DATE POSTED: September 9, 2021
DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 24, 2021
POSITION TITLE: STEM Education Consultant
REPORTS TO: Senior Technical Advisor, Sarah Bever, IREX
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.
Through the World Smarts STEM Challenge project, IREX, in collaboration with researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU), will engage District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) high school youth in a virtual afterschool program that aims to develop global competence and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as well as Information and Communications Technology (STEM/ICT) skills. The project will connect a total of 384 Ghanaian and U.S. high school students and 24 STEM/ICT industry mentors in cross-cultural teams via community-based STEM activities to collaboratively design STEM prototypes that address real-world local problems based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Twenty-four teams comprised of eight U.S. youth, eight Ghanaian youth, and two mentors (one U.S. and one Ghanaian) will be engaged in a 10-week project-based learning curriculum, the World Smarts STEM Challenge, where they interact and collaborate through virtual workforce technologies (Slack, Zoom, and Notion).
IREX seeks qualified candidates to provide day-to-day logistics support and administrative coordination for the practice-based research partnership with IREX, DCPS, and NCSU, the World Smarts STEM Challenge project. The STEM Education Consultant will be responsible for the coordination and monitoring of progress with the local implementing partner and liaising between IREX team members in Washington D.C. on reporting and compliance issues in addition to day-to-day management of World Smarts STEM Challenge project activities.
In close coordination with the IREX Senior Technical Advisor based in Washington D.C., the consultant will lead components of the World Smarts STEM Challenge project in Ghana, including 1) providing oversight and technical expertise, for the Ghanaian context, to project phases; 2) facilitating communication, on project implementation, between project partners, local stakeholders, and the D.C. office; and 3) monitoring reporting and compliance issues for day-to-day programming. The STEM Education Consultant will use contextualized knowledge of Ghana’s education sector to inform the project workplan, in particular, adaptation of the project workplan and approaches to community engagement. All activities will be conducted by phone or online, until such time as COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted and the consultant and IREX jointly determine that it is safe to engage stakeholders in person.
This consultancy will begin on October 1, 2021, and last for approximately nine months with the possibility of an extension of up to two years, dependent on project needs. For any work required beyond the agreed upon consultancy period (approximately nine months), a consultancy modification will be required to extend the time period and potential scope of work and deliverables, depending on the interest and/or ability of both parties. IREX can hire the STEM Education Consultant up to 12 months without further competition (or up to 3 years based on IREX Procurement Policy). Applications for this role will be considered and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Citizens of Ghana are highly encouraged to apply.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In close coordination with the IREX Senior Technical Advisor, the consultant will:
- Be responsible for the administration of World Smarts STEM Challenge project activities.
- Provide oversight and technical expertise for project phases.
- Identify target communities and an appropriate means to engage youth in Ghana.
- Support the design of monitoring and evaluation processes for the World Smarts STEM Challenge project, as necessary.
- Support budget tracking for project phases and activities.
- Contribute recommendations for early work planning to ensure that project design and design of all project activities considers local community resource capacities.
Partner Engagement will include:
- Identify opportunities and facilitate communication, at the national and local level, with partners from CSOs, government, schools, and educational bodies based on specialized education sector expertise of the Ghanaian context.
- Lead specific engagement with local stakeholders, with minimal oversight, and contribute to strategy and design as appropriate.
- Join headquarter leadership virtually in Washington DC, as the Point of Contact, in project meetings to increase awareness and relationship building.
- Conduct outreach and recruitment of mentor teachers to lead student groups through project activities.
- Support recruitment of student participants to engage in the World Smarts STEM Challenge project.
- Facilitate communication with mentor teachers and stakeholders throughout the life of the project.
Additional Responsibilities, as needed:
- Provide the IREX team with up-to-date information for project planning as requested (any changes to academic year and holidays, etc.).
- Document and present findings and recommendations in a clear, concise, and usable written report format and provide updates, either written or oral, to the Senior Technical Advisor and programming staff, senior management, and other relevant staff, as available.
- Supporting day to day implementation of the World Smarts STEM Challenge project in Ghana.
- Supporting the adaptation and implementation of virtual collaborative platforms.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Travel throughout Ghana could be required (dependent on COVID-19 travel restrictions and the consultant and IREX jointly determine that it is safe).
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 2 – 5 years of experience supporting international development programs with a focus on adolescent youth, advantageous if specific expertise in Ghanaian context.
- Familiarity with STEM education in Ghana, preferred.
- Experience working with and within diverse and underserved communities in Ghana across education and youth engagement sectors, highly desired.
- Proven experience managing multiple administrative tasks in a demanding, time sensitive work environment.
- Proficient with technology and virtual communication platforms (i.e., Microsoft Office, Slack, Zoom, etc.)
- Experience developing and supporting teachers, mentors, and youth programming is advantageous.
- Passion for education and supporting equitable opportunities for students.
- Demonstrated skills for integration of equity and inclusion issues into age-appropriate activities for youth, including interactive training curricula, highly desired.
- Written, oral, and virtual communication skills for a range of stakeholders including local government officials, school administrators, teachers, youth, and colleagues.
- Analytical skill with the ability to be flexible and solutions/detail oriented.
- Proven cross-cultural sensitivity and interpersonal communication skills in collaborative programming.
- Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and versatility.
- Ability to multitask, organize, and prioritize in a fast-paced working environment.
- Professionalism in written correspondence and report writing.
Please submit a resume and a cover letter that includes your daily rate requirements with your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 PM EST, September 24, 2021. Professional writing samples that reflect ability or experience in report writing may also be submitted and are highly encouraged. Please provide 2-3 professional references that IREX may contact should your application be short-listed, and documentation of daily rate (e.g. invoices, payment receipts or salary agreements) from your 3 most recent consultancy positions.
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