Co-Design M&E Policy and Competency Framework for Education NGO

Activity/project background

Partner: More Than a Teacher (MTAT) (Local NGO)

More Than a Teacher (MTAT) is a comprehensive teacher development program that aims to equip pre-service teachers with the necessary tools for professional, personal, and spiritual growth. The program follows the principles of transformative learning and provides support during university studies, along with professional and personal development training workshops. It also offers opportunities for professional placement, expert mentorship, collaborative learning, and youth-led education initiatives.

MTAT focuses on developing highly competent, creative, and ethical educators. The program spans a period of 1-5 years, with a well-defined framework of developmental milestones for structured growth. Each year of the program has specific goals and objectives:

Year 1: Introduce fundamentals of learning, self-understanding, and classroom and extracurricular activities, such as sports and orientation (observation phase)
Year 2: Develop interpersonal skills, pedagogical knowledge, and life skills
Year 3: Master complexity in classroom/extra-mural, personal and community leadership. Emphasis on continuous application, engagement with the community, and introducing care and activity in family or sports club settings
Year 4: Contribute as leaders by guiding peers through peer reviews, team teaching, hosting workshops, and providing academic support
Year 5: Conditional year for pre-service teachers who have outstanding academic modules to complete

MTAT requests the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to provide targeted assistance to conduct a comprehensive analysis of their existing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and offer specialized support in refining and enhancing their procedures, protocols, and policies to enable staff to effectively track progress of pre-service teachers in the program, adhere to best practices, and deliver comprehensive and reliable reports and feedback to sponsors.

MTAT has not previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer or a VSPP. They understand that the role of a VSPP is different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Assist MTAT staff to identify strengths and areas for improvement, with a focus on enhancing the monitoring and evaluation processes tailored to pre-service teachers' need
• Co-design program outcomes and indicators to effectively capture desired impact and results aligned with MTAT’s objectives
• Co-design a comprehensive M&E framework for MTAT that will include data collection tools to capture indicators and measure outcomes
• Co-develop a reporting mechanism to share evaluation findings with MTAT’s stakeholders
• Collaborate with MTAT to utilize evaluation results to inform program improvements, strategic decision-making, and resource allocation

This engagement is expected to be approximately 24 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, South African time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, WhatsApp, MS Teams, and Zoom for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field

• Experience working in teacher training
• Experience with education reporting processes

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in education or a related field

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Experience: 3 years of experience in designing, implementing, and operating monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools and systems for teacher training

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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