Team Leader and Education Sector Planning and Management Specialist

Date of Publication: 
January 18, 2018
Application Deadline: 
January 24, 2018
Company: 
World University Service of Canada
Brief Description: 

Position title: Team Leader and Education Sector Planning and Management Specialist

Project: Education Sector Master Plan Development
Position location: Mongolia
Contract term: 4 months
Application deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
 
Nature and Scope:
 
World University Service of Canada is currently seeking an Education Sector Planning and Management Specialist / Team Leader for an Asian Development Bank funded initiative in Mongolia. This initiative will support the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports (MECSS) in the process of planning, managing and coordinating the development of an education sector master plan (ESMP) and accompanying medium-term expenditure framework for the education sector. This will involve three phases: (i) establishment of management and coordination mechanisms for an ESMP development led by MECSS and comprising of a project management unit, a core technical team and an education donors’ consultative mechanism; (ii) in-depth education sector studies and reviews of international experience and lessons learned; (iii) development of of an ESMP and expenditure framework.
 
The chosen candidate would lead a team of at least two (2) local specialists in education and sector planning and management.
 
Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in education, education administration, or other relevant disciplines;
  • 10+ years of experience in providing hands-on technical assistance to governments of developing countries in the education sector
  • Experience with planning, managing, and coordinating the process of developing education sector plans and medium-term expenditure frameworks for the education sector
 
The team of specialists will perform the following tasks, and candidates should demonstrate past experience qualifying them to be successful in these tasks:

 

(i) carry out a rapid assessment of institutional arrangements and capacity for the education sector in terms of organizational structure and functions, staffing, staff’s qualifications, competencies and experience and identify institutional capacity development needs and activities that can be supported throughout the three phases and that should be included in ESMP;

(ii) develop a detailed workplan for the development of an ESMP and expenditure framework by identifying critical steps and activities in the three phases;

(iii) review and/or guide the education specialist to review laws, regulations, policies, and plans for the education sector from the early 2000s onwards;

(iv) collect and/or guide the education specialist to collect information on the past, ongoing, and future operations and activities of development partners in the education sector from the 2010s onwards;

(v) collect and review and/or guide the education specialist to collect and review studies and assessments conducted by MECSS and development partners in Mongolia in 2015–2017 and global study reports on trends in the education sector and 21st century competencies, and identify gaps in studies and assessments;

(vi) together with the education specialist, prepare a report which includes (a) review of laws, regulations, policies, and plans for the education sector; (b) past, ongoing and future operations and activities of development partners in the education sector; and (c) annotated lists of studies and assessments on Mongolia’s education sector and global study reports with a summary of each study, assessment and report;

(vii) draft terms of reference (TOR) for the core and sub-technical teams which specify members, tasks, deliverables, and monitoring and reporting arrangements;

(viii) draft TOR for EDCM which specify members, tasks, task allocation between different institutions, deliverables, and monitoring and reporting arrangements;

(ix) organize consultation meetings and workshops to present and discuss draft workplan, report, and TOR, and incorporate feedback from these meetings and workshops in the drafts;

(x) organize training and seminars on data collection and analysis for the core and subtechnical team members;

(xi) in consultation with the core and sub-technical teams, draft TOR for a national education survey firm, identify several potential firms, request proposals from the 3 potential firms, select and sub-contract the best firm, guide and monitor the firm in conducting nationwide education sector surveys;

(xii) review and improve reports of nationwide education sector surveys conducted by the sub-contracted education survey firm;

(xiii) organize meetings and workshops to present and discuss draft reports of nationwide education sector surveys conducted by the sub-contracted education survey firm, and incorporate feedback from these meetings and workshops in the drafts;

(xiv) organize meetings and workshops to present and discuss studies, assessments and reviews conducted by the core and sub-technical teams, and to identify priority policy and reform actions, physical investments, institutional capacity development, and their sequencing;

(xv) support the core and sub-technical teams to draft an ESMP, perform policy simulations, and develop medium-term expenditure framework for the education sector;

(xvi) draft TOR and other documents detailing institutional mechanisms for managing, coordinating, and monitoring ESMP implementation;

(xvii) organize meetings and workshops to present and discuss draft ESMP, policy simulations, medium-term expenditure framework, and documents detailing the institutional mechanisms for managing, coordinating and monitoring ESMP implementation, and incorporate feedback from these meetings and workshops in the drafts;

(xviii) perform other tasks, as requested by MECSS and ADB; 

(xix) as the team and deputy team leaders, ensure the timely completion and submission of milestone reports (para. 5) with clearly defined inputs from the team; and

(xx) ensure effective coordination among ADB, MECSS, and relevant stakeholders, and efficient preparation and organization of workshops and consultations.

 
Background:
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organization that works with and through its southern partners to promote sustainable development. Founded in 1957 and currently working in 22 countries worldwide with an annual budget of approximately $35 million dollars, WUSC’s mission is to foster human development and global understanding through education and training. Our internationally recognized programs support youth, women and other marginalized populations, focusing on three thematic areas of education, employment and empowerment. Globally, WUSC works with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that can be leveraged to support our work.
 
WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference for youth around the world. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, employment and empowerment.
 
Applications:
Please send to pdu@wusc.ca your C.V. and cover letter explaining how your skills and experience respond to the initiative as outlined above. Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.
 
Deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:00AM EST
Location: 
Mongolia