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Mozambique: Teaching and Learning Specialist VG-SC 008/17

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Mozambique
Closing date: 24 May 2017

TITLE: Teaching and Learning Specialist






(Select just one level and delete the others)

Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The approach of the Girls Education Challenge: Transitions in Mozambique is one of intensive support to teachers, and building up of professional relationships, targets, systems, structures and processes, that will emphasize, validate and support good quality and gender sensitive teaching at all levels.

The Teaching and Learning Advisor for Girls Education Challenge: Transitions will be responsible for the strategic oversight and implementation of all components of the project pertaining to the quality of teaching and learning.

The Teaching and Learning Advisor will lead the strategy to provide the relevant support to the project necessary to have an impact on the learning outcomes of girls.


Reports to: Project Director

Competencies - Working effectively with others, Problem solving and decision making, Applying technical and professional expertise, Networking, Innovating and adapting

Number of direct reports: None


Strategy and Programme Design (35%)

· Lead the technical elements of the project approaches relating to teacher practice, training, development of curricula and materials, and all aspects of school interventions relating to learning

· Liaise with other senior project staff on the inter-relation between teaching and learning elements of GEC-T and other education approaches that Save the Children is supporting

· Ensure alignment with national directives and approaches, lobbying and advocating for policy or curriculum change or improved approaches (e.g. phonemic awareness, peer-support opportunities for teachers and students, and parent/community participation in learning)

Implementation (35%)

  • Provide technical guidance to the three Provincial Learning Coordinators in the delivery of all packages of programming aimed at supporting, motivating, monitoring and providing for teachers in service
  • Provide support to and train all staff (including field support workers) around the principles of good teaching and learning, ensuring that they are aware of what is being encouraged and demanded from teachers and school leaders.
  • Mentoring and coaching of selected teachers who then can become focal points in schools and school clusters (ZIPs)
  • Continue to quality control all the project’s support to teachers in terms of their teaching capacity and our monitoring of their teaching
  • Continue throughout the project to partner with government in elements of quality of teaching and learning

Evidence and Learning (15%)

  • Be up to date on relevant global and regional education policy and programming within and beyond the SC movement with a focus on basic education, including education focused on adolescent age groups
  • Contribute to the documentation and learning from the project, ensuring methods are used to capture the feedback from teachers and school management, and communities around successes and barriers to learning
  • Facilitate the sharing of experience and learning about the educational approaches being implemented, ensuring dialogue with other stakeholders.

Organizational Strategy and Policy (15%)

· Contribute to SCI Mozambique’s overall education strategy

  • Collaborate effectively with key colleagues in SCI including those in child protection, in child participation, in partnerships, communications and in social protection, amongst others
  • Represent SCI in relevant education networks with a focus on learning outcomes and teacher training

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


· holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

· Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


· sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

· widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

· Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


· builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

· values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

· Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


· develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

· Willing to take disciplined risks.


· honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


Essential Technical Skills:

· M.A in Education and/or Development Studies, or equivalent social science discipline;

· Understanding of child rights principles;

· Working knowledge of English and Portuguese;

· Strong analytical and conceptual skills, and the ability to think and plan strategically;

· Well-developed negotiation and communication skills, including experience negotiating and working collaboratively within schools, with school directorates and staff;

· Knowledge and experience of Early Grade Reading Assessments (EGRA) & Early Grade Maths Assessments (EGMA)

· Technical expertise in teaching and learning components (pedagogy); including literacy, second language acquisition, bilingual curricula and reading and mathematics sub-skills

· Ability to analyze complex data in a technical area and to summarize and communicate this in ways that are accessible to a range of audiences and cultures;

· Experience of working in a matrix-managed context and collaborating with a range of colleagues at different levels in the management structure;

· Understanding of gender sensitive teaching and learning processes & environments

· Strong facilitation and training skills;

· Computer proficient and able to operate within an administratively self-sufficient environment;

· Commitment to team working and support for cross–organizational initiatives;

· Ability to travel within Mozambique up to 50% of the time.

· Ability to advocate to government (at central and decentralized levels) and to other stakeholders, on key issues relating to quality of learning, especially for girls

· Clear understanding of teaching and learning global discourse

· Knowledge of the Save the Children’s proposed approaches to learning, including Literacy and Numeracy Boost

· Experience and expertise in training of teachers, both Primary and Secondary, including coaching and mentoring approaches, target setting and benchmarking

· Experience in peer support approaches to learning, and harnessing student-to-student collaboration for learning opportunities


· Experience in the design, implementation and management of education programmes in Mozambique or similar contexts

· Advanced Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning skills in relation to large scale education programming

· Project Cycle Management, skills and knowledge

· Knowledge of the Mozambican curriculum and teacher training models

How to apply:


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