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VACANCY: SAVE THE CHILDREN
17.05.2018, 20:00

IDELA ASSESSMENT

SAVE THE CHILDREN ARMENIA COUNTRY OFFICE


Yerevan,
Armenia


Part-Time


24.05.2018

Action for Child Health & Education (ACHE) project description

Within the recent decade Early Childhood Development (ECD) has been one of the top priorities among Save the Children activities. By offering play-based learning approach, ECD program supports the child's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, improves communication skills and provides basic literacy and math knowledge. ECD program offers age-appropriate learning in a fun and nurturing environment and gives a child a greater chance of successful transition into primary school.

The Action for Child Health & Education (ACHE) project aims to: (a) increase children's access to inclusive and quality early childhood development services; (b) increase children's, parents' and service providers' awareness on inclusive education, healthy lifestyle and hygiene; (c) promote inclusive ECD and healthy schooling policies; (d) increase knowledge on healthy lifestyle, nutrition and disaster risk management practices among preschool and school-age children.

Since 2011 the project has covered 19 of the most underserved and marginalized communities of Gegharkunik, Armavir, Aragatsotn and Lori provinces benefitting more than 2000 4-6-year-old children.

Within the ACHE-3 Save the Children has established school-based ECCD centers in two communities of Lori and 3 communities of Gegharkunik provinces. Overall 110 children are currently enrolled in the newly established ECCD centers. Their parents are also participating in various capacity building activities and trainings aiming at increasing their knowledge and practice in positive parenting and healthy lifestyle.

IDELA Assessment description

Why IDELA?

The first years of life are critical in shaping children’s cognitive, social and language skills, as well as their lifelong capacity for learning. Early development and learning experiences determine future success in school and in life. Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programs ensure healthy development in young children to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Would you like to document the impact of ECCD programs?
  • What skills do children bring to school on their first day?
  • Are there accessible and reliable tools to measure children’s development and early learning?
  • How can ECCD programs boost equity?

The International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA) is an easy-to-use, rigorous global tool that measures children’s early learning and development. IDELA provides ECCD programs, donors, and government partners with evidence on the status of children aged 3.5 to 6 years.

What does IDELA measure?

IDELA provides a holistic picture of children’s development and learning covering four core developmental domains:

  • motor development
  • emergent language and literacy
  • emergent numeracy/problem solving
  • social-emotional skills

Tasks, which are designed as play with children and rely on locally sourced materials, focus on skills like:

  • hopping
  • oral language
  • letter knowledge
  • emergent writing
  • understanding feelings
  • self-awareness
  • solving conflict
  • simple operations
  • problem solving
  • measurement and comparison

Add-on items to the core IDELA assessment measure inhibitory control, memory, and children’s learning approaches.

Two Components of IDELA

The IDELA assessment consists of two main parts. The first part is assessment with the child with minimum level of interference and probing from the interviewer’s side. The data enumerator is obliged to strictly follow the instructions provided in the tool while assessing the child. The assessment is very interactive and assumes use of various didactic materials, tasks and games to make the child answer the questions as freely and naturally as possible. The average duration of the interview with a child is estimated to be 30-40 minutes. The second part is the interview with the parent or caregiver of the same child. Here again the data enumerators are limited to interfering. The average duration of the interview with a parent/caregiver is estimated to be 15-20 minutes.

Further Application of Gained

Data IDELA will answer questions on effectiveness of ECCD programs and systems. IDELA will be used for:

  • program evaluation
  • evaluation of effectiveness of ECCD interventions
  • school readiness assessment at Grade 1 entry

The gained data will be widely used as evidence for project activities and actions, as well as further advocacy of ECCD services in Armenia.

Assessment Implementation

The IDELA assessment will be implemented in the following communities: Arjut, Geghasar (Lori) and Varser, Vaghashen, Gegharkunik (Gegharkunik) during the first weeks of June, 2018. The detailed schedule will be shared and discussed with selected team. Prior to the assessment the team will participate in an intensive 5 day training. The assessment team work will be coordinated and overseen by Save the Children project staff.

General Responsibilities

Direct responsibilities of SUPERVISOR include:

  1. Participation in a 5 day training of data collectors enriched with theory, practice and on-job piloting of the tool.
  2. Supervision of the data collection in 2 communities of Lori and 3 communities of Gegharkunik in 6 days (overnight).
  3. Observations of the assessment, in order to later provide constructive feedback to the data enumerators for further improvement of their performance.
  4. Participation in daily discussions and provision of own feedback on the assessment.
  5. Preparation of short report on impressions and own observations taken during the assessment.
  6. Active participation in assessment findings report preparation as per request from Save the Children staff.
  7. Availability for participation and presentation of the report findings and field work during the respective event.

Required Qualifications for Supervisor

  1. Higher education in Social sciences (Sociology, Social work, etc.);
  2. At least two-year experience in sphere of sociological researches. Experience in childrenoriented programs and/or research is an advantage;
  3. Excellent organizational and time management skills; attention to the details;
  4. Good communication and listening skills; ability to effectively respond to the conflict situations;
  5. Ability and willingness to work in high-speed environment and within strict deadlines;
  6. Ability and willingness to communicate with people;
  7. Ability and willingness to travel to provinces (Lori, Gegharkunik) with an overnight stay;
  8. Good presentation skills.
  9. Excellency in Armenian and English.

Direct responsibilities of DATA ENUMERATORS include:

  1. Participation in a 5 day training of data collectors enriched with theory, practice and on-job piloting of the tool
  2. Data collection in 2 communities of Lori and 3 communities of Gegharkunik in 6 days (with an overnight stay)
  3. Participation in daily discussions and provision of own feedback on the assessment to the coordinator and Save the Children representative

Required Qualifications for Data Enumerators

  1. Higher education in Social sciences (Sociology, Social work, etc.);
  2. At least two-year experience in sphere of sociological researches;
  3. Experience in working with pre-school age children, ability and willingness to explain a large volume of information in clear and child-affordable language;
  4. Good communication and listening skills, patience; attention to the details;
  5. Ability to strictly follow the instructions provided in the assessment tool and explained during the training;
  6. Ability and willingness to work in high-speed environment and within strict deadlines;
  7. Ability and willingness to communicate with people;
  8. Ability and willingness to travel to provinces (Lori, Gegharkunik) with an overnight stay;
  9. Excellency in Armenian.

Please send the CVs of team members and letter of interest in English to zaruhi.aznauryan@savethechildren.org and maria.poghosyan@savethechildren.org mentioning “IDELA Assessment Team” in the Subject line. In case of questions please call Zaruhi Aznauryan at 095 708036.

Only shortlisted teams will be invited for the interview.

Save the Children works in over 120 countries in the world to create lasting change in the lives of children. In 1993, Save the Children established its presence in Armenia. Since then, we have managed more than USD 60,000,000 in child protection, education, health and social programs. We have delivered over 900 projects in more than 500 communities in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. More than 440,000 children have benefitted from our projects.

 


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