FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of
Job Title: Early Grade Reading Specialist
The USAID-funded Ghana Learning project aims to achieve the ambitious goal of improving reading outcomes for over 1 million primary students in Ghana (grades KG2 to P2). The project works closely with and build the capacity of local Ghanaian NGO and MOE/GES partners to achieve this goal. The project will focus on the following expected outcomes related to the overarching goal:
- In service training for reading will be strengthened for at least 22,800 teachers using USAID’s “simple view of reading”
- Increased availability and use of core and supplementary reading materials for eachers and primary school pupils
- Strategies for improving early grade numeracy teaching and learning piloted
- Implementation of MOE language policy strengthened
- Strategies for improving teacher attendance and time on task working via District Reading Action Plans implemented
- District Reading Grants effectively used by selected “performing districts” to help promote reading and improve basic education management practices.
As part of the Learning team, the Reading Specialist will report to the COP and support the Learning technical approach to improving literacy and learning outcomes among children in Ghana. S/he will also work closely with the FHI 360 Reading Team Leader at HQ and her team to ensure quality control.
- Monitor and support process for Dagbani Prototype implementation working closely with FHI 360 DCOP, FHI 360 HQ reading team, GILBTT staff and SIL Consultants (both materials revisions as well as development and piloting of teacher training and coaching materials)
- Monitor and support process of Materials development for 11 local languages and English drawing on formative learning from Dagbani Prototype
- Advise SIL and GILLBT materials development teams on USAID requirements for reading materials and facilitate problem solving between materials development teams and FHI 360 HQ reading team
- Lead revision and reformatting templates for pupil books and teachers’ guides, coordinating with in-country partners (GILLBTT, MOE/GES, SIL-LEAD and other stakeholders as well as FHI360 HQ.
- Provide support and guidance in the use of the templates and troubleshoot situations where the templates may not be appropriate for a particular language feature or skill.
- Participate in materials revision to support quality control, particularly for adhesion to reading methodology, USAID requirements and harmony across languages.
- Lead development of videos that demonstrate teaching techniques (including script writing, prepping teachers, and coordinating with the production company)
- Contribute to the development of other professional development tools such as school-based in-service modules, face-to-face trainings, and e-course modules.
- Coordinate development of observation, fidelity of implementation, and other monitoring tools with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team.
- Lead the Dagbani prototype improvement feedback loop (visiting classrooms to observe the implementation of lesson plans, leading the team’s interpretation of reading M&E data – formative and outcomes data, facilitating decision-making in order to appropriately incorporate perspectives and feedback from Learning (field and H.O.), GILLBT, SIL and ministry partners)
- Contribute to the development of a coaching program and tools.
- Assist with trainings of trainers.
- Conduct quality assurance visits to training sites and schools
- Provide capacity building in the teaching of reading as needed for staff and partners.
- Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent – Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.
- 5-8 Years of relevant experience in management of large projects and/or programs.
- Has ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
- Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.
- Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).