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We are hiring: TICZA Programme Support Officer

JET Education Services seeks to appoint a Programme Support Officer for the Teacher Internship Collaboration South Africa (TICZA) Project.

Location: Johannesburg (with agreed levels of time to be spent at DHET, DBE and SACE. Home-based options with online meeting and collaboration tools are in place.)

The role of the incumbent is to provide advocacy and technical support to the DBE/DHET/SACE to promote an enabling environment for effective, efficient and widely-used alternative teacher education pathways (ATEPs). The candidate will report to the JET Specialist Manager and has no subordinates. This is a contract appointment for a 50% monthly level of effort, and for a period of six months. The contract may be extended by mutual agreement for a more extended period.

Job Specifications

Formal education:
• Master’s Degree in education, social science, development or related fields, or equivalent

• Minimum of 5 years project management or coordination experience, including strategic leadership, project planning, monitoring, reporting and advocacy
• Minimum of 3 years research experience including qualitative and quantitative methods, data capturing and presenting results (written and other formats)
• Experience working with or in government in the field of education preferred
• Teaching experience preferred

Knowledge of the South African education sector and systems, initial teacher education and/or teacher internships and all legislation pertaining directly/indirectly to education qualifications

Skills and Attributes:
The position requires a knowledgeable, professional individual with high integrity, a passion for education and a strong dedication to educational development in South Africa. The preferred candidate will have:
• An internal motivation to act ethically, honestly and in alignment with national development goals
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong stakeholder management
• Academic level written and spoken communication skills in English, an additional language is also preferred
• Organisation and prioritization skills, with attention to detail
• Good leadership skills
• The ability to self-motivate and work well under pressure to meet deadlines

• Accountability to beneficiaries
• Dedication to social justice
• Teamwork
• Learning
• Innovation

Advocacy (25%)
• Prepare and deliver presentations on TICZA or related to TICZA goals to stakeholders including government officials (national/provincial/district), higher education institutions, internship implementers
• Coordinate presentations at conferences or other events
• Develop of knowledge products including policy briefs, blog entries, articles, social media postings, etc.

Research Support (15%)
• Support the development of research methodologies
• Lead the design of research instruments (such as surveys, interview protocols, etc.)
• Conduct research with government officials and other stakeholders to answer questions such as: What are the inhibiting factors for ATEPs? How can these be overcome? etc.
• Data collection, analysis and reporting
• Ensure that the correct procedures, policies and protocols are implemented during and after research

TICZA Project Support to DBE/DHET/SACE (40%)
• Develop and promote strategies for an enabling environment for ATEPs as part of cross-departmental and project teams
• Support government institutions with technical advice and as a human resource to unblock or enable the decided strategies
• Develop and maintain a database for student teacher interns and implementing organisations
• Monitor progress towards goals: Regularly collect information and report on key indicators as outlined in an approved monitoring and evaluation framework
• Support TICZA Steering Committee representatives at DBE/DHET/SACE to monitor and report on adoption and implementation within their institutions through the compilation and dissemination of regular reports
• Join (or where necessary, form) relevant teams within the government departments
• Collaborate with officials and the TICZA project team to develop TICZA-related proposals, plans, memos and/or policies for the DBE/DHET/SACE

TICZA development and reporting (15%)
• Submit monthly and quarterly progress reports within research project requirements
• Contribute to regular project meetings and planning events
• Prepare deliverables for and attend Steering Committee meetings
• Develop proposals, work plans and budgets for TICZA
• Assist to compile annual reports

General Administration (5%)
• Assist with general office administration (coordination, logistics, etc.)
• Set up and maintain monitoring/filing systems (Computerised and Manual)

This is a contract appointment for a 50% monthly level of effort, and for a period of six months. The contract may be extended by mutual agreement for a more extended period.

Salary: R25 000.00 CTC - R35 000.00 CTC per month

Applications must be done online via this form https://forms.gle/nMUfq2NZMwu9yvLm9 no later than 13th August 2021, 23h00. Late applications will not be considered.

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