Education Specialist, USAID Niger Basic Education Activity

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Position title: Education Specialist, USAID Niger Basic Education Activity Location: Niamey, Niger Department: Human Rights, Education, and Empowerment Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party: Niger Basic Education Activity POSITION SUMMARY Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the position of an Education Specialist for the anticipated U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Niger Basic Education Activity. The project will target out-of-school adolescents and youth, particularly girls and those affected by conflict and crisis, who do not have access to safe, equitable and contextually relevant learning opportunities needed to strengthen their resilience and contribute to their communities. The purpose of the activity is to increase primary education completion, particularly for displaced and host community learners marginalized due to conflict and crisis conditions, with improved foundational skills and wellbeing, even in the face of shocks and stressors. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. The Education Specialist will be responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of strategies to increase educational outcomes for out-of-school adolescents and youth, particularly girls and those affected by conflict. They will also provide technical assistance on formal and non-formal education opportunities in crisis and conflict-affected areas to increase learning outcomes including developing appropriate teaching and learning materials and conducting learning assessments. The Education Specialist will report directly to the Deputy Chief of Party and will work closely with Winrock’s Senior Education Advisor. Major Responsibilities Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: Provide day-to-day technical leadership and ensure high-quality deliverables Oversee and work with team of technical specialists to design, implement and monitor education interventions focused on improving outcomes for out-of-school adolescents and youth, particularly girls and those affected by conflict and crisis Lead design, adaptation, and rollout of non-formal/accelerated learning programs for children and adolescents to facilitate re-entry into primary school, taking conflict and crisis situations into account Work in collaboration with Directorate of Education counterparts for all phases of materials development piloting, revision, and teacher training to build capacity while leveraging existing government initiatives and integrating components into the education system Work with the MERL team to conduct formal and informal assessments to assess implementation of education interventions and adapt approaches to the context, including addressing security risks, conflict or crisis Contribute to program research and monitoring, and participate in learning and reflection exercises with USAID and other stakeholders to refine and adjust technical approaches and annual work plans Work with the project team and Winrock’s Senior Education Advisor to incorporate best practices and capture good practices, lessons learned and impact of the project Represent the project at relevant conferences, stakeholder, and donor meetings as appropriate. Other duties and tasks as assigned. Position Qualifications Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, international development, or relevant discipline required. Work Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience working on the design, management, and implementation of complex education programs, particularly in conflict and crisis regions At least three years’ experience providing technical leadership on donor-funded education projects, preferably on non-formal education, formal education, education in emergencies, and in West Africa. Demonstrated experience developing or leading the development of teaching and learning materials working in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and implementing partners Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: foundational skills, social emotional learning (SEL), soft skills, building resilience, teacher professional development, girls’ education, inclusion Ability to collaborate and liaise with senior MoE officials, other international and local implementing partners, relevant education sector stakeholders, and senior members of the donor community. Demonstrated experience advising on education monitoring, evaluation, research and learning activities. Knowledge and Skills: Knowledge of education sector in Niger, including main barriers to access for school-age primary school adolescents and youth, current government initiatives and lessons learned from past donor funded programming preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to lead technical team and provide technical support across project and partner organizations. Demonstrated ability to work in a team, including effectively contributing to joint planning and implementation of activities. Excellent organizational skills. Excellent facilitation skills, including proven ability to lead the design and delivery of training workshops and capacity building activities on education, gender equity and social inclusion, or other related areas. Demonstrated strong writing and oral presentation skills in English and French required. Other: Ability to travel throughout Niger (in compliance with Covid-19 and safety and security restrictions). Salary: The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered. Applications: The deadline for submission of applications is March 17th, 2023. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and Winrock reserves the right to make an offer prior to the closing date for applications. Applicants are thus encouraged to submit their applications at the earliest opportunity. Applicants should go to and submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Education, Equity, and Social Inclusion Specialist: Niger Basic Education Activity. Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted. Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation. Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization