Education Support Program (ESP)
BOT Development Specialist
Education Support Program (ESP) builds on the institutional achievements made by ERP 1 in strengthening the local educational structures to support teacher professional development and community involvement in educational decision making and quality improvement. It also seeks to enhance the MOE capacity for crisis contingency planning so that political and social disruptions to the school system in the future can be well managed, thus reducing the negative impacts of such disruptions.
ESP will strengthen civil society’s capacity to respond to current and future system fragility by enhancing the MOE’s ability to support and strengthen BOTs, which in turn would be able to address school system needs at the community level. As part of the process of strengthening community response capacities, ESP will support a competitive small grants program that will enable areas most impacted by the economic and social disruptions to pay school fees and address the lost opportunities to learn caused by closing of schools and the lack of security. ESP will also address the MOE’s need to provide rapid upgrading of the skills of recently hired assistant teachers while strengthening local capacities to respond to this need. Additionally, ESP will support processes that enhance the MOE’s ability to respond to fragility in the future. All of our efforts will emphasize further increasing women’s participation in governance processes and girls’ access to and retention in school.
ESP will draw on ERP experience and expertise to enhance capacity for good governance and data-driven decision making from the community level to the district and central levels. The emphasis will be on addressing the needs of children in the “most impacted areas,” including security, and the need to bolster the ability of the BOTs to improve access, retention, and learning outcomes among these same children and communities.
The BOT Development Specialist is responsible for planning and implementing the SWD and BOT development activities including: science activities in the assigned regional office. The BOT Development Specialist reports to the Team Leader, coordinates with other Specialists, and work closely with the Senior BOT Development Specialist. This is a full-time position based in one of ESP’s regional offices in Qena, Minia, Cairo, Ismailia, or Alexandria. Travel to all areas served by the ESP program is essential; approximately 70% of the time.
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Planning, Implementation and Coordination
- Plan, budget, implement, and report on SW/BOT development activities and progress in the assigned Idarras under the supervision of the Team Leader.
- Participate in discussion and provide input and feedback to the BOT Development Senior Specialist on creative training delivery methods that utilize available MOE resources.
- Plan and implement training activities to target regional and Idara level SWD and other partners.
- Participate in the process for developing needed technical material for SW/BOT Development component activities including: science, students at risk, and increasing women participation.
- Coordinate the implementation of science activities, students at risk and women participation and ensure quality of outputs and deliverables.
Collaboration with Stakeholders and Representation
- Under the supervision of the Team Leader, initiate and maintain strong working relations with SWD and other relevant Governorate partners involved with the BOT development and science activities at the local levels.
- Establish and maintain effective communication channels with BOT Development Senior Specialist and solicit support and advice.
- Coordinate with other specialists in the team and in other teams to share lessons learnt and make best use of available resources and to ensure integrated approach in supporting MOE professionals at the regional level.
Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting
- Coordinate with the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to collect relevant data for recording project deliverables, and document lessons learnt and success stories.
- Contribute to writing reports on progress of work as requested by the program.
- Manage local trainers and facilitators.
- Carry out other relevant duties as assigned by the Team leader and approved by the Regional Director.
The BOT Development Specialist should hold a university degree in social science or a relevant field.
- At least 5 years of experience in the areas of increasing community participation and enhancing school governance in the education sector.
- Solid understanding of the concepts of community participation and school governance.
- Understanding of the Egyptian educational context, the challenges to education system reform and imperatives for change, and change management;
- Understanding of the MOE decrees related to the BOTs.
- Solid experience in designing and implementing training programs.
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Proactively and dynamism;
- Ability to work in sensitive political and developmental situations and an inter-cultural environment;
- Strong report writing and presentation skills;
- Very good ICT skills including the use of internet andemail, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Applicants should email a copy of their CV, and a cover letter by April 15, 2014. The email subject must contain the relevant job title.