Technical Specialist Curriculum ‘National’

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 936
Date Posted:Jul 18, 2020
Reference:MoE/GE/EQRA/004
Closing Date:Jul 31, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Education/ Training
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:NTA, Grade C
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Ministry of Education (MoE):

Founded:  

The aim of the EQRA Project is “to increase equitable access to primary and secondary education, particularly girls, in selected lagging provinces, and to improve learning conditions in Afghanistan.” EQRA introduces a shift from monitoring only the enrollment of students (which also includes attention to students designated as ‘permanently absent’) to focusing on bringing children into school as well as student attendance. The Education Quality Reform for Afghanistan (EQRA) is fully aligned with the goals of the Afghanistan National Strategic Plan (NESP III). The project is designed to (A) increase equitable access in disadvantaged districts especially for girls; (B) improve quality of instruction/education service delivery and (C) enhance MoE governance and management capacity. The project focuses on the construction and expansion of schools, provide community-based education to out of school children, reform curriculum for all grades, improve and ensure textbooks delivery to schools, enhance academic supervision, strengthen teacher & TTC quality, improve execution of budget, strengthen and increase use of EMIS, implement capacity building reform, and reform recruitment process for civil service.

Job Summary:

The Ministry of Education (MoE) of Afghanistan is leading the implementation of the third National Education Strategic Plan (NESP III: 2017-2021) for the goal to prepare skilled and competent citizens through the education system to sustain Afghanistan’s socioeconomic development and social cohesion in the country. To this end, the World Bank supports the MoE through EQRA project, aiming to provide support to increase equitable access to education, improving learning conditions, and strengthening sector planning capacity and transparency.

ECE pilot project is commissioned under component four of EQRA project. The component aims to strengthen the capacity of the MoE at the national and sub-national levels to achieve results in priority areas, and more broadly, to manage the delivery of quality education services promoted under NESP III. Under this pilot project a one-year ECE will be delivered to children of age 5-6 to prepare them for a smooth transition to primary school.

To commence and implement the pilot activities, ECE Curriculum Technical Specialist is required to provide technical and specialized support to the ECED in reviewing and developing a comprehensive ECE curriculum, provide necessary feedback on ECE policy and model development, develop training materials for teachers, develop learning targets and common formative assessment, and support the establishment of ECE pilot classes. 

The position holder will engage in evaluation and analysis of the ECE curriculum to allow its continued development and improvement. The incumbent will assist ECE department in the development of monitoring and evaluation mechanism pertaining to curriculum. The position is expected to provide consultation and assist in capacity development of the ECE department and relevant MoE personnel.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Work closely with General Directorate of Curriculum and key stakeholders to revise and develop a comprehensive and agreed upon curriculum, Teaching and Learning Material, Tools (forms, formats and other necessary material) that are age appropriate and comply with international and regional ECE standards. 

2. Undertake teacher and caregiver trainings for the implementation of pilot program.

3. Assist ECE pilot Teacher Training TA in developing training material for ECE pilot teachers.

4. Institutionalize a streamlined approach to maintaining a continuous process of curriculum revision and updating.

5. Design and propose required trainings accordingly and subsequently support establishment of ECE pilot classes and teachers.

6. Ensure quality and better learning outcome in schools through regular field visits, technical follow ups and evaluations.

7. Assist ECED in the development of monitoring and evaluation mechanism of ECE curriculum implementation.

8. Work closely with other stakeholders to develop the capacity of the ECE staff on national and sub national levels and Task Force Group (TFG) within the scope of ECE curriculum. 

9. Conduct regular training and sessions for ECE teachers, host school staff and other stakeholders to make sure the revised and updated curriculum is communicated and inculcated well.

10. Conduct regular visits to the field to monitor the follow up of ECE curriculum, collect feedback from teachers, students, community, and host schools and prepare a quarterly curriculum evaluation report with clear findings and recommendations.

11. Work with General Directorate of Curriculum to ensure the ECE curriculum is responsive, complete and integrated with MoE curriculum.

Deliverables:

1. ECE curriculum revised and finalized.

2. Teacher Training Material, Teaching guidelines, necessary formats, tools, and forms developed

3. Learning targets and common formative assessments designed and communicated.

4. ECE curriculum communication and training mechanism and action plan prepared and presented.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation plan from the implementation of ECE Curriculum prepared and presented. 

Job Requirement:

Education:

 Bachelor or Master degree in Education, Social Sciences or relevant field


Experience:


 At least 5 years of relevant professional experience with Master Degree and 7 years’ relevant professional experiences with a Bachelor degree in related field.


Professional Competencies:

 Demonstrated and proven experience in curriculum development in academic setting.  

 Demonstrate strong command and expertise on national education standards of Afghanistan and modern education pedagogy for the review and design of the curriculum, particularly for ECE.

 Sound understanding from regional curriculum models and capable to replicate the best practices and modules suitable in Afghanistan context

 Experience in capacity development including training, needs assessment, planning and academic follow up.


Skills:


1. Good team player

2. Excellent coordination skills

3. Excellent Communication Skills

4. Excellent interpersonal Skills

5. Outstanding Problem-Solving skills

6. Excellent Report Writing Skills


Languages: 

 Must be fluent in English, Pashtu and Dari.


Geography: Based in Kabul, will be travelling to provinces regularly

Key Reporting Relationship:

The Technical Specialist Curriculum will be reporting to the ECE Project manager and the Director General of General Education. 

Recruitment, work condition and evaluation


 


1.   Recruitment:


1.   The recruitment will be done through transparent and competitive processes.



2.   Work conditions


1.   The Technical Specialist-Curriculum will work according to Afghanistan MoE’s and donors' rules and regulation.


2.   MoE will provide a proper work station at MoE main building.


3.   Evaluation


1.   The initial three months will be considered a probationary period.


2.   A formal performance evaluation shall be conducted annually jointly by the Ministry of Education leadership as well as by the WB with observers of the key donors.


3.   An exit interview will be conducted upon completion of the contract. This exit interview constitutes condition for final payment.


4.   These reporting obligations would be in addition to any reporting and evaluation obligations decided and directly conducted by the Ministry and/or World Bank.


5.   The extension of contract is subject to fund availability, organization’s need, and satisfactory performance.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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