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.
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 DCOP-Curriculum, Assessment and Teacher Development (DCOP-CATD) position will work in tandem with the Reading/Education in Crisis or Conflict Advisor (RECC) and the DCOP-Programs, among other BAB team members, and 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 DCP-CATD will also oversee teacher development in the AEP sector including policy and certification pathways. The DCoOP-CATD is required to undertake a collaborative and capacity-building approach with BAB team members, partner organizations, most notably Save the Children International (SCI), Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), SIL LEAD, and ORB International, as well as the primary stakeholder Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoECHE) at the federal level and respective Ministry of Education (MoE) representatives at the state and regional levels to ensure a co-creation and inclusive collaborative approach that will result in the final AEP-approved curriculum and associated materials.
Reporting and Supervision:
The DCOP–CATD will report to the Chief of Party (COP).
- Serve as primary on-the-ground representative of Creative Associates in Mogadishu, interacting with the MoECHE, et al. in-person, when appropriate and permitted, to advance the objectives of BAB;
- Engage in regular communications the COP and other BAB colleagues to keep everyone apprised of ongoing information sharing, including issues and opportunities concerning BAB with the MoECHE and MoEs, et al.;
- Develop preliminary concept notes for establishing a robust Non-Formal Education (NFE) teacher education and accreditation policy in Somalia; socialize the concept notes with appropriate authorities within the MoECHE and help finalize the policy;
- Work in tandem with the DCOP-Program, RECC, and appropriate MoECHE staff to develop teacher training curriculum and materials development ensuring that all learning materials are duly approved by the MoECHE before implementation;
- Design teacher training programs and implementation schedules;
- Lead sessions for training local partners who will in turn train the teachers at the community level;
- Assist in gathering appropriate data from teachers to establish the efficacy of BAB training interventions;
- Work closely with the NFE Director, BAB’s NFE AEP curriculum development expert and technical advisor (RECC) to develop appropriate materials for NFE Levels 1-4, including teaching guides;
- Support the Department of NFE & Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Director to identify Somali experts to serve on the Curriculum/Materials Development Task Force as well as the Steering Committee. Both groups will further the work of BAB in curriculum development as well as NFE policy finalization in Somalia;
- Engage with government representatives as and when needed to ensure that the Curriculum/Materials Development Task Force and Steering Committee members are kept abreast of all program implementation activities and engage substantively with BAB at critical junctures;
- Guide the policy development and practice on education/training, professional development and career pathways for AEP/NFE teachers;
- Engage with other education sector implementing partners and donors and work closely with the MoECHE to obtain approvals for additional and permanent NFE teaching posts and salaries;
- Support and or lead the 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 years;
- 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, workplans, monitoring and evaluation 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 MoECHE directorates and the BAB Policy and Partnership Senior Coordinator, among others as appropriate;
- Oversee development of the material distribution plan and implementation of Track and Trace methodology;
- Support and/or lead validation workshops of TLMs within the MoECHE and MoEs at both the FGS and FMS levels, and including other stakeholders;
- Liaise with the FGS MoECHE and FMS MoEs and stakeholder groups as needed; and
- Perform other tasks as assigned.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Education or related field;
- At least eight (8) years of demonstrated technical and management experience in the education sector, on projects with a similar scope to this activity, with progressively higher positions of authority and responsibility;
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
- Professional proficiency in written and spoken English.
- Fluency in written and spoken Somali;
- Ability to demonstrate leadership and team-building skills;
- Ability to engage positively and productively with a diverse population of team members, stakeholders and government counterparts;
- Willingness and ability to train and be trained;
- Must be currently based in and working from Mogadishu;
- Must have a valid Somali passport, or at least valid Somali work permit, to facilitate living in Somali and work-related travel throughout BAB Program area of implementation; and
- Experience working on donor funded projects, preferably with USAID, is preferred.
Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
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