Teaching and Learning Program Officer, Education Pathways to Peace

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Project Overview and Role

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.

Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.

Responsibilities

Purpose of the Position
The Teaching and Learning Program Officer will support the work of two (2) Lead Advisers on Curriculum, Learning and Delivery and Teacher Development. The post is expected to assist in the delivery of activities targeted towards building and strengthening the capacity of DepEd-ARMM and other stakeholders to:

  • Provide a balanced K-3 curriculum appropriate to the needs, circumstances and diverse social, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds in ARMM.
  • Improve the quality of teaching and learning.

In addition to aforementioned responsibilities, the Program Officer will support the effective integration of critical cross-cutting issues including gender equity, social inclusion and peace building in Pathways work on curriculum contextualization and adaptation, teaching learning materials development, pre-service and in-service teacher education and formative/summative assessments.

Duties : Under direction of the Deputy Team Leader, the Program Officer for Teaching and Learning will –

1.    Provide support to the Annual Work Plan by assisting Component Lead Advisers to

  • assessing current organizational strengths and barriers to effectiveness;
  • identifying specific cross-cutting issues on which to focus and the modality for research and data gathering that may be needed;
  • assist in the development of activities for the Annual Work Plan including the scope, phasing and duration of technical inputs to DepEd-ARMM;
  • proposing quantitative and qualitative indicators and appropriate measures and data collection for inclusion in the MEAL strategy; and
  • forecasting the broad scope of activities that should follow in the next six months after the annual plan to ensure alignment with DepEd-ARMM annual planning and budgeting cycle.

2.    On an ongoing basis contribute to progress reporting by ?

  • reviewing progress and identifying what works well and may be extended or where adjustments are needed;
  • engaging with and learning from key stakeholders through education forums; and
  • monitoring cross cutting issues including GESI and peace-building contributions.

3.    Working closely with the Lead Advisers on Components 2 and 3, provide guidance, mentoring and support to institutional partners and identified leaders and change agents in the identified key stakeholder groups;

4.    Identify and support capacity development opportunities for DepEd-ARMM  and the priorities of other partners, through leveraging the contributions of other DFAT investments and niche partners.

5.    Provide administrative support to Pathways activities as needed.

6.    Other duties as may be reasonably required by the Deputy Team Leader.

Requirements

Qualifications and Experience 
The Teaching and Learning Program Officer will have the following qualifications and experience:

I.    Minimum of 3 years experience working in the areas of institutional capacity development in basic education sector, preferably significant experience with early grades education (K-3);
II.    Deep understanding of basic education and the challenges and conditions for improving and sustaining quality of education in the Philippines, ARMM or a similar development context;
III.    Significant experience in at least 2-3 of the following areas: guiding curriculum consultation and review processes, curriculum development and design, production of teaching learning materials and resources, classroom-based assessments and pre-service and in-service teacher education for quality teaching;
IV.  Practical understanding in at least 2-3 areas of pedagogical approaches that can address education delivery challenges in ARMM such as Mother Tongue-based Multilingual Education, multi-grade teaching, Islamic Education, education in the context of conflict setting, out-of-school children and youth and peace education.
V.    Ability to work collaboratively with counterparts to achieve outstanding results;
VI.  Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills;
VII.  Fluent in English (written and oral).

Closing Date: April 6, 2018

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