USAID RTI International Project Jobs – Reading Specialist

Job Title:   Reading Specialist
Organisation: RTI
Duty Station: Kampala,
Job ID: 15805
About RTI:
RTI International is one of the
world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition
by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides
research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75
countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training,
surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development,
economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing
and chemical analysis.
About USAID Project:
RTI’s International Education
Division is supporting education development around the world by strengthening
education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable
improvement in teaching and learning. From our well-established reputation in
education system strengthening, to innovative work in early grade assessment
and learning, RTI is improving education quality, relevance and efficiency
through implementation of projects funded by USAID, DFID, Australian Aid and
other donors and clients. The International Education Division will implement
an anticipated USAID-funded five-year cooperative agreement to address literacy
and retention issues in 28 districts in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Reading
Specialist will offer technical support for the development of lesson plans,
teacher and student materials, plans and specified frameworks as funded by
USAID/Uganda and agreed with by MoES. These include working with RTI technical
staff to identify, develop, and harmonize effective mother tongue literacy and
English transition instructional approaches to be used in the early grades. The
Reading Specialist will also provide support for instructional coaches working
to implement revised lesson plans. The assignment is highly technical and
managerial, and is designed to provide high level support for effective local
capacity building.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Offers
    technical support to program staff on essential components of reading
    programs including curriculum design, lesson planning, instructional
    approach, teacher professional development, materials development and
    distribution, classroom level assessment and large scale assessment to
    develop highly effective activities in these areas and to integrate them
    for maximum effectiveness at the program level.
  • Offers
    support for design of effective curriculum, lesson planning, instructional
    approaches and materials for varied language settings.
  • Actively
    contributes to the design and implementation of effective teacher
    professional development programs including teacher preparation, induction
    and in-service programs, and supportive supervision focused on primary
    grade reading, curriculum design and materials development for early grade
  • Supports
    the Ministry of Education and Sports personnel in the analysis and
    appraisal of curriculum reform efforts and materials development and
  • Supports
    other specialists on the team to ensure coherent program design.
  • Contributes
    knowledge of effective school research findings and practices that are
    applicable to developing country contexts.
  • Works
    directly with language experts as appropriate to implement this program. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    reading specialist should hold a relevant Master’s degree
  • At
    least nine years’ experience in the education sector with deep
    understanding of scientifically based reading research, or Bachelor’s
    degree and twelve years of relevant experience;
  • Comprehensive
    working knowledge of a balanced literacy framework, early literacy
    competencies and reading diagnostic measures;
  • Possess
    the ability to measure basic foundation skills for literacy in the early
  • Working
    knowledge of mother tongue and English transition instruction strategies;
  • Expertise
    in assessing/identifying ability to read and comprehend.
How to Apply: 
All candidates who wish to join
RTI International’s USAID Project should Apply Online by clicking on blue link
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