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14 Jun 2019

Teacher Development Technical Advisor

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Teacher Development Technical Advisor

Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Terms of Reference (ToR)

I. General Information
Post/Title:  Teacher Development Technical Advisor – FGS ESPIG
Department Urban Youth Program
Reporting Lines Program Director  – PMU
Key Internal Contacts: Program Director (PMU), Ministry leadership (Permanent Secretary, Director General), , PMU Technical Advisors , GPE Coordinator,, CARE Area Managers, Education Technical Advisor and Senior Grants Officer.
Key External Contacts: Federal Member states Ministries of Education (Jubaland, South West, Hirshabelle, Galmudug and Banaadir Regional Administration). CARE Area Managers, Education Technical Advisor and Senior Grants Officer and Concern Worldwide.
II. Background Information
 The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) funded Education Sector Program Implementation Grant (ESPIG) is aligned with the priorities of the Federal Government of Somalia’s new ESSP and with GPE strategic objectives.  The project focuses on the primary education subsector and seeks to expand equitable access to quality primary education opportunities, improving learning outcomes, ensuring the acquisition of foundational skills at the expected level for each grade, and enhance system capacity at the central MOECHE and Member State Ministries. The ESPIG grant aims to address the needs of large numbers of out-of-school children in South Central Somalia, with a focus on children from marginalized groups such as IDPs, pastoralists/nomads, urban poor, minority clans, and children with disabilities, and with a particular emphasis on girls. The grant will be implemented by the Federal Government of Somalia Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoECHE) in collaboration with the federal member states ministries of education in Jubaland, Southwest, Galmudug, Hirshabelle states and Banaadir regional administration with CARE as grant agent and Concern Worldwide as sub-contractor.
III. Position Summary
The Project Management Unit (PMU) of the GPE ESPIG is seeking to recruit a Technical Advisor –Teacher Education. He/she will work very closely with the Ministries of Education of the Federal Government of Somalia, Jubaland State of Somalia, Galmudug, Hirshabelle and Southwest States of Somalia, and with Concern Worldwide as sub-contractor. Reporting to Program Director, the TA will be a member of the Project Management Team that is embedded in the FGS office in Mogadishu. He/she will ensure an integrated strategy to support teaching quality improvement across all subsectors. This includes ensuring that there is a strong teacher support system in place, including regular supervision of teachers that contributes to effective instruction delivery and assessment of and for learning, as well as well-structured programs to support in-service training. He/she will support the development of quality training materials that are well aligned with national minimum learning standards (MLAs) and the new national curriculum framework and the identification ofthe teachers’ training and coaching needs. He/she will support coordination efforts among different stakeholders directly involved in teacher professional and resources development to improve teaching quality.
IV. Key responsibilities (Measurable results)
 1.       Technical Support for systems building (55%)

·         Support the ministry in ensuring an integrated strategy to support teaching quality improvement across all subsectors.

·         Undertake a situation analysis of teacher training in FGS as well as teacher training curricula and clearly map stakeholders providing teacher training and coaching.

·         Develop and present the gap analysis for better and informed intervention. Bottlenecks and barriers faced by teachers should also be clearly highlighted in the situation analysis.

·         Support the work of the existing Teacher Training Working Group (TTWG) by setting up a plan for improvement in teacher training and support.

·         Undertake the preparation and completion of training materials with the view to improving the current  Strengthening the Capacity of Teachers Training – Primary School  (SCOTT PS) programs that is currently used in teacher training institutions. This is to support both pre-service and in-service teachers.

·         Support the MoECHE Teacher Development Unit to establish and develop Teacher Management systems to ensure information management systems are kept and used for policy decisions.

·         Support the work of the existing Teacher Training Working Group (TTWG) by setting up a plan for improving teacher training and support, ensuring alignment of teacher training and support with the Teacher Training Framework and the Teacher Education and Training Policy,  and building networks among those providing support to teachers.

·         Provide advisory service for the holistic improvement of the teaching profession by advocating and lobbying the government for enhanced conditions of service for teachers.

·         Provide mentorship and coaching support to Federal and Member States Education staff to promote capacity building in teacher performancemonitoring and supervision.

2.       Support the implementation of the project (40%)

·         Support the MoECHE Quality Assurance officers to prepare effective supervision tools to appraise teachers, to provide targeted feedback, and to ensure their pedagogical and classroom management skills are enhanced.

·         Support MOECHE and Federal States MOEs on regular reviews of the program and ensure acceleration of activities, particularly with respect to teacher training, support, monitoring and supervision

·         Advisesenior technical staff of the PMUandMoECHE as required and appropriate on matters within the scope of the assignment.

3.       Other duties as assigned by the PMU from time to time (5%)                 

V. Authority
The TA – Teacher Development will report directly to the Program Director of the PMU
VI. Key Qualifications
·         Post graduate degree in Education or in a relevant field;

·         Minimum of seven years’ experience working in Somalia or in the Horn of Africa and a good understanding of sound education programming principles;

·         Experience working in primary education with focus on teacher development.

·         Knowledge of GPE and/or other donors’ programmatic and financial regulations;

·         Experience in managing and mentoring staff and promoting teamwork;

·         Good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills;

·         Facilitation and training skills including facilitation of participatory program development and capacity building;

·         Experience developing teacher training materials aligned with national curriculum and assessments;

·         Strong ability to design, implement and monitor education programs;

·         Excellent verbal and written English skills, particularly communication and presentation skills for diverse audiences;

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with Ministries of Education both federal and states, donors and other development partners;

·         Computer proficiency (including word processing, spreadsheets);

·         Willingness and experience to work independently in politically unstable security situations in security sensitive areas;

·         Knowledge of Somalia, itsculture and political background.

VII. Core Values & Critical Key Competencies
Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Diversity, Stress Tolerance, communicating with Impact, Excellence and Building Partnerships.
All applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.

Applications and the updated CV with three professional referees should be sent with the subject lineTeacher Development Technical Advisor – FGS ESPIG”. No later than Tuesday 25th June 2019. 16:30pm


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