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Job Description

Job Title: Literacy Specialist

Location: Parakou, Benin

Position Category: Direct hire, paid in US

Posting Date: 05/30/2017

Deadline Date: Open until the position is filled.

Starting Date: 07/03/2017

World Education is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1951 to develop the capacity of individuals, community organizations, and local non-profit organizations to address development needs in their communities. World Education operates projects primarily in Africa, Asia, and the United States.

World Education-Benin is seeking a Literacy Specialist/Training Coach who will provide technical support to the Country Office within the framework of the Early Grade Literacy & Teacher Training components of the McGovern-Dole Food For Education (FFE) project. S/he will provide technical expertise and assistance in the specific areas of research-based early grade reading instruction, teacher training/teacher training program development, and educational/training materials development. S/he will work closely with a national education consultant with experience in the Beninese educational system in order to introduce research-based, internationally recognized best practices in early grade reading instruction into the national curriculum on early grade reading.

The position is based out of Parakou/Kandi in northern Benin and requires frequent travel to school sites in the cities of Kandi, Malanville, Kalale and Gogounou.

Dates: July/August–September 2017 (fixed) and October 2017–May 2018 (flexible).


Technical Support:
  • Provide technical assistance to Program Director in Benin and project staff as needed to ensure high quality programming and program deliverables.
  • Collaborate with a national education consultant to design an interactive teacher training program and training materials focused on maximizing instructional time; scaffolding instruction; formative assessment; core areas of literacy instruction.
  • Take into account the Beninese national education system and curriculum on early grade reading for Grades 1 and 2 and identify entry points to incorporate innovative teaching practices and internationally-known best practices in early grade literacy.
  • In consultation with the Beninese Ministry of Education, develop a Teacher Training Guide and a user-friendly Resource Guide for Teachers.
  • Develop formative assessment tools, rubrics, classroom checklist and other monitoring tools for use in the classrooms by teachers and teacher trainers.
  • Liaise with the Beninese Ministry of Education and relevant government agencies to present research-based methodology in early grade reading for government buy-in of teacher training program.

Training & Coaching:
  • Lead/co-lead Training of Trainers (ToT): train Beninese Pedagogical Advisors, who will in turn train teachers and Principals in early literacy instruction and teaching supervision/coaching, respectively.
  • Apply an experiential training model so that trainees will have opportunities to manipulate/apply knowledge in concrete ways and through hands-on activities.
  • Facilitate Communities of Practice with teachers and school administrators. Create an enabling environment where teachers are empowered to take control over their own professional growth.


  • Master degree in education, international development or other related field.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience, with at least 2 years of experience working in a developing country (Africa experience required). Experience in West Africa strongly preferred.
  • Technical skills and experience in early literacy development and instruction/early grade reading, teacher training, curriculum/materials development. Familiarity with second language learning during early ages is a plus.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and communicate with diverse partners, including government agencies, and team members both in the field and at HQ.
  • Demonstrated ability to train and mentor/coach teachers/trainers.
  • Familiarity with cascade training model and teachers’ professional development best practices.
  • Written and spoken fluency in French required. Knowledge of West African languages a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online.

No phone calls please.
Principals only please.


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