There is a continued pressing need among Jordan’s public schools to develop safe and supportive learning environments within the public school system. Currently nearly 134,000 school-aged Syrian refugees are enrolled in the public school system, causing a large influx in classroom sizes however the lack of infrastructure and psychosocial problems among these students pose major challenges. Teachers are untrained and ill-equipped to deal with the various cognitive, psychological and emotional needs of all students, causing long term impacts on children’s progress into adulthood. Syrian youth face the same challenges in addition to discrimination and curricula-related issues that further taint their educational experience (USAID-Jordan National Youth Assessment 2015).
This Learning Activity will help USAID Jordan to develop lessons learned from the CISLE activity to inform future educational interventions that will contribute to improving the quality of education and learning environment in Jordan schools.
The purpose of this Learning Activity is three-fold:
- To evaluate CISLE-supported schools in their efforts to cultivate inclusive, supportive, and peaceful learning environments, and examine the different outcomes on teachers as the direct beneficiaries, along with principals, counselors, students and the community as the indirect beneficiaries. This review will inform future activity design in education, youth and related sectors, along with adjusting the current curriculum as needed to meet these goals.
- Examine the readiness of the Ministry of Education to include, adopt and scale working models for psychosocial support to additional schools. This component will investigate the technical and financial ability of the Ministry of Education to upscale CISLE or other similar model throughout the Jordan education system as well as investigate the potential to provide psychosocial training for principals, teachers and counselors, and integrate these practices into the teacher and administrator pre- and in-service training curricula.
- Provide programming recommendations to help inform future interventions for extra-curricular activities, in line with the Ministry of Education’s new extra-curricular activities framework that includes interventions targeting life skills; job awareness; culture and arts; citizenship; health and well-being; critical thinking; creativity; and readiness to enter the knowledge economy.
Social Impact is seeking an individual with a background in international development to fulfill the role of a part-time local Logistician on this assessment. The Logistician is primarily responsible for scheduling interviews with relevant individuals, as determined by the document review and at the discretion of the evaluation team. A detailed breakdown of responsibilities is listed below. This position will require approximately 15 days throughout the duration of the contract. The Logistician should be available to begin preparation work in late February/March and support the team during fieldwork in April 2020.
**Please note: This is a local position. Only local Jordanians will be considered.**
- Collecting contact information of targeted populations and conducting outreach to selected individuals
- Scheduling interviews in a manner that ensures efficient allocation of time and re-confirming interviews with study participants
- Identifying and confirming locations for interviews to take place
- Frequently updating a shared schedule on SI’s Sharepoint platform
- Maintaining accurate lists and contact information for study participants
- Other activities that might be required to facilitate data collection, such as procuring transportation and/or lodging for the evaluation team
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
- Fluency in English and Arabic.
- Excellent English writing skills.
- Available to start work in March and support the team during fieldwork (April).
- Home location in or around Amman preferred.
- Experience working on USAID evaluations or USAID funded projects preferred.