|Date Posted||February 9, 2021|
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The goal of the five-year, USAID-funded Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) Activity is for Ugandan children and youth, especially the most vulnerable, to receive the support and services necessary to lead resilient, healthy, and productive lives. The ICYD Activity is expected to achieve the following:
- Children and youth have improved learning outcomes;
- Children and youth are safe and healthy in their community and learning environments; and
- Youth practice positive behaviors and are able to make informed decisions about their lives and relationships.
Working in partnership with Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MGLSD), district and zonal officials, and other Ugandan government and civil society partners, ICYD will comprise a series of activities to: support improved basic education for Ugandan children; address school-related and gender-based violence; facilitate enhanced child protection and support for vulnerable youth; provide support to HIV-affected orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their caregivers/families; and support HIV care and treatment outcomes in close collaboration with clinical and community structures. ICYD will also contribute to improved systems within the MoES and MGLSD to promote Early Grade Reading (EGR) and child protection.
The Print Materials Specialist will support the Materials Development Manager to work with the Early Grade Reading and SRGBV teams to produce print-based teaching and learning materials for teacher training, coaching, and literacy tutoring and to identify open-source supplementary materials for EGR.
As a member of the project team the Print Materials Specialist will:
- Collaborate with home office STTA to advise the Early Grade Reading and SRGBV teams and NCDC partners on current best practice in the production and use of print-based teaching, learning, and training materials;
- Support budgeting for the development and production of print-based teacher training and coaching materials for EGR and SRGBV and of supplementary reading materials for the early grades (P1-P4);
- Develop a menu of open-source supplementary reading materials for the early grades (P1-P4);
- Support the presentation of revised EGR and SRGBV materials and the menu of open-source EGR supplementary reading materials for NCDC’s approvals;
- Facilitate NCDC writing panels in the revision of existing print-based SRGBV and EGR supplementary materials;
- Lead field testing of revised EGR and SRGBV materials in partnership with NCDC;
- Work with the M&E team and NCDC to develop a quality assurance process and field-testing protocol for revised EGR and SRGBV reading materials;
- Work with Digital Materials Specialist to ensure alignment and coordination of print and digital resources for students, teachers, and communities;
- Support EGR and SRGBV staff in developing and delivering training on the use and maintenance of print materials;
- Facilitate the proofing of dummies for the printing of revised SRGBV and EGR materials;
- Assist procurement team in development of RFPs and review of bids for printing and distribution of print-based materials;
- Coordinate with procurement team on warehousing and timely distribution of print-based materials following their delivery by printers;
- Coordinate with Private Sector Engagement staff to leverage resources to print and distribute supplementary EGR materials;
- Facilitate documentation of the print-based materials development, production and distribution processes and the challenges involved, and
- Other tasks as required in support of project goals.
The candidate for the position of Print Materials Specialist shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; an advanced degree and/or training in instructional resources development and production is an added advantage.
Skills and Experience:
- A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible and directly relevant experience;
- Experience in InDesign and in management of production processes using InDesign;
- Experience producing print-based student learning materials, teacher training and coaching resources, and/or materials for anti-SRGBV campaigns;
- Experience testing and/or evaluating print materials for the classroom and the community;
- Experience planning and delivering training for teachers and community groups;
- Understanding of Uganda’s education context, particularly the role of NCDC in materials design, development, and oversight;
- Ability to lead multiple small teams working simultaneously;
- Ability to write reports;
- Ability to work in a cross-cultural setting, negotiate diplomatically, and function well under pressure.
Fluency in spoken and written English is required.