Education Planning Advisor

Australian AId, Thimphu, Bhutan

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management Training and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st August, 2016

Job Description

• The Education Planning Advisor will contribute towards broadening the knowledge of the planning officers in the area of education, and contribute towards sound educational policies and strategies.
• As the Education Planning Advisor you will, in close consultation with the Chief Planning Officer, identify areas requiring further development and design capability development programs on a
needs basis. 
• You will also develop in-house capacity development programs that will enhance the knowledge of planning officers in all areas of education.
• All assignments carried out by the PPD have a direct impact on the lives of the children, and thereby the future of the country. 
• Through the increased capacity of the planning officers, the PPD will be able to incorporate sound education sectoral plans and programs in the next Five Year Plan that is capable of growing a well-educated future generation.
Essential Minimum Qualifications:
• Master Degree in Education Policy, Planning, Administration, Education Management or Teaching orrelated field
Essential Minimum Experience:
• Five years of experience in any area of education (Education Planning/administration/management/university professors/teachers/or any related field)
• Experience in Teaching English as a Second language - ESL Qualifications
• Good computer literacy and excellent writing skills
• Experience in mentoring
• Knowledge of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) concepts
Cultural Tips
• The currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum (BTN). Internet banking is not widely available 
• Bhutanese people wear their national dress (Gho for men and Kira for women) almost every day, in all offices (strictly in government offices), religious places, schools and functions. 
Western clothes are preferred outside of work and foreigners are not expected to wear the national dress
• Bhutan society is very hierarchical. Volunteers will be expected to treat their workplace superiors and important dignitaries respectfully and to refer to them by title, not name
• Social relations and maintaining relationships form a core part of Bhutanese society. 
It is important to be polite, diplomatic and patient in your communications, as straightforwardness can be perceived as being rude
• Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion and Buddhist values the guide daily lives of the Bhutanese. Hinduism is the second largest religion
• Dzongkha is the national language but several local dialects are also spoken. English is one of the two official working languages and is widely used. 
• English is used in offices and schools
• Bhutan is a constitutional monarchy. 
• The monarch is a titular head of the state and is widely revered and respected in the country
• Assistance with the identification of suitable, secure and affordable accommodation will be provided by the In-Country Management Team and the host organisation.
Preparing Your Application
• It is recommended that you have the following documentation prepared in order to be uploaded/entered into the online application system: An electronic version of your CV to copy into our online template, Statement against selection criteria
• Q1. Individually address each assignment outcome and consider what they might involve. In relation to these outcomes, provide evidence of the skills and experience you would bring to the role and the host organisation. (max. 800 words)
• Q2. Why have you chosen to volunteer at this time within this role and location? (max. 300 words)
• Q3. Discuss the challenges that you would anticipate adjusting to living in this location and volunteering in this role. Outline the strategies you would use to overcome these. (max. 400 words)
• Scanned copy of your PR visa and Medicare card (if applicable)

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