Several Data Collection Jobs – Early Grade Reading Assessment Enumerators – Education Development Center (EDC)

Job Title:    Early Grade Reading Assessment Enumerators (Several Data Collection Jobs)

Organisation: Education Development Center (EDC)

Duty Station:  Wakiso, Uganda


About US:

Education Development Center (EDC) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. Established in 1958, EDC designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Our services include research, training, educational materials, and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives.


Overview of the Early Grade Reading Assessment:

Research the world over has shown that the ability to read is one of the most fundamental skills for learning, particularly at the early grades of primary education. EGRA measures key skills that are necessary for children to read fluently and comprehend text. They are tested based on research regarding a comprehensive approach to reading acquisition across languages. The test is conducted orally and one-on-one with pupils.


ICYD will conduct a midline reading assessment as part of a performance measurement evaluation of the Early Grade Reading activities. In order to capture midline data prior to launch of this project, literacy testing and surveys will be completed in June through July 2021. In addition to working in direct intervention schools, the midline assessment will also include light intervention school to measure long-term impact of the ICYD Early Grade Reading activities. The midline assessment will use the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) tool to measure reading levels. The EGRA midline will test a representative sample of schools targeted by the ICYD, in Cohort 1 districts/language zones (see annex 1). It is anticipated that the reading assessment will target pupils in P2. The data from this midline will be used to measure project progress over the project’s 5-year period. The results of the midline school survey will be shared with USAID, Ministry of Education officials and donors working in education. The midline assessment will consist of four critical instruments. The first will be a standardized literacy test, assessing key foundational skills that a child needs to master in order to be able to read fluently. These tests have been translated to Luganda, Runyoro/Rutoro and Runyankole/Rukiga.


Job Summary:  ICYD, will recruit EGRA Assessors, supervisors and data quality assurance officers who will be responsible for collecting data for the cohort 1 midline assessment. They will be responsible for the standardized administration of the EGRA tools and survey instruments. They will organize the assessment materials, ensure their security, and submit the materials to ICYD at the end of field work. The Assessors will follow the directions set out by the ICYD M&E team. They will receive oversight from the assigned supervisors, data quality assurance officers and the ICYD M&E team.


The Assessors, supervisors will be contracted for a period of about 14 working days (June -July 2021).  All honoraria and expenses will be paid by ICYD.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Before the Training, Participants must:

  • Demonstrate ability to fluently read and speak the relevant local languages- Luganda, Lunyoro/Rutooro and Runyankore-Rukiga which are required for training and EGRA administration;
  • Have previous experience administering assessments, particularly knowledge of letter sounds or serving as a data collector;
  • Have experience working with primary-age children and youths;
  • Be available during the data collection phase and ability to work in target areas;
  • Have experience and proficiency using a computer or hand-held electronic device (tablet, smartphone).
  • During the training, participants must:
  • Participate in all training modules
  • Arrive at the training venue on time and participate in all training sessions
  • Be subjected to training rules and regulations and obey all instructions
  • Participate in Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) Test, be evaluated and score not less than 90% to be selected for data collection
  • During School visit, participants must:
  • Correctly and efficiently administer instruments, including knowing and following all administration rules
  • Accurately record demographic data and responses (GPS Coordinate and other assessment data)
  • Identify responses as correct and incorrect
  • Correctly and efficiently use equipment, especially tablets
  • Work well as a part of a team
  • Adhere to school visit protocols
  • Ensure to save and upload all assessment data for every school/center visit
  • Attend daily debrief with the study team.
  • Return all the tablets in good condition to team leader after each school/center visit and after data collection
  • Pay for any damaged or lost tablets in his/her possession

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Previous experience as a data collector preferred.
  • The ability to interact in a nonthreatening manner with young children. As the instrument is oral and individually administered, the quality and accuracy of the data depend largely on the ability of the enumerator to encourage and calm the learners such that they perform to the best of their abilities. False-negative results, from learners who can perform well but who are nervous or fearful, can be minimized with the right approach. While some of this can be practiced and trained, a large part is attitude and personality.
  • Organizational skills. The second important qualification is the ability to handle several tasks at one time, including listening to the learner, scoring the results, and operating a timer or stopwatch in case there is need to use a paper instrument…
  • Child protection. All enumerators and supervisors must follow child protection protocols at all times.
  • Other experience with public and/or private education preferred.
  • Ability to travel required.
  • Language: Fluency in English and relevant local languages- Luganda, Lunyoro/Rutooro and Runyankore-Rukiga.


How to Apply:

Please specify the role you are applying for. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


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Deadline: 5th July 2021


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