Right To Play Rwanda
Right To Play Rwanda
Education Technology Specialist at Right To Play Rwanda: (Deadline 26 October 2020)
Right To Play is a global organization that protects, educates, and empowers children using all forms of play – games, sport, poetry, performance, dance, art, and music. We work with children in some of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth, empowering children with the knowledge and skills to drive change in their lives, their families, and their communities. In 2019, Right To Play transformed the lives of 2.35 million children in 15 countries around the world, working in collaboration with teachers, governments, communities, and parents.
Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
The Rwanda country office is currently recruiting for a qualified and self-driven candidate to join a team of professionals in Rwanda as Education Technology Specialist.
I. SUPERVISORY AND ADVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
(A) DIRECT AND TECHNICAL REPORTING LINES
The Education Technology Specialist will not supervise or manage any staff either directly on in a technical capacity.
(B) INDIRECT ADVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Education Technology Specialist is expected to provide advice and technical support to partners, the Rwanda Education Board, textbook boards, teacher training institutions, and Education Officials where applicable, in relation to Right To Play’s educational material and tools.
II. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Programme planning, implementation, and delivery
Representation, advocacy, and policy engagement
Capacity building support
Performs other duties as assigned.
III. PLANNING AND ORGANIZING
The incumbent is expected to provide technical input into planning and implementing the LTPT program of the country office, with a particular focus on robotics, creative coding, and making/tinkering. The incumbent is required to have some flexibility in the plan to respond to urgent needs.
IV. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Must have)
Bachelor’s degree in Computer science/engineering, ICT, or related field; or equivalent combination of experience.
- 5 years’ experience designing and implementing SET educational programs with children, ideally at primary school level, which use technology, in particular robotics, creative coding, and/or making/tinkering.
- Proven experience in building relationships, and successfully implementing projects in partnership, with government Education officials.
- Proven experience in project planning, report writing, and working within NGOs.
- Significant experience in designing and delivering training and/or the development or use of Learning Through Play with Technology materials and resources.
(C) COMPETENCIES / PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
- Communication and persuasion skills and the confidence to articulate complex ideas about the application of robotics, coding, and making/tinkering to primary education in a simple fashion.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors, and community leaders.
- Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task on a constant basis.
- Ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines in a fast-paced fluid environment.
- Can design and develop implementation plans.
- Creative and flexible with problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy.
- Ability to confidently represent oneself and Right To Play to high-level officials.
- Strategy planning skills for education or LTPT initiatives.
- People management, particularly influence management.
(D) TECHNICAL SKILLS
- Experience making technical knowledge on at least one of robotics, or creative coding or making/tinkering (e.g. making play, utility, and learning objects) attractive to children, especially at the Primary School level. Ideally, you will have knowledge of all three.
- Hands-on experience working with children using robotics or coding software or hardware aimed at Primary school children, (eg ScratchJr, Kodable, Minecraft for Education, WeDo, Mindstorms, Botley, others)
- Understanding of how to design and implement SET lessons using robotics, creative coding or making/tinkering within the current Rwandan SET curriculum for Primary Schools.
- Knowledge of the Competence-Based Curriculum, and in particular the current SET curriculum and the ICT in Education Framework, in Rwanda at the Primary School level.
- Ability to design training for in-service and pre-service teacher training in Robotics, creative coding and, tinkering and making, ideally using a play-based approach.
- Understanding of learning through play approaches and child-centered pedagogy (also referred to as active learning, student-centred learning, interactive pedagogy, etc.).
- Knowledge and understanding of best practices in basic education programs, including technical experience in teacher training and resource and curriculum development.
- Strong MS Office skills.
Fluency in spoken and written English.
V. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (An Asset)
- Batchelor’s or Master’s degree in robotics or coding.
- Fluency in Kinyarwanda is highly desirable.
- Experience of working with, or for, REB on curriculum development in Rwanda.
- Experience in working for, or with, academic, private, and civil society organizations with technical expertise in robotics, creative coding, and making/tinkering.
- Experience of using a play-based learning approach.
- Knowledge/experience in child protection and gender mainstreaming particularly as it applies to robotics, coding, and making/tinkering in primary school settings.
- Knowledge of adult learning.
- Experience of designing and delivering training, especially training of teachers and Education Officials.
- Knowledge and experience with programmatic approaches related to life skills, social emotional learning or 21st Century skills
- Knowledge and experience in education research, quantitative, and qualitative methods.
- Ability to advocate for the integration of Learning through Play with Technology at important national, international, and virtual forums.
- Experience of program/project management.
VI. JOB CONTRIBUTIONS/IMPACT
(A) PROBLEM SOLVING
The incumbent is expected to deal with variable problems using analysis, problem definition, and alternative solutions development. Seeks the support of the Program Manager, Country Director, and Education Specialists (in Rwanda and at HQ) when required.
(B) INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
The incumbent is expected to generate reports and share findings from program experiences to inform quality programming at the country level. The incumbent is also expected to share experience at the national and global level both internally and externally.
(C) CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
The incumbent is responsible for observing and evaluating LTPT programs and activity implementation and recommending changes and amendments accordingly.
(D) RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
The incumbent is expected to enhance relationships with partners by staying in regular contact and requesting feedback on ongoing projects. He/she is also responsible for maintaining positive relationships with all staff including at HQ.
VII. CONTACTS/KEY RELATIONSHIPS
The Program Manager, the Country Director, the Education Specialists in Rwanda, the Global Technical Lead, Education and the Education Specialist HQ, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, and the Global Programs Unit.
Rwanda Education Board, MINEDUC, Private Sector and Civil Society, Strategic and Implementing Partners, and donors
VIII. WORKING CONDITIONS
(A) PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT AND EFFORT
The incumbent will be dividing his/her time between the Kigali office and the field, based on the need to attend stakeholders meetings, conduct field visits, and follow up on project implementation.
(B) SENSORY DEMANDS
The incumbent’s job requires concentration, accuracy, and attention to detail.
(C) MENTAL DEMANDS
The incumbent’s job requires attention to deadlines and the ability to deal with pressure and deadlines.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and application letter to: [email protected] and kindly include “Education Technology Specialist” in the subject line. Whilst this position is open until filled candidates are advised to submit their application not later than 5:00 pm on 26th October 2020.
While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Right To Play is a child-centered organization and our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs.
To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.com.