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About EdTech Hub

Our goal is to empower people making decisions about technology in education. 

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the global learning crisis was affecting millions of children around the world.

Technology could play a huge role in helping to solve this crisis, if used appropriately. 

There are thousands of tools, products, services, and ideas for using technology in education. New ones appear almost every day. For decision-makers, the choices can be overwhelming. The EdTech Hub takes away that burden. 

We do the research, to rigorous academic standards. We try out new ideas by supporting innovators. We advise partners as they plan and implement education programs, finding the right role for technology.

With EdTech Hub’s help, decision-makers inside and outside government can benefit from free access to high quality professional research and advice.

Current Opportunities

Climate/Environment Specialist

2-3 days per week, preferably based in Tanzania or other East African locations
About the EdTech Hub Programme

R4D is the prime contractor for the FCDO Directorate for Research and Innovation Hub on Technology for Education (EdTech Hub) programme. The aim of the EdTech Hub is to empower people by giving them the evidence they need to make decisions about technology in education as part of a global non-profit partnership focusing on research, innovation, and engagement.

EdTech Hub is a global research partnership that aims to empower people by giving them the evidence they need to make decisions about technology in education. EdTech Hub:

● Undertakes and funds robust and rigorous research in five key topic areas
● Delivers support in up to six core countries to develop and deliver Sandboxes to learn about technology in education in a specific environment
● Delivers Technical Advice and Helpdesk support to FCDO, UNICEF and World Bank advisors as well as government officials on technology in education
● Functions as a Hub and shares a range of Learning Products to make evidence available to a wide audience.

EdTech Hub is delivered through a consortium of R4D and five core sub-contractors as well as range of country and activity specific local and international sub-contractors. From a management perspective, it is a complex programme funded by multiple donors including various departments within the FCDO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and UNICEF. Ed Tech Hub is in the 4th year of an anticipated 8-year funding period, with a secured budget of £24M and a projected total life budget of at least £30M.

The Role

The Climate/Environment Specialist will be the dedicated technical specialist on the EdTech Hub. 

The role will initially focus on developing and delivering activities concerning climate, environment and education under the FCDO Accountable Grant focused on enhancing primary education data dashboards, developing secure, queryable databases for decision makers and better tracking the effects of climate/environment on teaching and learning outcomes. The role will be deeply embedded in the Hub’s Tanzania team. Activities anticipated for this role include management of rapid evaluations of the actual and anticipated impact of climate on education environments and learning outcomes; analysing the latest data on climate patterns in Tanzania and drawing conclusions linked to human development indicators; contributing to the Climate, Environment and Education Adaptation from the Tanzanian context. 

Additional opportunities to support the EdTech Hub’s climate work may arise later in the year, potentially adding more days to the contract.

Kindly submit your CVs to opportunities@edtechhub.org by Friday, July 26.

Start and end dates
August 2024 – March 2025. Possible extension based on performance.
Location

East Africa – Tanzania is preferable.

Responsibilities 

Partnerships and Engagement

  • Liaise with FCDO to remain abreast of their climate and environmental priorities.

  • Represent the Hub in dialogue with development partners, the government, and other associated stakeholders on climate and environmental issues.

  • Attend Hub-wide meetings as requested by Country Leadership to deliver updates and insights from Tanzania’s climate, environment and education activities.

  • Attend Climate, Environment, and Education Adaptation Research (CLEEAR) Tanzania Steering Committee meetings to provide updates and answer FCDO requests on matters related to climate and environment. This includes acting as a point of contact on behalf of EdTech Hub Tanzania for FCDO personnel, drafting scopes of work and work plans for activity implementation, and serving as a continued point of contact during activity implementation.

Technical Assistance

  • Serve as EdTech Hub Tanzania’s technical lead on the climate, environment, and education portfolio. This may include preparing and delivering presentations on relevant work; supporting the acquisition and analysis of climate-related data; and providing technical recommendations and insights to Shule Bora implementing partners to ensure climate and environment are appropriately integrated across the programme.

  • Remain abreast of emerging evidence on innovations to increase climate resilience in education systems in low- and middle-income countries, and disseminate insights to Hub members, Shule Bora partners and FCDO as appropriate.

  • Provide technical assistance to EdTech Hub central and country leadership teams on the design, development and delivery of climate and environment activities.

  • Active participation in the Climate Environment and Education Adaptation Research (CLEEAR) Tanzania Steering Committee.

Reporting and Meetings

  • Attend weekly Technical Lead meetings with EdTech Hub Tanzania Country Leads, providing updates on ongoing work and relevant insights gleaned from ongoing research in other LMICs.

  • Attend weekly check-in meetings with the FCDO Education Lead to align on priorities and strategic decisions concerning EdTech Hub’s climate, environment and education portfolio.

  • Provide weekly bullet-point summaries of progress, challenges and other relevant insights to the EdTech Hub team via Slack and to the FCDO Education Lead via email.

  • Contribute to EdTech Hub Tanzania’s annual FCDO Accountable Grant report.
  • Participate in EdTech Hub All Hands meetings, collaborating with other team members and sharing learnings from Tanzania. 
Professional experience
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in developing and implementing climate and environment projects.

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in providing technical assistance on climate and environment activities linked specifically to education in low- and middle-income countries (e.g., school infrastructure adaptation).

  • Demonstrated understanding of the emerging environment and climate challenges linked to human development in East Africa (specific experience in Tanzania is preferred).

  • Strong research skills, including the development of data collection tools for and analysis of, quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Masters Degree or above in Environmental Sciences, Climate Change, International Development, or any other relevant subject.

  • Demonstrated experience liaising with government institutions and development partners.

  • Strong organisational and managerial experience and familiarity with Google Drive, Microsoft Office or similar.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (Kiswahili is an added advantage).
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