Education Measurement Specialist

SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICAN CONSORTIUM FOR MONITORING EDUCATIONAL QUALITY (SEACMEQ)

EDUCATION MEASUREMENT SPECIALIST

VACANCY NO: SEACMEQ/1/2018

Applications are invited from nationals of SEACMEQ member countries (Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) for the position of Education Measurement Specialist at the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SEACMEQ) which is a consortium of Ministries of Education.

General Responsibilities

Under the overall direction of the Director, the Education Measurement Specialist is responsible for analysing and reporting assessment data to various stakeholders.  He/she also assists National Research teams in the interpretation of assessment results and the development and analysis of assessments and test items.  

Duties

The education measurement specialist:

  1. Designs survey instruments to collect data on literacy, numeracy and health knowledge levels
  2. Collaborates with NRCs and Research Committee members to develop and review literacy, numeracy and health knowledge test items.
  3. Interprets the literacy, numeracy and health knowledge results , and develops reports noting key findings
  4. Evaluates the validity and reliability of literacy, numeracy and health knowledge tests using advanced statistical analyses
  5. Provide guidance on improving literacy, numeracy and health knowledge tests based on findings.
  6. Collaborate with NRCs and SEACMEQ Research Committee members to ensure efficient and productive processes for the completion of data processing activities.
  7. Provide guidance in the interpretation and use of assessment data.
  8. Provide training in test development and interpretation of test results to NRCs.
  9. Conducts and develops literature reviews related to educational research, evaluation, and assessment as needed for SEACMEQ research projects.
  10. Presents assessment results in a report form to the Director and SEACMEQ Research Committee meetings
  11. Perform any other related work as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The education measurement specialist must have;

  1. A thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of research and assessment development practices.
  2. Knowledge of measurement theories and experience with the design, validity, and reliability of assessment instruments.
  3. The ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in written format.
  4. The ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other staff Skills in the areas of project management and report writing.
  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS Statistics.

Education and Experience

The education measurement specialist must have;

  1. At least a Master’s Degree, a Doctorate Degree preferred.
  2. At least five (5) years of successful experience as a psychometrician, research analyst, or test developer.

Additional experience beyond university coursework requirements in research, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, management and analysis of data sets, and test development, required.

How to Apply:

Please attach application letter, up-to-date CV, certified true copies of educational certificate and transcripts. Also quote the vacancy number and the post applied for, three reference letters, names and addresses of three referees, and send complete documentation to:

The Manager, Appointments and Administration (Support), University of Botswana, Private Bag 0022, Gaborone: Botswana, or email: constance.masilo@mopipi.ub.bw Telephone: (267) 3552040/2048/4146 Fax (267) 3974796.

Applicants should inform their referees to: (i) Quote the Vacancy Number and Position applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the above address, before the stipulated closing date.

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to Office 205 at Block 108.

Please note that applications with incomplete information shall not be acknowledged.

NB:  Correspondence will be entered into with shortlisted candidates only.

CLOSING DATE: 18 JANUARY 2019