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Education Content & Material Development Officer
Position:
Education Content & Material Development Officer
Posted Date:
11-Sep-2021
Location: Kibondo Tanzania, Tanzania
Company: Plan International
The Organisation
Plan
International is an independent development and humanitarian
organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We
believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often
suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s
girls who are most affected.

Working together with children,
young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world,
tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all
vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until
they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and
respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and
policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience
and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
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BACKGROUND
Plan
International is an independent development and humanitarian
organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
Plan has over 80 years’ experience and works in more than 75 countries
across the world. We strive for a just world, working together with
children, young people, our supporters and partners.

Plan
International has been working in Tanzania since 1991. Our work supports
marginalised children and youth, especially adolescent girls, to grow
up physically and mentally healthy and ready to shape their future. We
create an enabling environment and empower girls to be active drivers of
change in realising their rights. We prioritise working with partners,
and ensuring all of our work is evidence based.

Plan
International Tanzania responds to the Burundian Emergency program in
Kibondo and Kasulu since October 2015 due to Burundian refugees’ influx
with special focus on Case Management, Psychosocial support activities
and Education in Emergencies (EiE).

Purpose
Plan
International is currently implementing a PlayMatters project in
partnership with International Rescue Committee, War Child, Behavioural
Insights Team and Innovations for Poverty Action. PlayMatters is a
five-year project that reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring
play-based learning to 800,000 children across Ethiopia, Uganda, and
Tanzania. It will redefine education and cultivate a generation of
lifelong builders. PlayMatters is inspired by LEGO Foundation’s call to
challenge the status quo, to offer children the quality education they
dream of. Children are not gaining the skills they need, teachers are
under-supported, and parents are overwhelmed. The systems built to serve
them are failing them. PlayMatters proudly offers something different.
It is delivered by a coalition with a track record of thinking and
delivering differently. We bring three distinct characteristics:

  • OUTCOMES.
    Everything we do is fuelled by the social, emotional, cognitive,
    physical, creative and resilience outcomes we seek. We know learning
    happens when children are at the center and teachers, parents and the
    system surrounding them embrace children’s agency and have not only
    skills and resources, but the motivation to drive change.
  • RESEARCH
    AND LEARNING. Effective delivery requires both rigor and a big heart.
    With LEGO Foundation, PlayMatters will generate scientific evidence that
    can transform our understanding of play and learning for refugees in
    East Africa and around the world.
  • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP. The LEGO
    Foundation Humanitarian Initiative offers an opportunity to deliver and
    comes with the responsibility to lead. Our consortium’s members have a
    record mobilizing other.
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DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE
The
Education Content and Material Development Officer will report to the
Education in Emergency Specialist and work closely with the colleagues
working on content development, regional content development team and
other PlayMatters Project staff to develop/adapt content and test
developed content and approaches for teachers, parents, community
members and children. S/he will technically support and supervise field
staff team testing developed contents to teachers, caregivers and
communities and document findings for modifying developed contents based
on the feedback from the users. S/he will lead training of stakeholders
on integration of LtP at home and community settings and participate in
meetings to share best practices and lesson learned.

Accountabilities

  • Develop
    and adapt training content for educators, caregivers, community leaders
    and system actors in refugee and host communities through participatory
    and consultative process involving local and national system actors and
    other education stakeholders;
  • Based on behavioural insights
    mapping and human cantered design research, co-lead in the development
    of and lead localization of content for educators, caregivers, community
    leaders and system actors;
  • Lead in conducting needs assessments
    for educators, caregivers, community leaders and system actors, to
    ensure that scope and sequence of the training is relevant and
    responsive to needs;
  • Report and pilot samples of different
    content areas and delivery mechanisms for educators, caregivers,
    community leaders and system actors;
  • Develop and lead implementation of rapid and iterative testing for developed content and approaches;
  • Manage complex deliverables and multiple content development;
  • Supervise
    the piloting and testing process of the Learning through Play guides,
    content, and curriculum in coordination with other consortium members in
    the refugee camps and host community;
  • Engage government and
    humanitarian coordination leads, implementing partners, teachers,
    parents, and children through structured adaptation processes;
  • Lead
    the delivery of trainings to ToTs education service providers and the
    government to conduct trainings with educators, parents/caregivers and
    community leaders;
  • Ensure that educators, parents/caregivers,
    community leaders and system actors have ongoing technical support and
    opportunities to practice what they have learnt;
  • Provide
    technical leadership and guidance to play coaches and community
    champions to integrate and mainstream Learning through Play in their
    teachings and support ways for parents/caregivers to integrate Learning
    through Play to day to day children activities.
  • Support the
    monitoring of quality/fidelity of the trainings in collaboration with
    the MEAL staff at local level and insure all required data are collected
    to inform content revision;
  • Update key messages and
    communications materials on play-based learning to reflect the Tanzanian
    context targeting refugees and host communities and update as the
    context evolves;
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by your supervisor.
  • Ensures
    that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP)
    and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance
    with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant
    Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of
    responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and
    associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under
    these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their
    relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and
    managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.


Key relationships

External
– Close collaboration and strong working relationship with project
consortium partners (International Rescue Committee, War Child,
Behavioral Insights Team and Innovations for Poverty Action.) Where
needed the Education Content and Material Development Officer will also
work with Regional PlayMatters technical team on technical matters,
Government stakeholders and partner agencies working in education in
emergency during the course of project implementation.

Internally
– The Education Content and Material Development officer will report to
the EiE Specialist whilst working closely with the EiE Coordinator, EiE
officers as well as the PlayMatters team who will be working in content
development and supporting implementation program activities at camp
level and in the host community. S/HE will work closely with the MEAL,
Communications and advocacy team, and Child Protection team and ensure
that protection and inclusion is integrated in all Education activities
and content that will be developed.

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Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
Essential

  • A holder of bachelor’s degree in Education, community studies, or social sciences from an accredited institution/university.
  • A
    postgraduate qualification in community studies or community education,
    with specialization in interdisciplinary area such as adult education
    will be added advantage.
  • At least minimum of five (5) years’
    experience implementing learning and education programme and material
    development in humanitarian context for caregivers and community
    structures (outside formal school).
  • Experience of developing
    learning content for either school or home setting, including writing
    and adapting (contextualize) material.
  • Experience of working in
    NGO setting and demonstratable strong background in developing
    contents, modules and guidelines for teachers and caregivers.
  • Experience with Learning through Play approaches in education emergency responses programs will be considered a strong asset.
  • Proven track record of and knowledge of engaging with government priorities, systems, and structure.
  • Excellent
    verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including the ability to
    clearly explain creative decisions in spoken and written format
    effectively in a multi-cultural environment with international and
    national colleagues and partners
  • Strong eye for detail, a consistent style, and a willingness to share work with others for feedback.
  • An ability to receive, interpret, and implement constructive feedback from diverse project stakeholders
  • Work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team-oriented environment
  • Detail-oriented and good multi-tasking abilities to meet multiple deadlines
  • Strong
    team player, participation and flexibility throughout in an iterative
    design process with many diverse stakeholders across a large consortium
    and multiple content development teams
  • Fluency in English and Swahili is required, additional of Kirundi or French language will be added advantage.
  • Strong writing skills in English.
  • Understanding of humanitarian crises and contexts in eastern Africa is a plus


Desirable

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a matrix environment
  • Good written and oral communication skills, including working team environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Having
    organizational skills and the ability to multitask while working on
    projects with varying activities, objectives, and deliverables
  • Good negotiation and influencing skills
  • Sound judgment and decision-making in complex situations
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating in difficult working conditions

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Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.


We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.


Physical Environment

The job holder requires 40 % field work in the camps and host community and 60 % office-based environments.
Level of contact with children
High interaction with children

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.
We
want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we
work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age,
disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership,
pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual
orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of
inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures
every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse
people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture
that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’
rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a
world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to
ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep
children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to
children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in
any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of
pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan
International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan
International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.
In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants
previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual
abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under
investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an
application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these
recruitment procedures.

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