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Policy, Planning and Data Management Adviser, Education Pathways to Peace

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.

Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.

Responsibilities

Purpose of the Position: The Policy, Planning and Data Management Adviser will support and deliver activities targeted towards building and strengthening organisational capacity of DepEd ARMM and other key stakeholders in the areas of education planning, policy research and development, monitoring and evaluation and data management. These activities will support more effective decision-making through better quality data and data management.  

In addition to designing and implementing institutional strengthening appropriate to the objective above, the Adviser will provide leadership for the effective integration of critical cross-cutting issues including gender equity, social inclusion and peace building in education planning and budgeting  for K-3, recognizing the influence of poverty, location, language, culture, religion and  conflict and the desirability for high levels of community and stakeholder engagement in Elementary education.  

Duties: Under direction of the Deputy Team Leader, the Policy, Planning and Data Management Adviser will -   

1.    Undertake purposeful stakeholder mapping and prepare a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy to guide the work plan;

2.    Provide leadership and technical direction to the Pathways team and to counterparts in DepEd ARMM to strengthen the institutional capability of the nominated institutions and key stakeholders groups in a sustainable way, enhancing their capacity to address key systemic and organizational factors which will support effective education planning, policy and data management;

3.    Annually, contribute to the Annual Work Plan by -
  • assessing current organizational strengths and barriers to effectiveness, agreeing on priorities and ways of working with each nominated institution/stakeholder group and working with the established Technical Working Groups to prepare the outline for a draft annual work plan,
  • identifying specific cross-cutting issues on which to focus and the modality for research and data gathering that may be needed,
  • building on the achievements of BEAM ARMM,
  • consulting with the Technical Manager, Team Leader and Consortium partners on the development of detailed activities for the Annual Work Plan including the scope, phasing and duration of technical inputs to DepEd ARMM;
  • proposing quantitative and qualitative indicators and appropriate measures and data collection for inclusion in the M &E and Learning Plan including indicators for sustainability;
  • forecasting the broad scope of activities that should follow in the next six months after the annual plan to ensure alignment with DepEd ARMM annual planning and budgeting cycle;
4.    Quarterly, contribute to progress reporting by -
  • reviewing progress and identifying what works well and may be extended or where adjustments are needed,  
  • engaging with and learning from key stakeholders through education forums,
  • monitoring cross cutting issues including GESI and peace-building contributions,
  • supporting the Strategic Monitoring Team as needed;
5.    Guide and support the technical inputs from Consortium partners and local short term advisers, consistent with the approved Annual Work Plan and the commitment to institutional strengthening and sustainability;

6.    Provide guidance, mentoring and support to institutional partners and identified leaders and change agents in the identified key stakeholder groups;

7.    Identify and support capacity development opportunities for DepEd ARMM consistent with the DepEd ARMM organisational restructure and the priorities of other partners, through leveraging the contributions of other DFAT programs such as the Awards program (including scholarships, study visits, short course training), BEST, Economic Growth, Governance and niche programs supported by DFAT and other development partners in areas such as women?s empowerment, governance and peace building which support education;  

8.    Ensure that all institutional strengthening activities are embedded within a holistic Pathways approach for improving the quality of education through an overall learning approach in which evidence is constantly being gathered and analysed and fed back into program improvement; use this information to work with Consortium partners and DepEd ARMM to prepare knowledge products and learning events for a range of stakeholders; and

9. Other duties as may be reasonably required by the Deputy Team Leader.
 

Requirements


Qualifications and Experience: The Policy, Planning and Data Management Adviser will have the following qualifications and experience:
  • Degree in relevant discipline, including study in policy/planning or research and data;
  • Minimum of 7 years? experience working in relevant aspects of organisational and capacity development, policy and planning and use of data in decision-making;
  • Evidence of high level skills in data management including data cleaning, data security, analysis, policy research and presentation of reports to inform policy-making;
  • Expertise in identifying and maintaining appropriate hardware, software and system requirements and training personnel in managing large data sets;
  • Understanding of the challenges facing both government and Islamic sectors in expanding and improving the quality of education in the Philippines or a similar development context;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with counterparts to achieve outstanding results;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills; and
  • Fluent in English (written and oral).