Sesame Workshop: Provincial Coordinator

Sesame Workshop South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 16 September, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Employment

PROVINCIAL COORDINATOR role based in Bloemfontein, Free State 12-month appointment with the possibility of an extension.

Reports to: Senior Manager, Education/Early Childhood Development

Play is one of the most important and powerful ways for young children to learn. From birth to age six, the brain is growing at a rapid pace, and playful learning experiences provide the opportunity to foster young children’s development in key cognitive, physical, and social-emotional areas. Play at a young age yields enormous benefits, laying the foundation for children to become creative and engaged lifelong learners.
 
In 2018, Sesame Workshop and the LEGO Foundation launched Takalani Sesame Play to Learn, a ground-breaking initiative to promote the power of learning through play in South Africa. The partnership combines the LEGO Foundation’s commitment to and expertise in learning through play with Sesame’s proven educational content development model and media expertise.
 
Building on the appeal and proven impact of Takalani Sesame, the initiative will be implemented in Eastern Cape, Free State and Gauteng provinces to equip parents, caregivers and educators with knowledge and skills to facilitate educational play for children.
 
We have an exciting opportunity for a Provincial Coordinator to play a key role in the development and execution of the Takalani Sesame Play to Learn initiative in the Free State Province.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Project Coordination: Work closely with the Senior Education Manager to coordinate partner identification, recruitment, and training. Mapping and directing geographical coverage, planning and administration of all capacity building sessions in the Free State.
  2. Content Development:  Contribute to the development of training and resource material. Oversee warehousing and distribution of materials. 
  3. Monitoring and Evaluation: Monitor progress by collecting, consolidating, and reporting on reach data, materials, and implementation. Conduct regular site visits.
  4. Stakeholder Engagement: Support the development of strong relationships with government and other partners.
  5. Research: Coordinate the formative research process and report on results of data collection within the province. Working closely with Sesame Workshop South Africa and New York staff to liaise with external research agency.  
  6. Reporting: Monitor and report on implementation in line with the project plan. Prepare monthly reports to measure, analyze and communicate progress/ outcomes against agreed project plan.

REQUIREMENTS

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: education, early childhood development, psychology, sociology, human development, family studies or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education, particularly in relation to play-based early learning approaches for children birth to 6 years, is required.
  • An affinity for philanthropic work and making a difference in the lives of children.
  • Highly analytical with ability to think strategically and provide insightful technical advice.
  • Good user level proficiency in MS Office packages and web-based communication tools.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.  
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills in English.
  • Willingness to travel and work outside normal office hours.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit CV and Cover Letter to takalanisesame@sesame.org with the heading ‘Provincial Coordinator’. Applications must be submitted by 16 September 2020. Only South African citizens and permanent residents will be considered. We will correspond with shortlisted candidates only. If you have not been contacted within one month of applying, you should consider your application as unsuccessful. Sesame Workshop reserves the right to not fill this position. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage people with disabilities to apply.
 
ABOUT SESAME SORKSHOP

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, Takalani Sesame and so much more. Sesame Street is our pioneering television show that has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder since 1969. Through its international social impact strategy, the Workshop now reaches millions of the world’s most vulnerable children in 160 countries through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. Sesame is a beloved household name in dozens of languages, and it means learning - and fun - in all of them. 
 
Takalani Sesame is the groundbreaking South African program that has been reaching millions of children with high quality, engaging educational content for 20 years. Broadcasting on SABC, Takalani addresses a range of early childhood development needs from literacy, numeracy, and life skills to instilling a greater sense of self in children and nurturing their readiness for lifelong learning. Using a curriculum supported by the Department of Basic Education, we deliver content to children in several of the country’s official languages through television, digital media, and community outreach in classrooms and homes.
 
In pursuit of our goal of helping South African parents and caregivers, households and communities provide caring environments for kids, Takalani Sesame is poised for a new dawn of exciting growth through a significant creative refresh of the iconic television show and an expanded community engagement program. This strategy is anchored on the uBuntu value system that binds African societies and communities together. From championing the patent principle of ‘umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’ (You Are because We Are) to addressing critical topics such as diversity and inclusion, and instilling in children the values of sharing, respect and kindness, while nurturing the spirit of living and working together, uBuntu will be at the center of what Takalani stands for and aims to achieve.
 
For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org 

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