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Technical Lead - Teacher Professional Development (Rwanda)

FHI 360

FHI 360

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2023

FHI 360 is a global organization that mobilizes research, resources and relationships so people everywhere can access the opportunities they need to lead full, healthy lives. With collaborations in over 60 countries, we work directly with local leaders to advance social and economic equity, improve health and well-being, respond to humanitarian crises and strengthen community resilience.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Technical Lead – Teacher Professional Development for the upcoming FCDO Rwanda Girls in Rwanda Learn (GIRL) Activity.

This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda and is contingent upon award.

Project Description

Girls in Rwanda Learn (GIRL) (2023 – 2030) is the FCDO’s new bilateral education programme in Rwanda. The programme will support marginalized girls and children with disabilities to return to school, stay in school and learn. It will improve teaching pedagogy, which will in turn improve foundational learning outcomes in English and math for girls and boys. The programme will reduce drop out and improve transition to lower secondary/other learning opportunities, particularly for girls and children with disabilities.

Position Description

The Technical Lead - Teacher Professional Development (TPD) works in close coordination with the Team Leader and Technical Director and is responsible for leading the quality and timeliness of the TPD workstream. The TPD Lead will be a senior education specialist with strong knowledge of inclusive and gender responsive teaching methods, supporting the development of English language skills in teachers, pedagogy in English and math, formative assessment, test-learn-adapt approaches, and how to support the development of professional teaching communities of practice. The individual will have deep technical knowledge of the Rwanda National Strategy for Accelerated Foundation Learning and applied experience delivering on Ministerial strategies for improved foundational learning.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

  • Provide overall leadership and management for the TPD component of the programme, including budget formulation and oversight; advises the Team Leader and Technical Director on technical matters, including support for policy and advocacy efforts related to foundational skills learning and gender-responsive pedagogy

  • Lead design and implementation of interventions to support P1-P3 English and Math teachers to improve gender-responsive classroom instruction.

  • Coordinate and maintain strong relationships with relevant Ministry counterparts and other key stakeholders in the design and roll-out of innovative approaches to support TPD.

  • Coordinate Component 1 planning processes to ensure strategic and cohesive programme direction.

  • Lead on development and quality assurance of teaching and learning materials.

  • Oversee technical outputs (activities, strategies and deliverables) of TPD implementing partners.

  • Lead on local partner technical capacity building activities.

  • Support the Team Leader, Technical Director and MERL staff with TPD activity monitoring and evaluation.

  • Provide leadership and line management of TPD programme staff and ensure clear roles and responsibilities; maintain clear lines of communication with project team members.

  • Collaborate with in-country technical advisors and headquarter-based technical staff to ensure the project is implemented according to organization and industry standard methodologies, programme framework, and regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree or comparable level of relevant experience required in literacy and numeracy at primary levels, primary education, teacher curriculum and instruction, management or instruction to the teaching workforce, or related field; PhD or EdD preferred.

  • 12+ years of related work experience in increasingly senior roles, with three years in leadership positions; experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO) or commercial consulting firm preferred.

  • Expertise in teacher professional development and assessment in English and math required; expertise in inclusive education and gender equality and social inclusion required.

  • Experience in the education sector in Rwanda or the region essential.

  • Proven technical leadership in FCDO-funded projects preferred.

  • Ability to build positive working relationships with local communities, government officials, implementing partners and donor representatives.

  • Ability to analyze and establish effective cross-programme coordination, procedures, and management systems.

  • Demonstrated ability in complex environments, working across different cultures, and managing diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.

  • Oral and written fluency required in English.

  • Oral and written fluency strongly preferred in Kinyarwanda.

  • Oral fluency preferred in French.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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