World Education, Inc. is seeking a Teaching and Learning Material (TLM) Development and Coordination Advisor for a three-year, USAID-funded Teaching and Learning Material Supply Chain activity with the aim to strengthen the book supply chain to increase the quantity, quality, affordability, and accessibility of books and other reading materials (physical and digital) in schools, homes, and communities. By working to improve the capacity and systems of key actors along the book chain, such as MINEDUC and the private sector, while simultaneously strengthening linkages between these actors, this Activity will improve the sustainability of the Rwandan book supply chain. The project will have a main office in Kigali.
Position Description: The TLM Development and Coordination Advisor serves as the project expert in teaching and learning materials (TLM) development, production, supply management and tracking of use. S/he will have the lead role in promoting stakeholder coordination and collaboration, building upon existing capacity of local staff to carry out efficient TLM development, production, distribution and monitoring. S/he will build technical expertise for effective planning, coordination, to address supply chain challenges, and to track and trace TLM delivery and use. S/he will play a key role in galvanizing actors from across the education sector in Rwanda to collaborate on TLM supply chain monitoring and management. S/he will work in close coordination with MINEDUC to assure that TLMs are available to sustain the education sector programming in the medium- and long-term.
- Responsible for the overall provision and/or coordination of TLM supply management and logistics technical assistance under the Project;
- Support MINUDEC to manage the end-to-end supply chain system for TLM, including through procurement services mechanisms;
- Provide technical support and leadership to strengthen the TLM supply chain system in line with the national strategic planning;
- Build the capacity of stakeholders along the national TLM supply chain, defining training needs, developing strategies for effective planning and forecasting to achieve targets, and coordinating training activities;
- Support the strengthening of the overall TLM supply chain through identifying gaps and addressing them;
- Support collaborative relationships between actors (Government of Rwanda, USAID, and bilateral counterparts in the Project) across the TLM supply chain;
- Build the supply chain management capacity within the education system;
- Provide overall logistics management advice to various education sector TLM procurement initiatives, supporting improved service delivery from the logistics perspective;
- Coordinate with all donor organizations and with the MINEDUC to ensure rational and timely procurement of TLMs and use of donor resources. Serve on donor commodity coordination committees as requested;
- Provide TLM logistics/supply chain perspectives in policy discussions and decision making as required;
- Encourage continuous performance improvement for staff throughout the TLM supply chain system, but particularly at the district and provincial levels, in order to ensure the availability of TLMs and effective monitoring of their use.
- Degree in education or relevant social science, in logistics or with equivalent experience working with education systems;
- 8-10 years of international education project management experience working with TLM development, logistics and/or production, preferably in Rwanda;
- Proven ability for collaborating successfully with counterparts, government organizations and related stakeholders across the book supply chain;
- Demonstrated ability to be both a team player and to lead teams and to organize multiple and simultaneous sets of activities;
- Strong community ties and demonstrated ability to work with communities, schools, all levels of MINEDUC and MINEDUC technical staff. Must have the confidence of the client;
- Clear understanding of TLM supply chain issues and challenges in resource poor settings, preferably in Rwanda;
- Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access; ability to produce accurate reports and data on activities;
- Excellent communication skills in English; ability to give clear instructions; good English writing skills an asset;
- Ability to work professionally in Kinyarwanda, French and/or Swahili an asset;
- Commitment to working toward the goals of the MINEDUC, USAID and education sector programs;
- Willingness and ability to travel extensively in the field, under at times suboptimal conditions.
Interested candidates should apply on career portal with cover letter and a CV. This position is subject to USAID funding allocation.
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