Job Title: Senior Literacy Specialist
Req ID: 2119
FHI 360 is currently seeking qualified candidates for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Ethiopia focusing on improving reading and writing skills of children in grades 1 to 4 in their mother tongue and English. The position being sought is:
• Senior Literacy Specialist
The Senior Literacy Specialist will spearhead the overall literacy approach for improving the early grade reading and writing skills of Ethiopian children in both English and a variety of mother tongue languages. This includes the areas of curriculum development, material creation, instruction and pedagogy, and teacher professional development. The Specialist will work closely with FHI 360 project staff in DC, collaborate with the Ministry of Education at national and local levels, and help to build the capacity of local staff with regards to literacy throughout all phases of the project. This is a highly technical, long-term position (2-3 years) based in Addis Ababa.
Specific responsibilities include: • Review, update, and/or develop Grade 1-8 mother tongue and English language syllabus, curriculum, and related teacher and pupil resources, with specific attention to the transition between the two languages per Ethiopian language policy • Coordinate, manage, and supervise a team of Literacy Specialists in the development of mother tongue curriculum and materials in a variety of local languages • Design instructional approaches that are appropriate for early grade literacy development and that reflect the Ethiopian school context and skills and abilities of teachers • Assist in the introduction of the new curriculum and instructional approaches to pre-service and in-service teachers, including building the capacity of tutors at the Colleges of Teacher Education • Devise a means for supporting teachers in the classroom with the new literacy approach • Develop and integrate an approach for the continuous assessment of reading and writing skills in early grade classrooms
QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s Degree or higher in education, elementary education, linguistics, applied linguistics, reading, literacy or a related field. A minimum of ten years of experience with the education sector with at least 5 years of experience in the area of reading and writing, including experience with education in developing country contexts. Knowledge of issues such as material creation, teacher development, mother tongue instruction, English as a second language, continuous assessment, and EGRA or other reading diagnostic tools. Knowledge of evidence-based practices as they relate to early grade reading. Previous experience with USAID-funded projects a plus, as is previous experience as an elementary school teacher. Excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills, as well as the ability to motivate others. Fluency in oral and written English.
About FHI 360: FHI Development 360 LLC (FHI Development) and its parent, Family Health International (together, “FHI 360”) are a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the US and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should apply via our career page http://www.fhi360.org/en/WorkingWithUs/EmploymentOpportunities.htm referencing position SL-360PR-0110013 or fax resume and cover letter to fax: (202) 884-8413
Closing Date : 16th December 2011
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