Jun 19, 2017

South Sudan: Special Needs Education Officer, Maban Upper Nile (national Position) South Sudanese only

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: Lutheran World Federation
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 30 Jun 2017

JOB TITLE: Special Needs Education Officer, Maban Upper Nile

JOB ROLE:

The Special Needs Education Officer will be responsible for assisting the Education Coordinator (EC) and Senior Education Officer in managing the implementation and development of all aspects of the inclusive education programme in Maban Camps. He or She will be the technical person in charge of Special Needs Education Programme and will be responsible for initiating, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the programme in collaboration with Education Officers and Child Youth Protection Officers among others.

Job Title: Special Needs officer

No of positions: 1 (One)

Duration: 3 Months Extendable depending on Funding & Performance

Place of Assignment: Maban – East Nile

Reports: Snr. Education officer

Deadline: 30th June, 2017

BACKGROUND:

The Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) South Sudan Programme was established in 2009 and strives to provide humanitarian assistance (emergency/relief, rehabilitation and development work) to refugees and other vulnerable communities to enable them meet their basic human rights and needs in line with its vision and mission statements, and core values. The activities of LWF include education, child protection, food security, emergency, community protection and capacity building of local authorities and community members.

LWF has worked in Maban County since September 2012 and currently is the service provider for Education and Child Protection in Yussif Batil, Gendrassa and Kaya refugee camps.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

A. Project cycle Management

  • Assisting with planning and design of the inclusive education component with regard to ECD, primary, secondary and vocational training education indicators.
  • Investigate gender imbalances in inclusive education service provision in the ECD, primary/secondary education unit, and designing and implementing initiatives aimed at increasing enrolment and improving retention of children with special needs.
  • Keeping the EC/SEE appraised of emerging issues in inclusive education provision within the schools, the refugee communities, and involving the school management committees and Refugee Education Committees as required in a timely manner.
  • Being conversant with and using the LWF/DWS Programme Strategic Outline, policies and procedures, donor guidelines and agreements, in planning and implementing ECD, primary, secondary and vocational training education unit activities.
  • Capacity building of teachers/ education staff/ incentives on inclusive classroom management practices to embrace children with special needs and understand how to teach according to the curriculum to improve quality education.
  • Responsible for implementing and evaluating curriculum in the least restrictive environment to SNE in ECD, primary and secondary schools.
  • Guide the teachers on how to organize the classroom and learning resources to create a positive learning environment.
  • Assist teachers in planning, preparing and presenting lessons that cater for the needs of the whole ability range within their class and conduct lesson observations with feedback sessions.
  • Assess and prescribe the right equipment to inclusive education/SNE children and train the teachers and learners on how to use them.
  • Provide the required leadership in the programming and interventions for all persons living with disabilities
  • Guide and train parents of children with disability on basic conception for upbringing of their children.
  • Together with the education and Child Youth Protection teams, conduct community mobilization and sensitization on significance of SNE/inclusive education.
  • Make the relevant assessments and coordinate the development of relevant interventions and programs for the special needs education and community based rehabilitation for the persons living with disabilities
  • Facilitate the access to quality special needs education and rehabilitation services in the refugee camps and host community where possible
  • Staying up to date with changes and developments in the curriculum structure and informing the staff on the same.
  • Working with the management & other stakeholders to ensure participation of SNE learners in all aspects of education.

B. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

o Submit weekly report to the Senior Education Officer

o Monitoring progress and impact of inclusive education in ECD, primary, ALP and Secondary education unit through regular school visits, and providing support to management committees and the Camp Education Committees.

o Preparing Reports, tables, graphs and charts on the above information for the purpose of better informing LWF/DWS and its partners on trends, status, needs and opportunities for the inclusive education component on regular basis as may be required.

o Reviewing work plans and activity plans of the inclusive education component of ECD/primary/secondary/vocational training education unit for comprehensiveness, clarity and adherence to LWF/DWS Project goals and objectives.

o Working closely with stakeholders and other partners to ensure that inclusive education component of ECD/primary/secondary and vocational training education unit achievements and lessons learned are properly documented and disseminated to representatives of the education sector.

o Work with the officers to produce procurement plan for the active grants and compile this for submission to the Education Coordinator on an agreed date.

o Ensure that there are proper documentation for enrolment and attendance for the inlusive education component of in ECD/primary/secondary/vocational.

o Work closely with the EC/SEE to identify gaps in the Inclusive Education Service and to complete the donor proposals to address these gaps.

o Verify and submit the individual weekly data of the Inclusive Education component at outcome and output per grant to the SEE.

C. Staff Supervision, Training and Development

o Participating in regular education sector management of overall ECD/primary/secondary/vocational training education unit.

o Working with teachers and other stakeholders to ensure the meaningful participation of learners (children, youth and adults) in all aspects of the ECD/primary/secondary/vocational training education units.

o Identifying teacher training needs and making proper managements for in-service training of teachers.

o Arranging the sharing of ideas between teachers in ECD/primary/secondary schools and coordinating the work of head teachers, school management committees and education officers in the camp.

o Ensuring effective evaluation of learners with special needs to see that the inclusive education component of ECD/primary/secondary/vocational training are in line with the appropriate School Curriculum, and noting changes required in curriculum or teaching methods.

o Assist in conducting ECD/primary/secondary/vocational education unit staff performance appraisals every term, or as directed by the EC/SEE.

o Any other duties and assignments as directed by the education coordinator

Skills and Competence

· Preferred diploma or degree in Special Needs Education or related to education (Child Development, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology and Child Protection) from a recognized institution.

· At least 3 years’ experience in implementing activities in development and or emergency context in the NGO.

· Excellence written and spoken English. Knowledge of Arabic will be an advantage.

· Computer literacy & various short courses on SNE to keep abreast with new developments in the sector

· Experience in community based rehabilitation programs

· Experience gained within an international humanitarian NGO will be an added advantage.

· Experience in inclusive education and safe learning environments initiatives

· Experienced in using learner centred model of teaching

· Strong reporting, writing, editing data analysis skills.

· Excellent communication skills and understanding of community engagement and participation.

· Essential work experience in refugee context.

· Ability to meet deadline and prioritise work under pressure and demonstrate resourcefulness.

· Effective team role and role model member.

· Demonstrate creativity in seeking better ways to do things and shares with the team.

· Good organization awareness and coordination skills.

· Demonstrate developed communication skills.

· Positive and optimistic attitude and approach to work


How to apply:

Interested applicants must send their cover letter and updated CV (not longer than 3 pages), photocopies of academic testimonials, 3 references and day time telephone contact to the Human Resource on email address lwfssdrecruitment@gmail.com.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview

Women are highly encouraged to apply

Child Safe Guarding:

LWF is a child safe organization and is fully committed to promoting the realization of children’s rights including the right to protection from violence and abuse. We therefore, have particular responsibilities to children we work and come into contact with to keep them safe from any harm or risk. In line with LWF policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough criminal record checks.