Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Room to Read,Assessment Specialist Jobs in Rwanda

Education
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete sec
ondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia – countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 8 million children by constructing more than 1,700 schools, establishing over 16,000 libraries, publishing 882 new children’s book titles in 27 local languages, and reaching over 25,000 girls through our Girls’ Education program.
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Organization Profile:
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia – countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 8 million children by constructing more than 1,700 schools, establishing over 16,000 libraries, publishing 882 new children’s book titles in 27 local languages, and reaching over 25,000 girls through our Girls’ Education program.
Position Overview:
Soma Umenye is a USAID funded project that will work to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of Grade 3. Specifically, Soma Umenye will target all children in Grades 1-3 attending public and government-aided schools nationwide and ensure that at least 70 percent of students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension by the end of Grade 3.This position is part of the Soma Umenye team. The Assessment Specialist is responsible for supporting the Rwanda Education Board (REB) to develop an assessment guide to help teachers better conduct classroom assessments of early grade reading as well as tools that they can use in conducting assessments.. The position will report directly to the System Strengthening Advisor.
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Support the Rwanda Education Board (REB) to develop an assessment guide to help teachers better conduct classroom assessments of early grade reading as well as tools (assessment forms, recording forms tracking boys and girls separately, etc.) that they can use in conducting assessments.
  • Support REB, University of Rwanda College of Education (URCE), and teacher training college (TTC) staff to develop literacy/writing assessment items for classroom assessment. Support REB to create guidelines for writing and validating appropriate early grade reading items.
  • Support REB to develop P1 fluency standards and review draft P2-P3 standards, using past literacy assessments and literacy benchmark assessments to identify needed Kinyarwanda fluency for children’s reading comprehension.
  • Support REB to develop and implement a plan for national assessment of early grade reading that will continue after the end of the Soma Umenye Activity. Support the training of enumerators needed to conduct a national assessment of early grade reading.
  • Work with MINEDUC, URCE, and the TTCs to promote equity in literacy outcomes among boys, girls, and children with special needs.
  • Leverage M&E data collected (likely on an ongoing basis) to inform adjustments in the project's approach and ensure continued improvement in student reading outcomes.
Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience in the education sector; familiarity with scientifically based reading research preferred.
  • Able to measure basic foundational skills for literacy in the early grades.
  • Demonstrated expertise in assessing/identifying ability to read and comprehend.
  • Experience promoting equity in learning outcomes among boys, girls, and children with special needs preferred.
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Ability and desire to travel frequently internationally
  • Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
  • Proven track record of achieving results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
  • Legally eligible to work in the Rwanda; no sponsorship provided
To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:
  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker; you’re not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment


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