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    Database Specialist

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus project, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria. The Monitoring and Evaluation Database Specialist will assist in the design and development of a data collection and management system for project team. He/she will report to the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to ensure implementation is closely aligned with the overall project. This position is based in Abjua, Nigeria.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Develops a project database to house all project-related data.
    • Provides continuous maintenance of the database including regular scheduled back-ups, tests of data integrity, periodic recovery tests, etc.
    • Develops standard operating procedures for administering database.
    • Works with project team members and partners in numerous field locations throughout the country to ensure the database functionality meets their needs.
    • Creates and enforces project-wide data processing protocols, including manuals and reference guides, for proper use of the project database and related functions.
    • Trains project and partner staff on proper use of the database and data processing protocols.
    • Works with project staff to find and implement technological solutions to data-related challenges.
    • Ensures data cleanliness, quality and security.
    • Ensures seamless integration between numerous systems in order to reduce unnecessary redundancies.
    • Produces regular reports according to the guidelines determined by project management
    • Researches hardware and operating system problems and determines proper solutions, arranging and coordinating for hardware and software repairs when necessary. Recommends changes to improve data systems and network configurations, and determines hardware or software requirements related to such changes.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates for this position must have at least 3 years of experience developing and maintaining complex databases, preferably with a USAID-funded education project. Experience in a multi-unit, geographically diverse organization strongly preferred. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of computer languages and systems (HTML, SQL, etc.). In addition, candidates should have experience with databases for monitoring program implementation and in data collection, processing and analysis systems.

    Candidates must demonstrate the ability to balance work within a team environment while working with minimal supervision; strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; good technical writing skills. Candidates must have the ability to travel regularly to Bauchi, Sokoto and other States in Northern Nigeria and to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, or other related field.

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    Assessment Specialist

     

    EDC has an opening for an Assessment Specialist in Abuja, Nigeria, to support the USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus project, implemented by Creative Associates and EDC. USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Intiative Plus  works to improve the quality of and access to education in Northern Nigeria equitably and sustainably. The position will report to the Senior M&E Specialist. 

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS – The Assessment Specialist is expected to: (1) communicate clearly, accurately, efficiently, and courteously; (2) develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; (3) work collaboratively with colleagues, demonstrating leadership and initiative; and (4) implement and maintain various technologies and data management systems. All positions require adherence to EDC policies and procedures.

    The Assessment Specialist will:

    • Provide leadership with development of project-specific literacy and other kinds of assessments
    • Conduct in-country adaptations of international literacy assessment tools
    • Develop and implement literacy and other kinds of assessments in three of Nigeria's Northern states
    • Participate in data analysis
    • Prepare reports on assessment results
    • Prepare communication briefs and presentations on basic literacy and other kinds of assessments
    • Provide training to field staff on assessment-related tasks such as data collection, data management and dissemination
    • Coordinate knowledge sharing efforts related to evaluation protocols, procedures and reports
    • Collaborate closely with the M&E team in all activities

    The Assessment Specialist:

    • Effectively interacts with diverse staff, colleagues, and clients
    • Seeks and incorporates feedback
    • Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks
    • Coordinates quality assurance
    • Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
    • Collaborates on troubleshooting complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions
    • Adapts readily and demonstrates flexibility
    • Supports innovation that benefits project activities
    • Implements and promotes the use of EDC and project systems
    • Seeks help and support as needed
    • Demonstrates initiative and willingness to learn
    • Supports staff in carrying out tasks

    QUALIFICATIONS – This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to effectively work independently as well as in groups; strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

    Specific requirements:

    • Master’s degree, 3–5 years related assessment, research and evaluation experience
    • Experience with computer applications (including databases), psychometric or statistical measurement techniques, and Internet research
    • Some prior research or evaluation leadership preferred
    • Travel to project states required, up to 30%

    An ideal candidate will have:

    • Academic background and professional interest in basic literacy research and evaluation
    • Experience in data collection, processing, and analysis
    • Statistical analysis skills
    • Ability to analyze and provide written synopses
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to handle multiple priorities
    • Prior experience with USAID-funded projects preferred
    • Proficiency in Hausa is a plus

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    Accountant

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus project, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern states. The Accountant will be responsible for working under the Finance and Administration Officer to manage project expenditures and accounts.
    This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Sokoto Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Manages day to day finance operations, including implementing Creative and USAID policies, procedures and systems, reviewing accounts payable documents for proper accuracy and completeness, and liaising with bank on all banking issues
    • Completes donor financial reporting, tracks spending, and supports the Finance and Administration Officer
    • Provides updated monthly cost reports and draft quarterly financial reports and monthly ad hoc reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information
    • Manages the process of clearing bills, payments, and vouchers from the Bauchi field office; manages the transfer of project funds from the central account to field accounts
    • Works closely with the home office in Washington, DC to ensure reconciliation of monthly expense reports, and respond to any inquiries they may have

    Skills and Experience

    • Candidates must demonstrate expertise in accounting, finance or business administration. They must have knowledge of accounting principles, USAID rules and regulations and Nigerian labor laws.
    • The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.

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    Community Mobilization Specialist

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Northern Nigeria Education Initiative Plus project, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States. The Sokoto Community Mobilization Specialist will be responsible for implementing activities to increase community awareness and support of schooling in targeted non-formal education and alternative education learning center communities in Sokoto. This includes implementing a small grants program to enable CSOs to establish community coalitions and learning centers, building the capacity of CSOs and executing awareness campaigns to strengthen the community’s demand for education.  This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Sokoto Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Establishes new community coalitions or local education support groups and committees
    • Provides partner CSOs with day-to-day mentoring on project design, implementation, and monitoring
    • Supports the application of training materials to strengthen CSO organizational management, HR and financial systems and provide technical support in community mobilization
    • Engages and serves as program focal point with CSOs and supported communities in Sokoto
    • Coordinates donor, stakeholder, and field staff visits to CSOs and communities in Sokoto

     

    Skills and Experience

    Candidates for this position must have at least 5 years of experience in programs in community mobilization and outreach. Candidates must demonstrate prior experience managing community engagement campaigns, preferably in the education sector. In addition, prior experience with international organizations’ community grants mechanisms, demonstrating in-depth understanding of the role of civil society in development and experience in developing and implementing capacity building plans in culturally, politically, and security sensitive environments. Candidates must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English and Hausa.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

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    Finance and Administration Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States. The Finance and Administration Officer will be responsible for managing project expenditure and accounts for the NEI+ project, meeting USAID requirements using EDC’s policies and procedures. He/she will work closely with the EDC Headquarter Operations Team to ensure Sokoto implementation finance and administration policies are followed. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Sokoto Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Process check requests and wire transfers for payments to vendors in compliance with contract requirements
    • Review and process vendor and consultant fee payments in accordance with USAID and Creative Associates account procedures and contract policies
    • Process local hires’ monthly payroll
    • Work with the Senior Finance Specialist (based in Abuja) to develop annual budgets
    • Develop spreadsheet programs for tracking and monitoring all financial activities, and maintain spreadsheets with current project expense data
    • Provide the Senior Finance Specialist in Abuja with updated monthly cost reports
    • Draft quarterly financial reports and monthly ad hoc reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information
    • Respond to vendor inquiries regarding status of vouchers, payments, and budget submissions
    • Liaise with the Grants Manager in implementation of grants mechanism and assist to assure the smooth operation of the mechanism
    • Draft documents for and execute wire transfers from the home office in Washington, DC
    • Manage the process of clearing bills, payments, and vouchers from the Bauchi office
    • Work closely with the home office in Washington, DC to ensure reconciliation of monthly expense reports, and respond to any inquiries they may have
    • Participate in ongoing analysis, forecasting, and reviewing of project expenses
    • Oversee project procurement in accordance with the project contract and USAID and Creative requirements and regulations
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Sokoto Team Leader

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates for this position must have at least 5 years of international development project financial management experience, preferably with a USAID-funded education project. Candidates must be fluent in Hausa and English.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences or related field. Master’s degree highly preferred

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    Grants Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States. The Sokoto Grants Officer will be responsible for oversight of all grants activities, including ensuring efficient and proper controls for USAID grant compliance and reporting; coordinating training and grants administration with NGOs grantees; and review and submission of financial reports as required for each grant. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Implement procedures and templates to be used for formulating, negotiating, executing, monitoring, and closing grants according to USAID regulations and the projects Grants Manual
    • Develop solicitations, coordinate the evaluation of applications, award grants, monitor and report on financial activities as appropriate
    • Monitor grantee to ensure compliance with USAID regulation
    • Assist large NGOs to convey grants-management requirements, processes, and skills to their local affiliates as necessary
    • Responsible for maintaining grant files and ensuring that they are always up-to-date
    • Coordinate and support project audits, grantor’s audit, or monitoring visits
    • Conduct educational and training workshops on proposal preparation and/or financial monitoring, as necessary
    • Responsible for entering and maintaining the Integrated Management Database System (IDMS)
    • Other related duties as required

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates for this position must have at least 2 – 4 years of experience in grant management, including disbursements and reporting. Experience working with education programs is preferred. Candidates must be knowledgeable about USAID Rules and Regulations and demonstrate previous experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences or related field.

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    ICT Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States. The ICT Officer will be responsible for overseeing the installation, usage, and maintenance of the office ICT system, as well as troubleshooting and being involved in ICT solutions. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will work in close collaboration with HQ field office support and HQ Help Desk. This position will report to the Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Provide technical set-up and needed support on all ICT related issues, including installation and testing of workstations, printers, client software, upgrades, and configuration
    • Implement and document network operations, processes, and procedures
    • Deploy and implement office network according to HQ specifications
    • Serve as the office Network Administrator
    • Identify and solve possible problems in the network
    • Supervise installations performed by third parties such as cabling, Internet connectivity, etc.
    • Supervise and follow-up on equipment maintenance performed by other contractors
    • Support and troubleshoot users in the Abuja office on their daily work
    • Implement and enforce security on the network and prevent misuse of ICT resources
    • Participate in writing office ICT policy
    • Responsible for ICT inventory; work closely with the DCOP and procurement team to monitor distribution and location of ICT equipment by performing a yearly inventory check-up
    • Set up, implement, and maintain hardware firewall
    • Keep the network healthy by applying all required security patches and monitoring the correct delivery of all antivirus updates
    • Implement and document a disaster recovery plan and offsite storage of backed up data

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates for this position must have at least 5 years of experience in ICT systems management. Candidates who demonstrate previous experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in ICT, Information Systems sciences or related field.

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    Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States.  The Sokoto Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Assist with establishing monitoring and evaluation system using EDC M&E Toolkit
    • Contribute to the implementation of the project’s M&E plan
    • Coordinate and assist monitoring and evaluation data collection activities, including logistics of form distribution and collection
    • Coordinate and assist data processing, including data transfer, entry, verification and cleaning
    • File forms according to compliance protocols
    • Coordinate internal communication on M&E progress and results
    • Coordinate temporary M&E staff or consultants (e.g. data entry personnel)
    • Assist with M&E database management
    • Provide other support to M&E team as needed
    • Other functions as needed

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent with 3 - 5 years relevant experience, OR  Master's degree or equivalent with 1 - 3 years relevant experience
    • Experience with monitoring program implementation
    • Experience using database management systems, preferably Access and MS Excel
    • Experience in data collection and data processing
    • Ability to balance work within a team environment while working with minimal supervision
    • Strong organizational, communication, computer, and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences or related field.

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    Office Manager

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States.  The Sokoto Office Manager will be responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Finance and Administration Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Organize office operations 
    • Prepare time sheets
    • Control correspondences
    • Review and approve supply requisitions
    • Maintain office equipment
    • Assign and monitor clerical and secretarial functions
    • Maintain office records
    • Ensure filing systems are maintained and up to date
    • Ensure protection and security of files and records
    • Ensure effective transfer of files and records
    • Transfer and dispose records according to retention schedules and policies
    • Ensure personnel files are up to date and secure
    • Maintain and replenish inventory
    • Check stock to determine inventory levels
    • Anticipate needed supplies
    • Verify receipt of supply

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates for this position must have at least five years of experience in office management and administration. Experience working with education programs is preferred. Candidates must be knowledgeable about USAID Rules and Regulations and demonstrate previous experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree.

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    Reading Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States. The Sokoto State Reading Officer will provides overall technical oversight and guidance to the project’s support to improved reading instruction. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Sokoto Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Supervise the production of all NEI+-supported reading material, all NEI+-supported trainings in reading, all teacher and classroom supervision and monitoring and all student testing efforts
    • Ensure complementarity of activity approaches in reading across the three NEI+ activity states, liaises with government representatives and technicians on technical matters, and bears ultimate responsibility for ensuring that children in NEI+ public, IQTE, and NFLC schools achieve improved outcomes in reading
    • Work directly with the Hausa and English language experts

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates for this position must have at least 8 years of experience in programs in sub-Saharan Africa that work specifically to improve early grade reading. Candidates must demonstrate prior experience with the development of early grade reading materials, training programs, classroom monitoring protocols, and tests and assessments, including EGRA. In addition, prior experience with supporting civil-society based monitoring of reading outcomes is required.

    Candidates must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English. It is preferred, but not required, that the candidate be conversant and fluent in written Hausa.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Master’s Degree in the social sciences or related field.

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    State Team Leader

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus project, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States. The Team Leader (Sokoto) will be responsible for overseeing strategic and day-to-day implementation of Sokoto activities. The Team Leader will provide supervision and guidance to the technical advisors and support services personnel. He/she will work closely with the Project Director to ensure Sokoto implementation is closely aligned with the overall project. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the NEI+ Chief of Party.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Provides technical leadership in the implementation of education programming, managing critical program components and service delivery, and coordinating the work of the technical team
    • Supports the development of implementation strategies and work plans, and coordinates the day-to-day management of technical staff and program implementation
    • Provides leadership and oversight of the core program functions (program design, documentation, approvals, and close-out)
    • Ensures that planned program activities are included in work plans, within budget and are properly documented
    • Ensures that the technical advisors provide information for weekly, quarterly and annual program updates and reports
    • Ensures close cooperation and coordination between programs and procurement, HR, finance and administration units
    • Promotes a team approach and a learning culture across all operational support services to prioritize and ensure responsive, quality support to delivery of programs
    • Ensures the consistent implementation of the project with adherence to donor policies and procedures across all operational support services
    • Provides on-going problem-solving guidance for program staff on issues related to operational functions
    • Interacts productively and collegially with program partners and stakeholders
    • Represents the project in meetings and events
    • Serves as an active member of the project’s Senior Management Team

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates for this position must have at least 5 years of management experience, preferably with a USAID-funded education project. Candidates must demonstrate management ability with capacity to think strategically, prioritize and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment. The position requires strong diplomacy skills; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors and other stakeholders in a sensitive environment. Candidates must be fluent in Hausa and English.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences or related field. Master’s degree highly preferred.

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    Reading Expert/Teacher Education Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern States. Reading Expert/Teacher Education Officer will be responsible for providing technical leadership for all teacher education activities, including leading and coordinating the teacher education and systems support activities at the national and state level.  The position requires experience with teacher training policy and practice, designing programs for data collection and analysis, and personnel management. This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Sokoto Reading Officer.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Lead integrated state and Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) working groups and steering committees in the following tasks:
    • Identification of education priorities
    • Assessment of education standards
    • Review and strengthen instructional quality and teacher performance assessments
    • Strengthen instructional quality standards
    • Ensure technical coordination of state-level activities and obtain support from directorates and local government authorities as needed
    • Work closely with the Reading Officer to manage support staff and consultants as needed to ensure the smooth implementation of project activities across technical areas
    • Ensure the timely production, coordination, and reporting of all data, including quarterly reports, M&E data, financial information, etc.
    • Support the development of reading curriculum and standards in colleges of education in collaboration with NCCE and state based colleges of education
    • Participate in regular meetings and maintain regular communication with state level team counterparts, and with the Reading Officer to ensure coherent planning, M&E practices, and project troubleshooting
    • Represent the project in major state meetings and events as appropriate

    Skills and Experience
    Candidates must demonstrate at least eight years of experience in the education sector, with at least five years of a leadership role in a conflict or crisis-affected country context. In addition, candidates must demonstrate at least five years of relevant technical experience working with activities that are of a similar scope to this activity. Monitoring and evaluation is a key component and candidates must demonstrate at least five years’ technical experience in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans and results-based management.
    The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.

    Education
    The candidate must have a Master’s Degree in the social sciences or related field.

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    Sokoto Access/Fragility Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus project, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern states. The Access and Fragility Officer provides the overall technical expertise on the expansion of access-related activities, including risk reduction and safety, gender based violence, equitable education services, education and conflict analysis, non-formal education, well-being, psychosocial support and ensuring activities are conflict-sensitive and do no harm. 

    This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Sokoto State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Analyze and address barriers to educational access and participation;
    • Assess issues of supply and demand for education options/services;
    • Conduct analysis and assessment of education needs in emergencies;
    • Integrate a conflict-sensitive approach to education,
    • Lead preparation of activity designs; adapting rapidly changing activity designs;
    • Implement successful strategies to combat school-related gender based violence;
    • Implement risk reduction and psychosocial well-being activities, and other related areas.

    Skills and Experience

    Candidates must demonstrate at least 8 years of expertise with in the education sector, with at least 5 years of experience in a leadership role in a conflict or crisis-affected country context. He/She must have a Master’s Degree in Public Policy or related field with five years of experience in monitoring and evaluation developing and implementing plans and results-based management. The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.

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    System Strengthening/EMIS Officer

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus project, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern states. The System Strengthening/EMIS Officer will provide technical assistance on education information management systems project-wide and will be responsible for overseeing policy-related activities.

    This position is based in Sokoto, Nigeria, and will report to the Sokoto State Team Leader.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Support the development of a common web-based EMIS using existing open source software that can be customized by state and LGEAs to meet unique information needs;
    • Provide ongoing technical support to ministries, departments, and agencies staff to review progress, “trouble shoot” problems, and support use of EMIS data;
    • Provide support for  inter-state training for SMOE, SUBEB, and planners, analysts, and policy makers focused on gathering, analyzing and using data from the EMIS, reading assessments, evaluations, and research to make decisions and plan education improvement initiatives;
    • Support planners and policy makers to use data for quality decision-making;
    • Provide assistance in setting up systems to gather data for access to quality education at the state level.
    • Facilitate a process with state governments and other stakeholders to map and review existing education policy frameworks, especially around systems, access, reading instruction, and assessment.
    • Work with FMOE, SMOEs, UBEC, NMEC, SUBEB, SAME, MORA to provide support to sustain existing policy initiatives and facilitate development and implementation of new policies, particularly in the areas of systems, access, reading instruction, assessment, and accountability;
    • Facilitate policy review meetings with regard to reading and access to track progress in implementing new policies, identify corrective actions to speed implementation, and develop tools to assess impact;
    • Improve the capacity of government education officials to develop leadership, managerial, and supervisory skills to effectively implement policies and regulations with regard to access and reading;
    • Provide coaching on various issues including data analysis and evidence-based decision making, monitoring, and staff mentoring;
    • Support dissemination of new policies and opportunities for bottom-up feedback at all levels through state-level workshops involving government education officials; community meetings; IT; paper publications; and ongoing media campaigns.

    Skills and Experience

    Candidates must demonstrate at least 8 years of expertise with EMIS with international development organizations or in an international development context. He/She must demonstrate 5 years of experience in a leadership position responsible for developing policy frameworks for education, including expertise in policy mapping and able to work with government representatives and stakeholders on national and state levels. He/She must have a Master’s Degree in Public Policy or related field.The candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.

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    English Reading and Standards Specialist

     

    Position Requirements

    The USAID/Nigeria's Northern Education Initiative Plus project, being implemented by Creative Associates and EDC, works to improve the quality of and access to education in Nigeria's Northern states. EDC has an opening for an English Reading and Standards Specialist in Abuja, Nigeria, to support a large literacy project operating in three states in Northern Nigeria (Sokoto, Bauchi, and a 3rd state to be determined). The position will report to the Senior Reading Specialist. 

    The English Reading and Standards Specialist is expected to: (1) communicate clearly, accurately, efficiently, and courteously; (2) develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, and funders; and (3) work collaboratively with colleagues to produce high-quality products in a timely manner, demonstrating leadership and initiative. The position requires adherence to EDC’s policies and procedures.

    This position is based in Abuja, Nigeria, and will report to the Reading Specialist.

    The English Reading and Standards Specialist will:

    • Coordinate the development of English early literacy standards with government stakeholders and international STTA, ensuring alignment with Hausa standards and with overall literacy expectations for Nigeria
    • Provide leadership for the development and/or adaptation of English-language curricula and instructional materials, in coordination with the ICT and materials development specialist
    • Develop, implement, and support teacher, school leader, and local government authority staff training in English early literacy methods and materials, in coordination with the teacher training specialist
    • Coordinate with staff in 3 state offices to ensure the fidelity and quality of English program implementation at the school level
    • Coordinate with the M&E team to develop knowledge-sharing efforts related to English early literacy, including communication briefs and presentations on achievements and lessons learned
    • Coordinate with EDC’s project director and home office technical team to share lessons learned, problem-solve, and ensure that work in the field meets the highest standards of quality and is consistent with the state of the art in early grade literacy

    The English Reading and Standards Specialist:

    • Effectively interacts with diverse staff, colleagues, and clients
    • Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
    • Collaborates on troubleshooting complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions
    • Adapts readily and demonstrates flexibility and willingness to learn
    • Seeks and incorporates feedback
    • Coordinates quality assurance
    • Supports innovation that benefits project activities

    QUALIFICATIONS – This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to effectively work independently as well as in groups; and strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Specific requirements:

    • Master’s degree and 5+ years of related experience in standards development, teacher training, and materials development in early grade reading and writing in English
    • Experience working with complex projects and collaborating with professional peers on joint products
    • Experience working with Nigerian government counterparts (at national, state, and LGEA levels) to design, implement, support, and monitor education programming
    • Travel to project states required
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Proficiency in Hausa is a plus
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Prior experience with USAID-funded projects preferred

    Method of Application

    Interested qualified candidates are requested to submit their resumes to neiplus_recruitment@edc.org with name of the position EG; “Abuja Database Specialist” in the subject line of the email. Only candidates who are being invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

    EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace. EDC offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and an excellent benefits package.

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