International Technical Adviser – Primary Science 213 views

Global Partnership for Education (GPE) support to

Boosting Education Standards Together in Papua New Guinea, (BEST PNG) Program

National Department of Education (NDoE),Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Short term Consultancy assignment Commencing October 2020
Remote working role with brief stint in Papua New Guinea *

About the project
The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG), through the National Department of Education (NDoE) has received a three-year Education Sector Plan Implementation Grant (ESPIG) from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to implement the Boosting Education Standards Together in PNG (BEST PNG) Program. In addition to the ESPIG, the GoPNG will also implement a complementary Multiplier grant which will include co-financing from the GPE and the Government of Japan (GoJ). It is the second GPE grant to Papua New Guinea and targets key priorities from the National Education Plan (NEP).

BEST PNG will be implemented by the NDoE supported by Save the Children, the GPE Grant Agent. Other key stakeholders include UNICEF, the GPE Coordinating Agency for PNG, the Department of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (DHERST), Provincial Divisions of Education (PDoEs) and church education agencies in targeted provinces and teacher training institutions.

The BEST PNG program has six components with the overall objective of improved lower primary student learning outcomes in mathematics and science in low performing provinces through strengthened pre-service and in-service teacher education, which includes expanded access to teacher training for female teachers and improved access to elementary and primary textbooks. The BEST PNG program is implemented through an established Program Management Unit (PMU) that is embedded within the NDoE in Port Moresby and six Provincial Program Delivery Teams (PDTs) in Gulf Province, Milne Bay Province, Oro Province, Western Province, West New Britain Province and Sandaun Province.

As part of the program’s implementation, the program wishes to engage Technical Advisers (TAs) both short term and long term to offer technical support to BEST PNG PMU in the implemen tation of activities across all program components. International Technical Advisers and National Technical Advisers will be engaged by the program. It is expected that the International Technical Advisers will support and mentor the National TAs who will be engaged on a long-term basis.

Specifically, the International Technical Adviser –Science (ITA-Science) focuses on improving the quality of teaching Science through teacher professional development by linking the training to what happens in the classroom. The ITA also provides technical guidance for activities targeted at improving learning at the lower primary education level in Science. In addition to supporting and mentoring the National Technical Adviser in Science, She/he supports a team of technical officers at the NDoE, DHERST, TTCs and provinces while implementing teacher professional development activities in primary Science Standard Based Curriculum (SBC).

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Where you come in:
In this consulting assignment (up to 60 days, spread over a period of 3 years), you will conduct a student and teacher assessment baseline and develop training and monitoring plans, Science training modules and videos for in-service teachers and conduct baseline assessment of Science teacher training at teacher training institutions leading to knowledge sharing workshop with lecturers for writing and updating pre-service curriculum outline units in Science.

For detailed information, the full Terms of Reference are available here.

This role requires:


Qualifications and Experience; A bachelor’s degree in science or science education and an advanced degree in education, in the fields of Science Education, Instructional Design, Educational Planning, or other relevant field.
At least 10-years’ progressive experience in the field of education, with minimum 5 years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in fields relevant to education programmes with a minimum of three years in an international engagement . Experience working in the field of educational development in developing countries. Previous work experience in developing countries and/or hard to reach areas preferably either in PNG or Asia Pacific Region is a strong advantage.
Demonstrated experience working with curriculum development, instructional design and active learning pedagogies. Experience in developing learning and training materials for students, teachers, supervisors, and trainers that enhance the national curriculum with specific demonstrated experience in developing training modules in science.
Prior experience providing technical assistance and/or coaching to local organizations/institutions on teacher training. Demonstrated experience providing pedagogical training and mentoring to primary school teacher educators and teachers.

Strong understanding of research methods to support the M&E staff and research partners in the quality implementation of baseline and endline studies and other forms of studies linked to the program. Expertise designing and implementing teacher professional development programs, ideally in primary education.
Understanding the challenges that in-service primary teachers face and having the ability to observe teachers in action and tailor training in order to improve student learning. Ability to link teacher training to what happens in the classroom. Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team to develop and implement the BEST PNG Program.
Excellent IT skills and knowledge of Office Productivity Tools such as Word Processors, Spreadsheets and Presentation Tools. The ITA should be familiar with the PNG education context.
Technical capacity to work in English language, i.e. designing and delivering training in English, required. Demonstrated capacity to deliver outputs under the terms of reference.

Sound interesting?
We’d love to hear from you.

To apply please send an application that includes:
Consultant profile in line with the relevant qualification, experience and skills Proposed approach and methodology; timeline and fees
CV including at least three professional referees Links to up to three samples of similar work

  • Applications must be received no later than 31st August 2020 and can be sent to [email protected] with a copy for attention to Gloria Nema  [email protected]
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Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All consultants are required to undergo an International / National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

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