Monday, June 5, 2017

Room to Read,Assessment Specialist jobs in Rwanda

Title: Assessment Specialist
Project: Rwanda Soma Umenye
Project Summary
Soma Umenye is a five-year USAID-funded activity that aims to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda. Covering all 30 districts of Rwanda and working in close collaboration with the Rwa
nda Education Boad (REB) and the Rwandan Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), Soma Umenye will contribute to Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) and the Government of Rwanda’s national development priority of ensuring that Rwandan primary-grade students acquire the fundamental competency of literacy so that they can succeed in future schooling and, later, in the modern workplace.
Project goals:
Soma Umenye aims to achieve the following two goals.
To improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children (unique direct beneficiaries) in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of P3; and
To ensure that at least 70 percent of P1-P3 students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension.
To achieve the above goals, it requires close collaboration with all education stakeholders under the technical leadership of MINEDUC and REB.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support MINEDUC and Rwanda Education Board (REB) to develop assessment systems that measure progress against the new competency based curriculum in literacy both in the classroom and national level.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Job Qualifications
  • Master’s degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience in the education sector.
  • experience engaging with Ministries, policy dialogue on assessments and standards, etc. in developing countries
  • Familiarity with scientifically based reading research preferred.
  • Experience in assessment/Research /evaluation methods experience such as instrument design, sampling strategies, data analysis, use of statistical software packages etc.
  • Demonstrated experience assessing P1-P3 students’ early grade reading performance, and training teachers in how to use such assessment methods in the classroom.
  • Demonstrated exemplary diplomatic, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English.
Location of Assignment
The location of assignment is Kigali, Rwanda with intermittent travel throughout the country.
The Assessment Specialist will report directly to the System Strengthening Advisor or his/her designee.

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