Pre-service Teacher Training Institute (PTTI) Capacity Building Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya

Position Title: Pre-service Teacher Training Institute (PTTI) Capacity Building Advisor – Kenya Primary Literacy Program


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Project Description

The USAID Kenya Primary Literacy Program (USAID KPLP) is a five-year initiative that supports the Kenyan Ministry of Education to deliver interventions at scale as well as pilot and expand innovations that address the language and literacy needs of primary grade learners while building more inclusive, accountable, and resilient education institutions and systems.

USAID KPLP has three broad objectives:

1. Improving education services and student learning outcomes, including for vulnerable populations;

2. Strengthening education institutions and systems to become more accountable, self-sustaining, and resilient; and

3. Empowering local youth organizations to strengthen and sustain community and family support for student learning and wellbeing.

Position Description

The Pre-service Teacher Training Institute (PTTI) Capacity Building Advisor leads technical assistance and collaboration with Pre-Service Teacher Training Institutes (PTTIs). This role involves managing collaboration with pre-service education stakeholders, including in the following activities: facilitating joint curriculum reviews, developing teaching practice assessment tools, and leading training initiatives to enhance the quality of teacher professional development for Grade 1-3 language and literacy teaching methodology. The Advisor will also support the adaptation of curriculum and assessment tools for trainees working with learners with vision and hearing disabilities. The PTTI Capacity Building Advisor will report to the Deputy Chief of Party. The Pre-service Teacher Training Institute (PTTI) Capacity Building Advisor responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • In collaboration with public pre-service teacher-training institutions (PTTIs), facilitate a comprehensive joint review of TTC curriculum, materials, and pedagogy for Grade 1-3 English and Kiswahili.
  • Collaboratively facilitate adjustments and additions to TTC curriculum, incorporating content on remediation and continuous assessment approaches.
  • Provide technical assistance to the development of a teaching practice assessment tool aligned with the Grade 1-3 Competency Based Curriculum language and literacy teaching methodology.
  • Adapt curriculum and teaching practice assessment tools for trainees working with learners with vision and hearing disabilities.
  • Organize and facilitate working sessions with TTC heads and language chairs.
  • Collaborate with counterparts to develop and refine training materials.
  • Facilitate Training of Trainers (TOTs) sessions and provide training to TTC English, Kiswahili, and Special Needs Education tutors.
  • Demonstrate technical leadership in the field of early grade reading, specifically pedagogical content knowledge.
  • Ensure quality control in the implementation of training initiatives.
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of the collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) agenda.
  • Prepare data and information for project quarterly and annual reports, and other data as required.
  • Coordinate administrative aspects related to workshops, training, and collaborative efforts with PTTIs.

The candidate for the position of Pre-service Teacher Training Institute (PTTI) Capacity Building Advisor shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:


Master’s degree in Education, Early Grade Reading, Literacy, Curriculum Development, or related field.

Skills and Experience:

  • 8 to 9 years of progressively responsible and directly relevant experience required.
  • Expert knowledge in the design of effective, inclusive curriculum, materials, and instructional approaches in a bilingual and transitional early grade literacy learning context.
  • Significant experience with TTIs and pre-service language and literacy instruction, including as a TTI instructor.
  • Experience as a primary school classroom teacher and experience in providing CBC-aligned language and literacy instruction and coaching.
  • Expertise in developing and implementing training programs for literacy, early grade reading, and inclusive education.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of tools to support fidelity of implementation.
  • Experience in disability-inclusive, gender-responsive literacy curriculum and materials design .
  • Expertise and experience in pre-service teacher training programs in Kenya.
  • Experience using technology to support instruction and learning, and/or instructional leadership development strongly desired.
  • Capacity to work in difficult conditions and function well under pressure and hard deadlines.
  • Experience in collaboratively designing and delivering capacity building with education sector counterparts and stakeholders.

This role demands a dynamic individual with a proven track record, capable of navigating complex contexts and contributing significantly to the success of the Kenya Primary Literacy Project.


Fluency in English and Kiswahili is required.


Applicants must be Kenyan nationals or hold current work authorization.

How to apply

To apply, Applicants are encouraged to visit the Careers Page at:

Applications submitted without a resume or CV will not be reviewed.

Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified. No phone calls, please.


EDC is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

This announcement is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this notice are the sole responsibility of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.