Opportunity with Dakshin Foundation/ANET’s education programme

Number of vacancies: Two
Position: Research Assistant
Chief responsibilities: Develop and coordinate education programmes in the Andaman and Nicobar Island including working closely with local government schools to identify challenges and shortcomings facing education, designing and conducting teacher training programmes, and developing innovative teaching and learning aids to improve foundational learning.

Last date to apply: 15th July 2017

Project details:
Position: We invite applications from suitable candidates for the position of Research Assistant in the Environmental Education Programme at ANET. While this is a long-term position, we will initially offer a one-year contract to the successful candidate which will be renewed depending on performance. This position demands that the candidate be a highly self-motivated, independent, creative and enterprising individual who will fulfil the following responsibilities of this position:
1. Carry out a profiling and needs assessment of schools in the South Andamans
2. Work with a team to develop effective strategies and support systems to address the above challenges
3. Design and conduct teacher training workshops
4. Develop and implement teaching and learning aids which strengthen foundational learning of students across subjects
5. Work closely with teachers to implement the ‘Treasured Islands’ textbook for environmental education

Location: The position will be based out of ANET in the Andamans. The initial three months will be spent travelling to various locations in India to explore innovative education interventions.

Candidates must possess the following basic qualifications/skills:
 A Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of relevant experience in any discipline,
preferably education, arts, social sciences or other sciences
 A broad understanding of issues related to education and learning in Indian schools
 Ability to work with a range of social groups and local institutions in rural settings
 Ability to independently facilitate meetings and attention to detail and planning.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
 Written and spoken proficiency in English and Hindi

Candidates with the following additional qualifications/skills will be preferred:
 Candidates with a B.Ed/M.Ed
 Work experience in the education sector
 Working knowledge of environmental and conservation related issues
 Written and spoken proficiency in Bengali

Remuneration: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and work, in line with our internal policy. Accommodation at ANET will be provided free of cost; however, the candidates will have to cover other living expenses.

How to apply:
* Submit a complete CV along with a cover letter (not exceeding one page) clearly conveying why you consider yourself a suitable candidate for this position.
* Provide the names of two referees along with their contact details in the CV.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Last date to apply is 15th July 2017. This position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified; interested individuals are therefore requested to apply immediately. Short listed candidates will be invited for a personal interview.

Please email your application to Mahira Kakajiwala at  apply.dakshinfoundation@gmail.com

About us:
ANET was founded in 1990 by the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. The team’s mission is to develop effective conservation strategies based on a sound understanding of the islands’ diverse social ecological systems. ANET also facilitates the research and activities of multiple partner institutions such as NCBS, NCF, Dakshin Foundation and the Indian Institute of Science. Currently ANET is managed through a partnership between the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) and Dakshin Foundation, Bangalore.

Dakshin Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based at Bangalore, India, with field offices and intervention across the coastline of India and in its oceanic islands. Our mission is to inform and advocate conservation and natural resource management, while promoting and supporting sustainable livelihoods, social development and environmental justice. To learn more about our interventions and research projects please take a look at our website, http://www.dakshin.org.

Dakshin’s work in education and awareness can be encompassed within two broad categories of work. In the first instance, we carry out focused projects in conjunction with opportunities and requirements arising from our field research and advocacy projects. The second category of our initiatives is planned projects that address the broader issue of education in the areas where we work. In the Andaman islands, we are currently in partnership with the Directorate of Education to develop a contextualised, place-based curriculum for environmental education in line with the National Curriculum Framework. As part of this initiative, we (a collaboration between Dakshin, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and ANET) have developed Treasured Islands, an activity-based text book that explores issues and environmental concerns of the islands. This approach tries to devise strategies that enable learning in a way that fosters a connection between the child and the place in which the child lives. This project involves not only curriculum development, but is currently being expanded to a range of activities such as capacity building for teachers and local schools, and inputs into fundamental learning across subjects.

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