The International Education Division is currently accepting
applications for a Deputy Chief of Party, Technical for the anticipated USAID-
funded Advancing Basic Education in the Philippines (ABEP) project. This
project will seek to improve basic life skills for children in the early grades
in the Philippines (early childhood education through Grade 3). Through the
activity, USAID seeks to support the Philippine Department of Education
(DepEd)’s priorities to ensure access to a quality education for children in
the areas of greatest need.
The DCOP, Technical will be responsible for advising and
supporting DepEd to strengthen mother-tongue based multilingual education in
the early grades; including early grade reading curriculum, develop teacher
training, mentoring and support strategies, and expand the range and quality of
learning materials for improved classroom literacy instruction and outcomes in
targeted Mother Tongue languages. The Early Grade Literacy Advisor will provide
technical guidance and advice to the project management team, DepEd, as well as
to USAID. S/he will build necessary capacity across all levels of the education
system, help design high-quality and appropriately sequenced reading
interventions; and translate these into instructions and guidelines for
publishing high-quality materials, books and other supplementary materials
necessary for accelerated learning of reading and writing skills in a
Mother-Tongue Based, Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) environment.
In close collaboration with COP, provide overall technical
oversight for all work and activities necessary to achieve objectives, outputs,
services and products expected under the Contract.
Provide supervisory oversight to senior technical
assistance leads and help facilitate and coordinate liaison work with their
counterparts and stakeholders at national and subnational levels.
Provide quality assurance in the design, implementation
and evaluation of literacy curricula and materials in targeted Mother Tongue
Responsible for overseeing technical activities to
strengthen early grade reading curriculum, develop teacher training, mentoring
and support strategies, and expand the range and quality of learning materials
for improved classroom literacy instruction and outcomes.
Serve as a direct technical counterpart for DepEd in the
development and adaptation of appropriate teaching and learning materials,
including lesson plans in the target language(s).
Leverage project M&EL data to inform adjustments in
the project’s technical approach and ensure continued improvement in student
Develop and strengthen new and existing partnerships with
other education institutions, contributing to the creation and delivery of
quality teacher professional development activities and trainings.
Collaborate with government partners and subcontractors
responsible for coaching and community mobilization, to ensure the technical
accuracy of their approaches.
Coordinate with other donors and NGOs working on literacy
interventions in the Philippines to ensure that the reading program is coherent
technically and does not have conflicting technical interventions at the
regional and school levels.
Serve as interim COP (when the COP is unavailable and as
appropriate) and as RTI’s alternate liaison with USAID, government
counterparts, local civil society organizations, and project partners.
Required Skills and
Master’s Degree in education, preferably with a specialty
in early grade reading. A Ph.D. in education with a focus on early childhood
education and/or early grade learning is preferred.
At least 9 years of experience in programs in Southeast
Asia that work to improve early grade reading is required.
Prior experience with the development of early grade
reading materials, training programs, classroom monitoring protocols, and tests
and assessments, including EGRA, is required.
Prior experience serving in a technical leadership
capacity on USAID-funded projects preferred.
Proven ability to lead, manage, and motivate personnel.
Excellent communication skills and ability (verbal and
Strong interpersonal skills and ability.
Must be professionally proficient and fluent in written
and spoken English. It is preferred, but not required, that the candidate be
conversant and fluent in Filipino and/or other local languages.