Full-time job of 4-5 years, to provide technical leadership in the project’s efforts related to the auxiliary services which enable the success of students with disabilities in education, including but not limited to those with hearing and vision disabilities, screening and identification services, and other allied health supports.
- Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
- Experience Level: Mid level
- Experience Length: 5 years
Inclusive Development Partners (IDP) is a partner to EDC in delivering the USAID-funded Kenya Primary Literacy Program (KPLP). KPLP is a five-year project that seeks to support the Ministry of Education (MOE) to advance improvements in early grade reading instruction in Kiswahili and English. KPLP aims to improve education services and learning outcomes for vulnerable populations, including but not limited to students with disabilities. It also aims to strengthen the accountability, resilience, and sustainability of educational institutions and systems. Finally, KPLP will empower local youth organizations as partners in community and family support for student learning and wellbeing.
IDP is seeking an Inclusive Services Advisor for a full-time job of 4-5 years, to provide technical leadership in the project’s efforts related to the auxiliary services which enable the success of students with disabilities in education, including but not limited to those with hearing and vision disabilities, screening and identification services, and other allied health supports. This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Inclusive Services Advisor will report to the IDP Senior Inclusive Education Advisor based in Kenya.
· Conduct a field study of teacher capacity and expertise related to braille and Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) instruction. Support the development of a written report on this field study.
· Coordinate with Curriculum Support Officers (CSOs), Education Assessment and Research Centers (EARCs) and other government personnel and institutions to develop an evidence-based screening and referral approach for students with possible disabilities.
· Collaborate closely with KPLP staff, including those working on remediation and community-based learning, to execute a screening and referral approach linked with response to intervention (RtI) methods.
· Develop and deliver training to master trainers and staff at EARCs related to conducting screening assessments for students with possible disabilities, and linkages to referrals for specialized services.
· Produce or revise training on the use of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students with possible disabilities, and roll out this training to identified stakeholders.
· In coordination with EARCs, monitor and support the use of IEPs by teachers and other school-based staff in target schools.
· Train and support EARCs to collect, maintain, and correctly upload data on children they support to the education dashboard.
· Support activities to raise awareness and empower parents/caregivers on the rights of their children with disabilities and advocate for equitable inclusion and services.
· To the extent compatible with project scope, identify and make available the resources needed by students with hearing and vision disabilities in public primary schools, such as teaching and learning materials (TLMs) in braille or large print.
· Support Teacher Training Centers (TTCs) to incorporate training content related to supporting students with hearing and vision disabilities.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL):
· Work closely with the MEL team to ensure that disability inclusion considerations are reflected in all MEL plans and activities.
Program management and operations:
· Ensure timely completion of contributions to quarterly and annual reports, KPLP communications, and regular correspondence with colleagues in the United States and Kenya.
· Develop Inclusion Steering Committee and coordinate regularly with its members, including representatives of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs). Support and participate in other committee meetings to ensure a disability-inclusive lens is reflected across project activities.
· Communicate on a regular basis with IDP staff based overseas, and collaborate closely on all project management and delivery activities.
· Ensure that all project work planning activities are inclusive.
· Travel within Kenya for field work related to project delivery.
Any other tasks:
· Undertake special assignments and other tasks as may be requested by IDP in coordination with KPLP senior leadership.
· A Bachelor’s degree in education, public health, social work, or a related field, with at least 5 years of experience.
· Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: hearing and vision screening, allied health services for persons with disabilities, education for students with hearing or vision disabilities, and/or IEPs.
· Prior knowledge and experience working with EARCs, CSOs, or specialist services supporting students with disabilities is preferred.
· Written and oral fluency in English is required. Fluency in Kiswahili and/or Kenyan Sign Language is strongly preferred. Evidence of strong writing skills, such as in producing reports or research, is essential to this role.
· Deep knowledge of the Kenyan education sector, and prior working experience in this sector is required.
· Excellent self-management skills, including the ability to manage competing responsibilities under tight timelines.
· Ability to develop effective working relationships with government, local organizations, community stakeholders, and other partners as appropriate.
· Previous experience collaborating with local OPDs is preferred.
· Prior experience working with USAID-funded or other donor-funded activities preferred.
Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and CV in English to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a deadline to apply of February 29, 2024. Please include the title of the job for which you are applying in the subject of your email.
IDP is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
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