The Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC) started in early 2013 as a long-term programme hosted by Save the Children, with support from DFAT (Australia), DFID (UK) and Denmark, with the goal of quality education for all children in Myanmar. In its revised strategy 2017-2020, MEC will focus on complementary education systems, especially ethnic and monastic education. The outcomes (goals) of MEC are:
- Goal 1: A. Improved retention, completion and learning outcomes in ethnic and monastic schools; and B. Ethnic and monastic schools are able to demonstrate progress towards a level of parity with government schools.
- Goal 2: positive changes in policy and practice to address barriers to education and enable a more coherent, inclusive national education system.
To achieve Goal 1, MEC will support complementary systems through a ‘systems strengthening’ approach, placing a high priority on supporting our partners to develop professionally and institutionally, in order to become strong education systems able to deliver quality, multilingual education to children on a sustainable basis. MEC will also give ‘broad based technical assistance’ that will support not only our programing partners but also other complementary systems in strengthening their work in key priority areas, including multilingual education and improving teachers’ classroom competencies, education and professional development.
In order to ensure quality support to our partner ethnic education systems, MEC is seeking to appoint a dedicated Ethnic Education Specialist. Line managed by one of our Education Managers, the Ethnic Education Specialist will play a key role in supporting our partner ethnic education systems and spend considerable periods in the field. The specialist will also support the wider work of MEC to link ethnic education systems into professional development, policy engagement and advocacy opportunities. He/she will also have opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, inter-disciplinary team and to further develop his/her own professional expertise.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: MEC Education Manager
Direct Reports: None
Financial Approval: No financial approval
External Representation: Interpersonal contact regular and varied, involved negotiation, influencing kills, and representation at District / Provincial level and donor / press visits
Travel: Frequent (over 6 days per month)
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
The education manager will be managed by the MEC Education Manager with responsibility for Systems Strengthening. In the context of an inter-disciplinary MEC team, he/ she will work in close collaboration with the other education team members, currently including an international Education Director, two Education Managers and an Education Coordinator (under appointment), to undertake the following responsibilities:
Ethnic education system strengthening
- Work closely with partner ethnic education systems to implement their strategies for education access, equity and quality.
- Support the partner ethnic education systems in the ongoing monitoring and review of the educational elements of their strategic plans.
- Support the identification of capacity/ professional development needs of ethnic education partners and determining how these various needs could best be met.
- Play an active role in MEC-led technical trainings to ethnic education partners, including:
- Support to planning of process and content and preparation of materials, including any translation needs
- Participation in workshop delivery and facilitation, which might include leadership of sessions, providing translation or monitoring of participants’ needs and responses.
- Contributing to training reports and ensuring effective collection, collation and analysis of participant feedback.
- Work with the partnerships team to help to ensure that MEC gives timely, joined-up and consistent support to ethnic education partners and in supporting the documentation of issues arising and lessons learned.
Broad Based Technical Assistance and Policy Engagement
- Support ethnic partners’ participation in MEC’s broad based capacity development and in implementation of initiatives and application of new skills, knowledge or approaches in their specific contexts.
Child Sageguarding Responsibilities:
Ensure that your staff is providing all beneficiaries of your programme with ongoing, age-appropriate verbal or written information in relevant languages about Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
Teamwork, Reporting and Resource Support
- Participate in education team meetings and joint planning and keep up regular communication when in the field.
- Assist the Education Manager in preparing reports (in relevant to areas of responsibility), in a timely manner.
- Support MEC to take a consistent and inclusive approach to ethnic languages in its systems strengthening activities.
- Support the development of one key thematic area for MEC education work. This might include making contributions to research, capacity development activities and/or materials development in the respective area. It could also include engagement in relevant technical working groups or policy/advocacy activities. (Examples of areas of particular interest to MEC include decentralised education planning and management, curriculum and pedagogy, multilingual education and teacher development. The area of focus would be in negotiation and agreement with the Education Manager, according to interest and experience).
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Skills and Experience:
- At least 4 years’ experience in related field
- Demonstrated skills, experience, and knowledge in supporting educational development in ethnic areas of Myanmar, ideally including non-government ethnic education departments or organisations.
Education: Secondary school education (Matriculation)
- Bachelor’s degree, and preferably post-graduate university degree, in an education- related field. (If applicants have not had the opportunity to access government accredited qualifications, we would consider applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate equivalent level of academic or practical qualifications/experience).
Professional and Communication Skills
- Understanding of –and commitment to addressing- the challenges and disadvantaged of children and of education in Myanmar’s ethnic and conflict-affected areas. Applicants from ethnic groups and speakers of ethnic languages are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Skills and experience in capacity development in education, including mentoring and training.
- Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
- Fluency in spoken and written Myanmar language
- A good standard of spoken and Written English, sufficient to support translation and interpretation for training and monitoring purposes
- Fluency in Ethnic languages in Myanmar is desirable
- Ability and willingness to spend significant blocks of time in the field and to travel domestically and internationally as assigned.
- Interest in and commitment to working alongside others within a dynamic, inter-disciplinary team and taking opportunities for learning and professional development.
- Commitment to and understanding of MEC and Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.
- Willingness and capability to comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to health and safety, security and equal opportunities, including the Child Safeguarding Policy