We are seeking a consultant writer to adapt and re-purpose two teachers’ toolkit books to meet the needs of an English programme in Rwanda


Location Flexible
Duration 6 January 2020 - June 2021 (approximate)
Closing date Sunday 24 November 2019

Role overview

About the project

The Building Learning Foundations Programme (BLF) is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and aims to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in all of Rwanda’s government-aided primary schools. The programme is implemented by a consortium of organisations; Education Development Trust, British Council, and VSO in all 30 Districts of Rwanda and currently benefits all Primary 1 – Primary 3 (P1-P3) English and Mathematics teachers in all of Rwanda’s 2,510 government-aided primary schools. The British Council is responsible for BLF’s English component and has trained more than 15,500 English teachers, mentors, school leaders, and education officials, and has produced and distributed 600,000 English activity books for lower-primary pupils since implementation began in early 2018.

The BLF English programme focuses on sustainable school-level continuous professional development (CPD), initially through supporting teachers to develop their English proficiency skills and use of classroom English (the first toolkit) and then shifting to focus on appropriate pedagogy for teaching English to primary pupils (the second toolkit). BLF has provided all P1-P3 English teachers with toolkits including printed and supporting audio and video materials to use for self-study and in community of practice activities. By September 2019 all lower-primary English teachers nationwide had received two volumes of the English teacher’s toolkit, along with initial training and a continued package of school-level support.

BLF is soon to expand to also reach all Primary 4 – Primary 5 (P4-P5) English and Mathematics teachers to support them with the transition to English medium instruction from P4 onwards, as per current government policy.  The first two volumes of the toolkits need to be adapted and re-purposed to meet the needs of the new target audience – creating BLF toolkits 3 and 4. The main difference will be that as from P4 onwards all subjects are taught through English, toolkit 3 will need to support teachers of English and Maths to develop their skills in teaching through English medium.  Toolkit 4 will focus on pedagogy for teachers of English as a subject, and will need to also support teachers’ use of the P4 and P5 pupil activity books (to be developed from late 2020).

About the role

The consultant writer will be required to adapt the content from the first two BLF toolkits to meet the needs of P4 and P5 teachers and to also support the use of the new pupil activity books that BLF will provide for all P4 and P5 pupils. The toolkits will need to be accessible for teachers of A2 to B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages.  See request for proposal document for detailed specifications.

*The consultant will be awarded a contract for a maximum of 50 days total to complete all drafting, revising, and editing of both toolkits.  This is calculated on 2 days per unit for development of content and an additional half-day per unit for any further revisions that may be needed throughout the approval process.  The contract duration is of 18 months or until both toolkits have been approved (whichever date is sooner)

Qualifications and experience required

  • A Diploma-level EFL qualification i.e. Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Dip TESOL and/or MEd, MA TESOL, or PGCE.
  • Background (5 years +) in ELT teaching, training, and materials development in varied international contexts.
  • Significant experience of the early grade primary education sector, including teaching and teacher development.
  • Proven track record of writing language improvement and teacher training development materials for primary teachers in the state education sector in Rwanda or a similar context.
  • Comprehensive understanding of research and literature related to development of early grade literacy skills for second language learners.

* On finalising the contract, the appointed consultant will be required to supply all required documents for due diligence, such as references, police clearance, and academic certificates

How to apply

If you are interested, please download the following documents to review:

  • Annex 1 – Request for proposal
  • Annex 2 – BLF Toolkit 2 overview
  • Annex 3 – BLF Toolkit 1 overview
  • Annex 4 – BLF consultant writer draft agreement

To apply, please send the following to vanessa.komiliades@britishcouncil.org by 24th November 2019:

  • Completed consultant response (Parts 3 & 4 in Annex 1)
  • CV and covering letter
  • Samples of recently developed teacher development materials

Please note we will respond to successful applicants within 2 weeks of the application deadline