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Deputy Chief of Party, Technical: Philippines Advancing Basic Education Project

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International Development Group
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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.

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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 languages,

  • 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 reading outcomes,

  • 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 Qualifications:

  • 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 written).

  • 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.


Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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