manner; conducting monitoring field visits and supporting financial tracking, cost capture, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation of performance; and assuring that activities are carried out in accordance with all applicable program and donor directives.
  • Ensures that relevant investments in teacher training, materials development, assessment, community and family literacy activities, pre-primary efforts, and systems strengthening are implemented in a technically sound manner in order to result in improved learning outcomes in primary schools.
  • Advises implementing partner(s) on working with the local government and liaises with government counterparts to institutionalize and ensure sustainability of donor-funded literacy efforts.
  • Participates in and/or leads the Early Grade Reading Project Team. Attends Early Grade Reading Project meetings and supports Project presentations and deliverables.
  • Manages and/or contributes to the design of other early grade learning and other basic education activities, as appropriate.
  • Develops and maintains sound working relationships with local senior government officials at the Ministry of Education or equivalent bureaucratic body, including relevant departments of the local Education Board, Universities, teacher training colleges, and other local organizations, as appropriate.
  • Supports general sector coordination, as well as playing a specific role, as appropriate, co-chairing or participating in technical working groups or task forces, and development partner coordination meetings with the local government and other partners.
  • Drafts relevant sections of annual POA planning and reporting documents such as the Operational Plan and Performance Plan and Report. Writes concise project and activity status reports for a Mission management-level audience, Embassy leadership, and POA/USG.
  • Develops and supports the implementation of diagnostic tools to identify and understand student’s literacy levels.
  • Engages community stakeholders to develop high quality, inclusive literacy materials to respond to the identified student and faculty needs.
  • Utilize MEL data to inform project’s improvement process and adjust in the project’s technical approach accordingly.

Qualifications

  • 7 years of progressively responsible experience in development assistance, literacy, or early grade learning is required;
  • Experience with donor agencies (USAID experience preferred) or other development partner organizations is also required and should include demonstrated analytical and organizational skills;
  • Technical knowledge of literacy and early learning programs is required;
  • Ability to establish productive working relationships with the local governments, development partners, and other education stakeholders, and an ability to independently analyze activities in the education sector, identify opportunities and constraints, and propose a course of action is critical to this position;
  • Candidate should be based in the Dominican Republic where the Field Office will be located;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Bachelor’s degree, reflecting expertise in areas relevant to this project, such as education, public policy, international development. A Master’s degree in education or a relevant subject is preferred.

Please submit your application by August 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, only viable candidates will be contacted. Interested professionals, please send your resume to [email protected]. Please identify your subject line with the title “Education Specialist- USAID DR”

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