VACANCY: Post of Education Officer II

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, INNOVATION, GENDER RELATIONS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

JOB DESCRIPTION

POSITION IDENTIFICATION
Job Title : Education Officer II
Department : Educational Evaluation & Assessment Unit
Classification : Grade 16
Reports to : Registrar of Examinations
Supervises : Support Staff

RELATIONSHIPS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Liaises with regional and international examination bodies, other Government Ministries, media houses, principals, teachers, other Ministry staff and members of the public;
  2. Responsible for the development, administration, marking and reporting of local examinations/
    assessments;
  3. Ensures the integrity, confidentiality, accuracy, and security of all local examination materials/assessment materials.
DUTIES AND TASKS
  1. Oversees the development and administration of all local examinations/
    assessments through direct engagement in the process and constant dialogue with assessment officers to ensure validity and reliability;
  2. Develops one of the local assessments by establishing syllabuses for standardized examinations, preparing table of specifications, constructing test items, pilot testing items and compiling tests through collaboration with curriculum specialists to ensure validity and reliability of this standardized assessment;
  3. Oversees the development and maintenance of the item bank by engaging item writers
    to ensure a constant supply of items and to enhance the development of examinations;
  4. Undertakes pilot testing of examinations/assessment items to ensure content validity and reliability of items used in local examinations/assessments;
  5. Monitors changes in student performance in local examinations/assessments through the analysis of reports to inform curriculum/instruction;
  6. Oversees, the marking of, and reporting on all local examinations/assessments through direct engagement in the process to ensure that standardized procedures are followed and the reliability, confidentiality and accuracy of data/results;
  7. Organizes and conducts training in assessment matters/practices for stakeholders at the district/school level to ensure that they are informed of current developments in education;
  8. Assesses, educational programmes by providing the relevant guidance and direction in developing strategies that will foster improvement in education;
  9. Verifies statement of results through all communication tools available to ensure proper procedures are followed in order to provide stakeholders with accurate information;
  10. Recruits and manages the work of seasonal workers through monitoring and supervision
    to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of services;
  11. Performs any other related duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Registrar of Examinations, Permanent Secretary and Deputy Permanent Secretary.
CONDITIONS
  1. Accommodation provided in a general administrative office;
  2. The officer must maintain a high level of integrity, confidentiality, and truth at all times;
  3. The officer is required to work outside normal working hours [8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.], when necessary;
  4. The processes of the Unit will be carried out on the basis of team work. The officer will be expected to be an active team member who understands all the processes of the Unit;
  5. The officer will be required to maintain a motor vehicle to function in a scheduled travelling post and is expected to be in the field;
  6. The officer will receive a travelling allowance in accordance with approved rates established by the Government of St. Lucia;
  7. Salary will be paid in accordance with the terms stipulated by the Government in the Estimates/Collective Agreement and is liable to taxation in accordance with the Income Tax Ordinance;
  8. Institutional support will be provided through appropriate Civil Service and Teaching
    Service Regulations, Statutory Instrument and Departmental Guidelines;
  9. Vacation Leave will be provided in accordance with existing rules and regulations governing the Public Service;
  10. Opportunities exist for personal development and career advancement through
    established orientation and in-service training (workshops, seminars, orientation courses);
  11. Housing free medical attention and medicine will not be provided.
EVALUATION METHOD
Work performance will be evaluated based on:
  • Quality of work developed for local examinations/assessments;
  • Effectiveness and quality of supervision and monitoring provided in School-Based Assessments;
  • Effect and impact of strategies developed to assess educational programmes and training;
  • Capability to maintain appropriate linkages with regional and international examination bodies;
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of current job related policies, procedures, instructions and the use of relevant technology;
  • Arrival at work as prescribed by existing rules and regulations;
  • Timely completion and accuracy of work generated;
  • Compliance with Departmental, Ministry’s Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Effective implementation of duties, responsibilities and assignments as defined in the Job Description.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
  • A progressive attitude and professional demeanour;
  • Demonstration of a high level of confidentiality;
  • Sound decision-making skills including analytic and problem solving skills;
  • Competent in the use of computer applications;
  • Effective research and communication skills;
  • Sound knowledge/understanding of the local school context;
  • Working knowledge of quality management principles;
  • Thorough understanding of assessment processes;
  • Sound assessment of monitoring, evaluation and assessment;
  • Ability to check and/or monitor work quality and process, by insisting on standards and accountability for meeting performance measures;
  • Ability to effectively relate to internal and external customers;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The candidates should possess the following:

Master’s Degree in Testing and Measurement plus four (4) years experience in a post at Grade 10.
OR
Bachelor’s Degree in Testing and Measurement plus Post Graduate Diploma in Testing and Measurement plus three (3) years experience in a post at Grade 12.
OR
Master’s Degree in Testing and Measurement plus two (2) years experience in a post at Grade 12.

SALARY
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

GENERAL
Quarters, free medical attention and medicine will not be provided. The successful applicant’s income will be liable to taxation in accordance with the Income Tax Ordinance.

Applications must be accompanied by certified copies of all certificates and transcripts from the relevant institutions. Two confidential testimonials are required – one from the Principal of the school at which the teacher is presently employed and one from the Education Officer for the District. For applicants outside of the school system, testimonials should be from immediate supervisors.

Please note that:
  1. performance and punctuality will be used as part of the criteria for selection of persons already in the Education System; and
  2. the successful applicant may be given an acting appointment for up to twelve (12) months;
  3. applicants are required to indicate Administrative positions held and experience
    gained.
Applications on the prescribed forms should be addressed to:

The Secretary
Teaching Service Commission
Stanislaus James Buildings
The Waterfront
CASTRIES

The deadline for receiving applications is on or before Friday, September 8, 2017.Application forms can be obtained from the Office of the Teaching Service Commission, Ground Floor, Sir Stanislaus James Building, The Waterfront, Castries.