Technical Specialist, Literacy and Primary School Reading

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Technical Specialist, Literacy & Primary School Reading
The Literacy and Primary School Reading Specialist will provide technical leadership in the area of reading and writing skills development in primary schools. The Reading Technical specialist will be in charge of directing the design and implementation of reading curricula (scope and sequence) and reading materials for grades 1 to 4, in 3 Congolese languages and French. The core materials to create (and/or adapt) will include scripted lessons, student books and supplementary materials. The Reading Technical specialist will also provide guidance on reading-related materials for teacher training, coaching and community support. The Reading Specialist will collaborate closely with government officials, donors and other stakeholders.
Job Summary / Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical leadership in design, development, implementation and evaluation of a reading program;
  • Manage technical staff working on materials development;
  • Oversee improvement of teacher professional development focused on early grade reading;
  • Support efforts aimed at building community and parent engagement for reading;
  • Provide quality assurance for the implementation of teacher training;
  • Build collaborative relationships with governmental agencies, donor/client organizations and other NGOs to enhance quality and effectiveness of the project materials;
  • Provide leadership on capacity-building efforts for stakeholder groups;
  • Review, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of literacy related activities and makes recommendations for improvement to meet project goals.
  • Master’s degree or higher in one of the following fields: in reading education, curriculum and instruction, or elementary teacher education, or education with a reading focus;
  • Working knowledge of linguistics and instructional design;
  • At least 7 years of demonstrated technical expertise, with substantial developing country experience;
  • Experience and expertise in overseeing the design of instructional materials for large-scale education programs required;
  • Experience teaching in primary schools strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated technical expertise with literacy assessment, teaching and learning materials;
  • At least three years of demonstrated excellence in a management position, preferably including direct supervision of professional and support staff, and quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables is preferred;
  • Ability to organize and conduct trainings and technical workshops related to literacy is preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in French are required. Good English oral and written communication skills are preferred.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please visit FHI 360's Career Center athttp://www.fhi360.org/careers for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.