Education Support Program (ESP)
Community Participation/Science Club Technical Advisor
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.
Over the past two years, ESP worked closely with local educational leaders and in partnership with Intel and developed an effective community supported Scientific Club model that improves students’ scientific inquiry and higher thinking skills. ESP adopted a community led approach that promotes building partnerships among public, private and civil society sectors to support the implementation of the scientific clubs. In ESP model, the BOTs play a crucial role in supporting the science clubs through linking the students with universities, research centers, and experts in the fields of their researches and projects, and providing overall support to students participating in the Science Clubs. ESP will continue providing support to the Ministry of Education to sustain the model and link it to current STEM initiatives and future extra-curricular activities that aims to develop students’ higher thinking skills.
The Community Participation/Science Club Technical Advisor is responsible for providing technical assistance to MOE professionals and ESP staff to improve and sustain the ESP’s “Scientific Club” model. S/he coordinates with other advisors within the Technical Support team in order to ensure integrated approach in supporting the ESP and MOE professionals at the central and regional levels. This is a full-time position based in ESP’s headquarter office in Cairo, and requires travelling to all areas served by the ESP program; approximately 60% of the time. The Community Participation/Science Club Technical Advisor reports to the SWD/BOT Development Manager
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Planning, Implementation and Coordination
- Provide input into the development of the ESP Annual Work plan and budget focusing on the implementation of Science Club model.
- Provide concrete ideas and proposals for future opportunities to maximize the successes already achieved by the Scientific Clubs.
- Review the Scientific Club model and develop solid ideas, scenarios, and proposals to take the Scientific Club to the next level and ensure its sustainability and synergy with existing structures and initiatives.
- Recommend potential partnerships with private sector, civil society institutions, and others who could enhance the Science Club model.
- Coordinate with existing programs working in the field of STEM education to implement activities that enriches and enhances the implementation of Science Clubs.
- Ensure that the field implementation plans reflect the philosophy of the Science Club model as a community-led one, emphasizing the role of BOTs in sponsoring the implementation of the model and its sustainability.
- Develop innovative strategies for enhancing the role of BOTs at different levels in supporting the Science Club model implementation, roll out, and sustainability.
- Develop innovative strategies for supporting the implementation of Science Club model across program regions.
- Ensure that sound technical approaches are integrally included in the field-based implementation plans.
- Develop needed technical material for the implementation of Science Club model.
- Provide technical assistance to the regional BOT Development Specialists and Coordinators to ensure the quality of implementation towards achieving the program results and deliverables.
- Coordinate with other advisors within the Technical Support unit in order to ensure cross-component planning and collaboration.
Collaboration with Stakeholders and Representation
- Coordinate and maintain professional relationship with the stakeholders and partners relevant to the implementation of Science Club model at the central and regional levels.
- Participate in national level stakeholder meetings regarding implementation of Science Club model.
Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting
- Provide input and support to the M&E Advisor for tracking progress on achieving results and deliverables related to the implementation of Science Club model.
- Encourage and document innovations across program regions.
- Coordinate with field offices across regions to ensure that best practices and experiences related to implementation of Science Club model are documented, shared and fed into ongoing and future plans.
- Review quarterly reports from the field offices and contribute to the ESP quarterly report on the implementation of Science Club model.
- Produce reports and briefs required by the program management.
- Carry out other relevant duties as assigned by the SWD/BOT Development Manager.
Qualifications and Experience Required
- Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field is required, Master’s Degree is preferred.
- Minimum 8 years of field experience in supporting similar initiatives like Science Club model focusing on promoting scientific thinking and inquiry-based learning.
- Solid understanding of STEM education approach.
- Understanding of the Egyptian educational context, the challenges to education system reform and imperatives for change, and change management.
- Ability to work in sensitive political and developmental situations and an inter-cultural environment.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal and team building skills required.
- Demonstrated skills in designing, facilitating, and delivering training workshops.
- Demonstrated experience in documenting successful work strategies.
- Excellent organizational and administrative abilities.
- Strong report writing and presentation skills;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in Arabic and English;
- Excellent ICT skills including the use of internet and email, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
- Willingness to travel frequently (60 %) to regional offices.
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.