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Literacy Specialist

Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya (EMACK) is an initiative of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The program aims to improve learning outcomes for all children in terms of literacy, numeracy, innovation and problem solving through teacher development, community and parental participation in all aspects of school life and improved coordination and dialogue with MOE to inform the National Education Sector Support Program.

The Aga Khan Foundation wishes to recruit a Literacy Specialist for the EMACK project. This recruitment is contingent on the availability of funding.

The Literacy Specialist coordinates all efforts geared at improving the design and implementation of EMACK early reading interventions across the three regions- Coast, North Eastern and Nairobi. 

S/he will be directly responsible for the technical oversight and quality control of early reading interventions in the EMACK project, with the assistance of the Senior Education Specialist and other project specialists [Coast, North Eastern and Nairobi provinces]. 

S/he will be expected to travel regularly across these regions to provide technical support, including training and mentoring of the EMACK Core Program Team, Partner staff, education officials and teachers on essential elements of literacy.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Plays a central role in ensuring that EMACK early reading interventions lead to improvements in children’s learning outcomes, with an emphasis on their reading competencies;
  • Provides technical support in terms of training and mentoring of EMACK staff and project partners in implementing programs that focus on early reading/literacy competencies;
  • Participates in discussions with relevant MOE departments including the KIE and the Directorates of Basic Education and Quality Assurance and Standards on the appropriateness of curricula in relation to literacy programs following the outcome of learning assessments;
  • Leads regular reviews of EMACK early reading interventions and uses outcomes of the reviews including lessons learnt to: a) further improve program implementation; b) engage with relevant Directorates of MOE, Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies, partners and EMACK program team to influence policy and practices on early reading interventions;
  • In conjunction with the M&E Specialist, facilitates short studies on early reading programming whose outcome contributes to improvements in program design and/or policy influencing, including developing policy briefs;
  • In collaboration with the EMACK Communications Specialist, assist in the documentation of EMACK best practices and experiences in early reading program work;
Requirements:
  • Minimum of Masters’ Degree in Education, PhD preferred; Strong knowledge of education programs including early reading , 
  • Early Childhood Education and Primary Education; 
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in designing, planning and implementing literacy programs;
  • Knowledge of pedagogical principles, methodologies and practices in language and literacy;
  • Excellent training and facilitation capability;
  • Expenence with developing training manuals and guidelines on early reading;
  • Experience as a classroom teacher, designing and implementing a comprehensive reading and numeracy program; 
  • Experience with action research, monitoring
    and evaluation related to literacy programming; 
  • Experience of working directly or indirectly with the Kenyan Ministry of Education and sound knowledge of the Kenyan education system and the policy context.
Applications along with a cover letter, an up-to-date CV and names of three referees should be sent to the address below by 28th September, 2012

The Human Resource and Administration Manager, EMACK H
P.O. Box 50027 - 00100, NAIROBI
Email; recruitment@akf-emdck.org

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The Aga Khan Foundation Is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network

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