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Intervention Leader – Pedagogy At DEEPEN

Date Posted: 14/Oct/2013
Deadline: Not Specified

 

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DEEPEN is a five-year UK government-funded programme designed to improve the quality of education in private schools in Nigeria. The programme will support low-cost schools in particular and is initially focused on the private school market in Lagos. The Intervention Leader for Pedagogy will design, manage and lead the programme’s interventions and activities to facilitate improved learning outcomes and classroom practices throughout Lagos’ private schools. With guidance and assistance from the Team Leader, Portfolio Manager/Deputy Team Leader and Results and Learning (R&L) Leader, the Intervention Leader will also work to monitor and measure the impact of DEEPEN and to develop synergies across the programme to reduce the effect of wider market constraints. 

Poor performance and overcrowding in Lagos’ public school system have fuelled a vibrant and growing market in private education. Over 1 million children of primary and pre-primary age are now enrolled in 18,000 private schools with equal numbers of girls and boys. However, only a quarter of such schools are formally approved and consequently the quality of education they offer remains unknown and open to doubt. 

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Nigeria has initiated an innovative programme to use a market-development approach to improve learning outcomes in Lagos’ private schools. Through a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) methodology, the DEEPEN programme will work through tailored interventions to create an enabling environment and improve the conditions for all private schools, with a particular focus on those that cater for girls and low-income families. Specifically, DEEPEN will aim to build capacity and incentives to stimulate wider initiatives and help parents make more informed choices on their children’s education. This will be achieved through interventions designed to address market constraints in four key and interrelated areas: Pedagogy; Rules and Standards; Information; and Finance. 
In terms of Pedagogy, most private schools rate the quality of their teaching practices as high. The added value of low-cost private schooling over public - there is some evidence supporting better levels of learning in private schools - seems to derive more from non-pedagogic factors (greater time on task, more regular attendance, greater use of books, homework etc.) rather than actual teaching. Low-cost private schools in fact rely to a far greater extent on untrained and lower qualified teachers than public schools, however, what happens in the classroom itself is not significantly different - private schools just do more of it. Further increasing the learning achievement in private schools is therefore likely to come from improving pedagogy and this requires changing the current mindset of owners and principals that current practices are good. Much is to be gained by increasing attention and investment on the teaching and learning process. The programme will consequently work to increase the understanding of interactive learning approaches and encourage teachers to rely less on ‘traditional’ didactic methods. DEEPEN will also seek to expand interest in teachers’ professional development and strengthen the supply of opportunities and services available to schools.

 

Job Description

Accountabilities and Responsibilities 
The Intervention Leader for Pedagogy will have primary responsibility for all programme activities and interventions (including monitoring and results measurement (MRM)) within the Pedagogy work stream. Working together with the Team Leader, the Portfolio Manager/Deputy Team Leader and other team members, s/he will: 
Intervention Design and Management 
• Design and manage the overall intervention strategy within the Pedagogy work stream; 
• Develop the budget for each intervention and activity, and the Pedagogy work stream overall; 
• Develop an activity plan and results chain for each intervention and review such documents on a periodic (at least quarterly) basis; 
• Provide a written progress report to the Portfolio Manager/Deputy Team Leader on a monthly basis and contribute to the quarterly programme reports to DFID; 
• Participate in monthly team meetings to report on progress within the Pedagogy work stream; 
Monitoring, Results Measurement and Learning 
• Support the R&L Leader to develop an effective MRM system in respect of the Pedagogy work stream; 
• Comply with the requirements of the MRM system as instructed by the R&L Leader in respect of the Pedagogy work stream; 
• Provide the R&L team with regular data on work stream activities and progress as required; 
• Provide the Communications Officer with information on the Pedagogy interventions and activities as required; 
New Interventions 
• Explore and initiate new interventions, activities and/or partnerships for the Pedagogy work stream to achieve outputs, outcomes and impacts within the work stream and across the programme in accordance with the agreed logical framework; 
• Conduct analysis of constraints on private schools relating to Pedagogy to identify areas for potential research and relay such recommendations to the R&L Leader and Research Officer; 
• Liaise and work with the other programme Intervention Leaders to discuss current activities (including challenges, failures and successes), identify opportunities for synergy across the programme and maximise key interactions between the work streams; 
General 
• Ensure that all aspects of the Pedagogy activities and interventions are conducted in such a way as to consider the impact on and maximise the learning outcomes of girls and children from poor families (poor families to be defined and agreed with DFID); 
• Wherever possible, disaggregate all results and data from the Pedagogy work stream by gender and poverty to monitor the programme’s impact on girls and the poorest families specifically; 
• Develop effective and professional relationships with key stakeholders in the programme, such as DFID, the Education Operational Research and Evaluation in Nigeria programme, private school associations and the Lagos State Ministry of Education (MOE); and 
• Conduct any further activities as required by the Team Leader and/or Portfolio Manager/Deputy Team Leader.

 

Candidate Specification

Competencies, Skills, Qualifications and Experience 
Required: 
• Significant professional experience working on education projects or programmes, ideally with experience in international, social and/or community development. 
• Education to first level degree or equivalent. 
• Effective people and team management skills. 
• Excellent organisational and communication skills. 
• Strong project management, financial and budgeting skills. 
• Fluent in English (spoken, reading and writing) with good writing skills. 
• Experience working in international and cross-cultural contexts. 
• Confidence/proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and email packages. 
• Attention to detail and accuracy. 
Desirable: 
• Experience working on pedagogical reform, teacher development and/or improved classroom practices. 
• First degree and/or Masters in education. 
• Experience working with private education and/or low-cost private schools. 
• Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams in projects or programmes with components of social development and/or poverty reduction. 
• Experience working with donor agencies (specifically DFID). 
• Experience conducting training and facilitating workshops in a developing and cross-cultural context.

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