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Project Facilitator - Unlock Literacy - Alice Springs

World Vision

The Opportunity to Make a Difference:

Reporting to the Project Manager Unlock Literacy, this position exists to support the successful adaptation and implementation of the Unlock Literacy Model across three remote Aboriginal communities (located in Central Australia) in partnership with Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation and Warlpiri communities.

Unlock Literacy is an evidence-based model, developed by World Vision International and implemented in over 15 countries worldwide, for improving literacy levels for ‘early readers’ – children in the first few years of primary school.

The model promotes five core reading skills:

  1. alphabet knowledge,
  2. phonemic awareness,
  3. fluency,
  4. vocabulary, and
  5. comprehension.

Through four inter-linked platforms:

  1. teacher support,
  2. tools for monitoring student progress,
  3. teaching & learning materials development, and
  4. community action.

The holder of the position is expected to support the Project Manager Unlock Literacy to ensure local Warlpiri facilitators and WYDAC staff are confident and competent in the project model, are delivering according to implementation plans and are collecting monitoring data on a regular basis.

A day in the life of WVA’s Project Facilitator – Unlock Literacy includes:

A typical day for the person in this position would include working collaboratively with community representatives, WYDAC staff, a range of stakeholders and World Vision Project Manager and technical staff to adapt the Unlock Literacy Program for use with Warlpiri communities.

This will entail:

  • regular trips to community to support the adaptation of the project model;
  • working with Warlpiri leaders, WYDAC staff and other stakeholders to identify what is currently being used in these communities to support literacy development;
  • looking at the tools provided in the project model and working with Warlpiri leaders and other stakeholders to adapt these to the Warlpiri context.

The Project Facilitator together with the Project Manager will also work closely with WYDAC management and World Vision’s Program Development and Effectiveness Team to ensure that:

  • joint work plans are developed,
  • project activities are undertaken according to the project design,
  • learnings are shared across project sites,
  • we are problem solving and finding solutions to challenges and to generally ensure that the project is on track.

The holder of this position will coach and mentor local Aboriginal Community Development Facilitators across the project sites to:

  • develop their facilitation skills,
  • support the adaptation of project materials for the Warlpiri context and
  • establish plans for after school activities which they will implement as part of WYDAC’s youth program.

In addition, the role will create networks and partnerships with key stakeholders and community leaders within Warlpiri communities.

Who are you?

  • Experience working in a development context with children, young people and adults in remote Aboriginal communities
  • Experience working in Community Development sector
  • Experience facilitating community consultations and influencing community participation
  • Experience in providing mentoring, training and support
  • Knowledge of child development stages and learning
  • Commitment to child protection and safeguarding principles
  • An interest and understanding of literacy issues in Australia
  • Sound knowledge of the cultural, political, economic and social issues affecting Aboriginal people in remote Australia
  • Good understanding of, & firm commitment to, community development processes, gender equity, participatory approaches and development theory
  • Working in high pressure and flexible environments

What you need to know

This role is a 12 months fixed-term contract operating in a full-time capacity and will be based in our office in Alice Springs, NT. This role requires regular travel to remote communities at least two weeks out of every month (must be able to drive a manual 4WD

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

For your information, the role may be filled before the closing date.

What does success look like?

First and foremost, you will be a leader in every aspect of your life and line of work, irrespective of your level of expertise. You excel working in an ever-changing environment and you love forming strong relationships, which lets you effectively engage with stakeholders and to perform at your peak.

Having a proactive and fresh approach, you are ready to collaborate and overcome any obstacles that may come your way. Your energy is infectious, showcasing the passion you can bring to our organisation.

Why Should You Apply?

  • We collaborate in a high performing and professional culture, committed to partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and organisations so that they can lead their own development and achieve their goals and aspirations
  • We help build brighter futures for vulnerable children and are seeking to support the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait families and communities.
  • Our people have access to professional development programs that include on-the-job learning, e-learning, workshops, forums, leadership development and internal mobility
  • Competitive salary and flexible salary packaging scheme

Why World Vision?

World Vision is a worldwide community development organisation that provides short-term and long-term assistance to 100 million people worldwide (including 2.4 million children).

We have more than 45,000 staff members working in 96 countries. For six decades, World Vision has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty and its causes.

We are committed to bring our learning and experience in International Development to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations, Communities and Families achieve their goals and aspirations.

We are committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff are well represented and supported within the staff team. The Australia Program has a First Nations staff network that acts as a support network and safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff who are separated by distance but connected by culture. The network also provides advice to the Australia Program and the broader WV organisation regarding our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and families.

Our vision for every child: Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart: the will to make it so.

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