Discover Learning Programme Manager
Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
The Discover Learning Programme Manager is accountable for providing management and oversight of the implementation of the Discover Learning intervention; to lead the collaboration between Save the Children with the UC Berkeley Center on the Developing Adolescent and Health for a Prosperous Nation; to serve as a lead facilitator of the Discover Learning intervention; and to represent and advocate for Save the Children’s work and organizational priorities, with a specific focus on early adolescence, with a wide range of external parties including government representatives, communities, donors, UN and other humanitarian agencies operating in the area. Provide leadership and guidance to the programme team including the Discover Learning facilitators.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered in support of Government of Tanzania priorities and policies both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, nutrition, HIV/TB and emergency response. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined programmes of SCUK, SCUS, SC Sweden to create a single operation in Tanzania. We currently have an operational presence in Lindi, Shinyanga, Zanzibar, Songwe, Kigoma and with Dodoma/Singida starting up, and we also work through partners in other parts of the country. We employ nearly 100 staff and have an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million.
Reports to: Director Programme Implementation
Dimensions: Maintains strong linkages with the Technical Specialists for Education, Health/Nutrition and Meal Specialist
Staff directly reporting to this post: Up to 10 Learning Facilitators
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
The overall objective of the Discover project is the development and testing of the Discover Learning intervention with a goal of promoting positive, gender norm transformative, social-emotional learning during early adolescence. The Discover Learning intervention builds on research from transdisciplinary developmental science that indicates that early adolescence (ages 10-14), is a period of dynamic maturational changes. These include the onset of pubertal development, which begins a period of rapid physical growth (including extensive brain development) and sexual maturation, as well as changes in cognitive, social, emotional, psychological, and behavioral processes. This highly innovative intervention leverages the developmental changes that occur with the onset of puberty that appear to create natural affinities for discovery learning, particularly in the social domain. In contrast to didactic learning models, discovery learning is a process through which learners engage in self-motivated inquiry, supported by teachers/facilitators, information, and materials, in order to “discover” the intended content. Key elements to creating sustainable discovery learning include: a) engaging motivation and natural curiosity, and b) providing social support that includes a balance of monitoring/support while also promoting youth-driven discoveries (individually and in small groups). To achieve this, Discover Learning uses an adult supported approach to promote youth-driven discovery learning and leverages digital technology to engage youth.
The Discover Learning intervention has been designed as a 14-session, public, primary-school-based intervention for 10-14 year olds. Students will work in small, same-age, mixed gender groups that will be led by young adult (20 to 30-year-old) trained facilitators who will serve as mentors/coaches. Using a case-based learning model, the youth will learn a group process for problem solving including evaluating what is known about a particular topic, identifying new questions and areas of inquiry, making hypotheses, and creating a strategy about how to gather information to answer their questions and/or solve problems. A core element of the learning and problem solving exercise will involve using internet enabled tablets to gain access to information and/or to engage in interactive learning exercises relevant to the problem at hand. The use of the technology will be supported by adults with learners gaining increased privileges and expanded access over time as they demonstrate successful, effective use. Students will use the technology to build effective communication skills, learn to content, and build critical thinking skills.
- Provide management oversight of the implementation of the 3 phases of the Discover Learning intervention in close coordination with UC Berkeley Center on the Developing Adolescent.
- Lead data collection during the formative research process.
- Liaise closely with the Ministries of Health and Education for technical guidance to the programme.
- Develop detailed implementation plans, procurement plans and phased financial forecasts in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Adolescent.
- Work in partnership with the Center on the Developing Adolescent to develop training for the project facilitators.
- Serve as the master facilitator of the Discover Learning intervention delivering the intervention in the classroom during all three phases of implementation.
- Ensure successful implementation of the Discover Learning intervention among all project staff. In consultation with the Center on the Developing Adolescent provide ongoing training opportunities for project facilitators.
- Establish and maintain relationships with intervention schools, local education boards, parents, and community leaders.
- Ensure that all planned activities and related expenditures for the Discover project are on track and in strict compliance with the agreed budget lines and Save the Children’s financial regulations and reviewed on a monthly basis during Award Review Meetings.
- Support partners in the implementation of projects and ensure a capacity assessment and development plan is in place, regularly reviewed and followed-through.
- Regularly travel to field site locations to lead the start-up, manage implementation, and in coordination with MEAL staff oversee the monitoring of project activities.
- Consult with the Center on the Developing Adolescent to develop curriculum and training materials. May involve annual travel to the US.
- Ensure all programme activities on the ground fulfil the requirements of approved Save the Children Country strategic plan.
- Ensure all staff comply with Save the Children financial and logistics procedures.
- Work in partnership with the Center on the Developing adolescent to ensure functional systems are in place for effective project planning, preparation, start-up and implementation.
- Communicate regularly with Center on the Developing Adolescent US-based team to monitor the progress of the project and inform program improvement.
- Prepare monthly projects updates and quarterly / annual reports including all project documentation and ensure timely submission to the Senior Management, donors through head office.
- Ensure all programme activities on the ground fulfil the requirements of approved contract with the Center on the Developing Adolescent and the Save the Children Country strategic plan.
- Collaborate with to be named technology partner on development, revision, and implementation of intervention components and facilitating successful introduction of technology into intervention sites.
- Ensure that security guidelines are prepared and followed in the project locations and that any breaches of these are handled appropriately: monitor the security situation in the project area and respond accordingly.
- Record and report any security incidents to the Director of Programme Operations/Country Director.
- Incorporate child rights programming into the implementation of the Discover Learning intervention with support from head office colleagues and ensure requirements of Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policy are fully complied with by all staff and partners in the Discover Project.
- Provide feedback on the process evaluation design and tools to the MEAL team and Johns Hopkins University Global Early Adolescent Study.
- In collaboration with the MEAL team, ensure implementation of the process evaluation and develop a learning feedback loop, including the Center on the Developing Adolescent, to facilitate intervention improvement.
- Partner with the MEAL team to engage Ministries of Health and Education, as well as local school administrators and teachers in process evaluation.
- In collaboration with MEAL unit and process evaluation team from GEAS, provide input on implementation benchmarks and regularly review progress on indicators/achievement of targets.
- Engage in regular discussions with the Center on the Developing Adolescent about monitoring findings, review MEAL/GEAS process evaluation reports to highlight key project strengths and areas of improvement, and use learning from monitoring reports for Discover Learning intervention revision.
3. Staff Management and Development
- Line management responsibilities for the Discover Learning project staff, and office staff.
- Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure appropriate professional development opportunities are provided.
- Manage the performance of all supervisees through the effective use of the Performance Management System and ongoing mentoring/coaching.
- Lead, manage and motivate the relevant staff members, ensuring they have clear work plans and objectives and receive quarterly supervisions and reviews.
- Ensure all staff receive the relevant training and support required to enable them to undertake their responsibilities effectively in line with internal project management systems
4. Save the Children representation
- Regularly coordinate and collaborate with other SC sector teams to strengthen programming and impact for early adolescents.
- Engage the donor and Tanzania government officials at all required levels as required to ensure Save the Children is considered a preferred and active partner in Tanzania.
- Represent Discover Learning in technical coordination meetings with WFP, EU and local and international partners, and any other relevant meeting when required.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
Leading and Inspiring Others
Demonstrates leadership in all our work, role models our value, articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children.
Problem Solving And Decision Making
Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save The Children.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE