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Project Overview and Role
About the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) Program
The Pathways 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.
Purpose of the Position:
The Policy and Planning Lead Adviser will guide and support activities targeted towards building and strengthening organisational capacity of key education stakeholders for education planning and policy functions, primarily the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE). The position may have a supervisory function as per the organisation's structure of Pathways Program. The Adviser will also guide, provide technical support to strengthening of data management, policy, planning and decision-making capacities of MBHTE, DepEd-Central and key stakeholders to establish a culture of data-driven and evidence-based planning, programming, and policy development. The Adviser will work closely with the MEARL team to ensure evidence, data, research and learnings are fully integrated and captured in all programmatic activities. Further, the Adviser will work collaboratively with other advisers and components within the Program including MEARL.
The Adviser will work with relevant members of the team to integrate critical cross-cutting issues relating gender equality, social inclusion and peace building and conflict mitigation in basic education planning, policy and budgeting for Madaris education, Tarbiyyah, K to 3,
The Adviser will work with relevant members of the team to support the integration of critical cross-cutting issues including gender equality, social inclusion, peace building and conflict mitigation. These apply to basic education planning, policy and budgeting for Madaris education, Tarbiyyah, K to Grade3.
The responsibilities of the project employee do not involve direct contact and working with children or young people.
Under the direction of the DTL - Programs, the key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
With Pathways technical advisers:
- develop and formulate strategies to strengthen appreciation for and use of reliable data management systems and accurate education data in policy formulation, policy reform, decision making, planning processes and decision-making within and among the MBHTE, DepEd-Central, and other key education stakeholders;
- prepare knowledge products and contribute to learning events designed for a broader audience of education stakeholders at regional and sub-regional levels in
- ln collaboration with the Governance and Conflict Adviser, lead purposeful political economy analysis to guide program strategy, MEARL components and implementation
With the Team Leader:
- Provide advice and technical support to Pathways Program Team Leader to ensure that strategic program directions are well informed and are consistent with the overall Pathways approach
- Coordinate and liaise with key stakeholders and key contacts
Provide sound technical advice and support to counterparts in MBHTE, DepEd-Central and other key stakeholders, including technical working groups and other collaboration platforms to:
- Use evidence and data in decision-making, policy and budget formulation, resource allocation and program planning towards strengthening basic education delivery in Madaris and public schools in BARMM and address systemic and organisational constraints to effective early grades education;
- Develop and implement strategies that would help ensure sustainability of learning outcomes of education policy, planning and decision-making
- Prepare and implement education annual investment plans and other planning instruments that embed BARMM autonomy while providing technical guidance on how to comply with legislative provisions and national planning, budgeting, resource allocation and accountability requirements
- Identify and support relevant capacity development opportunities through leveraging contributions of other DFAT programs such as the Australia Awards program (including scholarships, study visits, short course training), Economic Growth, Coalitions for Change, Australian Partnerships for Peace and niche programs supported by other development partners.
Contribute to the Pathways Annual Work Plan and Budgeting
- Identify policy and planning priorities including policy reform and policy formulation opportunities; drawing on learning and insights from other Pathways components, previous programs such as BEAM, BEAM ARMM, and international experience
- Assess current organisational strengths and institutional barriers to effectiveness of Pathways technical assistance and interventions
- Consult with key partners on the development of detailed policy and planning strategy and activities including the scope, phasing and duration of technical inputs to the BARMM education sector with clear linkages to DepEd-Central and its relevant departments;
- Work collaboratively with the MEARL team to identify key indicators, targets and data collection methods for the monitoring, evaluation, research and learning as well as to identify research agenda that is relevant to policy and planning.
- Work collaboratively with all members of the Pathways technical and operations team to forecast the broad scope of activities that should follow in succeeding years of program implementation and ensure alignment with MBHTE and DepEd-Central annual planning budgeting cycle.
Contribute to Pathways progress reporting
- Collaborate with other component teams and the MEARL team in reviewing progress and identifying key strategies that will work well, provide technical feedback on how and where adjustments need to be made,
- Engage with and learn from key stakeholders through education forums,
- Integrate lessons learne from cross cutting issues including GEDSI, PEA and peace-building into the work plans for policy and planning assistance,
- Support and contribute to Strategic Monitoring Team visits and discussions.
Perform other duties as may be reasonably required by the Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader for Programs.
Qualifications and Experience:
- The Policy and Planning Adviser will have the following qualifications and experience:
- Degree in relevant discipline, including study in policy-making, policy reform and planning. Experience and knowledge in data management is desirable;
- Extensive experience working in relevant aspects of organisational and capacity development, policy and planning and use of data in decision-making;
- Demonstrated skills and experience in using political economy and technical analysis to inform policy-making/reform work;
- Strong ability to work collaboratively with counterparts within MBHTE and other key stakeholders to achieve technically sound and politically feasible policy solutions, including outlining politically-smart engagement strategies;
- Strong familiarity with planning processes and standards within MBHTE and ability to identify strategies to ensure use of evidence;
- Has a good understanding of the challenges (especially policy constraints) facing both government and Islamic sectors in improving the quality of education in the Philippines or a similar development context;
- Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills;
- Fluent in English (written and oral).