Opportunity in Washington, DC
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire a qualified individual and/or team for the following subcontract:
Title: Africa Pre-Primary Consortium on Building Better Systems in sub-Saharan Africa (Education Subcontract)
United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/Office of Sustainable Development (SD)/Education Team
With more than 30 years’ experience providing information technology (IT) and management consulting services worldwide, Rosa Caldas, formed ZemiTek in 2007. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek delivers solutions to the federal government by supporting agencies such as USAID, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security, among others; and internationally to their missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.
Pre-primary education systems are expanding rapidly in many parts of the world. Both state and non-state providers are delivering services to children and families, with several different models and curricular approaches under development. However, in many countries, little systematic information is available on the characteristics of classrooms, including teachers’ training and opportunities for professional development, access to materials and toys, or pedagogical approaches. To lead to impact for children, locally-relevant data must be generated and applied to key policy questions on an on-going basis, with data collected through monitoring systems and applied to professional development. Data are important because reliable, actionable data can focus attention on clear, measurable goals for young children’s learning and development.
Importance of USAID’s partnership with early childhood development (ECD): Under the current strategy, USAID education programs support host countries to achieve specific, measurable results to improve reading skills for children, strengthen higher education and workforce development programs, and expand access to education in crisis and conflict. USAID’s education programming focuses selectively on areas that the Agency’s research has demonstrated are critical to promoting U.S. and international security and to accelerating economic growth at home and abroad in a cost-efficient manner.
On September 8, 2017, Congress passed P.L. 115-56, the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act, which calls for USAID to develop a comprehensive international education strategy in consultation with other relevant U.S. Government Agencies. As part of this process, USAID is examining the role of early childhood and pre-primary education to support reading programs.
USAID recognizes that early learning is critical for each students’ personal and academic development. As part of broader programs, USAID has invested in improving kindergarten instruction in reading, mathematics, and socio-emotional skills for multiple populations, including children with disabilities. USAID education specialists actively participate in working groups and research endeavors that focus on ECD, and consistently promote the linkage of instructional programs to evidence-based early childhood interventions. USAID has produced relevant topical research and guides, such as “First Principles: Designing Effective Education Programs for Early Childhood Development,” intended to guide education sector stakeholders—including other donor agencies, government officials, and international and national non-governmental organizations—who may be working on promoting, developing, and implementing ECD and education programs. USAID’s approach is based on encouraging partner governments to identify, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions to promote ECD.
In the sub-Saharan Africa region, access to pre-primary is increasing but at a very slow rate compared to other regions in the world. For example, average pre-primary gross enrollment has increased from 11% in 2000 to 18% in 2013. Enrollment varies widely across countries in Africa, with gross enrollment ranging from less than 5% in Ethiopia to more than 100% in Seychelles, Mauritius, and Ghana. Even where access has expanded, coverage is not equitable. The most disadvantaged children are in the greatest need of support, especially children with disabilities. In addition, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have ECD policies that exist on paper, but very few are implementing these policies as there is a lack of capacity to deliver and regulate quality services.
Proposed lines of work
This Africa Pre-Primary Consortium will engage researchers, experts, and other stakeholders interested in early childhood measurement and address questions of how data can lead to change in ECD. This project seeks to address the following key questions:
In order to address these questions, the contractor will complete the following:
Virtual and in-person meetings
III. Implementation and Budget
Provide details on the roles and responsibilities of each of the team members, level of effort, and where this Consortium will be housed. In the work plan, please outline the following specifics details for how each activity will be managed. Please provide a detailed budget for all costs involved in ensuring the key deliverables are achieved.
The project team should have the following expertise and skills:
**If interested in this opportunity, please submit a proposal addressing 1) how you and/or your team meet the requirements, 2) how you and/or your team plan to accomplish the above deliverables, 3) a project timeline, and 4) a detailed budget to AFRRecruit@zemitek.com.**
This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.
ZemiTek and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.
ZemiTek and CAMRIS International are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.