The International Education Division is currently accepting applications for Education Systems Strengthening Advisor for the USAID- funded basic education activity, ABC+ in the Philippines. This activity will work with the Government of the Philippines to support improved literacy in mother-tongue, numeracy, and social and emotional learning in the early grades. The project outcomes will include improved education system capacity to manage and implement interventions supporting effective early grade instruction. The project is operating in Regions V and VI, with a small presence in BARMM. The activity will target Regions V (Bicol) and VI (Western Visayas). The position will be based in Manila.
The project is entering its third year in October 2021. There are three intermediate result areas (IRs): (1) Improved Early Grade Instruction and Delivery Systems, (2) Improved Access to Quality Materials, and (3) Improved Education System Capacity and Commitment to Manage and Implement Interventions Supporting Effective Early Grade Instruction.
The Education Systems Strengthening Advisor (IR3 Lead) will be primarily responsible for designing the activity’s approach to building institutional capacity at the various levels of the basic education system to effectively implement and manage improved instruction in the early grades. The Education Systems Strengthening Advisor will provide technical guidance and advice to the project management team, DepEd, as well as to USAID. S/he will support activities to build necessary capacity across all levels of DepEd to use data to inform decision-making and improve implementation of early grade instruction. S/he will also oversee the project team focused on mobilizing Local Government Units, the private sector, and parents and communities to support and sustain the improvements in early grade instruction that the activity will introduce.
- Master’s degree in education policy, public administration, political science, or related field
- Minimum nine (9) years of directly relevant experience with basic education programming
- Experience in working with Philippine government/basic education system and good knowledge of Philippine stakeholder map in basic education
- Proven success with leveraging private sector funding a plus
- Experience implementing development programs – preferably with USAID — including planning, execution, monitoring, reporting, problem solving, and financial management
- Proven ability to lead, manage, and motivate personnel
- Excellent communication skills and ability (verbal and written)
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability
- 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 Filipino and/or other local languages.