TAF Jalalabad, Afghanistan
Jul 10, 2017Full time
Job Description: Background: The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on 60 years of experience, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve governance, law and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The Asia Foundation has offices in 18 countries throughout Asia and is headquartered in San Francisco. In Afghanistan, the Foundation supports four primary themes: Governance and Law, Women’s Empowerment, Education, and Survey/Research and Knowledge Development. In the Education department, the Foundation through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing a project named, Using Technology to Improve Primary level Reading Skills. The goal of the project is to improve reading skills of Afghan government school children in primary grades (One to Three) through innovative use of a sustainable student-centered educational technology. The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) launched this project in Kabul Afghanistan in February 2016 to determine if the use of technology could be leveraged to address primary level literacy. The approach involves access to technology based educational materials for grade1-3, training administrators, teachers, parents, and students at each school. The literacy lessons, which align with Ministry of Education (MOE) standards and reading books but are much more interactive and engaging, are in the form of an Android app inserted as chips either on a phone or into an HDTV. The Foundation is proposing to build on its gains and experiences to refine the project in Kabul and expand to two additional provinces: Kandahar and Nangarhar reaching out an estimated number of 2,700 students in each province with a total of approximately over 8,000 students being served. The Foundation also estimate that across the 16 schools, approximately 300 teachers and around 60 school administrators will be trained on how to implement this project. Below are the four objectives of the project: Objective 1: Provide access to materials that encourage reading as a joyful activity; Objective 2: Train teachers to integrate technology based materials into their lesson plans; Objective 3: Appropriate use and care of technology and related materials; and Objective 4: Raise awareness about new approaches to teaching literacy through advocacy and information sharing. Key Duties and responsibilities The Project coordinator will be responsible for supporting the four objectives of the project and provide implementation support for the project in Kabul. The coordinator with support from the Foundation and project leader will conduct the following tasks: 1. Provide project coordination support to ensure the project is delivered with quality and within the parameters of budget and schedule; 2. Liaise with MoE in Kabul, Provincial Education Directors (PEDs) in provinces, General Education, Academic Supervision and General Directorate of Science Education and Technology to familiarize them with the project and solicit their support; 3. Together with PEDs, conduct the survey to identify the schools that meet the selection criteria for project implementation and liaise with school administrations and teachers to familiarize them with the project and solicit their support; 4. Liaise with school administrations and teachers to familiarize them with the project activities and solicit their support; Organize teacher trainings at schools in coordination with schools and trainer and coordinate the training plan & agenda with schools; Organize headmasters/ school management training in coordination with trainer and coordinate the training plan & agenda with schools; 7. Organize parents’ shura trainings at schools in coordination with trainer and coordinate the training plan and agenda with schools; Conduct school visits and provide support to teachers on the usage of android-based application used through smart TV by mentoring & providing continuous technical support; 9. Develop weekly reports that clearly states accomplishments for the week, plans for next week, challenges, and successes; 10. Collect M&E data based on tools provided and develop evaluation reports to be submitted to the home office. Draft success stories and handle communication and outreach of the project; 11. At the end of the project, support the arrangement of a conference to showcase the activities and results of this project; and 12. Additional relevant responsibilities and tasks as needed.