FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Senior Reading Advisor, be based in Nepal.
The anticipated Nepal Early Grade Learning (EGL) Program will support the government of Nepal to strengthen the capacity of national, provincial, and municipal government entities to improve learning outcomes for early grade students.
The Senior Reading Advisor (SRA) will provide technical leadership in assuring high quality reading and writing programming in Nepal. In collaboration with the Government of Nepal, USAID, other implementing partners, and other key stakeholders, provide technical advising on education systems and policies to support to high quality decentralized reading programming; provide technical leadership adaptation and improvement of professional development systems for teachers, coaches, and mentors; review and revise existing education materials, from Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) to grade 5; design a context-appropriate, classroom-based reading assessments and related instructional responses; provide support to pre-service and community reading and writing programs as needed.
- Working with the Chief of Party and other team members as needed, to take part in discussions with government stakeholders on policy and sustainable systems to improve student literacy outcomes
- Build strong collaborative relationships with governmental agencies, including national, provincial and municipal governments, donor and partner organizations and other NGOs to establish collaborative working processes, enhance quality and effectiveness of programming, and serve as a knowledgeable resource in the area of literacy programming
- Lead the team of technical staff and partners working revisions to curriculum and teaching and learning materials; ensuring technical quality standards and appropriateness for context
- Provide technical leadership to design and revise professional development in reading for teachers and government stakeholders, assuring adherence to research and best practices
- Provide capacity building in the teaching of reading as needed for staff and partners
- Oversee development of a context-appropriate, classroom-based reading assessment
- Support efforts aimedat building community andparent engagement for reading
- Evaluate, through data and site visits, the effectiveness of literacy related activities and make recommendations for improvement to meet project goals, especially student outcomes
- Represent the organization on this component externally at professional meetings and conferences.
- The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work and are subject to modification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.
- A minimum of a Master’s degree is required in one of the following fields: reading education, curriculum and instruction, or elementary teacher education, or education with a reading focus
- Working knowledge of linguistics, instructional design, bilingual education and/or language transition
- At least ten years of demonstrated technical expertise, with substantial developing country experience in a similar context
- At least five years of demonstrated excellence in a management position, preferably including direct supervision of professional and support staff, and quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables is required
- Demonstrated technical expertise with literacy assessment, teaching and learning materials, and scripted lessons required
- Experience and expertise in overseeing the design of teacher professional development for large-scale education programs required
- Ability to organize and conduct trainings and technical workshops related to literacy is required
- Experience and skills related to policymaking and/or parent and community engagement required
- Experience teaching in primary schools strongly preferred
- Sensitivity to and understanding of cultural and political challenges of implementing projects in developing countries required
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in Nepali and English are required.