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Technical Advisor – Education, Equity and Inclusion project
Number of Vacancies: 1
Functional Area: Program
Reports to: TBD
Location: Kathmandu (relevant government office)
Travel required: Frequent travel to field
Type: Based in Kathmandu
ABOUT PLAN INTERNATIONAL
Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners in over 75 countries. Our programs are underpinned by a core of defined values, including transparency and accountability, team collaboration, inclusion and integration, as well as the overall ambition to empower girls and young women as legacy.
Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978 and developed a strong reputation as a respected development and humanitarian actor helping marginalized children, their families and communities to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. Through the support of local partners, Plan International has worked in 42 districts in Nepal since 1978.
Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Our ambition from now to 2027 is to see All Girls Standing Strong Creating Global Change.
Plan international Nepal seeks candidates who practice feminist leadership, promote diversity, actively seek innovative solutions for problems, courageously and respectfully share their opinions and ideas, break down barriers and engender cross-department collaboration, practice active listening, maintain confidentiality, build trust and are passionate about children’s rights and equality for girls.
USAID Education: Equity and Inclusion is a five-year project set to implement in Karnali and Madhesh Province with the objective of contributing to reduce barriers to access and retention in grade 6-10; improve quality education for marginalized children; and ensure quality implementation of disbursement linked indicators related to equity and inclusion activities under School Education Sector Plan (SESP). The project will be implemented in approximately 1800 schools spanning 215 local governments (LGs) across 18 districts of Karnali and Lumbini Province.
The Technical Advisor of the USAID Education: Equity and Inclusion project will work under the direct supervision of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) of the project. The Technical Advisor of the USAID Education: Equity and Inclusion project will lead Objective 3, developing and overseeing the implementation strategy of Government of Nepal disbursement linked- indicators (DLI). Through frequent field visits, s/he will support Equity and Inclusion Supervisors based in local government and enhance capacity of partners and government stakeholders on data collection, analysis and reporting on education equity and inclusion related indicators. The advisor will also coordinate with government institutions especially MoEST, CEHRD and province and local government (as per required) to ensure quality implementation of disbursement linked- indicators (DLI) related to equity and inclusion activities under the School Sector Education Plan (SESP). Work in close coordination with MoEST and CEHRD on a rapid review of the systems and procedures for measuring tools, approaches and reporting on the equity and inclusion related DLIs, determining what is captured in Integrated Education Management Information System (IEMIS). Coordination and support to strengthen administrator’s and official’s capacity to develop, implement and assess education and equity related activities. Support for monitoring of ongoing equity and inclusion related DLI activities. The advisor may also need to represent at various project coordination mechanisms including the steering committee and local level committees.
Coordinate and lead annual DLI workshop with the government counterpart to review the progress and sets the targets on equity and inclusion related DLIs. Support to strengthen system for reporting on disbursement linked-indicators, develop tools and checklists, explore the use of a dashboard to show the progress. Liaison and work with Government of Nepal (GoN) counterparts (MoEST and CEHRD, provincial education directorates) to map out the involvement of other actors active in the DLI and other education spaces in the two provinces Madhesh and Karnali. S/he leads to strengthen coordination mechanisms for the collection and reporting of DLI data from local government to province and national levels and ensure the availability of data for strategic decision making. S/he leads coordination and support to improve monitoring and reporting of equity and inclusion-related data.
S/he will be responsible to provide support to roll out the Equity Strategy Implementation Plan (ESIP) in the project targeted schools. S/he provide on-the-job training, mentoring, collaboration, and applied, real-time troubleshooting through Equity and Inclusion District Coordinators working under the USAID Education: Equity and Inclusion project.
DIMENSIONS OF THE ROLE
Reports to: TBD
Budget Accountability: None
Number of direct reports: District Coordinators
External relationships and representation
Ensure implementation of Equity and Inclusion related Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) of Government of Nepal in coordination with respective government bodies.
- Support and ensure rapid review of the systems and procedures for measuring and reporting on the EI-related DLIs, determining what is captured in IEMIS.
- Develop and ensure that the necessary tools, checklists and approaches for reporting equity and inclusion related DLIs are in place in consultation with various stakeholders.
- Hold a DLI Workshop to validate the review and proposed tools, checklists and approaches.
Enhance capacity of all three tiers of government stakeholders to strengthen collection, monitoring and analysis of Equity and Inclusion indicators
- Coordination and support to strengthen the government administrator’s /official’s and the project staff- Equity & Inclusion Supervisors’ capacity to develop, implement and assess education and equity related activities.
- Identify training need of local government officials/administrators, Equity and Inclusion Supervisors based in local government and partners staffs’ capacity on data collection, analysis and reporting on education equity and inclusion related indicators.
- Coordinate and support to organize capacity building training to the government officials/administrators, Plan and partners staff to bridge the capacity gap on data collection, analysis and reporting on education equity and inclusion related indicators.
Monitoring and Reporting
- Frequent field visit and support to Equity and Inclusion Supervisors based in local government on data collection, analysis and reporting.
- Provide on-the-job training, mentoring, collaboration, and applied, real-time troubleshooting through Equity and Inclusion District Coordinators.
- Provide technical support to develop Equity Strategy Implementation Plan (ESIP)and roll out the ESIP in the project targeted schools.
- Coordination and support to improve continuous monitoring and reporting of equity and inclusion-related data.
Coordination with other actors/development partners working for EI related DLIs
- Liaison and work/support to Government of Nepal (GoN) counterparts (MoEST and CEHRD, provincial education directorates) to map out the involvement of other actors active in the EI related DLIs and other education spaces in the two provinces Madhesh and Karnali.
- Support to strengthen coordination mechanisms for the collection and reporting of DLI data from local government to province and national levels.
- Explore the use of a dashboard to show the progress.
- Ensure the availability of EI related data for strategic decision making and
Leadership and Management
- Lead equity and inclusion in education related objective of the project.
- As a member of senior management team of the project, work with CoP and DCoP for smooth implementation of the project.
- Identify areas of support for different stakeholders including government, partner NGOs and school management committees on Equity and Inclusion in education related indicators.
- Advise management to ensure equity and inclusion related indicators continue to demonstrate positive results even during emergencies.
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.
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
Education qualification and experience
- Master’s Degree in Education (preferable), Social Sciences, Development Studies, Gender & Development Education or in relevant field.
- Minimum 10 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning and research preferably with USAID programs in Nepal.
- Significant experience in liaising with respective government in education sector.
- Expertise in applying data-driven decision making, with a firm understanding IEMIS system and education indicators.
- Advanced knowledge and experience of international and national education program, guideline and policies;
- In depth understanding about the Nepal government priority program in education and related policies and plans;
- In depth knowledge about School Sector Education Plan (SESP) and the role of development partners in its implementation.
- In depth understanding about the issues of equity and inclusion (EI) in education and EI related DLI;
- Firm understanding of USAID’s Collaborative, Learning and Adaptive (CLA) mechanisms and approaches.
- Participatory data collection and analysis including usage of statistical tools
- Demonstrated analytical, strategic thinking and negotiating skills;
- Strong communication, coordination and negotiation skills;
- Strong problem solving and relationship building skills;
- Demonstrated ability to build positive and trustworthy relations for influencing;
- Experience in managing time and resource constraint;
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing in English and Nepali complex and technical information to technical and general audiences; and
- Proven IT skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoints etc.
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
- We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
- We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
- We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.
- This position is based in relevant government office in Kathmandu, with frequent travel to field as necessary.
LEVEL OF CONTACT WITH CHILDREN
- Medium Level: Medium interaction with children
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Application Deadline: Friday, 20th October 2023
Source: Kantipur Dainik, 7 October, 2023