Education Advisor

The Health Support Organization (THESO)

The Health Support Organisation (THESO) is a leading 501 (3) (C) registered South Sudanese based international nongovernmental, non-profit organisation dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering in Low Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Our mission is to implement evidence-based, culturally Sensitive, innovative projects promoting health, according to perceived public health needs and priorities as understood through quality research. THESO 2030 strategy is contributing to achieving global strategies 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4 and 6 set targets and beyond in LMICs. To establish well-performing sustainable health, education, and WASH systems in developing countries, THESO is working with governments, UN Agencies and other stakeholders to achieves resilience and sustained outcomes through continuous improvement of the four sectors of Health, Nutrition, Education, WASH and Research.
Context and Background
THESO has been working in South Sudan since mid 2008, and currently runs 4 field programme offices across Africa. THESO strategic plan (2021 ��������� 2025) includes expansion of its programme to other countries, deepen its working relationship with host governments and partners at all levels, develop a gradual exit strategy to allow the smooth transfer of specific facilities to government, and support affected people with emergency response, recovery and resilience programmes. The primary focus of THESO South Sudan programme is integrated healthcare, Education, WASH, and community based and health facilities-based management of malnutrition. The special emphasis is given to maternal and child health care services.
Education has a vital role to play in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that enable people to contribute to and benefit from an inclusive and sustainable future. Learning to form clear and purposeful goals, work with others with different perspectives, find untapped opportunities and identify multiple solutions to big problems will be essential in the coming years. Sudan education needs to aim to do more than prepare young people for the world of work; it needs to equip students with the skills they need to become active, responsible and engaged citizens
In the face of an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, education can make the difference as to whether people embrace the challenges they are confronted with or whether they are defeated by them. And in an era characterised by a new explosion of scientific knowledge and a growing array of complex societal problems, it is appropriate that South Sudan curricula should continue to evolve, perhaps in radical ways.
THESO is seeking to recruit a seasoned education system blueprint expert with profound knowledge of British, Singapore and Finnish school systems to facilitate massive improvement in South Sudan education system. THESO is committed to working with national ministry of education science and technology in helping every learner develop as a whole person, fulfil his or her potential and help shape a shared future built on the well-being of individuals, communities and the planet. The purpose of the Education Advisor position is to be responsible for technical education system blueprint development, strategic direction, and quality assurance support to ministry of education to liberates South Sudan from the shambles of education, and empowers the citizens to act for the betterment of the country
Key Responsibilities
Lead, identify, develop, implement, Technical Assistance (TA) in the education sector. Lead and contribute to the development of education sector blueprint, strategy and policy in South Sudan. Work within general policies, principles and goals, working directly with clients.
Strategy and Planning
Lead and provide information and analyses towards the development of blueprint, strategies for the education sector in South Sudan in consultation with relevant government agencies, donors, UN Agencies and other stakeholders.
Contribute substantial information and analyses to interdepartmental working groups on the education sector.
Support national, regional and local governments to share their policy design and curriculum design experiences related to the learning framework
Students, teachers, school leaders, and parents to share practices and experiences as concrete examples of using THESO Learning Compass 2030
Experts and researchers to help strengthen the links between evidence-based policy and practice, especially on the constructs of the framework
Local communities, professional associations and industries, including representatives of teachers’ unions and the business sector, to share practices of supporting student learning and creating appropriate learning environments
International communities and organisations to contribute to THESO Education 2030 dialogue in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 and other relevant initiatives.
Project Development and Administration
Lead the development, processing and administration of TA projects in the education sector blueprint.
Lead and identify opportunities for THESO assistance projects in the education sector in South Sudan.
Lead and integrate THESO���������s policies and guidelines in the design and implementation of education sector projects. Provide substantial advice to executing agencies on project preparation.
Knowledge Sharing
Lead, participate in and contribute to internal and external training and conferences on the education sector and other activities for advocacy, dissemination and knowledge building.
Staff Supervision
Take the role of team leader and supervise the work of team members.
Supervise the performance of reporting staff, providing clear direction and regular monitoring and feedback on performance.
Ensure the on-going learning and development of reporting staff.
Master���������s Degree or equivalent in education or other related fields. University degree with specialized experience on Education in similar organization/s, may be considered in lieu of a Master���������s degree.
RELEVANT EXPy to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level
At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in the education sector and in project administration
Able to perform work independently in own field of specialisation, equipped with knowledge and experience of multiple disciplines
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
International experience working in development in several countries
Application of Technical Knowledge and Skills
Regularly shares knowledge on new international best practice trends in comparator situations
Proactively applies relevant international best practices to own work
Convinces others to adopt international best practice by explaining the situational relevance and benefits
Client Orientation
Helps colleagues work effectively with clients in different contexts and from diverse backgrounds and country situations
Adapts own approach and style when interacting with clients, as opposed to requiring them to adapt
Draws upon international best practice in exploring solutions with clients
Confirms the clients��������� understanding and agreement before progressing
Achieving Results and Problem Solving
Draws on own and others��������� multi-country experience to identify viable courses of action when conducting analyses
Helps internal and external clients achieve quality results beyond presenting problems and precedent
Highlights possible solutions for project issues based on relevant multi-country and/or multi- client experience
Regularly contributes insights and experiences to colleagues in the Division to help them achieve quality results
Overcomes unexpected difficulties and challenges to produce desired outcomes
Working Together
Maintains collaborative relationships within the Department
Works effectively with diverse colleagues in own and other Divisions and Departments
Flexibly alters positions and adjusts previously stated points of view to support the group consensus
Follows through on team priorities in the absence of a Communication and Knowledge Sharing
Checks the audience���������s level of understanding and awareness of required follow up actions
Consistently seeks and addresses feedback on own performance
Creates knowledge products endorsed for wider distribution based on lessons and multi-country experience
Independently amends and clarifies messages and documents
Innovation and Change
Actively supports work improvement and/or organisational change by work and deed
Develops and adopts change plans to support Division initiatives on which one works
Considers current and future client needs in proposing ideas
Vocalizes early support for change
Recommends inputs to new policies, systems and processes in immediate work area
������ Supervisor: Director/Country Director
������ The following staff positions may be supervised by the incumbent:
oNational Staffo Administrative StaffHow to apply
Interested applicants can submit her/his curriculum vitae, application letter and supporting documents to THESO [email protected] while copying [email protected]
THESO is an equal opportunity employer and women candidates are encouraged to apply

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