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Project Overview and Role
The Governments of Australia and Indonesia are partnering through INOVASI, an education program which aims to find out how to improve literacy and numeracy for Indonesia’s students. Funded by the Australian Government in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC), INOVASI is a subnational education program with a budget of AUD 49 million, which started in January 2016 and will run until 2019. It focuses on understanding and tackling learning challenges, particularly those related to literacy and numeracy skills, at the heart of the education system— in the classroom and the school (including madrasah). Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) is INOVASI’s first partner province that began implementation in early 2017. Three more partner provinces (NTT – Sumba Island, East Java and North Kalimantan) have begun implementation in mid-2017.
INOVASI will use a new approach to focus on what works in classrooms and schools. It will work with teachers, principals and local officials to identify what problems need to be solved to help students learn better and find out the best way to solve these problems by jointly piloting either (i) local solutions or (ii) practices successfully trialled elsewhere which are adapted to the local context. INOVASI will evaluate these pilots to see which are successful in improving student literacy and numeracy. The pilot activities will focus on student learning and classroom teaching. The three areas of focus are: 1) Strengthening the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom; 2) Improving the support provided to teachers so they can teach better; and 3) Enabling all children in the classroom, particularly girls and children with disabilities, to reach their potential in learning
INOVASI is managed by Palladium on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Purpose of the Position
The Education Research Coordinator will coordinate the research functions of INOVASI ensuring that all INOVASI evaluation and research activities are focused on supporting INOVASI’s Theory of Change and on meeting its result framework.
Under the direction of MERL Manager, the Education Research Coordinator will:
1. Ensure that the design and implementation of all program evaluation and research activities are appropriately focused on supporting the relevant data and informational requirements of INOVASI’s Theory of Change and result framework, and that all evaluation and research activities are embedded in and support the program’s overall learning strategy;
2. Coordinate INOVASI’s portfolio of differentiated research and investigation activities, ensuring that the design and methods of research activities are quality assured and appropriate to the intended purpose of the research required;
3. Prepare evaluation and research agendas plans, designs, methods and implement appropriate evaluation and research activities in consultation with INOVASI program teams, stakeholders, and beneficiaries and ensures that the conduct of these activities contribute to the capacity building of education stakeholders at the sub-national levels;
4. Maintain technical coordination with respective MoEC technical person
5. Develop the capacity of school and cluster level researchers and local research teams working with INOVASI;
6. Support the MERL Manager in the timely implementation of MERL activities and the dissemination and sharing of MERL and program results within INOVASI and to relevant stakeholders. This includes support in the preparation of quarterly and six-monthly progress reports;
7. Contribute to the development and updating of the Guiding Program Strategy;
8. Provide advice and support for the preparation of academic publications on the findings from INOVASI activities;
9. Manage risks relating to the conduct of research activities (e.g. adhering to research ethics and risks as set out in the Risk Management Plan);
10. Contribute to a culture within the INOVASI team of using lessons learned from evaluation and research activities to support a culture of continuous improvement;
11. Build linkages with GoI resources, universities, think tanks and research networks seeking to transform teaching and learning
Other duties as may reasonably be required by the MERL Manager consistent with the incumbent’s qualifications and experience.
Qualifications and Experience
The Education Research Coordinator will possess the following qualifications and experience:
1. An advanced degree (PhD preferred) in education, anthropology, social sciences or relevant development-oriented subjects;
2. Practical experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research for development programs, preferably within Indonesia;
3. Knowledge of the Indonesian education system, including recent reforms;
4. Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills;
5. Excellent written (technical as well) and verbal communication skills in English and Bahasa Indonesia is desirable;
6. Established academic links with Indonesian research institutions and universities;
7. A high level of integrity, initiative, adaptability, and ability to perform in a high-pressure environment; and
8. Have experience and knowledge in applying inclusion lenses in research is preferable, in particular for gender and disability.
Applications Close Date
11 Jan 2018