Project Associate – Urdu – Mother Tongue based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)

Project Associate – Urdu – Mother Tongue based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)

  May 4, 2021   

Project Associate – Urdu – Mother Tongue based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)

    September 18, 2021
    Head Office Karachi
    Job Type
    Flagship Programme Design
    Expected Travel
    As per needs of project


    A major reason for poor performance of many linguistic and ethnic minority children is that they are often taught in a language they struggle to understand. It limits their ability to develop foundations for later learning and negatively affects their cognitive development.” UNESCO


    In 2018, TCF built its very first schools in the Tharparkar district and is developing and will implement a multilingual education framework first in these schools with potential to scale it across the province. This entails implementing a framework which potentially uses the students’ mother tongue and incorporates the regional language (Sindhi), language of common use (Urdu) and an international language (English) at various stages of a child’s schooling journey.

    TCF has successfully completed the research phase, and is currently in the Second Phase of developing resources and capacity for the aspired multilingual education framework.


    In the revised language framework, Urdu as a subject will begin in Grade 1, and some subjects including Social Studies will gradually transition from Sindhi as MOI to Urdu as MOI in secondary years of schooling. The incumbent will be responsible to design and facilitate the Urdu language and transition journey

    Designing Goals:

    • Re-visit the Urdu curriculum and restructure the SLO progression to suit the revised MTB-MLE language framework (viewing Urdu as second language)


    Modifying Resource Materials:

    • Review existing Urdu textbooks, Teacher Guide, Workbook and other materials developed across primary years, and design and implement modification strategy for all resource materials, as per MTB-MLE need



    • Collaborate with Sindhi Development team to understand language progression and level of introduction to Urdu


    Language Rich Environment:

    • Provided Urdu is a second   language of students, seeking creative strategies and activities to create rich learning environment for Urdu


    Training Design and Implementation:

    • Designing capacity building program for Urdu language teachers, and carrying out its implementation


    Assessment Design and Implementation:

    • Developing observation tools based on research to evaluate student and teacher proficiency in Urdu

    Community Awareness:

    • Creating awareness among the community towards the benefits of learning Urdu as an academic Language

    Required Skills

    • Strong verbal and written communication skills in Urdu and verbal and reading proficiency in Sindhi and English
    • Keen interest in observing the role of language in education, amidst the multitude of aspiration and context driven factors
    • Enthusiastic about curriculum design, literacy development and research in learning in the primary years
    • Understanding of students context and role of progression in language development
    • Strong computer literacy (MS Office, internet navigation)
    • Values inter-personal skills and has the ability to develop meaningful working relationships
    • Community mobilization knowledge will be an added advantage


    Engagement in domain of Urdu language and education


    At least 2 years of teaching Urdu as a subject at primary level or demonstrates significant interest in the subject with evidence

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