Project Title: Ethiopia Connected Education COVID-19 Response
Project Contact: Joanna Zimmerman
Contract Value: TBD
The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Ethiopia was announced on March 13th, 2020. A few days later, the Prime Minister directed the closure of all schools and learning institutions in the country, affecting over 26 million students in all levels of education, including in refugee camps. COVID-19 has brought the educational system in Ethiopia to a halt and has worsened the situation of the most vulnerable children, especially refugees and host communities. School closures have affected over 200,000 refugee children in Ethiopia who have already experienced significant disruptions to their education due to conflict. This has an impact on the safety, well-being, and development of children. School closures have also influenced the educational attainment and holistic development of children. While schools have started to re-open as of January 2021, attendance remains limited. To address these issues, UNHCR will be supporting 37,500 refugee and host community children in Ethiopia over 12 months to access play-based learning during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. This will be done through providing system support for educators and making Learning through Play (LtP) content available through digital and offline education resources, including the distribution of LtP kits at both home and in the school. The introduction of LtP content and resources, will aim to assist children in re-engaging with learning, while also accelerating their learning by embracing play at home. Play and learning are both integral components of this project, meeting the needs of refugees and marginalized children during the pandemic, and will lay the foundations for a planned future LEGO-UNHCR Foundation partnership.
This Learning Coordinator’s involvement in the project has five objectives:
- Develop and coordinate a learning agenda for the program implementation, supporting and leading reflection workshops in the form of local and national learning summits. During these summits the Learning Coordinator will capture and document findings.
- Strengthen educator and caregiver capacity in two areas of Ethiopia-Gambella and Assosa- and facilitate the sharing of successful classroom/ at-home strategies for achieving learning outcomes as defined by the project implementation plan.
- Generate new knowledge that will inform LtP approaches delivered via flexible technological (low cost, low connectivity) means, as through the use of the SolarSPELL.
- Ensure that all teacher training and student-facing materials produced in collaboration with members of the Ethiopia Connected Education COVID-19 Response Plan are aligned with the Ethiopian national curriculum and strengthen the corresponding grade level goals and facilitate the achievement of learning outcomes.
- Support the production of an academic paper or webinars outlining the results of LtP approaches in Gambella and Assosa, identifying suggestions for recommendations and practical next steps on how to scale LtP across Ethiopia.
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SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Knowledge of the Ethiopian national curriculum; ability to map lesson plans and classroom activities to stated grade level goals
- Familiarity with the Ethiopian education ecosystem, including strong relationships with local stakeholders including but not limited to the Ministry of Education, primary and secondary school staff and administration, community leaders and CBOs, and NGOs operating in the Ethiopian context
- Experience as a classroom teacher; familiarity with student-centered teaching methods
- Ability to be self-directed and adhere to strict deadlines for project deliverables
- Ability to manage other members of the project team as necessary
- Experience leading the process of data collection in pursuit of a clearly defined research agenda
- Speaks English fluently
- Speaks Amharic and Nuer (desirable, but not required)
- Confidence in public speaking and presenting research findings in front of a wide range of audiences
- Strong writing skills; demonstrated ability to clearly communicate lessons learned and project results through report writing
- Demonstrated ability to analyze research findings; both quantitatively and qualitatively
- Ability to learn new technologies and learning management systems
- Experience working with a wide array of digital tools in an educational setting
How to Apply
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