Materials Development Specialist, “Let’s Read, Zambia”

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AIR is a US-based not-for-profit company specializing in education programming, educational assessment, and other social policy issues. AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of people in developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. We have worked in collaboration with local and international stakeholders in more than 80 countries over the past three decades. We seek to ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change.

Position Summary:

AIR is seeking a Material Development Specialist for a five year, USAID-funded Reading Project in Zambia. “Let’s Read, Zambia” will target approximately 1.4 million students in 4,000 public and community primary schools, including Early Childhood Centers that are clustered in an estimated 400 zones in 48 districts in the provinces of Lusaka, Southern, Muchinga, Eastern, and Northwestern. The project will ensure that students attending Grades 1, 2, and 3 in Zambian public and community schools in the five targeted provinces have an opportunity to learn to read grade level text with comprehension and to write at grade level in one of the seven local official languages of instruction: Cinyanja, Chitonga, Icibemba, Kiikaonde, Lunda, Luvale and Silozi after three years of primary schooling in Grades 1-3.

The Materials Development Specialist is responsible for providing technical oversight and leadership in materials revision, materials creation and capacity building for partner institutions in materials development. The Materials Development Specialist must assure alignment between the materials required, and other program elements such as relevant government policies and programs, detailed literacy structures and content, and the overall approach to teacher professional development. Materials will be for teacher and student use, and may also include materials for community members. He or she monitors and provides ongoing technical and logistical support on material production, including uniformity of templates, pedagogical coherence and alignment with objectives, cultural and gender sensitivity of illustrations, graphic design, timeliness of production across all partners and consultants (such as illustrators or printers). The Materials Development Specialist is also responsible for overseeing ongoing review and revision of the materials throughout the life of the project.

Eligibility: Zambian nationals are encouraged to apply.

This position is contingent on funding.


·        At least a Master’s degree in education, literacy, linguistics, or a related field

·        At least 5 years of experience in the design and implementation of curriculum and materials development, targeting children in low-resource environments, and ensuring gender sensitivity and inclusiveness of children with special needs

·        Knowledge of the Zambian literacy context and Ministry structures at the national and regional levels

·        Knowledge of international best practices in reading and writing content and instructional practices

·        Experience with research, monitoring, and evaluation and the application of findings to improve reading and writing programs

·        Demonstrated management and leadership skills working on large and complex donor-funded programs, preferably with USAID

·        Experience reporting on large donor-funded programs, preferably with USAID contracts

·        Demonstrated ability to work with and gain the respect and confidence of country counterparts, staff, and clients

·        Ability to mentor, motivate and empower the performance of team members and counterparts

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Experience with InDesign desirable

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are required

·        Fluency in English is required

American Institutes for Research is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


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