- Up to 10 days Home Based and up to 10 days in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Laos
- Short term assignment up to 20 days
LAI manages the delivery of LANS long term scholarships for study of degrees at the National University of Laos (NUOL) in Vientiane and Souphanouvong University (SU) in Luang Prabang. This includes management of all phases of the scholarships cycle including targeting and promotions, applications management, assessment and selection of candidates, on-award monitoring, and comprehensive academic support program and student support services (pastoral care) being provided by the Universities.
Up to 70 scholarships are awarded annually, with approximately 280 students on award each year. This program targets economically disadvantaged young people either the priority Laos disadvantaged districts (including ethnic minority groups) or who are living with a disability, for studies in priority areas of study (except for those who are exceptionally gifted). Uniquely the program at NUOL currently supports 24 young people who are visually impaired or blind.
The program also supports a human resource development program to improve the capacity of the universities teaching and administrative staff to manage LANS, including the delivery of student support services (pastoral care) and the academic support program (ASP).
ASP comprises five curriculum streams (English, Computer, Job Readiness, Study Skills and Life Skills). Each LANS student attends ASP during the academic year for 240 hours and participates in extra curricula activities. ASP is in addition to the student’s academic university program and is delivered by teachers recruited and trained to deliver the program.
Reporting to the Institute Director the Reviewer will be responsible for the analysis of the appropriateness, effectiveness and value for money of the current LANS pastoral care (student support) services at both NUOL and SU, relative to the student needs (including different student cohorts such as those with a disability, women and those from ethnic minority groups).
The Reviewer will identify the preferred goals, objectives and a variety of analysed options for delivery of the pastoral care services and make recommendations for improvement (including staging of any change). This is to include a Theory of Change for pastoral care within the context of the LANS program. The LAI Director will oversee the assignment and quality assurance of all deliverables. The LAI Scholarships Manager (or delegate) will manage the in Lao arrangements with stakeholders and provide interpreter support where required.
Other key responsibilities will include:
- Desktop review which includes document review, preparation of consultation and review plan and a briefing session with Australian Embassy in Laos (HRD Team).
- Information gathering and preliminary analysis and report drafting.
- Review of key documents to be provided by LAI any other relevant materials – LANS Design, LAI Annual Plan 2019 and Annual Report 2018 (LANS Disability Inclusive Development sections), LAI GEDSI Strategy (and GEDSI targets), Pastoral Care workshops notes December 2018, university documentation on services provided and any other studies as relevant to identify best practice in services for this context and cohorts.
- Consultation with Stakeholders in Laos: LAI Director, Scholarship Team and Disability and Gender Advisors, DFAT HRD Team, ASP Head Teachers, ASP teachers, LANS students, Ministry of Education and Sports, Inclusive Education Resource Centre NUOL and others as identified.
We are seeking applicants with relevant tertiary qualifications in a relevant field preferably in social work, counselling, education counselling, education or development related, human resource development, management or education. You will have a minimum of seven years relevant experience in designing, advising, managing or evaluating education donor funded programs (preferably similar education student support programs). The successful candidate will have extensive experience in program reviews as well as experience of engaging with DFAT and partner government agencies in developing countries. You will have excellent analytical skills and the ability to think strategically with strong knowledge and experience in technical aspects of aid program management, particularly scholarship and or education support services. You will also demonstrate experience of gender and disability equity and social inclusion related programs, in a similar setting. You will display a collaborative and constructive approach to problem solving, be self-driven and have effective communication skills, both verbal and written. To be successful in this role, you will display a positive team player attitude and have the ability to build effective working relationships.
The position is classified as Discipline Category C, level 3 under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. For full details please view via http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/adviser-remuneration-framework-2016.pdf
Further enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting job number 497962.
Applications close 5.00pm (Vientiane time) 23rd August 2019.
PD - Laos Australia LANS Pastoral Care STA Final.pdf
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