Dexis Consulting Group

  • USAID/Armenia - Inclusive Education, Consultant

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington DC- Headquarters
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/31/2019 2:18 PM)
    Job ID
    2019-1715
    # of Openings
    1
    Job Area
    Implementation and Management Solutions
    Clearance Level
    Not applicable
    Expiration Date
    5/1/2019
    Type
    Consultant
  • About Us

    Are you passionate about driving programs focused on foreign assistance? Do you want to be part of an organization that offers meaningful assignments and opportunities to expand your skills and expertise? At Dexis, you will experience a corporate culture of inclusiveness, fairness, and trust. You will be given the means and mentorship needed to succeed, and your creativity will be rewarded.

    The purpose of the Education Support Initiative (ESI) is to recruit, hire and maintain technical, professional, operational, and support staff that supply services to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Education Office and education sector. It includes full-time positions as well as short- and medium-term consultants.

     

    USAID/Armenia's short-term technical assistance (STTA) for inclusive education will provide key programming support to the Ministry of Education and Science (MOES).  The STTA will provide policy guidance and programming advice to improve the quality of inclusive education and to ensure ‘inclusion’ and not simply  ‘integration’ for children with special educational needs and/or with disabilities and with learning difficulties. 

     

    Specific tasks include:

    • Development of a Strategic Vision Paper: the Paper will include strategic level vision for the IE reform implementation and be the basis for the policy development for the GOAM.
    • Development of a Roadmap: the roadmap will provide the needed steps and timeline to accomplish the policy recommendations. 
      • The MOES expects to receive the STTA deliverables - Strategic Vision Paper and the Roadmap - in March 2019 so that it moves ahead with the approval of respective bylaws in May 2019.

    The STTA will advise the Minister/Deputy Minister of Education and Science and/or their designate, share analyses and strategies on the inclusive education programming.  The Senior Education Policy Advisor will mainly work independently ensuring that tasks are achieved in a timely manner. S/he will report to USAID/Armenia’s Activity Manager of the direct assistance to the MOES, while sharing updates and copies of produced deliverables with DCHA/DRG’s Empowerment and Inclusion (EI) Division and E3/Education’s Disability Inclusive Education division, which together lead much of USAID’s work on children in adversity and disability inclusion.

    Responsibilities

    Senior Education Policy Advisor’s Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Conduct a rapid assessment of the education sector, including desk review of the existing policy papers, sector-related program reports, studies and evaluations and any other supporting documents that may be available, within the first four weeks of STTA.
    2. Consult with the MOES, and other stakeholders as relevant to understand current context and progress of inclusive education reform in Armenia, the approach being put forward, national and local resources and priorities, lessons learned.
    3. Identify challenges facing the existing education system to mainstream children with disabilities, and propose for discussion reforms and/or approaches to strengthen the system.
    4. Provide recommendations on a strengthened approach to build up an equitable and inclusive education system suitable to the Armenian context. Address the MOES issues of concern for the reform implementation throughout the whole continuum of the process.
    5. As appropriate, present to the MOES, and other stakeholders the evidence-base for the recommended strategic approach to strengthening inclusive education and raise their awareness of the issues relevant to effective mainstreaming of children with disabilities to inform a feasible, technically sound approach.
    6. Advise the MOES and the Mission on international good/best practice in mainstreaming children with disabilities.
    7. Provide recommendation for inter-ministerial coordination and collaboration , including the services families and the children need to enable school attendance (including but limited to after-school care services).
    8. Develop the strategic vision paper for the IE reform implementation, which will be the basis for policy development for the GOAM.
    9. Present the draft strategic vision paper to USAID and the MOES.
    10. Revise and finalize the vision paper based on feedback from USAID and/or the MOES.
    11. Develop a roadmap with the needed steps and timeline to accomplish the policy actions to ensure quality education for all children.
    12. Present the revised/finalized strategic vision paper and  the roadmap to USAID and the MOES.

     

    The Advisor will based in at the MOES and work with the assigned Deputy Minister of Education and Science in charge of IE reform implementation and coordination.

    Qualifications

    Minimum Requirements:

    The ideal candidate would have at least 5 years of experience in disability and inclusive education, policy guidance and strategic planning in the mainstream and higher education, particularly in the Armenia region. The candidate will have successful experience in the international education development sector.

     

    Preferred Requirements:

    Candidates with knowledge of Armenian and Armenian Sign Language, preferred.

     

     

     

    Are you looking for a company that offers meaningful program assignments and opportunities to develop professional skills and expertise? At Dexis, staff are empowered to be part of the decision-making process and collaborate with colleagues and management across the company to satisfy our clients.  We create transparency in our operations with our clients and employees; and we offer our people opportunities to grow and challenge themselves in meaningful ways. Dexis follows a "find a way or make a way" business directive, and we’re paving the way for innovative management solutions in the global development and security assistance arenas worldwide. As a Dexis employee you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored.  That’s how Dexis goes "all in.” How will you? 

    If you are passionate about this opportunity, submit your application by clicking the apply for this job online button.

    Only those applicants who meet the above criteria will be contacted for interview.

    Dexis is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the US Armed Forces.

     

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