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Accelerated Education Reading Assessment Assessors Education Development Center (EDC)

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity, with a focus on vulnerable and under-served populations. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

EDC is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Project Description
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.

Purpose of the Accelerated Education (AE) Baseline Reading Assessment
ICYD will conduct reading assessments at the start of AE intervention and at the end of AE interventions to be able to ascertain changes in reading outcomes of learners after the AE intervention. Reading Assessments will be conducted with a sample of learners enrolled in selected AE centers in both Kamuli and Mayuge districts. The data from the reading assessments will be used to report on status of indicator ES. 1-54: Percent of individuals with improved reading skills following participation in USG-assisted programs. ICYD will also use the results of the reading assessments to determine how best to implement interventions for out of school children and youth particularly going into Cohort 3 districts. Findings will also be shared with USAID, the Ministry of Education and Sports and other donors working in accelerated education.

Job Description
Assessors will be responsible for collecting data for the Baseline reading assessment in the two districts where AE is implemented. The Assessors will be responsible for the administration of the standardized AE reading assessment tools for learners, and interview of the AE facilitators. They will also be responsible for secure custody of the assessment materials, and submission of the materials to ICYD at the end of field work. The Assessors will follow the guidance provided during the training. Assessors will undergo a training to equip them for the data collection exercise.

The successful candidates will be contracted for a maximum period of 10 working days in May 2023. All honoraria and expenses will be paid by USAID/ICYD. The four (4) AE Assessors will report to the Supervisors during field work. Overall, field work will be supervised by the ICYD M&E team.

** Please note that this is a local temporary position. Eligibility is limited to Ugandan nationals**

Responsibilities
• Administer the AE reading assessment to pupils, objectively and in a technically correct and friendly manner
• Ensure that the information in all completed AE reading assessment instruments is clear, complete, and consistent, and give completed AE reading assessing instruments to your supervisor
• Ensure that all assessments have been stored on the tablets and tablets are synched frequently
• Custody/good care of the tablet assigned:
• Never leave the tablet unattended to, nor allow learners to touch/play with the device.
• Aim to minimize distraction by sitting in a way that doesn’t allow the learner to see the screen and ensure that your screen movements/taps are discreet,
• Inform the supervisor of any problems or difficulties encountered during AE reading assessment administration and help identify appropriate solutions
• Follow the supervisor’s instructions according to the training received

Qualifications
The minimum qualifications are:
• Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts, Economics, Statistics or Education
• Fluency in English and Lusoga local languages required. Applications that do not indicate language fluency will not be considered.
• Experience conducting assessments with children
• Previous experience using electronic data collection software
• Previous experience as a data collector/assessor in an Early Grade Reading Assessment or Youth Literacy Assessment preferred

Job application closing date: April 25, 2023
Applications submitted without a resume or CV will not be reviewed.
To apply, Applicants are encouraged to visit the Careers Page at: https://go.edc.org/UgandaPostings
Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.

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