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The USAID/Somalia Bar ama Baro (BAB) “Teach or Learn” 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 (FGS) capacity to regulate them.
The Curriculum Development and Assessment Senior Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical leadership for all curriculum development activities, including leading and coordinating design, development, and implementation of the Accelerated Education Program (AEP) teaching and learning materials. The Senior Coordinator is required to undertake a collaborative and capacity-building approach with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and engaged stakeholders to result in the final AEP-approved curriculum and associated materials.
Reporting and Supervision:
The Curriculum Development and Assessment Senior Coordinator will report to the Reading/Education in Crisis or Conflict Advisor.
- Support and/or lead design and development of curriculum Teacher/Learning Materials (TLMs) including student textbooks, teacher guides, etc., ensuring that materials are appropriate for the targeted age group of 8-15;
- Support the scope and sequencing, drafting and field-testing, refinement, piloting, assessing and revision of TLMs;
- Provide technical support for the development of various evaluation tools to be used for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of TLMs and carry-out various evaluations using those instruments as required;
- Ensure timely production, coordination, and reporting of all data, in an accurate and complete manner, including for: ad hoc requests, weekly reports, quarterly reports, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data, financial information, etc.
- Review, adapt and help finalize all learning materials ensuring alignment with standards and benchmarks in the FGS National Curriculum;
- Ensure integration of the Collaboration for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) into the AEP curriculum and TLMs;
- Ensure all materials developed are gender-sensitive and inclusive, promote student and teacher well-being, and promote peacebuilding and conflict mitigation;
- Develop the AEP curriculum framework alongside relevant Ministry of Education (MOE) directorates and BAB Policy and Partnership Senior Coordinator;
- Oversee development of the material distribution plan and implementation of Track and Trace methodology;
- Support and/or lead validation workshops of TLMs within the MOEs at both the FGS and Federal Member State (FMS) levels, and including other stakeholders;
- Liaise with the FGS and FMS MOEs and stakeholder groups as needed; and
- Perform other tasks as assigned.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Education, Information and Communications Technology, or related field;
- At least six (6) years of experience in the education sector and demonstrated technical experience of a similar scope to this activity;
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
- Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills;
- Demonstrated ability to engage positively and productively with a diverse population of team members, stakeholders and government counterparts;
- Experience working on donor funded projects, preferably with USAID;
- Professional proficiency in written and spoken English;
- Fluency in Somali language;
- Authorization to work full-time in Somalia; and
- Possession of a Somali passport to facilitate work-related travel throughout BAB Program area of implementation.
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