Zambia: Monitoring & Evaluation Director, USAID “Let’s Read, Zambia”

Organization: American Institutes for Research
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 08 Feb 2018

Introduction

AIR is a US-based not-for-profit company specializing in education programming, educational assessment, and other social policy issues. AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of people in developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. We have worked in collaboration with local and international stakeholders in more than 80 countries over the past three decades. We seek to ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change.

Position Summary

AIR is seeking an M&E Director to work on an expected 5 year, USAID-funded “Let’s Read, Zambia” project. The purpose of the Activity is to target approximately 1.4 million students in 4,000 public and community primary schools, including Early Childhood Centers that are clustered in an estimated 400 zones in 48 districts in the provinces of Lusaka, Southern, Muchinga, Eastern, and Northwestern. The Activity will ensure that students attending Grades 1, 2, and 3 in Zambian public and community schools in five targeted provinces will have an opportunity to learn to read grade level text with comprehension and to write at grade level in one of the seven local official languages of instruction: Cinyanja, Chitonga, Icibemba, Kiikaonde, Lunda, Luvale and Silozi after three years of primary schooling in Grades 1-3.

The Monitoring & Evaluation Director will be responsible for ensuring robust performance monitoring and evaluation that supports the achievement of the program objectives.

Eligibility: Zambian nationals are encouraged to apply.

This position is contingent on funding.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a monitoring and evaluation system across all program components, including review of indicators and development of monitoring activities that capture necessary data to report on results, ensure monitoring activities are conducted on schedule
  • Communicate information obtained through M&E activities to AIR staff, various external stakeholders, notably donors and partners
  • Be a primary M&E resource to the field office and field personnel; liaise regularly with AIR’s Monitoring and Evaluation team in headquarters
  • Ensure data collection process is functioning in all activity locations to provide quality data within deadlines
  • Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and make adjustments as needed
  • Conduct regular visits to project sites to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities
  • Produce M&E monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to Chief of Party and donors, as needed
  • Develop annual performance plans

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in a senior M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, education, or related field; and an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics preferred
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages
  • Experience designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies
  • Experience in planning and managing surveys
  • Experience developing and refining data collection tools
  • Experience with data quality assessments and oversight
  • Experience managing and providing ongoing training to M&E field officers
  • Ability to facilitate and serve as a project liaison for externally-managed evaluations
  • Familiarity with the political, social, economic and cultural context of working in Zambia is also necessary
  • Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English required

How to apply:

To Apply: Please apply and submit your resume here: https://jobs-airdc.icims.com/jobs/10294/monitoring-%26-evaluation-director—zambia-read/job

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Zambia: Community Engagement Advisor, Zambia READ

Organization: American Institutes for Research
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 08 Feb 2018

Community Engagement Advisor, Zambia READ

Introduction

AIR is a US-based not-for-profit company specializing in education programming, educational assessment, and other social policy issues. AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of people in developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. We have worked in collaboration with local and international stakeholders in more than 80 countries over the past three decades. We seek to ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change.

Position Summary

AIR is seeking a Community Engagement Advisor to work on an expected 5 year, USAID-funded Reading Project in Zambia. Let’s Read Zambia will target approximately 1.4 million students in 4,000 public and community primary schools, including Early Childhood Centers that are clustered in an estimated 400 zones in 48 districts in the provinces of Lusaka, Southern, Muchinga, Eastern, and Northwestern. The Activity will ensure that students attending Grades 1, 2, and 3 in Zambian public and community schools in five targeted provinces will have an opportunity to learn to read grade level text with comprehension and to write at grade level in one of the seven local official languages of instruction: Cinyanja, Chitonga, Icibemba, Kiikaonde, Lunda, Luvale and Silozi after three years of primary schooling in Grades 1-3.

The Community Engagement Advisor will provide leadership and technical assistance in community engagement activities to implement better education initiatives within the Zambian education system and to build local community champions for literacy. This will include:

· Developing and implementing a strategy for involvement of local communities, schools, local educational authority and the project into improving education in Zambia with specific focus on literacy

· Developing public private partnerships

· Working closely with community partners and maintain an active network of community-based and other local and national organizations with whom the project is partnering to increase awareness of, advocacy for, and access to improved education services

· Working closely with community leaders and school teachers to promote their active participation at all levels in strengthening linkages with community-based organizations and activities as well as with other key stakeholders

Eligibility: Zambian nationals are encouraged to apply.

This position is contingent on funding.

Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree in education, community development, or any field related degree relevant to the broad areas of community engagement

· At least 7 years’ experience designing, implementing, and managing large, complex, community engagement programs in the field of education

· Experience working within government education systems or in close collaboration with Ministries of Education

· Demonstrated competence in assessing priorities and in managing a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and in meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality

· Strategic thinker with people skills and managerial, coordination, and organizational skills

· Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking

· Experience working in the education sector in Africa, particularly in Zambia is preferred

· Sound knowledge of USAID rules and regulations

· Proficiency in English is required

How to apply:

To Apply:

Please apply and submit your resume here: https://jobs-airdc.icims.com/jobs/10274/community-engagement-advisor%2c-zambia-read/job –<

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Zambia: Early Childhood Education Advisor, Zambia READ

Organization: American Institutes for Research
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 08 Feb 2018

Introduction

AIR is a US-based not-for-profit company specializing in education programming, educational assessment, and other social policy issues. AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of people in developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. We have worked in collaboration with local and international stakeholders in more than 80 countries over the past three decades. We seek to ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change.

Position Summary

AIR is seeking an Early Childhood Education Advisor to work on an expected 5 year, USAID-funded Reading Project in Zambia. Let’s Read Zambia will target approximately 1.4 million students in 4,000 public and community primary schools, including Early Childhood Centers that are clustered in an estimated 400 zones in 48 districts in the provinces of Lusaka, Southern, Muchinga, Eastern, and Northwestern. The Activity will ensure that students attending Grades 1, 2, and 3 in Zambian public and community schools in five targeted provinces will have an opportunity to learn to read grade level text with comprehension and to write at grade level in one of the seven local official languages of instruction: Cinyanja, Chitonga, Icibemba, Kiikaonde, Lunda, Luvale and Silozi after three years of primary schooling in Grades 1-3. Pre-primary (Kindergarten) students in all of the targeted provinces will develop oral language skills and emergent literacy skills to prepare them for successful literacy acquisition when they enter Grade 1.

The Early Childhood Education Advisor will be responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of ECE activities on the program. This will include:

· Provide technical programming, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation support to country offices with ECE programming for children from birth to eight years.

· Develop, adapt, test, and refine ECE products based on needs of the project

· Lead the ECE team in the development of a pre-primary curriculum with teacher guide, daily lessons, formative assessment tools, and supplemental materials based on country experience and the global strategy.

· Use evidence to drive activity design and improvement and develop innovations.

· Monitor new developments in ECE and participate in promoting the application of best practices.

· Collaborate on the adaptation and implementation of the MELQO assessment tool and other appropriate early literacy assessment tools.

Eligibility: Zambian nationals are encouraged to apply.

This position is contingent on funding.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in early childhood development, primary education, or related field
  • Seven years’ experience in early childhood development related programming in developing country context
  • Experience in materials development to support ECE programming
  • Experience facilitating workshops for adults
  • Experience working with teams to develop technical materials and support research
  • Strong communication and training skills

· Experience working in the education sector in Africa, particularly in Zambia is preferred

· Sound knowledge of USAID rules and regulations

· Proficiency in English is required

How to apply:

To Apply:

Please apply and submit your resume here: https://jobs-airdc.icims.com/jobs/10275/early-childhood-education-advisor%2c-zambia-read/job

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