International Non-profit Careers – Education Specialist at IREX

Organisation: IREX
Project Name: National
Early Grade Reading Survey Project
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Funding Source: USAID
About US:
IREX is an international
nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to
promote positive lasting change globally. 
We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a
vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities.  To strengthen these sectors, our program
activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women
and youth.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an
annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals
worldwide.  IREX employs field-tested
methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and
locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.
Job Summary: The IREX Education
Specialist will be responsible for the design and implementation of USAID/Uganda’s
National Early Grade Reading Survey (EGRS) that will collect baseline and
end-line data for assessing students’ reading skills for the Teacher and School
Effectiveness Project (TSEP). The Education Specialist will be expected to be
in Uganda up to three months for baseline and end-line data collections.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Education Specialist will provide overall technical oversight and
guidance to EGRS and participates in field work as assigned by the Project
Manager. Specifically, Education Specialist will:
  • Carry
    out two data collections to establish Early Grade Reading Assessment
    (EGRA) baseline and end-line data, first during the first quarter of 2015
    and the follow-on survey one-year later using survey instruments and
    methodology developed by USAID/School Health and Reading Program (SHRP);
  • Work
    closely with the SHRP, TSEP, the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES),
    and USAID develop sampling that will be representative of the 27 targeted
    districts, the 10 targeted local languages, and English language
  • Ensure
    that data systems and analysis are compatible and coordinated with SHRP,
    the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB), the National Assessment of
    Progress in Education (NAPE), TSEP, and MoES;
  • Actively
    support the dissemination of findings of the surveys at the regional and
    national level;
  • Ensure
    that data collection, analysis, and sampling are done according to best
    practices and recognized standards.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The
    applicant should have at least five years EGRA-specific experience with a
    degree in statistics or measurement in education preferred;
  • Possession
    of an M.A. or equivalent required, with a focus on testing and
    measurements, education policy, planning, teacher professional
    development, or related education field. Ph.D. or ED.D. in education with
    a focus on testing and measurements in education, curriculum development,
    reading instruction, and/or early grade reading preferred;
  • Six
    or more years’ experience in specialized education programs with a
    specific emphasis on Early Grade Reading is required;
  • The
    candidate must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and
    spoken English;
  • Prior
    experience in Uganda and/or the region strongly preferred.
How to Apply:  
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates are encouraged to send an updated resume and a cover
letter with your application online at the link below.
Deadline: 9th January 2015
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