Advert – Education Technical Advisor
About the Role:
Save the Children is seeking a Technical Advisor for an anticipated five – year USAID-funded Homes and Communities activity. This five-year activity is expected to start on October 15, 2021 and will focus on creating safe, stimulating and supportive home and community environments to improve literacy outcomes for all Rwandan children by the end of grade 3. The Homes and Communities activity will strengthen the capacity of Rwandan systems to provide quality learning environments with the support and materials that all children, boys and girls, with or without disabilities, need while at home or in the community. Homes and Communities will compliment another USAID-funded activity, Schools and Systems, in Rwanda.
The Technical Advisor is responsible for overseeing the technical delivery of the program, to ensure education opportunities are available, relevant, respectful and of high quality. S/he will put people at the core of the education program, to promote the resilience and well-being of children, teachers and communities affected by crisis and conflict. S/he will promote the acquisition of foundational skills for all children, based on the national guidance but including international best practices. S/he will collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to strengthen homes and communities to contribute to Rwanda’s progress towards self-reliance. In collaboration with the project technical team and partners, s/he will support the design of service delivery strategies, track progress towards program goals, and adapt as necessary.
Qualifications and experience
- Commitment to Child Rights, gender-equality and Save the Children’s values
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, International Development or related field
- Minimum five years’ experience with designing, managing, and implementing complex education programming in developing countries involving multiple stakeholders and implementing partners
- At least three years of experience providing technical leadership on large-scale USAID funded projects and designing and implementing education programming.
- Extensive experience working on literacy, social emotional learning, and/or inclusive education programs
- Ability to collaborate and liaise with relevant education sector programs, government counterparts, and senior members of the donor community
- Proven track record managing a project team composed of technical experts from multi-cultural backgrounds and fostering teamwork
- Strengths in inspiring and enabling other through training, and capacity building to realize objectives
- Ability to gain support from staff across teams and to build the capacity of others;
- Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Knowledge of oral and written French.
- Ability and willingness to be very flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes stressful working circumstances
- Master’s degree in education, international development or related field
- Minimum seven years of demonstrated relevant technical expertise with substantial developing country experience, preferred within sub-Saharan Africa working on home and community literacy or Early Grade Literacy programs.
- Proven technical expertise and knowledge of international evidence-based approaches to improved literacy outcomes and support for homes and community learning and literacy promotion.
- Knowledge and experience in gender and social inclusion in homes and community literacy programs is required;
- Knowledge and experience in early childhood development and positive parenting education is required;
- Experience working Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), and Disabilities Peoples Organizations (DPOs) on educational/literacy programs is desirable.
- Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Rwanda
- Written and verbal fluency in English and in Kinyarwanda.
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued
This position is on Child Safeguarding- Level 3: The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs. Or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
We are committed to ensuring a safe working environment for all those who work for us and for all those who come into contact with our staff and representatives, including children and members of the communities with whom we work.
SCI takes a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and any other conduct that is discriminatory or disrespectful to others.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SAV1002STCF/JobBoard/7d92e82b-af74-464d-859b-c5b8cba6e92e/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=9cc01193-181e-4a31-bd04-152b34526cd8
Deadline for receiving applications is 20th July 2021.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. *
*Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process*