IDEAS BOX ADVISOR - Education Specialist

Job Description

Title: IDEAS BOX ADVISOR - Education Specialist

Company Name: Libraries Without Borders

Vacancy: 01

Job Location: Cox's Bazar

Employment Status: Full-time

Educational Requirements:
∎ Masters degree in any discipline

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 2 year(s)
∎ The applicants should have experience in the following area(s): Development Training, Experience in a humanitarian context (working with refugees or IDP), Experience in humanitarian context (especially in Education)

Job Context:
∎ Founded in 2007 in France, Libraries Without Borders / Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (LWB/BSF) is today one of the leading NGOs working in knowledge and culture-based development in the world and supporting libraries in developing countries. We believe that access to information and the dissemination of cultures are two key - yet under-invested - components of human and economic development, and the enforcement of human rights.
∎ Implementing programs and developing partnerships in over 20 countries today, BSF supports local initiatives of libraries creation to promote education, access to information and culture and the conservation of cultural heritage. Through creating and reinforcing libraries, training librarians, donating books when relevant, supporting the local publishing industry, developing library networks and creating innovative programs for the promotion of access to education and information, LWB/BSF actively promotes access to knowledge throughout the world.
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∎ The project
∎ After assessing the needs of refugees and host populations in the Cox`s Bazar district, BSF launched its activities in 2018, in partnership with the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) in the Rohingya refugee camps.
∎ Today, 7 Ideas Box, multimedia centers, and 30 mobile Ideas Cube kits for outreach activities, are implemented with the following objectives:
∎ empower youth and women through an access to informal education and vocational trainings
∎ provide a quality access to information and cultural resources
∎ foster social cohesion and strengthen communities` resilience through the promotion of community interaction and participation
∎ Based on the assessment of needs, BSF curates physical and digital content to be adapted to the future users (age, gender, languages...) and objectives of each project. It builds the capacity of its partners to use this content and implement activities for added quality and impact of their actions.
∎ In order to enhance BSF work and develop BSF expertise in educational activities BSF is recruiting an Ideas Box Advisor - Education specialist. The Ideas Box Advisor is at the heart of the BSF expertise to ensure that all activities and especially the educational projects address precisely the needs and expectations of users and partners.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Within the implementation of BSF projects, she/he is in charge of selecting the most adapted content for each project, training and supporting partners to build their capacity and enhance the quality and impact of their educational actions.
∎ She/he is under the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator, and works closely with the Content and Facilitation Technical Advisor.
∎ With a specific focus on the educational project but not limited to, the responsibilities of the Ideas Box advisor include:
∎ Project Design
∎ she/he participates in the design and elaboration of new project in support to the program coordinator
∎ Content and Activity design
∎ she/he designs and implements the content and facilitation needs assessment for new projects based on the guidelines provided and in order to build a content strategy
∎ she/he identifies, sources and selects all physical and digital content to be displayed in each project, based on the content strategy
∎ she/he designs and documents the activities to support each project team, in close collaboration with the Content and facilitation advisor
∎ Training and follow up
∎ she/he identifies the capacity-building needs of field facilitation teams, designs and implements capacity-building plans accordingly
∎ she/he designs, organizes and implements the training of the partners' field facilitation team to the use of the tools and methodologies of BSF
∎ she/he supports the field facilitation teams in implementing quality activities (activity and event planning, activity design, team dynamics...)
∎ she/he builds the terms of reference for monitoring visits and organizes them accordingly
∎ she/he animates a community of practice around BSF projects, amongst partners' field teams
∎ Partnership relationships
∎ she/he participates in coordination meeting with partners
∎ she/he mobilizes partners in the field for their participation to the projects
∎ she/he shares meeting minutes with BSF team after attending any meeting to ensure everyone is on the same page
∎ Monitoring and evaluation
∎ she/he ensures the collection of data with the partners, when necessary by creating adapted templates
∎ she/he gathers qualitative data (interviews, focus groups, etc.)
∎ she/he selects and stores pictures for communication purposes which includes taking consent from the participants /their respective parents
∎ Capitalization and Project closure
∎ she/he designs, organizes and implements regular lessons learned workshop with the partners' field teams
∎ she/he supports with the redaction of the reports to the donors by the deadline
∎ Communication
∎ Represent BSF and its values toward partners and potential journalist
∎ The Ideas Box Advisor responsibilities might be appointed any other duty relevant for the work of the mission in Bangladesh by the Program Coordinator and/or the Head of Mission.

Additional Requirements:
∎ Knowledge and competencies
∎ Previous project management experience (including design, set-up, mobilization, implementation, monitoring, reporting and capitalization)
∎ Experience with educational project is a must.
∎ Communication and animation of networks (community management)
∎ Planning and preparation of activities (logistics and pedagogical)
∎ Data collection & reporting: collecting beneficiaries' feedback and reporting on activities
∎ IT skills: handling and working with digital tools such as tablets, computers, camera, tape-recorder
∎ Good presentation skills
∎ Specific skills in theatre, art, music and books are appreciated
∎ Good understanding of facilitation and training
∎ Awareness of humanitarian principles
∎ Personal skills
∎ Flexible, agile to adapt on the fly
∎ Good communication skills and capacity for adaptation and dialogue with different speakers (local authorities, partners, group leaders, volunteers).
∎ Willingness to learn, grow and participate as a team member
∎ Leadership
∎ Sense of innovation and creativity
∎ Experience
∎ Experience in follow up or management of educational project
∎ Experience in a camp or refugee context will be appreciated
∎ Previous experience of Trainer is desirable
∎ Languages
∎ Fluent in English and Bangla and Chittagonian or Rohingya is mandatory

Salary: Tk. 70000 - 90000 (Monthly)

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Based on experience and BSF local office salary scale

Application Deadline: 7 Mar 2021

Company Information:
∎ 25 Feb 2021
∎ Libraries Without Borders
∎ Address : GULSHAN 1
∎ Business : About Libraries Without Borders

Bibliothèques Sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders (BSF) is an international NGO founded in 2007 and whose work aims at strengthening the autonomy and the resilience of vulnerable populations worldwide by providing access to information, education and promoting cultural diversity. BSF has been working in humanitarian context since 2013 to assist refugee and host communities affected by crisis. In Middle East, Eastern and Central Africa or Colombia, BSF works alongside several NGOs and government agencies to set up safe spaces and services for education, vocational training, psychological support and community cohesion for vulnerable populations.

To provide these services, BSF created, with the support of the Alexander Soros Foundation, the Ideas Box, a fully equipped media center in a kit that can be set up in less than 20 minutes to provide access to a library, the Internet, technology, a cinema and thousands of educational and information resources. The resources are carefully chosen to suit local contexts and needs, and the technological equipment and the teaching methods offered through the Ideas Box help transform places such as schools or libraries in smart learning center.

With 85 Ideas Box on the field and more than 1 000 000 visits since the project began in 2014, BSF aims to deploy 200 Ideas Box by the end of 2018. The Alexander Soros Foundation is a Global Partner of the program. The Ideas Box has also been the recipient of several awards such as the Google Impact Challenge, the World Innovation Summit for Education Award, the US Library of Congress Literacy Award and the Clinton Global Initiative, just to name some.

The KoomBook is an autonomous and ultra-portable digital library. Derived from the Swahili term Kumbuka which means “to remember”, this compact and lightweight device provides wireless access to thousands of digital resources, without requiring any internet connection, such as: Wikipedia, TEDtalks, a curated selection from the Gutenberg Library, and thousands of other documents and videos. The KoomBook creates a WiFi hotspot that users can connect to with a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Even with no internet connection, up to 20 simultaneous users can download or upload content that will automatically update when the KoomBook has access to the internet. This remarkable innovation that is no larger than a book is already an indispensable tool for many libraries, medical facilities and remote communities around the globe.

Category: NGO/Development