Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 April 2019

Job Description

Seeking a Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting Specialist for USAID project


NORC at the University of Chicago is one of the largest and most highly respected social research organizations pursuing high quality social science research both in the U.S. and internationally.

NORC is seeking a Senior Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Specialist to support a large USAID monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) project. The project will assist the USAID Regional Mission for Ukraine and Belarus to implement its 5-year country strategy by supporting CLA efforts.

The Senior Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Specialist will support USAID by ensuring that CLA is incorporated into high-level monitoring plans and is routinely considered and discussed by Mission staff and stakeholders. This position will be responsible for supporting specific tasks that promote CLA such as, but not limited to: promoting collaboration between different offices, analyzing and learning from activities, conducting and facilitating self-reflection events for the Mission, engaging stakeholders, making adaption recommendations, and supporting staff capacity-building.

This is a full-time position based in Kyiv, Ukraine and will continue for 5 years. The position is contingent upon contract award and funding.

All individuals should be fluent in written and spoken English and Ukrainian and/or Russian. Ukrainian nationals are preferred. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Senior Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Specialist

The Senior Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Specialist responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Support implementation of USAID monitoring plans and facilitate sessions with key Mission stakeholders to update those plans with opportunities for future learning and reflection;
  • Update the Mission’s CLA plan based on input from stakeholders ;
  • Ensure the Mission’s CLA plan addresses capacity-building among Mission staff;
  • Provide a variety of capacity-building opportunities for Mission staff in the areas of CLA and monitoring; and
  • Create a baseline of skills the Mission staff has, support needed capacity-building activities, and measure staff skills, abilities, and practices annually to track change.

Required minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • At least seven (7) years professional experience managing a team conducting collaboration, learning, and adapting in a development context;
  • Master’s Degree in development studies, economics, international relations, statistics, demography, political science, or related field. A Master’s Degree is preferred, however, a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field and five additional years of the relevant professional experience noted above may be substituted;
  • Eagerness to build capacity and train staff in MEL and CLA skills;
  • Willingness to innovate and adapt in all aspects of design, planning and implementation;
  • Demonstrated ability to be collaborative, flexible, and creative;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to establish strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders;
  • Evidence of open and learning-oriented management style;
  • Proven success in leading highly collaborative, dynamic teams and managing change;
  • Proven experience in iterative, flexible, adaptive management of teams and projects; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Ukrainian and/or Russian.

In addition, preference will be given to candidates who also have:

  • Understanding of scenario planning, and the use of scenarios/trajectories in program planning and adaption
  • Are Ukrainian nationals

Interested candidates should email a CV and cover letter to

About the Organization

About NORC

A Tradition of Excellence

As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.

A Passion for Innovation

NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.

A Commitment to Collegiality

NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment.

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.

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