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Education Fellowship In Nepal's remote region

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ORGANIZATION: ODA FOUNDATION

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Type: 8 Month Fellowship (start August 2022)

Experience: Undergraduate Degree or 2 years of equivalent experience with teaching and data-focused research preferable

Division: Global Education and Rural Development (Non-Profit Sector)

Positions Available: 1
This is a full-time, unpaid fellowship, with room and board provided.

Co-founded by a native of the village where we are based, we build local leadership and support health and education for those who need it most. Since being founded in 2013, we have taken a long-term approach to building relationships, hiring a 95% local, Nepali team. In 2016, the Kalikot District Development Committee recognized Oda Foundation as Kalikot’s most effective health and education organization.

The Oda Foundation is located in the region of Kalikot. Nepal’s Kalikot District is a remote patchwork of villages. Difficult topography impacts of Nepal’s civil war, and meagre economic opportunity make it one of the most impoverished and forgotten regions in all of Nepal. Kalikot District and the village of Oda are located in Nepal’s Karnali Zone, an area enduring a "Silent Emergency" (UNICEF). The mountainous region is accessible by only one road, with many villages like Oda only accessible by hours on foot. Nepal is the 12th poorest country in the world, and on many measures, Kalikot is its most deprived region. Our communities struggle with malnutrition and extreme poverty, and they have difficulty accessing professional health care and education. Gender and caste discrimination block women’s access to economic opportunity, education, and equal healthcare.

The Oda Foundation began its impact in education by running a tutoring program for the local community in 2014. In 2018 we began an ECD program which in 2019 then merged with our local government school, with whom we now have a Private Public Partnership (PPP). Our current role is to support the school by providing extra resources, including teachers and training, with the goal of providing quality education to those who are most in need. Moving forward, our goals within education are to monitor and evaluate our impact and continue developing the capacity of our local school to provide quality education.

A critical part of the Education Fellow’s role will be engaging in strategic discussions that will dictate the trajectory of the Oda Foundation’s approach to education. Because of this, Education Fellows should have, or should be ready to obtain prior to the Fellowship, a strong understanding of global education policies with an emphasis on education policies and initiatives within Nepal.

Much of this job entails working with and communicating effectively among marginalized Nepali communities with little to no English comprehension. Thus, the Education Fellow will arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal in early August and will take an intensive Nepali language course before traveling out to the Oda Foundation’s site in Kalikot. The intensive language course will be taken in a group setting with all Fellows participating.

While Education initiatives will be the this role’s primary focus, it is a strength of the Oda Foundation Fellowship program that Fellows understand the integrative nature of Oda’s work and their role within it. Maintaining their immediate responsibilities, the Education Fellow is strongly encouraged to pursue any interests they have outside of education that may align with ongoing Oda Foundation programming. In previous cohorts, Fellows have also supported in an operational fashion through: social media management, media content generation, report and grant writing support, participation in quarterly board meetings, strategic partnership generation and more!

Key Responsibilities:

  • School management support: Working in our local public school alongside Oda Foundation’s Education Program Manager and public school staff to enhance policies, procedures, student retention, and management

  • Needs assessment: Spend time assessing the needs of the education department and find solutions to fill those gaps.

  • School staff development: Develop a good relationship with the teachers and support the Education Department in teacher and staff professional development. For example, running workshops on preparing quality lesson plans.

  • Education department monitoring and evaluating: Gathering data on the schools impact and supporting the Education Program Manager in developing and implementing necessary impact evaluation indicators and tools.

  • Running the Oda Foundation youth program: Design and implement the youth project 2 times a week to teach students about the challenges they face in the community in a safe space (Note: A translator will support these sessions).

  • Optional: Teaching 1-2 classes daily, pending other responsibilities, this is a great opportunity to get to know the students, classroom needs and the teachers’ desires.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong written and spoken English language

  • University degree in one of the following or a related field: International Development, Education, Teaching, Social Work, Anthropology

  • A strong desire to work on sustainable community development approaches

  • A strong interest in developing the education sector within Nepal

  • Ability to walk 30 minutes up-hill everyday

  • Enthusiasm and a connection with Oda values as listed below

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience designing and/or implementing monitoring and evaluation methods

  • Experience working within schools

  • TEFL qualification

  • 1-2 years of professional experience

  • Experience living in a rural community


What previous fellows went on to achieve:

  • Admission into top graduate programs at Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Institute of Development Studies

  • Promotion to full-time work with the Oda Foundation

  • Entering the education sector within the US

How To Apply

For more information about our organization please follow us on Instagram, @odafoundation. You can also look around our website - blog posts from many previous Fellows are a helpful resource that show the breadth of work possible, and the impact of this once-in-a-lifetime Fellowship! Please contact Oda Foundation Fellowship Coordinator, Lucy Martin-Patrick with any questions or comments during the application process at lucy@odafoundation.org.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to info@odafoundation.org by May 15, 2022. Application materials will be viewed and interviews will be determined on a rolling basis.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit a liability waiver and proof of international travel insurance.

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About ODA FOUNDATION

Location:

1232 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, PLANTATION, FL 33322, US

Mission Statement

Kalikot District and the village of Oda are located in Nepal’s Karnali Zone, an area enduring a "Silent Emergency" (UNICEF). The mountainous region is accessible by only one road, with many villages like Oda only accessible by hours on foot. Nepal is the 12th poorest country in the world, and on many measures, Kalikot is its most deprived region. Our communities struggle with malnutrition and extreme poverty, and they have difficulty accessing professional health care and education. Gender and caste discrimination block women’s access to economic opportunity, education, and equal healthcare.

Description

Headquartered in the district of Kalikot, our initiatives in healthcare, education, and community support have become critical, lifesaving services.

Hand-in-hand with local leaders, private partners, and government offices, we develop community-led solutions, helping Nepal’s most impoverished and remote communities to thrive.

CAUSE AREAS

Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine
International
Education & Literacy, Health & Medicine, International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Odanaku, KalikotKarnali, Karnali Nepal

(29.38626,82.38858)
 

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Financial Literacy
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21
  • This fellowship is 8 months

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