Teacher Training and Coaching Specialist – Malawi – Primary School Mathematics

  • Zomba, Malawi
  • Full-time

Company Description

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work. 

EDC is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Job Description

The three-year, DFID-funded, Strengthening the Teaching of Primary School Mathematics in Malawi program aims to improve student learning outcomes in mathematics, so girls and boys have a solid foundation in basic skills to succeed in the rest of their schooling and fulfil their potential. This program should contribute towards improved service delivery, so more girls and boys, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, progress through and complete primary school with measurable improvements in their learning outcomes. This component is part of a larger education program. This component focuses on providing technical assistance to a core team of education professionals (from MIE, MoEST, teacher training colleges, etc.) to facilitate the revision of the mathematics curriculum for lower primary (standards 1-4), developing corresponding teaching and learning materials, designing teacher training strategies (including school-based support structures), rigorously piloting the new materials and training strategies, documenting impact, refining the materials and training strategies, and then overseeing the national scale-up.

The program will ensure integration with other major national reforms in Malawi – for example Malawi’s national Decentralization reform, the National Reading Program and support provided to pre-service teacher training from GIZ.  The scale-up of the program will reach a minimum of 500 Teacher Development Centers across the country, each of the 5,600 primary schools, and a minimum of 40,000 standards 1-4 teachers across Malawi.

Position Description

The Teacher Training and Coaching Specialist will support the Teacher Training and Coaching Lead in the development, pilot and revision of teacher training and coaching for standards 1-4. S/he will support the capacitation of core government staff, training program development, and the testing of the new approaches in the project pilot, and coordinate the incorporation of pilot results into scale-up planning and revisions, as needed. S/he will work with training specialists and corresponding government core team personnel, ensuring that teacher training proceeds according to design, results in quality product, and occurs in a manner that is compliant with timelines and deliverable-based payment expectations. S/he will report to the Teacher Training and Coaching Lead and liaise with the Curriculum Development Specialist and Materials Development Specialist, as appropriate.


The candidate for the position of Teacher Training and Coaching Specialist shall have at a minimum the following qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree in education or other field relevant is highly preferred.

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible, related experience;
  • Expertise in developing teacher training strategies in Malawi or similar low-resource settings;
  • Expertise in developing training materials for teachers;
  • Expertise in piloting and monitoring teacher training approaches; and
  • Expertise in providing capacity building support without creating parallel systems.


Fluency in English is required.  Fluency in Chichewa is desired.

Additional Information

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.