Education Support Program (ESP)
Teacher Professional Development 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.
Since October 2011, ESP built an effective relation with PAT and the local training units. The work with PAT and the local training units resulted in major achievements including, building the capacity of local training departments to manage quality training and the actual training of 115,000 AT on the core certified course. The professional development certification system, which was developed during ERP, was initiated and around 90 professional development reviewers were prepared. The reviewers were utilized to certify over 120 training, and over 1500 trainers. PAT also started certifying training units in the governorates; to date around 20 training units applied for certification after receiving material and technical support from ESP. 11 of these units already passed the assessment process and received their certification. Training providers. The effective partnership with PAT also resulted in establishing a Professional Development Resources Center PDRC that will house the certified programs, trainers, and training centers and work as a center of excellence for professional development providers in Egypt. A website was also designed for PAT that will be used as a platform for dissemination of information and the provision of online training to Teachers. ESP will continue to build on these successes and explore opportunities for further empowering PAT and the local training units.
The Teacher Professional Development Advisor (TPDA) is responsible for providing technical assistance to MOE professionals, Professional Academy for Teachers (PAT) professionals, and ESP field staff in building local instructional leadership to create and sustain professional development opportunities for Assistant Teachers in particular and educators in general. S/he will propose and formulate potential scenarios for continuous improvement of the professional development system in Egypt with a focus on PAT and the local training units. S/he will coordinates with other advisors within the Technical Leadership Team in order to ensure integrated approach in supporting the ESP and MOE professionals at the regional level. The TPDA reports to the Director of Technical Support.
This is a full-time position based in ESP’s headquarter office in Cairo. Travel to all areas served by the ESP program is essential; approximately 50% of the time.
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Planning, Implementation and Coordination
- Participate in the planning, budgeting, implementing, and reporting on ESP activities.
- Suggest and initiate creative training delivery methods that utilize available MOE technological and other infrastructure.
- Identify, locate, and modify available training resources developed by previous education reform programs and support PAT utilize them for training teachers and other educators.
- Orient ESP and MOE professionals on relevant teacher training materials and discuss modes of delivery.
- Coordinate with PAT staff to operationalize the Professional Development Resource Center that host available training resources and data on programs, trainers, and training providers.
- Coordinate with PAT central and local staff to improve the operationalization of the professional development certification procedures and tools to certify courses, trainers, and training units.
- Support PAT pilot online training system using previously developed material.
- Support PAT initiates a dialogue with relevant central and local stakeholders on developing the professional development system.
- Support local training units in receiving certification from PAT in light of revised certification standards and taking a bigger role in planning and implementing training.
- Provide concrete ideas and proposals for future opportunities to maximize the successes already achieved with PAT and the local training units.
Collaboration with Stakeholders and Representation
- Initiate and maintain strong working relations with key PAT and MOE partners dealing with the provision of professional development to educators in general and Assistant Teachers in Particular at both the central and local levels.
- Establish and maintain effective communication channels with ESP field staff.
Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting
- Coordinate with the Monitoring and Evaluation staff on the documentation of activities and the recording of results and deliverables.
- Manage local and international consultants.
- Carry out other relevant duties as assigned by the Director of Technical Assistance.
The TPDA will hold a post-graduate degree in education planning, teacher education, educational leadership and management, or an equivalent combination of credentials, knowledge, skills, and experience.
- At least 8 years of experience in the areas of teacher education, professional development, and instructional leadership.
- Solid understanding of the concepts of strategic professional development, and sustainability.
- Experience in using traditional and nontraditional teacher professional development systems.
- Experience in developing and editing quality professional development materials.
- Familiarity with professional development certification systems.
- Understanding of the Egyptian educational context, the challenges to education system reform and imperatives for change, and change management;
- Understanding of the current teacher preparation system in Egypt;
- Knowledge of the procedures and criteria for licensure, hiring, and promotion of teachers in the MOE;
- 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;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in Arabic and English;
- Excellent organizational and administrative abilities; and,
- Excellent ICT skills including the use of internet and email, 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.