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Formative research and stakeholder engagement in preparation for roll-out of reading interventions to be implemented in 2015 as part of the DBE’s project, “Improving Early Grade Reading in South Africa”

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Terms of Reference –Individual for IMEP-Studies/Surveys/Evaluations

Assignment: Formative research and stakeholder engagement in preparation for roll-out of reading interventions to be implemented in 2015 as part of the DBE’s project, “Improving Early Grade Reading in South Africa”. 

Location: South Africa

Duration: 7 months

Estimate number of working days: 70 days

Reporting to: Andre Viviers
Education Specialist, UNICEF
Stephen Taylor
Office of the Director General, DBE. 

Budget Source: Education

Closing date for proposals: 27 May 2014

Please download the full Terms of Reference [PDF] for more information not contained on this webpage.

 Background

In order to address the reading challenges and respond in an evidence-driven manner, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is in the process of evaluating three new interventions aimed at improving early grade reading namely: (i) a teacher training course focused specifically on the teaching of reading; (ii) an on-school support programme for teachers consisting of reading coaches, lesson plans and graded readers; (iii) a package designed to improve parental involvement and monitoring of children learning to read.

This evaluation will be conducted through a Randomised Control Trial to evaluate the causal impacts of the three interventions. Each intervention will be implemented in 50 schools in North West. A further 80 schools will be used as a comparison group. Prior to the Randomised Control Trial a pilot process will be conducted between May and December 2014. 

The pilot is intended to finalise the various interventions aimed at improving early grade reading. By the close out of the piloting phase, all logistics and plans should be in place for the smooth implementation of the three interventions at the start of 2015.  In addition, the pilot will discover if any of the interventions need to be fundamentally redesigned.

The DBE is looking to hire a Project Associate to assist with the piloting phase.

Qualifications required for completion of the assignment

  • Advanced academic degree with technical competence in the area of research/evaluation in the Education sector;
  • Experience in working within the South African school sector;
  • Experience in working with large scale quantitative and qualitative research surveys;
  • Knowledge of evaluation/research methods;
  • Project management skills;
  • Language proficiency;
  • Interpersonal skills to successfully approach and engage with a variety of organisations in government and the private sector in order to secure their cooperation on the project;
  • Writing skills;
  • Knowledge of early grade reading and methods to teach reading will be beneficial.
  • The ability to spend time working in Pretoria, including at the offices of the Department of Basic Education, will be beneficial.  Some flexibility will, however, be possible.

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Application 

The application should contain:

  1. Cover letter explaining (not longer than one page): (a) why you are a suitable candidate for this assignment; (b) your availability; and (c) your daily/monthly rate to undertake the terms of reference above.
  2. Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) including past experience relevant to this assignment and contact details of three referees;
  3. P11 Form duly completed and signed.
  4. At least one sample of written work related to this assignment.

Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the closing date will not be considered. 

Please download the complete Terms of Reference [PDF] for more information not contained on this webpage.

Enquiries:

Please direct any enquiries to: safpretoriavacancy@unicef.org

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that their applications are to be accompanied by the attached completed and signed Personal History form (P11 Form), CV with a clear reference of the individual consultancy assignment being applied for. Applications are to be sent on or before 27 May, 2014 to the following email address: safpretoriavacancy@unicef.org

South African Nationals/candidates who have permanent residence/temporary residence and/or valid work permit for the duration of the contract will be considered.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted and regret emails will only be sent to interviewed candidates.

 

 

 

 

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