Job Vacancy For Education Specialist, MOCA Youth Ghana At Winrock International


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


Education Specialist, Project to Mobilize Community Action and Youth Employment (MOCA-Youth Project) in Ghana’s Cocoa Growing Communities

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the position of Education Specialist for the upcoming project to Mobilize Community Action and Youth Employment (MOCA-Youth Project) in Ghana’s Cocoa Growing Communities. The proposed objective of the project is to reduce exploitative child labor in the cocoa growing areas of Ghana. The project will assist cocoa growing communities to design and implement Community Action Plans (CAPs) to address exploitative child labor and will provide livelihood services to households.


POSITION TITLE: Education Specialist, Project to Mobilize Community Action and Youth      Employment (MOCA-Youth Project) in Ghana’s Cocoa Growing Communities Program
DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education
REPORTS TO: Project Director


The Education Specialist will provide leadership in developing the technical aspects of education interventions for a project to Mobilize Community Action and Youth Employment (MOCA-Youth Project) in Ghana’s Cocoa Growing Communities. Leading interventions to increase access to quality education as well as working closely with public schools to improve learning outcomes are key components of this position. Additionally he/she will be responsible for awareness campaigns targeting parents, communities, and government officials. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


The Education Specialist will oversee the implementation of the program’s education activities and coordinate reporting requirements. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•   Assessment of existing education system for gaps.
•   Managing and leading school assessments.
•   Adaptation and development of formal and non-formal basic education curricula in collaboration with government officials.
•   Developing community-driven systems for identifying and enrolling into school child laborers or those at risk of child labor.
•   Developing community-driven systems for identifying and enrolling youth on formal and/or non-formal education activities.
•   Designing and delivering teacher training on curricula as well as child labor awareness and special education needs of withdrawn and at-risk child laborers.
•   Designing and delivering a community child labor awareness and prevention campaigns.
•   Participating in community mobilization to implement and design Community Actions Plans (CAP) to address exploitative child labor and to provide livelihood services to households.
•   Designing interventions for increasing government action to prevent child labor and improve education alternatives for children and youth.
•    Developing strategies for increasing access to social services such as birth certificates, health insurance registration, etc.
•   Managing staff in the field and overseeing education activities such as scholarship distribution and school improvement initiatives.
•   Serving as Deputy Project Director, assisting the Project Director with administrative and personnel management.

Qualification Required & Experience

•   Education: Bachelor’s level degree or higher in education or other social science.

Work Experience:

•   Minimum 4 years of professional experience in a technical role in a child protection, child labor, youth employment and/or complex basic education programs in developing countries. Experience should include educational assessment of disadvantaged students; teacher training; educational materials development; educational management; monitoring and evaluation of basic education projects; education policy; educational quality and access improvement; and development of community participation in the improvement of basic education for disadvantaged children.
•   Knowledge of exploitative child labor issues and experience in the development of formal, non-formal and vocational education programs for children and youth removed from exploitative child labor and worst forms of child labor.
•   Extensive experience in working successfully with ministries of education, networks of educators, employers’ organizations, and trade union representatives or comparable entities.
•   Additional experience with education policy and monitoring and evaluation is an asset.
•   Experience with public-private partnership building, working with labor unions and workers groups, specifically in the cocoa-growing sector
•   Programmatic experience highly desired in child protection, child labor prevention, workforce development, gender, community mobilization, youth employment, HIV/AIDS, and/or public health issues.

•   Experience with US Dept. of Labor or other donor-funded programs to reduce child labor and address youth employment is desirable.


•   Excellent written and oral communication in English is required.


•   The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.

Location: Ghana

How To Apply For The Job

Candidates with experience in the area above mentioned should submit a CV and cover letter to:-

[email protected]

Closing Date: 15 July, 2015