Education Policy Expert, USAID/Jordan Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) Results Framework (RF)

  • Posted on 23 April 2019

Job Description

Education Policy Expert, USAID/Jordan Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) Results Framework (RF)

Social Impact (SI) is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as U.S. government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

Project Background:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jordan Education and Youth (EDY) team has requested that the Middle East Education Research, Training, and Support (MEERS) activity support the development a new results framework (RF) in preparation for a new Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The CDCS, typically a five-year strategy, defines a Mission’s chosen approach in a country, articulates the self-reliance trajectory, and details expected results. The CDCS provides a roadmap for how USAID will design and implement projects and activities and is made available publicly on the Agency’s website. It is used to inform dialogue with Congress; engage host country partners and other stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society; and to serve as the basis for program implementation, monitoring, evaluating, and learning over the strategy period.

Project Objective:

USAID/Jordan seeks SI’s support in preparing and planning for its revised CDCS. The specific objectives of this activity are to:

  1. Take stock of the current framework and progress to date on CDCS development at the Mission and Education Team levels.
  2. Design and facilitate the development of a new results framework (RF) in preparation for a new CDCS.

Position Description:

SI is seeking an individual to fulfill the role of Education Policy Expert (“Expert”) on this activity. The Expert will be responsible for facilitating a one-week senior level discussion with the USAID Jordan Mission Education Team to develop a results framework in the education and youth sectors that will contribute to the Country Development Cooperation Strategy process and assist the government’s movement along the Journey to Self-Reliance. The Expert will ensure quality assurance and timeliness of all deliverables, including adherence to SI’s quality assurance standards. The expected start date will be in mid-May 2019 and this position is anticipated to require 25 days of LOE with about 6-8 days of field work in Jordan. This is a part-time position reporting to the U.S.-based SI Project Manager and working closely with the SI management team/headquarters (HQ), as well as other project team members with relevant expertise.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitating a one-week senior level discussion with the USAID Jordan Mission Education Team in Jordan
  • Lead the development of a results framework in the education and youth sectors that will contribute to the Country Development Cooperation Strategy process and assist the government’s movement along the Journey to Self-Reliance.
  • Lead pre-retreat discussions and information gathering that includes development of the agenda.
  • Serve as a catalyst for stimulating and assessing progress over the course of the discussions and encourage innovative and creative thinking among participants.
  • Produce a pre-meeting desk-review and meeting agenda, facilitation materials, and a post-meeting report and out-brief presentation.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Education, at least 10 years’ experience working with multi-level stakeholders particularly governments, donors, implementors, and communities in the education and/or youth sectors.
  • Candidate must have at least 5 years of experience working in the Middle East or North Africa and have a demonstrated understanding of the particular development and foreign assistance challenges in these regions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of USAID policies and the CDCS process, and their development global development goals in the education sector.
  • Strong background coordinating with government agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations.
  • Experience in conducting education research or policy and planning particularly on early grade reading and math, teacher training, post-secondary and higher education, or another relevant sub-sector.
  • Strong background in assessing and building the capacity of education staff at the government, development partner, college/university, or school levels.
  • Demonstrate experience in producing concrete approaches for tackling long-standing and difficult organizational and development challenges in the education sector.
  • Previous experience working in Jordan and the education sector is preferred. Fluency in Arabic also preferred but not required.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls

About the Organization

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

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