Education Specialist

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  • Added Date: Friday, 15 July 2022
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The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances childrenโ€™s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And itโ€™s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support childrenโ€™s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for โ€“ and respond to โ€“ crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

ROLE PROFILE

Title

Education Specialist

Functional Area

Programmes

Reports to

Project Manager

Location

Accra or Tamale

Travel required

40%

Effective Date

01/02/2022

Grade

D1

ROLE PURPOSE

Plan International in partnership with Instiglio and the Jacobs Foundation will implement the Education Outcome Fund Programme (EOF) under the Ghana Accountability and Learning Outcomes Programme (GALOP). The programme aims to improve the quality of education in low performing basic education schools and strengthen education sector equity and accountability in Ghana. The Programme will run for a period of 4 years and will be implemented across 3 regions in Ghana (North East, Savana and Bono East) and 11 districts. The Project will support a total of 240 communities/schools.

The Education Manager will be responsible for leading the design, development and future adaptations of the Projectโ€™s Teaching and Learning approach to Literacy and Numeracy Remedials and after school sessions to students and out of school children, as well as teacher and leadership training. The role will also contribute in developing standard materials for community training sessions in 240 remote sites in 3 different regions. The Education Manager will work to ensure the Programme meets its expected literacy and numeracy and transition outcomes. The role will be mainly based in Accra/Tamale in but will involve travel to other regions where the participating schools are located. The role will involve frequent engagement with remote teachers face to face and via the phone.

Dimensions of the Role

The Education Team Manager will work with the Project Manager and the Education Specialist. The post holder will support the Programme team to meet the Teaching and Learning (T&L) needs of the project beneficiaries and stakeholders. The Education Manager will be primarily responsible for the curriculum design and associated pedagogy and andragogy approaches for the project in Ghana. This will include both the in-school and after school curricula. The Education Manager will work with the Project Manager and Education Specialist to ensure the curricula is in line with Ghana Education Service curricula, Ghana Teacher Standards and all other relevant MoE and sectorial standards; and addresses the different needs of pupils, teachers and communities. He/She will also be responsible for the professional development of the remote project facilitators, quality of content delivery, reporting, and monitoring, in order to improve educational outcomes for beneficiary students, and teaching practices for beneficiary teachers.

The role requires capacity building and organisational skills to manage, with the support of field staff, a team of remote 480 in-school facilitators and 240 CBE facilitators across 3 regions and 11 districts. The role also involves interpreting data to inform curriculum and methodology changes. This requires constant communication with the Education Specialist and the Project Manager. The Education Team will be in charge of preparing budgets for conducting educational assessments of EOF beneficiaries and capacity building activities for Project staff. The post holder will represent the Project during field visits for monitoring purposes, as well as in donor and stakeholdersโ€™ events and activities such as specialized forums, webinars and workshops. The job holder will also support field staff capacity building in Teaching and Learning approaches to enhance school management and teaching quality provision in the participant schools.

Accountabilities

Leadership and Management

  • Remotely manage over 240 in-school teachers and 120 CBE facilitators
  • Support the CPD for project facilitators face to face, via field staff and using remote innovative tech approaches
  • Apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practice to build the capacity of team members and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of teachers/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on education and related programmes/projects
  • Complete detailed monthly reports on log frame indicators and monthly progress
  • Prepare regular/mandated program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress
  • Report in line with child protection and safeguarding procedures and contribute to the development of child protection practices
  • Maintain the logical framework outputs, ensuring indicator achievements are updated on a regular basis and shared with the Programme Manager
  • Manage the relevant workstream budgets

    Education

    • Design the scope and sequence/ adapt existing content for all courses in line with international best practices and GES/NTC etc. guidelines and requirements, including:
        • Literacy and numeracy for P1 to P4
        • Out of school children Literacy and Numeracy content
        • After school sessions
        • Teacher training, school leadership training
        • Community training
        • GES training
          • Oversight of the maintenance of a database of curricula, SOW, resources, and lesson plans
          • Development of activity-based, student centred pedagogy to deliver innovative content to project beneficiaries and give teachers the skills to engage their students and support their retention in school (literacy, numeracy, and classroom management for Early Childhood/Primary education)
          • Lead in the design of the unique curriculum using appropriate student-centred pedagogy, demonstrating excellent subject knowledge
          • Plan and design quality, activity-based lessons to motivate students and meet the needs of targeted learners and teachers. Research, create and utilise appropriate materials and available digital content to cater for different learning styles
          • Show written evidence of planning and presentation preparation on request. Establish and maintain records of lesson plans, teaching resources, assessment data etc
          • Develop and utilise innovative assessment materials to ensure the curriculum meets the individual studentโ€™s needs and progress can be tracked and managed
          • Interact collaboratively with other team members to ensure successful lesson delivery in project schools
          • Work alongside colleagues on the preparation and development of teaching materials, resources and lesson materials, as well as participate in team and individual professional development
          • Model and encourage cultural awareness and understanding and promote a love of learning
          • Initiate effort and energy beyond the typical work day, where the tasks require additional commitment. Planning and organising educational programmes as assigned by line manager (forums, workshops, etc.)

            Stakeholder engagement

            • Communicate frequently with school-based teachers to understand student progression at the school level, challenges and any additional support they may need
            • Measure performance of schools, teachers and pupils termly and communicate results
            • Communicate with GES where appropriate (e.g. Girlsโ€™ Education Officers, Head Teachers, Teachers)
            • Design and deliver stakeholder engagement events

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