Education/Literacy Program Manager - Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program


Counterpart International is seeking an Education/Literacy Program Manager for an anticipated 5-year Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in Mauritania which aims to reduce hunger and improve literacy and nutrition among school-age students, especially girls. The Education/Literacy Program Manager’s role will be to support other complementary activities taking place at the school-level, and existing education activities. improve literacy should be part of a holistic approach to the challenge of ensuring that disadvantaged children are physically, nutritionally, and cognitively fit to succeed in school.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

· Develop activities and activity-level indicators in support of improving the literacy of school-age children. promote literacy of school-age children, these activities should be aligned with evidence-based approaches and best practices in reading instruction,

· Develop evidence-based interventions that effectively address the quality of literacy instruction and improve teacher effectiveness by providing continuous support and coaching.

· Improve the quality, appropriateness, availability and effective use of reading materials and encourage community engagement and support for literacy contribute to a holistic approach. Where appropriate, literacy activities might also include working at the regional or national levels on curriculum and development activities.

· Design evidence-based and context-appropriate activities that focus on the “5 Ts”: texts, tongue, testing, teachers, and time such that:

  1. Texts: provide ample leveled and decodable materials for reading instruction and practice in languages children speak and understand;

  2. Tongue: provide reading instruction in languages children speak and understand utilizing appropriate scope and sequence of skills and speech-to-print strategies;

  3. Testing: use continuous assessment such as brief spelling tests and progress monitoring assessments such as adaptations of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) or the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA);

  4. Teachers: use an evidence-based approach to reading instruction that includes the following instructional routines: scripted instructions for teaching new skills; and

  5. Time: ensure that children receive adequate time for reading instruction.

· Implement effective beneficiary targeting for improved literacy activities, recognizing that early-grade reading activities can be time and resource heavy, but have limited effectiveness if implemented only in part.

· Utilizing at least 10 percent of project resources for literacy-focused activities; the design and implementation of activities should incorporate the roles and responsibilities of different education stakeholders, including students, teachers, school administrators, parents and parent organizations and Ministry of Education officials at all levels.

· All early grade activities should be designed and implemented to sustain positive outcomes in improved literacy beyond the life of the McGovern-Dole project.



· Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, Food Security, Education, or other relevant field of study

· A minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience with large complex international development early grade reading and school feeding projects in Mauritania

· Experience engaging with Mauritanian government officials around issues related to school feeding programs, literacy of school-age children, and promoting literacy of school-age children

· Demonstrated experience developing evidence-based interventions that effectively address the quality of literacy instruction and improve teacher effectiveness by providing continuous support and coaching.

· Fluency in French and Arabic, other local languages and dialects helpful; proficiency in English.


· Prior experience working on USDA Food for Education proposal development, proposal assessment, and programming preferred

· Past experience with US government development programs in Mauritania and/or West Africa and an understanding of their development approaches and techniques

· Prior experience working on proposal development and proposal assessments preferred

· Familiarity and experience with topics such as: literacy, nutrition, commodity management, and WASH, specifically in Mauritania and the Sahel region.

All interested candidates should apply with a most up to date resume and three professional references to with "Education PM" in the subject line.

No calls or emails please.

Counterpart International is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of Counterpart International to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Counterpart International
  • Location: Nouakchott
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Social studies
    • Social studies
    • Education and Training
    • Education and Training
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Nutrition
    • Nutrition
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2017-01-05

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