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 recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Output 1 Lead
Requisition ID: 2021201297 Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Employment Type: Full Time
Under the supervision of the Deputy Team Lead, the Output 1 Lead will provide technical and management leadership on all Output 1 activities, including materials development and distribution; in-service and pre-service training; school leadership and community support, and monitoring and evaluation. The Output 1 lead will be responsible for coordinating with DAI, subcontractors, government stakeholders, and project staff to ensure high-quality and timely deliverables. The Output 1 Lead will also provide information to the donor upon request.
Essential Job Functions, Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate with FHI 360, the project prime, and stakeholders on project design and work plan development; lead annual work planning for Output 1 of the project
Coordinate with the Education Coordinator, MEL coordinator, State Team Leads, and other key staff to assure timely completion of deliverables in the annual work plan
Oversee administrative and finance staff to develop and monitor the budget and work plan for Output 1
Communicate regularly with FHI 360 HQ for technical inputs and management support; provide updates to HQ as requested
Liaise with project sub-contractors on their project components, and maintain their accountability for timely, high-quality deliverables
Provide consisted reports to the prime organization and the donor, as requested
Maintain strong relationships with government partners at the local, state and federal levels.
Conduct one-on-one meetings, project updates, study tours, symposia, and other activities with key stakeholders to ensure broad involvement and local ownership of the project.
Coordinate the establishment of technical working groups with local stakeholders and project staff
Oversee staff and stakeholders to improve capacity, accountability and equity within State Colleges of Education in Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa
Oversee project staff and stakeholders to strengthen the system for in-service training in Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa.
Oversee staff and stakeholders to strengthen school leadership via School Based Management Committees and Head Teacher capacity building. Oversee the establishment of school report cards as a mechanism for school accountability and reporting.
Oversee staff and stakeholders to establish systems for improving teacher attendance and time on task.
Oversee staff and stakeholders to mobilize communities to increase demand for quality education.
Oversee staff and stakeholders to develop standardized learning assessments at the school level
Oversee staff and stakeholders to effectively collect, aggregate, visualize and use assessment data for decision making
Minimum Requirement Standards
Advanced degree in education with a concentration in early grade reading, literacy, language acquisition and non-formal education or related field. At least 5 to 7 years’ experience in education reform with a focus on primary education sector work in language acquisition and/or child literacy or reading especially in Hausa Language. certification as reading/literacy specialist preferred
Demonstrated project leadership skills. Experience leading education projects in Nigeria strongly preferred.
Demonstrated ability to work with government, partners and/or local government structures and school settings
Proven expertise in mother tongue (L1), early grade reading instruction and/or assessment and reading material development, preferably in Hausa Language.
Significant experience in developing and producing of student reading materials, workbooks, trainers’ and teachers’ guides and instructional materials to improve early grades reading
Has ability to coordinate reading interventions, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities
Strong leadership qualities and facilitation skills, experience in working with teachers to improve practice
Demonstrable knowledge of research-based best practices in content-area reading skills and strategies and literacy instruction
Experience/preparation in modeling teaching, observing teachers, and providing non-judgmental feedback.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of reading & literacy programs in Nigeria. Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding formative learning processes. Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain good working relationship with staff and other partners. Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially in terms of reporting. Relevant computer software and internet skills (at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office and Excel).
Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English and Hausa language. Ability to travel within Nigeria minimum of 50%.
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