Early Childhood Care and Development Advisor

Jordan

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Assignment ID:
VA-105061
Assignment Title:
Early Childhood Care and Development Advisor
Partner:
WUSC Jordan
Country:
Jordan
Duration:
8 months
Time Commitment:
35 hours per week
Eligibility:
  • Residing in the country of assignment (Jordan)
  • A permanent resident or citizen of Canada

Assignment Context

Are you passionate about early childhood care and development ?

As the Early Childhood Care and Development Advisor with the WUSC Jordan Country Office in Amman, Jordan, you will work with local implementing partners, private sector partners, training institutions, and the WE LEAD team to strengthen the development and delivery of sustainable, affordable, and scalable childcare solutions that can enable women to enter into, and remain in, the workforce. In this role, you will support the project team and national partners in delivering and advising on policies and tools related to Early Childhood Care and Development service management and capacity building in Jordan.

Apply today and share your skills to make an impact on ECCD training program delivery in Jordan!

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Training and Implementation Officer to support the overall implementation of the project’s childcare component
  • Assist with the modification and review of the Early Childhood Care and Development training program curriculum, including its adherence to market-driven and gender-sensitive standards
  • Stay up to-date and provide guidance on new sector developments, including tools, guidelines, and best practices, to align with project needs
  • In coordination with the project team, oversee quality assurance and control mechanisms to identify and clearly articulate training program gaps and impact
  • Collaborate with relevant teams, stakeholders, and working groups to optimize program implementation, sharing lessons learned and best practices
  • Support efforts to identify and implement outreach strategies to address accessibility barriers, changing trends, and needs within the community to benefit from childcare services
  • Work closely with the project team and national partners to guide the provision of necessary technical support, capacity building, mentorship, and training refreshment to instructors and other partners
  • Support the project team in identifying programmatic opportunities and expanding strategic priorities, such as potential thematic partnerships
  • Provide technical support to local partners to develop childcare manuals and policies that are in line with international standards and national policies and requirements
  • Work closely with the Gender Equality Officer to ensure that the identified childcare strategies are in line with the WE LEAD Gender Strategy and meet the needs of the women beneficiaries
  • Support the M&E Officer to develop tools related to the child care component
  • Participate in WUSC/CLIC’s communications work by providing data, information and other material for use with WUSC and CLIC’s Canadian and international programming
  • Support the project team in reviewing and producing high quality ECCD reports, case studies and other materials, developing an approach to identify best practices in the project that can be good case studies to highlight in communication material
  • Participate in pre-assignment online training
  • Participate in at least 3 public engagement initiatives before, during, or after the assignment. Volunteers will be equipped with the tools, training, and support to achieve these goals. Volunteers will also have one virtual check-in with the Public Engagement Officer throughout the course of their assignment
  • Ensure that a gender equality lens is consistently applied in the execution of all activities
  • Support partners to empower young women and promote a culture of gender sensitive representation in all activities and program benefits
  • Submit reports as required by the partner organization and by WUSC
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned by the Country Director.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree and/or formal training in early childhood development, education, social sciences, international development, or other relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience in childcare and/or early childhood education required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical experience
  • Good track record of achieving improved outcomes in early childhood development/childcare activities
  • Experience in developing childcare support services in coordination with a variety of stakeholders and partners
  • Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication, analytical, research, and writing skills
  • Proven ability to work productively with a variety of stakeholders to run participatory processes and meet tight deadlines with an emphasis on producing quality products
  • Excellent capacity building skills, with demonstrated experience in effective training, coaching and facilitation
  • Willingness to travel to the project’s targeted areas (i.e. field visits) when needed (and as security allows)
  • Experience working or volunteering in the Middle East is an advantage
  • A commitment to gender equality, youth inclusion, and international volunteering
  • Flexibility, adaptability, resilience, self-awareness, confidence, ability to work well in a team, interpersonal skills, communication skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential; working knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Partner Description

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and its consortium partner, Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC), are implementing the Women’s Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE LEAD) project in Jordan. WE LEAD, a project funded by Global Affairs Canada, aims to increase women’s empowerment for sustainable economic growth. This is achieved through activities focused on increasing women’s employment opportunities through targeted market-driven, gender-sensitive training programs, while also addressing three key barriers to women’s participation in the workforce: the provision of affordable childcare, safe transportation, and social norms.

Support Package

  • Support and guidance from the WUSC Volunteer Mobilization Team prior to departure and from WUSC Country Team while on assignment
  • Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers
  • Travel, meals and accommodation are covered during in-person pre-departure
  • In-country orientation upon arrival in country of assignment
  • Language training in country of assignment, where required
  • Airfare to and from country of assignment
  • Support from the WUSC Administrative Officer for all relevant visas and work permits
  • Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials
  • Health insurance
  • Modest monthly living and accommodation allowance while in country of assignment
  • Vacation leave entitlement
  • Return debriefing after completion of assignment
  • An incredible opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to global development, enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

WUSC’s Safeguarding Policy

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to sign off on the WUSC Code of Conduct and the Self-Disclosure Form. International volunteers will also be required to submit a criminal record verification.

WUSC is a signatory to the Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. The pledge represents the shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable. Read the full pledge.

COVID-19

Your work building capacity towards more resilient and inclusive economies is needed now more than ever! WUSC continues to work with our partners around the world through the support of e-volunteers residing in Canada and through the support of Canadians and other expatriates currently residing in Ghana, Uganda, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

If you are currently residing in one of these countries and hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status – or hold citizenship or permanent residence status in countries in Africa or Asia – apply today to one of our international volunteer postings or to the general application form! Please specify your current country of residence in your application.

As an e-volunteer, you can work remotely from your kitchen table and still make an impact through WUSC’s e-volunteering program! See available e-volunteer opportunities below and click here for our e-volunteer FAQ.


International Departures – On Hold

If you are currently residing in Canada and interested in volunteering internationally with us, we still want to hear from you! We are continuing to recruit for international volunteer positions, though departures are on hold until September 2021. This date is subject to change. We will not send international volunteers until we are fully confident that it is safe to do so.

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