Academic Lead (Foundational Numeracy) (Two Vacancies)

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 29-Apr-20 23:59 HR
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JOB DESCRIPTION
Academic Lead (Foundational Numeracy) (Two Vacancies)
The Education Alliance, Districts of Madhya Pradesh

1. POSITION(S) VACANT: Academic Lead (Foundational Numeracy) (Two Vacancies), The Education Alliance, Districts of Madhya Pradesh

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

The Education Alliance (TEA) is a non-profit organisation registered in India to catalyse quality transformations in the public-school system through strategic partnership support.

TEA aims to build an ecosystem in which governments can strategically partner with mission oriented non-profit educational organisations to deliver high quality education. TEA’s goal is to empower government schools to create the next generation of leaders by transforming the quality of education offered in these schools. A high-quality education for every child in India would call for a system that is accountable, collaborative and equitable.

TEA sets up a Project Management Unit (PMU) to support the state education departments to partner more strategically with non-state actors and to design and deliver programmes with the objective of building governments’ own capacity to sustain these initiatives post the exit of external partners.

TEA currently has two ongoing programs in Delhi and Tamil Nadu:

In Delhi, TEA’s partnership with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation commenced in 2015 and has been formally recognized by the government as “School Quality Enhancement Program (SQEP)” where non-profits engage with government schools in a whole school turnaround model. The program is currently impacting +5,300 students in 18 schools supported by eight NGO partners.

In Tamil Nadu, TEA has been partnering with the Samagra Shiksha since 2018 for supporting the state in management and governance of its partnership with non-profit organisations. In this engagement, TEA has been working with the state to put together processes through the lifecycle of State-NGO interactions resulting in a more efficient and effective engagement.

In order to deliver the goals, TEA engages in five broad areas of work viz. dialogue with governments to design the frameworks for intervention, identify high-quality and mission-aligned non-profit partners for program content and delivery, set-up a project management unit to implement the program, conduct research to test the efficacy of the model and build system’s capacity to sustain the intervention.

For more information about The Education Alliance, please visit http://www.theeducationalliance.org/

About TEA’s proposed program in the state of Madhya Pradesh on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN Program):

TEA is currently in preparation to start working with the State of Madhya Pradesh on strengthening its Foundational Literacy & Numeracy in grades 1 and 2. The program has been currently conceptualised as a three-year engagement with the state, with likelihood of further extension. TEA will set up a PMU within the education department to support the state in designing and implementation of program for early grades. This will include selection of partners for content development, teacher training, etc., setting performance benchmarks and instituting a system for assessments to ensure embedding of this program within the education delivery system. 

The FLN project in Madhya Pradesh has been conceptualised and is being funded by Central Square Foundation. The FLN program will be delivered along with a consortium of partners including Room to Read for literacy and Sol’s Arc for numeracy.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Working closely with the District Heads in the selected districts of Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal, Raisen and Chhindwara) and engaging with the respective District Education Department of Madhya Pradesh, the Academic Leads- Foundational Literacy (AL-FL) shall be responsible for providing support to the District Head in execution of the program by leading all technical tasks in the district focussing on training of teachers and government officials at district, block and cluster levels, classroom instruction and coordination with various stakeholders at the district level to sustain the impact and interventions from the program.

The Academic Leads shall play a key role in training and capacity building of teachers in their respective districts and shall be required to have pedagogical knowledge in their domain (numeracy). They will be onboarded and trained by TEA’s numeracy academic partners in the State – Sol’s Arc.

Key Job Responsibilities:

(A)  Program Understanding

(1) Responsible for studying pedagogy program design for numeracy (SoI Arc) and articulate/ train stakeholders on various aspects of the program;
(2) Responsible for numeracy program planning at district level and providing requisite information to all program tracking system for timely and quality implementation of activities;
(3) Support the District Head in strategic planning and advocacy, technical assistance, quality assurance, sustainability planning and future expansion decisions;
(4) Provide technical oversight to the team and support them in their monitoring visits and communication with government officials. Identify gaps in their capabilities and plan for their capacity building in discussion with the internal technical team;
(5) Act as the point person with respect to government cadre training on numeracy and capacity building of program staff at the district level;
(6) Participate in workshops on material development, training module development and training of trainers;
(7) Attend review meetings at the national, state and district level and provide reflective feedback on program implementation and design issues. Also, act as the conduit for transferring innovative ideas and practices from the national level (or from other states) on to the field.

(B) Field Observation

(1) Make regular visits to program schools, observe classroom transactions, speak to teachers and headmasters and supervise the functioning of the team related to the technical components;
(2) Identify design and quality issues, including problems being faced by team.  Discuss these issues with the District Heads (and State Head, keeping District Heads in loop for any operational issues) and based on that provide solutions at the field level;

(C) Technical Assistance and Programme Advocacy

(1) Attend government meetings, discussions and committees on numeracy and use those forums to advocate for enabling policies and government orders in support of numeracy program;
(2) Regularly communicate and work with government counterparts to build awareness and understanding among them with respect to the district’s numeracy program and its main features;
(3) Participate in the state level discussions organized by government counterparts and advocate for the adopted numeracy approach through developing good understanding of state curriculum, text books and various education projects/programs.;
(4) Provide technical assistance to schools in teaching-learning by using instructional materials designed and produced for teachers especially for this program; make suggestions for improving quality and utilization of these materials.

(D) Reporting and Documentation
(1) Prepare regular (monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, including program data) qualitative reports and documenting case studies and best practices; 
(2) Participate in any other activities which may be required to be undertaken to fulfil the objectives of the intervention.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

Qualification

(1) Applicants must have Masters’ in relevant discipline;
(2) Candidates with a Bachelors’ degree, accompanied by relevant experience, shall also be considered

Experience

(1) Minimum four years of experience in improving learning outcomes in schools;
(2) Applicants must also possess experience of teaching maths in a primary/ secondary school environment any form of training experience (e.g. resource persons, Subject matter experts (SMEs) for govt bodies etc.), and be able to demonstrate the accomplishment of excellent learning outcome;
(3) Experience of working with government and in education sector is desirable.

Skills and Competencies

(1) Understanding of numeracy interventions (for early grade learners);
(2) Strong training and mentoring skills;
(3) Strong documentation and data analysis skills;

(4) Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication in English and Hindi;
(5) Willingness and ability to travel extensively;

5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

Gross compensation budgeted for the position ranges from Rs. 5- 6 lacs per annum. The offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience and salary history.

6. LOCATION: Two vacancies based in two districts of Madhya Pradesh.

7. REFERENCE: AL-FN-TEA

8. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Team SAMS
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612

 

9. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link by or before April 29, 2020.