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South East Asia CSEF Capacity Development and Advocacy Support Officer

Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
Last Date: November 17, 2010


South East Asia CSEF Capacity Development and Advocacy Support Officer

Position Description and Selection Criteria 


The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) is a regional association of over 200 civil society member organizations from 30 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. ASPBAE works to build a strong constituency in the region committed to quality, empowering education for all, especially for marginalized groups. Further information about ASPBAE can be found on the website  


ASPBAE is a member of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a large international network of civil society education organizations (CSOs). ASPBAE and GCE share the aim of supporting national education coalitions so that they develop their capacities to advocate for education policy change with their governments towards achieving the international Education For All (EFA) goals. Further information about GCE can be found on their website,      


The Civil Society Education Fund CSEF) is an international initiative of GCE designed to develop the capacities of national civil society education coalitions to effectively engage their governments to bring about education policy change. Eligible national coalitions are from countries in the Asia Pacific region that qualify for the EFA Fast Track Initiative (FTI) to provide the most disadvantaged countries with education funding support.


The CSEF Regional Secretariat in the Asia Pacific will be managed by ASPBAE and will undertake the following roles:


  1. Capacity development for national education coalitions to be able to avail themselves of the funds and use them effectively.

  2. Support for the Regional Funding Committee that makes decisions on which national coalition proposals will be accepted.

  3. Communication and liaison support for the Fund Manager in its dealings with the national coalitions about financial management of their work.

  4. Documentation, monitoring and evaluation support.


ASPBAE is seeking a highly experienced, motivated and committed person to add to its professional team to fulfill this CSEF Regional Secretariat role.


Sub-regional Capacity Development and Advocacy Support Officer for South East Asia


The Sub-regional Capacity Development and Advocacy Support Officer will report to and work closely with the CSEF Regional Coordinator and will be required to undertake the following roles:

  1. Provide capacity development support to national education coalitions in South East Asia in planning and conducting effective education advocacy.

  2. Assist these coalitions in developing strong and viable CSEF funding proposals. This will entail assessing the administrative and financial management and reporting capacities of the national coalitions, staff capacities, work plans and the measures they intend to take to ensure effective implementation of their proposals and the satisfactory acquittal of their funds.

  3. Ensure national education coalitions develop and maintain sound administrative and financial management and reporting systems.

  4. Work as a supportive CSEF Regional team member and communicate regularly with the Regional Coordinator and other staff.

  5. Liaise effectively with a range of national and regional stakeholders in relation to education policy.

  6. Ensure the timely provision of documentation and reports to meet all reportorial obligations.


Selection Criteria

The Capacity Development and Advocacy Support Officer should:

         Be a creative, flexible problem solver, able to work under pressure.

         Have excellent cross-cultural, gender aware interpersonal & communication (written and oral) skills.

         Have sound analytical, organizational, financial, project and time management skills.

         Have at least 7 years experience working with NGOs and campaigners in the relevant sub-region, preferably at a national or sub-regional level.

         Preferably have experience working on GCE campaigns.

         Have a relevant degree at least at Bachelorís level.

         Have a sound knowledge of development issues as they relate to education policy in South East Asia.

         Have knowledge of current issues in CSO capacity development, particularly relevant to national CSO coalitions.

         Have strong skills in the use of the internet and spreadsheets.

         Be fluent in English.

         Be willing to travel extensively in the Asia Pacific region, especially in South East Asia. 


This position is initially until end June 2011 but with a reasonable prospect of continuing beyond this time. Remuneration: a total package of up to US$ 26,400 pa is available. The successful applicant should be available at short notice. 


Applicants are requested to send a cover letter addressing the selection criteria of no more than 3 pages, plus a CV and names, email and phone details of three referees to the ASPBAE Secretary General Ms Maria Khan, email


Applications close 17 November 2010


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