Education Development Center Reading and Language Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Education Development Center Reading and Language Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia


Job Description

EDC is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity.

Working with public sector and private partners, we harness the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement.

Founded in 1958, EDC’s headquarters are located in Waltham MA, USA. We also have offices in New York City and Washington, DC, USA. EDC implements projects in over 35 countries.

Project Description

The USAID funded READ II is a five year project lead by Creative Associates with a subcontract to EDC to improve the reading proficiency of 15 million children by 2022, with a focus on six target regions.

The project will focus on three main areas of intervention to achieve its goal to improve students’ reading fluency and comprehension: 1) improving classroom reading and writing instruction, 2) strengthening community engagement in education activities and 3) improving leadership, management and delivery capacity at each administrative level. This position falls under goal 3.

Position Summary:

  • The Reading Specialist provides technical support for Grades 1 to 8 Mother Tongue and English teachers and reading and writing instruction-related coaching and mentoring in two READ II target regions (Amhara and Tigray).
  • The Reading Specialist liaises with Colleges of Teacher Education on both pre-service and in-service training related activities and coordinates technical elements of programming related to the use of ICT in teacher professional development and support to learners with special needs. The Reading Specialist further provides technical support on across the READ II programmatic areas.

    Reporting and Organizational Relationships:

  • The Reading Specialist reports to the Regional Director in the region of assignment and works under the technical leadership of the Senior Reading Specialist and Pre-Service Teacher Training Specialist.

    Primary Responsibilities:

  • Materials to improve Grades 1 to 8 Mother Tongue and English as a Foreign Language Contribute to the design and development of teacher training, mentoring, and other technical instruction
    Coordinate the adaptation of teacher training, mentoring, and other materials for Grades 1 to 8 Mother Tongue instruction and lead their validation at the regional level
  • Support READ II Leadership and Delivery Capacity
    Building team in delivering planned capacity building activities
    Serve as a key liaison with Colleges of Teacher
  • Education (CTEs) in the design and implementation of CTE-led teacher professional development initiatives
  • Support READ II, the Regional Education Bureau, Colleges of Teacher Education, and other stakeholders in order to effectively utilize technology for in-service and pre-service teacher professional development
  • Support READ II, Regional Education Bureaus and other stakeholders to improve and expand access to instruction for learners with special needs
    Work with the Regional Education Bureau, Woreda, school, and READ II staff to support the continual improvement of READ II implementation, based on post-test performance data and information on individual teacher performance
  • Support selection and preparation of Supplementary Reading Materials in the Mother Tongue
  • Collaborate effectively with the Regional Education Bureau, Colleges of Teacher Education, and Zonal and Woreda officials
  • Ensure linkages and synergy around reading and writing instruction across the three Intermediate Results, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, and Cross Cutting Areas of the program
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual reports, success stories and other communications
  • Support ME&L staff in tracking, monitoring and evaluating activities in the assigned region
  • Contribute to organizing, planning and facilitating training and other READ II-related activities
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • Regional Reading Specialists are expected to travel up to 40 percent time.

    Job Requirements

    Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Mother Tongue education or related pedagogically oriented field;
  • At least 4 years of experience in work specifically to improve education programming directed to rural, ethno-linguistic underserved populations;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of teacher professional development
  • Proven experience developing effective teacher professional development materials for reading and writing instruction in one or more Mother Tongues (Amharic) and in English as a Second Language
  • Professional Proficiency (written and spoken) in one or more Mother Tongues (Amharic)
  • Fluency in English and other relevant local languages.

    How to Apply

  • Deadline for application submission is January 16th, 2018 at 5pm Ethiopia Time.

    Additional Information

  • Only candidates who are invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
  • EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace. EDC offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and an excellent benefits package.

  • For more information and job application details, see; Education Development Center Reading and Language Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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