Application Closing Date – 31 August 2019
Volunteer – Education Specialist – Unlocking Talent – Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
VSO is currently implementing the Unlocking Talent Project in various primary schools in Malawi. The project uses tablet technology to improve core competencies of reading, writing, and mathematics for Standard 1 and 2 (early grade) primary school children. This is an exciting initiative that will among other things provide real-time data to teachers and school administrators on learners progress. This, therefore, provides new and different opportunities and challenges that educators need to respond to. Therefore the project is looking for an education adviser who will be able to train and support the teachers and school administrators to be able to respond to these challenges and to mainstream this new approach into their teaching as well as the overall school activities.
Skills, qualifications and experience required
– The ideal applicant would be a person who has at least five years of experience working in the education sector. – You would have teaching and classroom management experience especially in the early grades (first and second year of primary school). – Additionally, the ideal candidate should have experience in using different and innovative approaches to improve learning outcomes; experience in using data/research outcomes to make and implement initiatives that would enhance learning; ability to self manage and set targets. – They should also have teacher training, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation experience. – Prior experience in using technology in education would also be a plus.
As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full-time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in the country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.
VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which mean accommodation varies and will be basic.
Some background about VSO
Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.
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Inclusive Education Specialist – Gender and Disability
Application closing date: 21 August 2019
Thousands of children are unfairly discriminated against in the classroom, prevented from accessing a proper education. These children deserve the same opportunities as any other child, and that’s where you come in. In this role, your goal will be to create an environment where all children, and girls, in particular, feel included and are able to receive a quality education. You’ll also be looking to improve attendance and reduce school dropout rates. You’ll be working in a team, supporting target partners to introduce inclusive education practices. You’ll be working across many age groups, promoting inclusive principles at the pre-primary, primary and secondary level.
Skills, qualifications and experience required
- Bachelor’s degree in education/inclusive education or related areas preferred
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in in-service and/or pre-service teacher training at pre-primary and primary education level
- Experience of training teachers at pre-primary and primary level and/or secondary level
- Proven knowledge and skills in active learning, child-centred and inclusive methodologies and special needs education
- Proven experience and knowledge of developing, implementing and coordinating inclusive education projects/programmes
- Experience in developing inclusive education or special needs education training materials and delivering training
- Practical knowledge of peer-to-peer support
- Ability to monitor and evaluate project results and write up quarterly and annual reports
- Communication and networking skills with a good command of both spoken and written English
- Computer literate and have basic skills for managing information systems, such as creating spreadsheets and word documents.
Please note that this is a generic advert. Please apply and when a specific position arises that matches your skills and availability, we’ll contact you directly.