Sep 20, 2019
Chemonics International seeks a Technical Education Director who will work with the West and Central Africa and Haiti (WCAFH) Business Unit and the Education and Youth Practice to support the company’s education portfolio and ensure the highest possible technical quality of early grade reading (EGR) and other foundational skill programming throughout project design, implementation, evaluation and elevate Chemonics’ thought leadership in support of global learning goals. Those other foundational skills may include, but not be limited to, early numeracy work, pre-primary, inclusive education and teacher preparation. The ideal candidate will have a successful background supporting donor-funded EGR and other foundational skill projects and designing and writing project proposals; bring demonstrated ability to build and maintain respectful relationships with partners and people; be passionate about the work we do in education; and offer solid judgment, leadership, and the ability to think and act quickly in a fast-paced environment. Technical Director is expected to be a thought leader working passionately and collaboratively to both respond to project and new business needs but also proactively growing Chemonics’ knowledge enterprise around basic education and youth development. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Responsibilities include : Deliver short term technical assistance on specific billable assignments in support of projects related to early grade reading instruction and other foundational skills, particularly for the purposes of effective design and quality control of activities and technical products Provide additional technical advisement to home office project management units and field offices on strategic questions related to basic education and EGR particularly, including Input on technical deliverables, reviewing scopes of work, and coaching overseas staff to apply good technical practices Assist in the identification of international consultants where needed to serve other short-term technical assistance needs on projects Track, analyze, and share the latest international evidence and development trends and priorities about reading and other foundational skills, particularly in developing country contexts (indicating their relative importance to USAID and DFID-supported programming and/or other clients, when appropriate) Participate in the design, implementation, and analysis of key learning and research agendas for early grade reading and other foundational skills Oversee the capture, packaging, and dissemination of successful approaches from Chemonics’ EGR projects and industry activities by leading the development of technical abstracts, articles, primers, tools, and summaries for use on projects, proposals, and for industry outreach Participate in and contribute through oral and written presentations to industry forums, such as technical working groups, conferences, learning events, and blogs Develop or help maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with key clients, partners, and resource people including USAID technical staff in Washington, and continually promotes outstanding client service and technical leadership, including the introduction and sharing of new and innovative interventions Formulate strategies, new directions, and techniques to grow the company’s contributions to EGR and foundational skills, utilizing networks with clients, consultants, and counterparts to advance successful new business opportunities Participate in new business efforts as a proposal lead and/or technical writer, and play a critical role in identifying winning strategies, key partners, and staff to complement our team Support regional business units to pursue country-based programs. Provides input for proposal strategies and content. Shares knowledge of competition, potential partners, consultants, and external technical resources. As needed, undertakes leadership roles in proposal development, providing vision and contributing to program design Serve as technical reviewer for proposals related to education and youth Serve as mentor to other technical writers and relevant section writers for education and youth proposals Promote staff development through coaching, mentoring, and facilitating professional growth opportunities Delegate, supervise, and evaluate performance of any assigned staff. Communicates clear performance goals and standards and ensures staff receives regular constructive performance feedback, prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competence areas Foster and demonstrate a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation and exceeding expectations. Performs other duties and responsibilities as required Qualifications: Master’s degree required (or foreign equivalent); PhD or EdD preferred in education, education policy and planning, or international development; a degree in reading, literacy, and/or curriculum and teaching preferred Minimum 10 years of experience in education; at least three years working on programming for low-resourced/developing country contexts and at least a year of this including direct experience supporting education projects in the field Demonstrated technical expertise in literacy or reading required, with expertise in early grade reading strongly preferred and at a minimum a solid foundation in phonics-based approaches required Experience leading or advising early grade reading projects strongly preferred Additional demonstrated technical expertise in at least two of the following areas required: Material development and/or curriculum development Teacher training, especially for reading instruction Coaching of teachers, especially for reading instruction Early numeracy instruction Early childhood and/or pre-primary education Youth and vocational training Education in crisis and conflict contexts Information, communication, and technology (ICT) in education Inclusive education (gender and/or disability) Social and emotional learning Demonstrated experience in technically relevant monitoring and evaluation; Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) experience preferred Demonstrated knowledge of trends in relevant areas, donor initiatives and programs, most notably USAID initiatives and programs, and a breadth of industry organizations (large and small businesses) Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, including public presentations and contribution to publications Demonstrated ability to build and manage working relationships with colleagues, clients, partners, and other technical experts Strong knowledge of MS Office applications Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, including through remote work French proficiency required Application Instructions:
Apply through our Career Center at by Tuesday, September 24th . No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will interview and fill the position on a rolling basis.
Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.
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