Volunteer: Education Program Coordinator

8.14.16 – Education Program Coordinator
Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI), Humjibre, Ghana

Sarah P’s comments:  Position includes managing a library and offers a small stipend in addition to paying expenses. Duration is 13-24 months and is a way to gain experience both in international librarianship and with a NGO.

Start Date: November/December 2016

Duration: 13-24 months

Job Summary: The Education Program Coordinator (EPC) manages a wide range of GHEI educational programming in coordination with the local Education Program Manager (EPM)/Assistant Country Director (ACD). In addition to management duties, the EPC will continue to build the capacity of the EPM/ACD, with the ultimate goal of combining the EPC and EPM duties into a single, locally staffed position. Additional duties may also include research activities, grant proposal writing, curriculum development and running training sessions.

Responsibilities:

Management & Administration

  • In collaboration with the EPM/ACD:
  • Manage and support the education team.
  • Work with the EPM/ACD to assess, revise and record program strategies, by completing the Annual Operational Plans (AOPs) and program protocols.
  • Generate district reports for internal use, funders, and local government agencies.
  • Maintain and update program-specific databases to track program indicators.
  • Create and monitor budgets and expenses for all education programs.

Programming & Development

  • Conduct relevant research in the community to inform program planning and development.
  • Continue to make girls’ education a priority, building and strengthening existing programs, and developing new initiatives, as required and appropriate.
  • Manage, coordinate, train and implement the new Mother Mentor Program, in collaboration with the health and education teams, to promote stimulation and development in children.
  • Monitor and evaluate all education programs with the EPM/ACD and education team.
  • Continually assess and revise curricula for the education programs.

Teaching & Training

  • Improve quality of teaching by providing relevant training and guided support.
  • Conduct teacher evaluations, providing comprehensive feedback and continuous monitoring.
  • Teach for the Youth Education Program (YEP).
  • Work with EPM/ACD and Country Director to design a system to identify, train and develop staff, as well as volunteers in the community.

Collaboration & Networking

  • Write, edit and/or revise grant proposals, and collaborate with Development Director to identify needs and key priorities.
  • Build support amongst businesses and organizations to encourage financial contributions and support for educational projects.
  • Communicate and network with the District Assembly Office, specifically education personnel responsible for school welfare, to build organizational knowledge of and communication lines with projects in the district and opportunities for support and funding, etc.

Library

  • Manage and run the library, working closely with the Librarian.
  • Mentor and support the GHEI Librarian, his development, and the successful running of the library.
  • Schedule a series of smaller events at the library, such as educational movie nights and quizzes, and work with the librarian on marketing, coordinating and planning for events.
  • In coordination with the librarian and EPM/ACD, improve and develop new monitoring tools for the library (e.g. track attendance to help identify impact).
  • Support the Librarian with the Soroano Book Box Project, while still seeking opportunities to build a library for this neighboring community.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably a Masters in a related field (Education, International
  • Development, Non-Profit Management).
  • At least 1 year of project management experience, preferably in a developing country.
  • Experience with logic models and program design.
  • Experience in teaching, curriculum design, and rubrics.
  • Experience in conducting research.
  • Knowledge and experience in proposal writing.
  • Familiarity with budgets and the tracking of expenditures.
  • Proficient in MS Office (specifically Word, Powerpoint and Excel)
  • Ability to live and work in a resource-poor environment with limited internet access, intermittent power outages, and restricted diet.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural awareness and communication skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all stakeholders in Ghana and internationally-based staff.
  • Commitment to the highest professional standards, ethics and values.
  • Resilient, patient, flexible, and willing to perform a wide variety of tasks as they arise.
  • A collaborative-minded, team player who is invested in the growth of the EPM/ACD and staff.
  • Commitment to building local capacity and working within established local systems, structures, and cultural norms.

Compensation:

The Education Program Coordinator receives a local salary equivalent to $160 USD/month. Free housing, electricity, all business related travel, in-country work permits and Visas are also paid for by GHEI. Relocation costs (i.e. airfare), vaccinations, and evacuation insurance are not covered by GHEI.

Job: Education Program Coordinator

6/2/15 – Education Program Coordinator
Ghana Health and Education Initiative, Humjibre, Ghana

GHEI is recruiting for an Education Program Coordinator to be based in Humjibre, Ghana.

The application deadline for the Education Program Coordinator position is June 15th, 2015. Applicants are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible as applications will be considered as they are submitted. Preference will be given to applicants that submit well before the deadline.
Start Date: July 28th, 2015

Duration: 13-24 months

Job Summary: The Education Program Coordinator (EPC) manages a wide range of GHEI educational programming in coordination with the locally staffed Education Program Coordinator. In addition to management duties, the EPC will continue to build the capacity of the EPM (Education Program Manager), with the ultimate goal of combining the EPC and EPM duties into a single, locally staffed position.

Responsibilities:

Library

  • Mentor the GHEI Librarian, running trainings targeted for his development. Because of the nature of his position, trainings often exclude his day-to-day practices. However, targeted trainings, such as those aimed at developing his understanding of literacy and knowledge of common best practices in libraries (such as having recommended readings, book displays, etc.), will work to improve the quality of library services
  • Schedule a series of smaller events at the library, such as geography competitions and spelling bees, and work with the librarian on marketing, coordinating and planning for the events
  • In coordination with the librarian and EPM, improve and develop new monitoring tools for the library – e.g. tracking of attendance to help identify impact Administration and Networking
  • Work with EPM and Country Director to design a system to identify, train and develop volunteers in the community. We need a regular, predictable flow of volunteer teachers, some of whom will become GHEI employees
  • Take responsibility for the planning and ongoing development of getting a library built in the neighboring town of Soroano – demands include project management, supporting community buy-in and volunteerism, fundraising, scheduling, planning, organizing, networking, ensuring donations of necessary books and supplies
  • Build support amongst local businesses, specifically HFC Bank, to encourage financial and labor contributions for educational projects, specifically the annual Quiz Competition and the building of the library in Soroano
  • Communicate and network with the District Assembly Office, specifically education personnel responsible for school welfare, to build organizational knowledge of and communication lines with projects in the district, opportunities for funding, etc.
  • Help create an unofficial team of local chair people who are invited to all significant GHEI events, and who can help to raise funds, political support and awareness for all GHEI programming – e.g. GHEI hosts a quiz competition annually for all local schools, but we want to expand this to all schools in the area, and want to attract some local interest and funding and make it a genuine festival-like event

Teacher Training and Support

  • Improve quality of teaching by providing technical training and guided support…Examples of trainings include: non-violent behavior modification; lesson plan design (such as backward design); using critical thinking activities in the classroom; development norms amongst early learners and adolescents; designing and using teaching tools. Guided support includes creating a system to follow up with teachers to help them implement the trainings in everyday practice, and to arrange follow-up trainings/meetings where skills are reinforced, or new tools, projects or ideas are developed in order to be put to use… An example is a training run on the benefits of art in an early learning classroom that must be followed up with weekly trainings focused on designing art projects, how to scaffold them for the children, material needs, identifying and naming the skills being utilized, and lesson planning for said art projects.
  • Create a pull-out program to support our students. GHEI has approximately a 15:1 and 12:1 ratio for our YEP and ECL classes. To enhance student learning, create a pull-out program that supports student literacy and numeracy. Create a process, in partnership with education staff, to identify which students need additional support, and schedule pull out sessions with said students, then create one-on-one session lesson plans that compliment classroom activities and overall learning goals. This may be done for both YEP and ECL students, but focus should be placed on YEP students.
  • Teach computer training classes 3-nights a week, 1-hour/class, for Form 3 students. Students will be taking national exams at the end of their 3rd year, one of which will be about computers and technology. However most have never worked on a computer, and nearly all have very little knowledge of the most fundamental uses and systems. Work with them on how to use a computer, functions, word processing and typing skills.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Monitor & Evaluate all education programs with the Education Program Manager (EPM) and all relevant staff members
  • Conduct teacher evaluations with the EPM, constantly monitoring the process
  • Continually assess and revise curriculum for the range of our education programs
  • Teach 2 hours weekly in the Youth Education Program classes and run library as needed
  • Write, edit and/or revise grant proposals, and collaborate with Development Director to identify needs
  • Work with the EPM to assess, revise and record program strategy through the completion of annual operational plans (AOP) and program protocols
  • Generate district reports for internal use, funders, and local government agencies in collaboration with the EPM
  • Maintain and update program-specific databases to track program indicators with EPM
  • Create and monitor budgets and expenses for all education programs with EPM

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Masters in related field (Education, International Development, Non-Profit Management)
  • Minimum 1 year of project management experience, preferably in a developing country
  • Experience with logic models and program design
  • Experience in teaching, curriculum design, and rubrics
  • Knowledge and experience in proposal writing
  • Familiarity with budgets and the tracking of expenditures
  • Excel and Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Ability to live and work in a resource-poor environment with limited internet access, intermittent power outages, and restricted diet
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural awareness and communication skills
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all stakeholders in Ghana and staff in the US/UK/Canada
  • Commitment to the highest professional standards, ethics and values
  • Resilient, patient, flexible, and willing to perform a wide variety of tasks as they arise
  • A collaborative-minded, team player who is invested in the growth of the EPM and staff
  • Commitment to building local capacity and working within established local systems, structures, and cultural norms

 

How to apply

To apply please send your completed application and resume to employment@ghei.org with ‘EPC- Your Name’ as the subject line. Make sure to submit the EPC application which can be found on our website.

In addition, all applicants must provide one professional recommendation sent directly from the recommender to employment@ghei.org with ‘EPC-Your Name’ as the subject line.

 

Job: Education Program Coordinator

10/14/14 –  Education Program Coordinator
Ghana Health and Education Initiative, Humjibre, Ghana

Start Date: March 2015

Duration: 13-24 months

Job Summary: The Education Program Coordinator (EPC) manages a wide range of GHEI educational programming in coordination with the locally staffed Education Program Manager. In addition to management duties, the EPC will continue to build the capacity of the EPM, with the ultimate goal of combining the EPC and EPM duties into a single, locally staffed position, within the next several years.

Responsibilities include mentoring the local librarian, developing another library, organizing and training volunteers, teaching teachers computer skills etc., and working with the Youth Program.

Visit the link for qualifications required and application details.

Sarah P’s comments:  This would be a good opportunity for anyone interested in combining library and NGO community work experience, a growing trend in the international field.