Education Support Program (ESP)
Teacher Professional 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 Teacher Professional Development Specialist (TPDS) is responsible for planning and implementing professional development interventions for the Assistant Teachers.
This position will be under the direct supervision of the TL; however s/he willcoordinate technical assistance interventions and activities with technical guidance and inputs from TPD Advisor.
S/he will collaborate and adopt team work approach with other Specialists like Instructional Leadership Specialist to build and empower local instructional leadership for providing technical support to local instructional leaders to improve capacities of Assistant Teachers, and BOT development specialist to build the capacities of SWD and BOTs..
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, and implement, Assistant Teacher professional development activities under the supervision of the Team Leader.
- Participate in the Rapid Assessment study and use its findings to achieve program goals in his or her region.
- Participate in discussion and provide input and feedback to the TPD Advisor on creative training delivery methods that utilize available MOE technological and other infrastructure.
Collaboration with Stakeholders and Representation
- Under the supervision of the Team Leader, initiate and maintain strong working relations with relevant idarra training sections and other idarra staff responsible for providing professional development to Assistant Teachers.
- Coordinate with PAT Branches junior staff to implement training activities under the supervision of the Team Leader.
- Establish and maintain effective communication channels with TPD Advisor and solicit support and adviser.
- Coordinate with other specialists in the team and in other teams to share lessons learnt and make best use of available resources.
Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting
- Coordinate with the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to collect relevant data for recording project deliverables.
- Contribute to writing reports on progress of work as requested by the M&E system.
- Manage idarra level trainers and facilitators.
- Carry out other relevant duties as assigned by the Team leader and approved by the Regional Director.
The TPDS will hold a university degree in education planning, teacher education, educational leadership and management.
- At least 4 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 non-traditional teacher professional development 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;
- Very good 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.