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- BY Nicole Pelette
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Project Overview and Role
The Education Pathways to Peace Program is a six-year education program that is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of the Philippines and implemented through the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the newly installed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The program's key outcomes are to reduce disparity and improve participation and education performance of boys and girls, particularly those experiencing disadvantage within the BARMM, and to support sustainable positive engagement and collaboration of key actors and stakeholders in providing and supporting conflict sensitive quality basic education services.
Pathways' core program relates largely to K to 3 education and the key challenges that are associated with its delivery. Recently, however, Pathways supported broader transition issues that are crucial to the life and political survival of K to 3 programs.
The program's base of operations is in Cotabato City and covers five provinces of BARMM. The program is currently supporting the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Authority for the Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as it transitions to govern the region, as well as working towards its wider intermediate and end-of-program outcomes which combine education, governance and peacebuilding elements.
A strategy and annual work plan for Pathways' third year of implementation was agreed in July 2019, with a key focus on supporting the transition to BARMM and helping the new administration achieve its foundational objectives, most notably the development of a new Education Code. The program is also building its team capacity to deliver on this plan, including objectives relating to improving quality, access and governance in the basic education sector of Mindanao in a highly dynamic and political sensitive context. This includes the need for recruitment of further core staff and advisers and also greater need to work through partner organisations such as Pathways consortium partner, the Australian Council on Education Research (ACER) and local education organisations.
In parallel, DFAT has appointed a Strategic Monitoring Team made up of education, governance and MEARL experts, to provide independent advice on an ongoing basis to DFAT and the Pathways team on the program strategy and progress towards achieving results, including recommendations on how the program might adjust its approaches and plans where necessary. The SMT will deliver it's first Mission report in November 2019, and the Pathways team will feed this into program reflection and learning, updating strategies and plans as appropriate in the short term, and later using it to inform year 4 planning due to commence in early 2020.
Purpose of the Position:
The purpose of this position is to drive education strategy and provide ongoing advice to the Team Leader and senior Pathways staff on education matters including curriculum, comparative education models and education strategy and approaches (cognizant of the design).
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
Qualifications and Experience: