Assignment Description

Assignment Code: AV0614PG09P


Assignment Title: Early Childhood Development Advisor
(APPLICATIONS CLOSE 21 OCT 2014)



Name of Host Organisation (HO): Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP)


Name of Australian Partner Organisation (APO): Buk bilong Pikinini Canberra Office


Assignment Location: Port Moresby, PNG


Assignment Duration: 18 months


Proposed Start: January 2015


Host Organisation Description:


Buk bilong Pikinini’s (BbP) mission is to foster a love for reading and learning, raise children’s aspirations and increase literacy rates across PNG. The organisation establishes libraries and unfolds literacy programs in strategic locations for vulnerable children and their communities.

BbP has experienced rapid gorwth since its inception in 2007. In the space of seven years, the organisation has established 15 children’s libraries across five provinces in PNG. The organisation currently has a management staff of 12 officers located at its Head Office and 50 teacher-librarians.



Assignment Summary:

The Early Childhood Development Advisor will work within Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) to build staff capacity to utilise and monitor Early Childhood Education (ECE) practices, as well as strengthen program management.

The volunteer will work with BdP’s ECE Team to develop and implement training workshops for librarians in Early Years Literacy Programs, including preparing resource materials. Support will also be provided in the ongoing development of training programs for librarians. To strengthen program management in delivering library-based literacy programs the volunteer will: analyse the current BbP approach to Early Literacy; consolidate existing stakeholder networks and identify new opportunities; organise and conduct fundraising activities; assist staff to review the strategic plan and contribute to periodic reports; perform organisational surveys to ascertain strengths and weaknesses in BbP’s management processes; and work with staff to improve program and management databases. The volunteer will assess the pedagogical practices within the libraries and support library staff to organise and facilitate child-centred learning experiences. Conducting training with Head Librarians to plan, develop, implement, evaluate and report library-based in-service programs, the volunteer will also monitor and communicate results of BbP programs to stakeholders through an effective monitoring and evaluation system. Monitoring and evaluation training resources will be developed for future reference.

These objectives will ultimately improve literacy outcomes for vulnerable children, including children living with disabilities, and increase the likelihood of children accessing primary and secondary education.



Assignment Outcomes:

• Build staff capacity to utilise Early Childhood Education (ECE) theories and practices
• Strengthen the HO’s program management (planning, processes and practices) in delivering library-based literacy programs
• Improve organisational capacity to effectively monitor and evaluate ECE programs



Essential Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education, Education, Library Studies or a realted discipline



Essential Minimum Experience:

• Three years of expereince in an education setting, particularly early childhood



Desirables:

• Postgraduate qualifications in Education, International Development or a related field
• Previous experience in training and mentoring other staff
• Experience in designing and utilising monitoring and evaluation tools
• Experience working in a cross-cultural environment



Description of Assignment Location:
Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, is the largest city in the South Pacific with a population of around 800,000. It is located in the National Capital District and is built around a beautiful harbour. It serves as the country’s administrative centre and has modern amenities. Security precautions must be observed very closely in Port Moresby. Despite the high cost of living, and the reputation for law and order issues, Port Moresby is a vibrant and exciting multicultural city to live in and common services such as taxis and banking facilities are widely available.

There are many sites to visit, such as Parliament Haus (Papua New Guinea’s most impressive building), the National Museum, Botanical Gardens and gorgeous scenery and wildlife. It is claimed to be the best capital city in the world for diving. Port Moresby has a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year and a dry season from April to November.

Cultural Tips
• The official languages are Tok Pisin, English, and Hiri Motu. Of those, Tok Pisin is the most widely spoken language. However, up to 850 different languages are spoken across the country
• The dominant religion is Christianity, but traditional worship is still practiced in some places
• Volunteers should expect to be greeted with an initial friendly handshake
• Volunteers should remember to show particular respect to older people and should never refuse the offer of gifts or food from people of any age
• It is not appropriate to hold a long conversation with a person of the opposite sex unless that person is a close colleague or known friend
• Volunteers in Port Moresby are briefed extensively on safety and security measures once in-country. Volunteers are not able to catch public buses and are provided with an after-hours transport service provided for security reasons. Opportunistic crime is common throughout the country, so precautions should be taken according to in-country advice. All expatriates based in Port Moresby live in compounds with a high standard of security
• Both meat and vegetarian options are available at locations that are considered suitable for eating out. Local and imported vegetables should be purchased from local supermarkets, as food marketplaces are not considered safe
• Both men and women should wear smart, conservative clothing in the workplace. Women should not wear shorts or skirts above the knee in any circumstance. Women may like to try the traditional meri blouse



Information on Accommodation Options:
Assistance with the identification of suitable, secure and affordable accommodation will be provided by the In-Country Management Team and the Host Organisation.