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The USAID Let’s Read Project is a 5-year, $48.9 million project in the five target provinces of Eastern, Muchinga, Southern, Northwestern and Western Zambia that works to improve reading outcomes for approximately 1.4 million children attending pre-primary (kindergarten) through to Grade 3 and provide professional development for teachers to support reading interventions in Zambian public and community schools.
The Community Outreach Specialist (COS) will be responsible for building on and improving community engagement interventions, providing technical leadership, guidance and quality assurance to the province and district based teams implementing these interventions. The COS will also work closely with other technical leads in the Lusaka office, as well as other partners to promote a unified approach to the site level implementation of all project activities. The COS will network with INGOs and others with successful and promising practices in community mobilization for education and encourage District Reading Coaches and Provincial Managers to do the same in the provinces and districts. The position is based in Lusaka and will report to the Senior Reading Director.
Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
The candidate for the position of Community Outreach Specialist shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:
Skills and Experience:
Experience in coordination, leadership and working directly with community actors including:
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of (and proficiency in) Chinyanja, Chitonga, Silozi, Lunda, Luvale, Kiikaonde and Icibemba languages highly preferred.
Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.
Applications submitted without a resume will not be considered.