Job at Help a Child : Early Childhood Education Mentor ; 3 Positions available (Deadline: 14th July 2017)

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Job at Help a Child : Early Childhood Education Mentor ; 3 Positions available (Deadline: 14th July 2017)

Job at Help a Child : Early Childhood Education Mentor ; 3 Positions available (Deadline: 14th July 2017)

Position:Early Childhood Education Mentor
Number:3
Deadline :14th July 2017

Background

Help a Child, an international NGO based in the Netherlands, has identified Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a priority area in its 2016-2020 strategy. As a result, HaC Rwanda has been actively working in this sector of education to support UR-CE in the process of developing teacher competencies and a competency-based teacher training curriculum. Now that the writing process is nearly complete, HaC intends to facilitate UR-CE and REB to fulfil the mandate of quality oversight of teacher training programs by providing long-term support to a small number of TTCs. The aim of this is to pilot interventions that will increase the quality of curriculum delivery and result in graduates who possess the desired teacher competencies. The ultimate goal is to develop evidence for what works so that successful approaches can be shared and scaled up country wide.

In addition to national level engagement to strengthen systems and build capacity, HaC also works across five districts in Rwanda supporting local NGO partners to carry out holistic, community-based interventions. ECD activities are part of this intervention.

Purpose

In order to increase the capacity of tutors teaching the Early Childhood Education and Lower Primary (ECLP) option to implement the competency based curriculum using interactive teaching methods, HaC is recruiting 3 ECE Mentors, one to be based at each of the targeted TTCs. They will provide day-to-day mentorship to a small cohort of targeted ECLP tutors. Through monitoring of changes in tutor behaviors and student learning outcomes that result from the intervention, these Mentors are expected to identify gaps that can be addressed when training all ECE tutors on a periodic basis. Mentors will also play a key role in developing the targeted TTC as a learning hub that reaches out to train nearby in-service teachers and even parents at community level. Mentors will contribute to the implementation of HaC’s ECD model at community level and ensure best practices are imbedded within the TTC program.

Locations

Nyamasheke (Mwezi TTC), Bugesera (Nyamata TTC), and Rwamagana (Bicumbi TTC)

Duties and Responsibilities:

MENTORSHIP



  • Observe targeted tutors on a daily basis
  • Follow observations with 1:1 mentoring sessions to discuss successes and challenges
  • Provide feedback and corrections promptly and in a positive manner
  • Give additional support to struggling tutors, including modeling or co-teaching
  • Organize monthly meetings at TTC for targeted teachers to come together and share learnings and support one another in improving their skills
  • Invest in developing peer coaching skills of at least one tutor leader
  • Contribute to the development of lesson notes and resources to accompany the curriculum and follow up to ensure such resources are used by tutors when teaching
  • Liaise with Principal and Deputy at TTC to share progress and enlist active support for the intervention

TRAINING

  • Attend ToTs put on by HaC, URCE, REB, and other development partners
  • Participate in designing and facilitating termly trainings for all TTC tutors responsible for Foundations of ECE course
  • Assist TTC in organizing regular trainings for in-service teachers of surrounding pre-primary schools and community ECD centers on use of appropriate ECE methodologies in line with the new pre-primary curriculum
  • Link with other development partners active at TTCs (such as VSO and Chemonics) to harmonize approaches and get technical support

MONITORING & EVALUATION

  • Participate in the development or adaptation of monitoring tools and use them to conduct a baseline assessment
  • Collect data on daily basis using lesson observation and coaching forms to record key findings and strategies discussed
  • Follow up on how tutors assess student learning during class observations
  • Participate in annual data collection to measure change since baseline

PROGRAM INTEGRATION

  • Visit HaC’s activities at community level to identify gaps and opportunities for integration with TTC project
  • Participate in developing HaC’s ECD model and support partner NGO staff to implement by giving technical guidance
  • Involve the TTC principal and tutors in community-based ECD activities
  • Improve linkages between TTCs, surrounding schools/centers, SEOs, and others
  • Organize exchange visits for TTC tutors and student teachers to learn from high quality ECD/E centers and vice versa

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Education, Masters preferred
  • Minimum 5 years teaching experience with at least 3 years at the lower primary level
  • Specialized early childhood education training
  • Experience acting as a peer mentor (Previous role as REB mentor is preferable)
  • Demonstrated success facilitating trainings (Experience as a TTC tutor is preferable)
  • Previous involvement with community-based ECD centers

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • Passionate about ECE and knowledgeable about how children learn through play
  • Skilled at utilizing student-centered, active teaching methods
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Able to provide feedback in a supportive manner
  • Skill, interest, or previous experience doing data collection, entry and analysis
  • Excellent English and Kinyarwanda oral and writing skills
  • Comfortable impromptu teaching in various settings
  • Open to new approaches and ideas

Reports to

Program Manager for ECD (will be overseen by TTC principal on daily basis and also work closely with HaC’s partner NGO’s field team in the district of operation)

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit their application (CV and cover letter) to info@hacrwanda.org or deliver a hard copy to HaC Rwanda’s office in Kacyiru.

Note:Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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