Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Founded to accelerate the nation’s industrial revolution, MIT is profoundly American. The MIT community is driven by a shared purpose: to make a better world through education, research, and innovation. With ingenuity and drive, our graduates have invented fundamental technologies, launched new industries, and created millions of American jobs. At the same time, and without the slightest sense of contradiction, MIT is profoundly global. TARL Africa is a new initiative jointly led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Adul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the NGO Pratham.

See recruitment details below:

1). Research and Learning Associate – TaRL Africa

Location: Abuja

Duration: Fixed Term, 1 year with the possibility of renewal subject to donor funding

Career Category: Program / Project Management

 

Theme: Education

Job Description

  • Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa seeks a Research and Learning Associate to support the research, learning and evidence generation for the TaRL programme in Nigeria. This role provides an excellent opportunity to be part of a leading evidence-based initiative tackling low learning levels.
  • The role will be based in Abuja, with frequent travel within Nigeria. The position is suitable to help the selected candidate prepare for graduate-level studies in public-policy research and/or further professional opportunities in impact evaluation.

About Teaching at the Right Level Africa

  • TaRL Africa is a newly formalised partnership between Education NGO, Pratham, and research centre J-PAL, who have been working together developing cost-effective, scalable literacy and Numeracy interventions for more than 15 years. The fruits of these efforts have been the development of what we now refer to as the TaRL.
  • The TaRL approach, pioneered by Pratham, helps children develop basic reading and numeracy skills. In TaRL classroom: children are assessed on basic reading and numeracy using a simple tool; grouped by learning level, rather than by grade, for a dedicated time when they focus building foundational skills through activities and materials appropriate for each group. As children progress, they move to the next learning group and continue to grow.

Main Responsibilities

  • The Research and Learning Associate will oversee a set of defined research activities for Nigeria’s TaRL programme. This includes working to design and manage research and pilot activities applying quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches.

The Associate’s key responsibilities include:

  • Working with the research team to brainstorm, scope, select and implement research projects based on research and learning goals.
  • Scoping, designing and testing research and learning ideas;
    • Qualitative and quantitative scoping and assessment
    • Designing pilot assessment and monitoring systems.
    • Overseeing and supporting pilot implementation including training of stakeholders.
    • Training and supervising enumerators on data collection.
    • Monitoring pilot process and providing periodic reports.
    • Analyzing, reporting and disseminating pilot outcomes.
    • Supporting design of potential rigorous evaluations.
  • Supporting qualitative and quantitative research studies design and roll-out;
    • Assisting the research team in developing instruments for each round of data collection.
    • Digitizing data collection instruments.
    • Training enumerators on data collection instruments.
    • Overseeing data collection, and ensuring that it complies with standards for data quality.
    • Monitoring the quality of the implementation of interventions.
    • Assisting with applications to local and international institutional review boards.
    • Writing high-quality documents for the evaluation, including training manuals, process reports and reports of results from the different rounds of data collection.
  • For research activities requiring support from external survey firms, managing the external survey firms from tendering to project finalization
  • Working in close collaboration with the research team and partner organizations to track overall progress on the project and ensure adherence to timelines and the project-plan.
  • Join and contribute to learning team meetings and brainstorming on other TaRL Africa research projects.
  • Engage internal and external stakeholders.
  • Creatively communicate research lessons and results with the TaRL community and more broadly (ex. through blogs, podcasts, newsletters, etc.)

Minimum Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in economics, statistics, education, or a related field.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working in a similar research-focused position.
  • Demonstrated experience with data collection platforms and data analysis software, such as Stata or R.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, including writing, conversing and presenting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with cross-cultural teams.
  • Desire to help improve learning outcomes for students at scale.
  • Experience working in Nigeria.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and flexibly.

Advantageous:

  • Hausa language skills
  • Work authorization to work in Nigeria

Deadline: 28th October, 2020.

 

 

2). TaRL Numeracy and Hausa Content Associate: Nigeria

Location: Kebbi
Duration: Fixed Term, November 2020 – December 2021 with the possibility of renewal subject to donor funding
Reports to: Kebbi State TaRL Manager with support from TaRL Africa Central Content Team

Job Description

  • Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa seeks a Numeracy and Hausa Content Associate to support the design and continual improvement of the numeracy and Hausa reading components of TaRL interventions in Nigeria
  • The role will be focused initially on supporting content development and capacity building exercises for TaRL activities in Kebbi state
  • The Numeracy and Hausa Content Associate will work as part of a small team who will work for hand in hand with the Kebbi state government to improve learning outcomes in Nigeria
  • The role requires someone passionate about education, dedicated, flexible, solutions oriented and caring.
  • The position will be based in Kebbi within frequent travel within the state.

About Teaching at the Right Level Africa
TaRL Africa is a newly formalised partnership between Education NGO, Pratham, and research centre JPAL, who have been working together developing cost effective, scalable literacy and Numeracy interventions for more than 15 years. The fruits of these efforts have been the development of what we now refer to as the TaRL.

The TaRL approach, pioneered by Pratham, helps children develop basic reading and numeracy skills. In TaRL classroom: children are assessed on basic reading and numeracy using a simple tool; grouped by learning level, rather than by grade, for a dedicated time when they focus building foundational skills through activities and materials appropriate for each group. As children progress, they move to the next learning group and continue to grow.

Main Responsibilities

  • Become an expert in TaRL instruction and support
  • Work with TaRL Africa team to develop a deep understanding of the TaRL approach and learn techniques for providing instructional support
  • Practice the TaRL methodology in the classroom to build the practical skill set
  • Support the development of instructional content for numeracy
  • Refine and continually improve teaching and learning resources and techniques through spending time in the classroom testing new materials and classroom techniques which respond to challenges identified through data and experience, as well as working with teachers and government officials to reflect on the content and mould are required
  • Track and document innovative teaching practices across the project
  • Support the alignment of the numeracy component with literacy components to meet the programme objectives/outcomes and work plan
  • Build the capacity of instructors and mentors
  • Work with appropriate government officials and TaRL Content Team colleagues to design, organise and support/lead training/workshops.
  • Support teachers and mentors to deliver effective numeracy instruction, including support with lesson planning and producing tailored teaching and learning resources
  • Provide quality assurance of training and mentoring of teachers and student teachers by Master Trainers and Teacher Trainer/Mentors.

In addition, the Numeracy Content Associate will be expected to:

  • Support the TaRL State Manager in preparing technical and programme reports for the programme advisory board
  • Support the management of key relationships with stakeholders in state and national education systems,
  • particularly the Kano State Ministry of Education, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board, Local Government Education Authorities.
  • Develop and maintain a strong relationship with the Central and Nigerian TaRL teams and collaboratively with programme team members

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Teaching or a related field; A PGDE and / or Master’s Degree preferred
  • A minimum of (4) four years experience working within the education space
  • Working knowledge of local curriculum, textbook analysis, instructional practices and assessment tools preferred
  • Good command of written and spoken English.

Advantageous:

  • Experience working in Northern Nigeria
  • Strong preference for Kebbi State resident
  • Language skills: Hausa.

 

Application Closing Date
15th October, 2020.

 

 

3). TaRL Measurement and Monitoring Associate – Nigeria

Location: Kebbi
Duration: Fixed Term: October 2020 – October 2021 with the possibility of renewal subject to donor funding
Reports to: Kebbi State TaRL Manager with support from the TaRL Africa Central Measurement and Monitoring Team

Job Descriptions

  • Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa seeks a Monitoring and Measurement (M&M) Associate to support the measuring and monitoring component of TaRL interventions in Nigeria.
  • The role will begin by focusing on the design and development of a TaRL programme in Kano.
  • The M&M Associate will work together with Kebbi state government to design a feasible and scalable monitoring strategy which integrates as much as possible into existing structures and systems, as well as provide ongoing support to Quality Assurance and EMIS officials to build their capacity to understand and respond to data.
  • This role provides an excellent opportunity to improve the learning outcomes of primary school children in Kebbi State and to be part of a leading evidence-based initiative tackling the learning crisis in Africa.
  • The role will also require extensive travel within Kebbi state.

About Teaching at the Right Level Africa

  • TaRL Africa is a newly formalised partnership between Education NGO, Pratham, and research centre J-PAL, who have been working together developing cost-effective, scalable literacy and numeracy interventions for more than 15 years. The fruits of these efforts have been the development of what we now refer to as the TaRL.
  • The TaRL approach, pioneered by Pratham, helps children develop basic reading and numeracy skills. In TaRL classroom: children are assessed on basic reading and numeracy using a simple tool; grouped by learning level, rather than by grade, for a dedicated time when they focus building foundational skills through activities and materials appropriate for each group. As children progress, they move to the next learning group and continue to grow.

Main Responsibilities

  • Work with the M&M TaRL Africa Central Team and government officials to design a strong monitoring and measurement strategy which integrates as much as possible into existing monitoring systems
  • Develop a strong understanding of government measuring and monitoring systems
  • Collboratively develop measurement and aggregation tools
  • Collaborate with partners to incorporate monitoring and measurement best practice into the overall design
  • Support government through the process of assessment and monitoring data collection and response
  • Collate monitoring information and develop case studies to highlight project impact and learning
  • Promote the sharing of programme best practices through formal and informal workshops
  • Communicate and connect with monitoring and mentoring staff within state government regularly through meetings, WhatsApp and phone calls
  • Engage actively with the government during critical data collection periods to troubleshoot as necessary

This will include:

  • Coordinating reflection meetings and focus group discussions
  • Conducting regular school visits
  • Piloting new measurement ideas within Champion Schools
  • Build capacity of EMIS and QA officials to understand and respond to data, and this will include
  • Design and manage capacity building workshop on project monitoring, data collection and use
  • Work with EMIS officials on data use and response practically on a regular basis
  • Regularly visit schools to support government actors and build a better understanding of how measurement works within schools
  • Regularly share with team and government officials on implementation challenges and successes one can see from the data, and help highlight areas which require attention
  • Engage with government stakeholders, donors and other partners to share lessons learned from programme implementation
  • Contribute to the compilation of reports for project stakeholders and donor
  • Contribute to the documentation of measures of the project’s Value for Money
  • Develop a dashboard, accessible to state / LGA government actors, DFID and the TaRL team

Also, the M&M Associate will be expected to:

  • Support programme leads in preparing technical and programme reports
  • Support the management of key relationships with stakeholders in state and national education systems, particularly the Kebbi State Ministry of Education, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board, Local Government Education Authorities

Education and Qualifications

  • A postgraduate degree in Social Sciences, Commerce, Development Studies, or a related field;
  • A minimum of four years’ experience working in similar measurement and monitoring positions
  • Conversant with data collection platforms and data analysis software
  • Understands national learning assessment data
  • Understands country data systems (Ministry and big projects)
  • Good command of written and spoken English

Advantageous:

  • Experience working in Northern Nigeria
  • Strong preference for Kebbi State resident
  • Language skills: Hausa

Deadline: 15th October, 2020.

How to Apply: 

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Note

  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written assessment, followed by an interview process.
  • Due to the large volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to short-listed applicants.
  • TaRL Africa is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce

 


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