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NATIONAL YOUTH AWARENESS FORUM-SIERRA LEONE

346E BAIBUREH ROAD, CALABA TOWN, FREETOWN

website: www.nyafsl1.org

JOB VACANCIES

Background:

National Youth Awareness Forum (NYAF) is a National Non-Governmental Organisation operating in Sierra Leone since 2001. As an organisation, we believe that the quality of the education system does not exceed the quality of the teachers that deliver the content. For this reason, building teachers’ capacity for quality classroom instruction and students’ learning outcomes are what define our work.

National Youth Awareness Forum Sierra Leone (NYAFSL) recruits qualified candidates for positions on an upcoming Sierra Leone Education Innovation Challenge (SLEIC) project in Sierra Leone in collaboration with Kizazi. The three-year education innovation challenge project will be implemented in Bonthe District, Moyamba District, and Pujehun District.

We are looking for individuals committed to exceeding expectations and striving to contribute to the government’s free quality education. Candidates’ role will be about working with cluster teachers to ensure the high-quality delivery of innovative, sustainable education programmes. Successful candidates will be based in Bonthe District, Moyamba District, and Pujehun District.

Job title: Teacher Coaches (13)

Reporting to: District Supervisor

Locations:      Bonthe, Moyamba, and Pujehun Districts

Works with: District Supervisor, District education stakeholders, community stakeholders

Job Purpose: To support the District supervisor in implementing the Sierra Leone Education Innovation Challenge (SLEIC) project.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Coach and mentor cluster primary school teachers in teaching literacy and numeracy using designed methodologies
  • Ensures that class teachers conduct monthly random students assessments using the tools provided
  • The NYAF training team does cascade training
  • Observe teachers when they teach and give support where necessary or where required
  • Conduct demonstration lessons whenever required
  • Follow up on a particular skill/technique whenever teachers have been observed and require support.
  • Develop an activity coaching and monitoring plan and discuss the project with the supervisor
  • Support teachers to effectively use the designed resource materials for teachers and students
  • Support the capacity needs of teachers based on monitoring and observation visits
  • Encourage and work with teachers to work in line with NYAF and MBSSE standards
  • Follow up with teachers with regards to the implementation of new skills and practices that must be used in their classroom after training and follow up with effective general classroom practice
  • Regular monitoring of classroom activities to identify gaps in pedagogy and address them
  • Identify barriers or challenges to children’s learning and work with the district supervisor and other key stakeholders to minimise such difficulties
  • Work with the M&E and district supervisor to analyse performance and impact data of schools and teacher training program
  • Support the processing of M&E performance and impact data
  • In all work undertaken, looking for opportunities to develop at least two teachers to be able to do the job in his absence
  • Undertake any other reasonable task assigned by the district supervisor

Reporting:

  • Monthly/quarterly reporting on SLEIC project schools’ activities.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • HTC Primary/Secondary or Degree in education from a recognised college/university
  • At least two years of working experience in teacher coaching and mentoring with local or International NGOs; or three years of classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience in teacher training; learning material design; working around girls’ self-esteem and boys’ valuing girls and women, and social and emotional education and intelligence will be an added advantage.
  • Be able to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • High level of literacy and numeracy
  • Competency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; and email
  • Should be able to ride a motorbike and proof of valid driving license
  • Very good English written communications skills, including the ability to prepare reports;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and cope with pressing timelines;
  • Problem-solving and basic counselling skills
  • Stress & time management skills
  • Possess leadership skills and have the ability to establish a collaborative relationship with teachers

Personal Competencies

  • Team player and ability to multi-task;
  • Demonstrable ability to live and work in rural, low-income communities, resource-constrained contexts;
  • Competency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; and email
  • Ability to draft correspondence, reports, newsletters, etc.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels
  • A realistic perception and presentation of self
  • Ability to remain calm and composed when under pressure when faced with multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Self-starter, able to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to be open and honest in relationships with others
  • Commitment to growth mindset ways of working
  • Knowledge of the current education issues/activities and systems

Job title: District Supervisors (4)

Reporting to: Programme Manager

Location: Bonthe, Moyamba, and Pujehun Districts

Works with: District Supervisor, District education stakeholders, community stakeholders

Job Purpose: To support the Programme Manager in implementing the Sierra Leone Education Innovation Challenge (SLEIC) project.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Supervise and oversee all field activities
  • Support headteachers for whole school development
  • Develop capacity needs of teachers based on monitoring and observation visits
  • Collaborate and coordinate with partners to ensure all standards are met
  • Encourage and work with school communities to work in line with MBSSE standards
  • Supervise, monitor, and support literacy and numeracy coaches
  • Ensure that coaches are stationed in their schools’ communities to carry on with their tasks and responsibilities, i.e., coaching and monitoring of teachers
  • Work with coaches in designing teaching-learning materials.
  • Follow up coaches with regards to the implementation of new skills and practices that teachers must use in their classroom after training and follow up effective general classroom practice
  • Ensure that teaching and learning materials supplied are efficiently used
  • Regular monitoring of classroom activities to identify gaps in pedagogy and address them
  • Work with school heads and ministry officials for the improvement of whole-school development
  • Support capacity building of teachers by facilitating sessions
  • Collate reports compiled by coaches and identify gaps that need senior management attention
  • Identify barriers or challenges to children’s learning and work with key stakeholders to minimise such difficulties
  • Work with the M&E and programme team to analyse performance and impact data of schools and teacher training programme
  • Support the collection and delivery of programme management reports
  • Support the processing of M&E performance and impact data
  • Support heads of schools for an effective school management
  • In all work undertaken, looking for opportunities to develop at least two others to be able to do the job in your absence
  • Represent National Youth Awareness Forum Sierra Leone in all district stakeholders’ meetings
  • Coordinate the relationship among schools, CTAs and SMCs
  • Follow up on child safeguarding issues in all SLEIC allocated schools
  • Undertake any other reasonable task assigned by the programme manager

Reporting:

  • Monthly/quarterly reporting on SLEIC project schools’ activities

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • HTC Primary/Secondary or Degree from a recognised college/university
  • At least three years of working experience in teacher coaching and mentoring with local or International NGOs; or five years of classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience in teacher training; learning material design; working around girls’ self-esteem and boys’ valuing girls and women, and social and emotional education and intelligence will be an added advantage.
  • Be able to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • High level of literacy and numeracy
  • Competency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; and email
  • Should be able to ride a motorbike and proof of valid driving license
  • Very good English written communications skills, including the ability to prepare reports;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and cope with pressing timelines;
  • Problem-solving and basic counselling skills
  • Stress & time management skills
  • Possess leadership skills and have the ability to establish a collaborative relationship with teachers

Personal Competencies

  • Team player and ability to multi-task;
  • Demonstrable ability to live and work in rural, low-income communities, resource-constrained contexts;
  • Competency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; and email
  • Ability to draft correspondence, reports, newsletters, etc.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels
  • A realistic perception and presentation of self
  • Ability to remain calm and composed when under pressure when faced with multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Self-starter, able to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to be open and honest in relationships with others
  • Commitment to growth mindset ways of working
  • Knowledge of the current education issues/activities and systems

Job Title:  Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Location: Freetown with frequent travel to the project areas

Report to: Executive Director

Summary of the position

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating activities of the Sierra Leone Education Innovation Challenge project undertaken by the National Youth Awareness Forum Sierra Leone, measuring the impact of programming and helping to develop continuous improvement in programme development and implementation. He/She should have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring – Supports the design and implementation of a monitoring framework and information system to track deliverables against EIC project results (goals, objectives, outcomes, outputs) and indicators. 
  • Evaluation – supports analysis of data collected on EIC project activity indicators defined in the project monitoring framework and facilitates assessment of progress. He/she will employ participatory ways of assessing the key modalities of the projects and inform management on areas of improvement.  
  • Reporting – Provides regular and timely updates and reports on project impact and processes against indicators, goals, and objectives. He/she will contribute to accessing data using monitoring and evaluation software tools for analysis and produce data analysis reports with clear observations on data quality and actionable recommendations.
  • Capacity building – will support consortium partner M&E staff in providing required capacity strengthening, including but not limited to data analysis, producing data analysis reports, checking for quality in monitoring data and compiling case studies/ most significant change stories,  
  • Knowledge sharing – Ensures analysis and documentation of best practices and lessons learned and supports the project team with reflection and learning sessions. 
  • Field visit – The role will be required to make field visits for purposes outlined above as well as to conduct monitoring spot checks and participate in joint monitoring with MBSSE (Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education) officials
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.

Criteria for the role

Strong analytical skills or training,

  • Good problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively, identify issues, analyse and participate in resolving issues/problems, and yet be flexible. 
  • Good reporting skills
  • Ability to develop sources for data collection and other key M&E sources for that purpose.
  • Observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Effectively handles discussions focusing on groups and individuals to enrich participants’ understanding of particular subjects or situations, understand the process, diagnose group needs, and intervene accordingly.
  • Should be able to ride a motorbike and proof of valid driving license

Technical Expertise, Skills, and Knowledge

Qualifications:

  • University degree or its equivalent (from a recognised institution) in Social Sciences, Economics, Development, Statistics, Mathematics, Evaluation, or other fields related to education. 
  • Three years of experience in monitoring and evaluation with particular reference to education

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the current education issues/activities and systems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook, SPSS.
  • Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations

Experience:

  • Must have experience in data processing or analysis and computer expertise,
  • Significant direct experience in survey design and implementation
  • Experience in M&E designs, tools, and methodologies
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research designs and analysis.
  • S/he should be able to communicate to a reasonably diverse audience.
  • Experience in the use of M&E tools will be an added advantage.

All applications must be addressed to the Executive Director, National Youth Awareness Forum, 346e Bai Bureh Road, Calaba Town, Freetown.

Applications should be sent by email to: email: nyafsl@yahoo.co.uk   and copy medmansj@yahoo.co.uk  

The closing date for receipt of all applications is before the close of business on Wednesday, 8 June 2022.  Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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