ChildFund with support from UNICEF has been implementing an integrated early childhood development (ECD) program for children birth to eight in Katete and Petauke districts of Eastern province of Zambia in the period 2017 to 2018. The ECD Programme implementation took a multifaceted approach encompassing nurturing care and early stimulation, early learning, health and nutrition, social protection, child protection and safety. The program was designed to operationalize the integrated model for reaching children in rural areas and hard to reach areas in a cost-effective and sustainable way. The design was based on: trained facilitators, volunteer’s teachers, working with primary caregivers and children and creating linkages across government line Ministries.
Upon the successful implementation of Phase I, ChildFund is moving on to Phase II, which builds on the gains made in implementing Phase 1 of the Community Based Integrated ECD Programme and addresses some of the gaps experienced in implementing Phase 1. Phase 2, which aims to (i) consolidate the achievements by strengthening community and district level systems and capacities that can move ECD to scale in Katete District (ii) focus on improving quality in the delivery of parenting education & counselling and caregiver support for nurturing care targeting children of 0-3 years and (iii) enhancing the learning component through evidence generation, documentation and evidence based advocacy. A new component in phase 2 is the transitioning of Community Based ECD Centers into Insaka’s as Community Based ECD Parenting Hubs to support caregivers and enable provision of integrated services for young children at community level. Under this project, UNICEF-ChildFund Partnership in collaboration with Government aims to provide an integrated implementation model in which communities’ partner with service providers to provide community based integrated ECD services along the 5 pillars of Nurturing Care. The construction component, a new component, under Phase II aims to provide a learning experience on how innovative, cost effective and community -led infrastructure models can support programme delivery.
Required qualifications, knowledge and experience:
How to Apply
Interested applicants are advised to send their CVs and cover letter to the email below:
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
ChildFund Zambia is an equal opportunity employer.