School-to-School International (STS) is a non-governmental organization based in the United States. STS is recruiting a Field Monitor for USAID Partnership for Education: Learning (Learning) Activity. The Field Monitor will be based in Accra, Ghana and will support implementation of a numeracy pilot that aims to test effective primary-grade mathematics practices in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (MoE/GES).
The pilot includes a revised mathematics curriculum and school-based in-service program to improve the numeracy skills of early primary pupils. The program is being offered on a pilot basis with the hopes of eventually extending the program to all primary schools in the country. A pre-pilot phase took place during the 2016-2017 school year in two school districts and 20 schools. In 2017-2018, the program will extend to an additional 60 schools. STS is organizing termly training of teachers and administrators, and regular coaching sessions and classroom observations to reinforce instructional practice. Data collection provides timely feedback to the MoE/GES and the Learning team on features that are working well, as well as those that need to be re-examined, strengthened or re-structured prior to the 2017-2018 extension of the program.
Job Title: Field Monitor
Job Location: Accra, Greater Accra
- To support these activities, Learning requires a Field Monitor (FM) to work alongside STS’ Senior Field Monitor (SFM) to lead activities in target districts and schools
- The FM will oversee the systematic and high quality collection of data in the target classrooms, undertaken by District Science, Technology, Mathematics and Innovation Exhibition (STMIE) coordinators, training officers and Circuit Supervisors
- S/he will work with the SFM to implement a system of training and monitoring at the district level for the activities being implemented in the numeracy pilot S/he will conduct classroom observations and spot checks to help teachers implement the new revised syllabus, advise math coaches and Head Teacher, and work with District STMIE coordinators, Circuit Supervisors, Head Teachers and coaches to address issues arising in the implementation of the activities at the classroom and school level
Qualification and Requirements
- A minimum of a degree is required
- Five to seven (5-7) years of classroom-based teaching experience, preferably at the early grades
- Previous experience leading trainings for district education officials and teachers
- Experience with national level education policy-making, leading to curriculum, pedagogical, and/or systemic reforms
- Passion for mathematics, willingness to learn new math instructional practices, and ability to model these practices clearly in classroom situations
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, both with early primary teachers and with head teachers and circuit officers
- Facilitation skills and a knowledge of effective facilitation practices
- Willingness and ability to travel to pilot schools on a daily basis
- Receptivity to feedback and guidance
- Attention to detail, and ability to collect accurate and complete data, in accordance with data collection protocols
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to use information technologies (smart phones, tablets, various means of electronic communication) with ease
How to Apply
- Interested candidates must apply by sending their application to Applications should include a detailed letter of interest, describing experiences relevant to the position; curriculum vitae (CV); and the names of three professional references (with email addresses and phone numbers)
NB: This is a full-time employment position. It is expected to require 30-40 hours of work per week. It will commence in August 2017 and last until July 2018, contingent upon successful performance. The FM reports to the STS Program Manager based in the United States, and will liaise with the Deputy Chief of Party for the Learning project as needed. His/her regular point of contact will be the full-time STS National Math Pilot Coordinator in Accra. S/he is expected to communicate updates to the National Coordinator on a weekly basis or more often as required. Only candidates living in Ghana need to apply.
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