4 Early Grade Reading Officer USAID Project Jobs – Education Development Center (EDC)


Job Title:    Early Grade Reading Officer
(4 Job Opportunities)  

Organisation: Education
Development Center (EDC)

Duty Station:  Mbarara,


About US:

Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions
to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity, with a
focus on vulnerable and under-served populations.  Since 1958, we
have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and
innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.


About USAID Project:

The goal of the
five-year, USAID-funded Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) Activity
is for Ugandan children and youth, especially the most vulnerable, to receive
the support and services necessary to lead resilient, healthy, and productive


Job Summary:  The ICYD Activity will work with district
staff and Primary Teachers College staff to implement a set of school and
community-based activities in early grade reading (EGR) and school-related
gender-based violence prevention (SRGBV). The Early Grade Reading Officers will
support training and coaching of Coordinating Centre Tutors (CCT),
identification and support of champion teachers, oversee District Education
Officer (DEO)/ Head teacher (HT) training, and support teacher incentive
programming. The EGR Officers will also train Community Mobilization Assistants
(CMAs) to implement Local Reading Support Plans with PTAs/SMCs and communities,
and literacy volunteers to implement the Activity’s supplemental reading
tutoring program in the zones. The EGR Officers will coordinate closely with
the Preservice Education Officers to ensure that preservice and in-service
support activities are aligned and mutually-reinforcing. The EGR Manager will
oversee and guide the technical work of the EGR Officers in the zones. This is
a full-time position based in Zonal Office in 
Mbarara, Uganda.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

to the design and development of teacher training, coaching, and other
technical materials to improve reading instruction, including in the use of
distance education methodologies to support EGR;

the adaptation of teacher training, coaching, and other materials for reading
instruction and lead their validation at the zonal level as needed;

roll out of training activities related to EGR at zonal and district levels

the ICYD Activity and zonal offices, PTCs, and other stakeholders in order to
effectively utilize technology for in-service and pre-service teacher
professional development;

closely with Zonal Preservice Education Officers to align and integrate
preservice and in-service teacher support activities;

with ICYD Activity staff, zonal staff, schools, and communities to support the
continual improvement of ICDY Activity implementation, based on performance
monitoring data;

and participate in key EGR activities such as Early Grade Reading Assessment

effectively with the government partners;

linkages and synergy around reading and writing instruction across the
Intermediate Results, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning, and Cross Cutting
Areas of the program;

technical monitoring input for grants to organizations implementing Accelerated
Education programming in the target zones;

at the zonal level with private sector entities supporting the Activity;

to quarterly and annual reports, success stories and other communications;

ME&L staff in tracking, monitoring and evaluating activities in the
assigned zones;

participate in Collaborative, Learning and Adapting (CLA) processes in place
within the project;

related duties as assigned.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to education
with a specialty in early grade reading or another pedagogically-oriented

At least
five years of progressively responsible technical experience on early-grade
reading programs in both English and local languages;

expertise in early grade reading in both English and Local Languages/Mother

experience and knowledge of teacher professional development;

developing materials for early-grade reading in both English and Local
Language; experience designing teacher training programs for pre-service and
in-service highly desired;

in working with MoES officials including Primary Teacher Colleges (PTCs) and
Local Governments (Districts, Cities and Municipalities) in conducting EGR

ability to coordinate and manage teams;

skills and experience in conducting Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA);

in policy for early-grade reading reform highly desired.

Fluency in English and at least
one of the Activity’s covered local languages (Luganda, Runyoro/Rutoro,
Runyankore/Rukiga, Leblango, Lebacholi, and Lusoga) is required, and knowledge
of additional Ugandan local languages is an extra advantage.


NB: This is a Zonal
position. Strong preference will be given to locals based in the respective location
of the ICYD location (Mbarara, Uganda).


Note: EDC doesn’t
solicit for money from applicants at any level of the recruitment &
selection process.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online at the link below.




Deadline: 10th February 2021


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