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Policy and Partnership Officer

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Job Description

Somalia Bar Ama Baro (BAB)

Policy and Partnership Officer

Position Location: TBD, Somalia               

Background:

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Program Summary:

The USAID/Somalia Bar Ama Baro program, a five-year USAID funded program, works to increase access to quality education for a targeted number of out-of-school children and youth (ages 8-15) in specific regions of Somalia. The Program will work to increase student enrollment in alternative education program sites, improve their safety, monitor acquisition of literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional skills among the learners who enroll in them, and enhance the Federal Government of Somalia’s capacity to regulate them.

Position Summary:

The Policy and Partnership Officerwill work in close collaboration with the Senior Policy and Partnership Advisor to assist in the development and implementation of Accelerated Education Program (AEP) policies at the sub-federal levels. The Policy and Partnership officer will engage state, regional and district level education officials and actors from the INGO community in activities that serve to build a national AEPprogram supported by policies. The officer will be responsible for conducting collaborative and capacity building activities that that engagesub-national level education officials and key stakeholders providing educational services across Somalia.  This position requires leadership and mediation skills to mobilize actors in supporting a comprehensive program to better serve Somalia’s out of school children and youth.

Reporting and Supervision:

The Policy and Partnership Officerwill report to theSenior Policy and Partnership Advisor.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the mapping process at the state, regional and district levels to map and review existing education policy frameworks, especially around systems, attendance, access, reading instruction, and assessment;
  • Lead at decentralized levels data-driven, policy dialogues and consensus building effortsamong diverse of governmental and non-governmental education-related stakeholder groups;
  • Facilitate state, regional and district level activities to strengthen Education Management Information System (EMIS) in support of AEP related data to improve progress in expanding access and quality education;
  • Provide capacity building support and carry out activities that build capacity of school, CEC and district capacity to apply, analyze and use data from school profiles to make decisions that improve educational services;
  • Assist as instructed by the Senior Policy and Partnership Advisor the phased process to be implemented that will result in the development and endorsement of the following AEP policies:
    • AEP Learner Eligibility Policy
    • AEP Learner Certification Policy
    • AEP Teacher Certification Policy
    • AEP Accreditation Policy
  • Work with relevant project stakeholders and local officials to provide support to sustain policy initiatives and facilitate development and implementation of policies, particularly in the areas of systems, access, attendance, reading instruction, assessment, and accountability;
  • Provide regional assistance to the Senior Policy and Partnership Advisor to organize policy review meetings at the regional level, with regard toreading and access to track progress in implementing new policies, identify corrective actions to speed implementation, and develop tools to assess impact;
  • Support the planning and implementation of capacity building plans for education officials and local stakeholders to develop leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills to effectively implement policies and regulations with regard toaccess to education and improved learning outcomes;
  • Support various means and methods for the dissemination of new policies and opportunities for bottom-up feedback at all levels through state-level and regional-level workshops involving government education officials down to local level actors supporting education service delivery;
  • Promote inclusivity, gender equity, and conflict mitigation and peacebuilding throughout all policy design and implementation and consensus building processes; and
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Education, Public Administration,or other relevant degree; Bachelor’s Degree and six (6) years of experience.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in education policy in Somalia and of international development activities with increasingly levels of responsibility;
  • Demonstrated understanding of EMIS systems and data-driven decision-making;
  • Must have exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to demonstrate leadership and team-building skills;
  • Must be able to engage positively and productively with a diverse population of team members, stakeholder and government counterparts;
  • Experience working on donor funded projects, USAID experience preferred;
  • Must be professionally proficient in written and spoken English;
  • Must be fluent in Somali language; and
  • Must be authorized to work full time in Somalia.

Applications will be sent to the following email: recruitment@crea-bab.com before 23th Nov. 2019.

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