Lead Research Coordinator, USAID/Jordan YouthPower Retrospective Youth Study, Jordan

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 3 March 2020

Job Description

Project Background:

Youth in Jordan have disparate backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, gender, citizenship status, geographic location, among other markers of identity. There is also a large refugee population in Jordan, the population of 9.5 million currently hosts 1.4 million Syrians, 80% of which live in host communities. USAID YouthPower endeavors to develop community resources for disadvantaged youth living in marginalized communities.

The YouthPower (YP) Jordan project began in March 2017, has been introduced in 18 communities, and continues to be rolled out in 60 target communities. New communities are being introduced to the program through the redesigned transformational leadership model, while existing communities include beneficiaries trained on the initial and updated models.

The project integrates the evidence-based framework of Positive Youth Development (PYD) to build key competencies in youth to identify assets, increase their confidence to design and manage solutions; connect them to each other and to youth-serving organizations, community and government leaders and resources to support their success; and foster character and caring by encouraging dialogue, and exploration and problem-solving. The project objective is to empower youth to act as engaged citizens and productive members of society with the agency to advocate for themselves and to shape services designed to better prepare them to enter higher education, vocational training, and the workforce.

Project Objective:

The Retrospective Youth Study will aim to deepen USAID/Jordan’s understanding of youth participant outcomes in the last 10 years and focus on participants aged 10-29 years at the time of the intervention. The study will “look back” and engage previous participants and alumni of youth who have engaged in USAID interventions, and collect stories of “developmental transformations” or positive change. This would entail locating a cohort of youth graduates from previous USAID activities, and inviting them to participate in this study. This study will also examine the acquisition and utilization developmental competencies that youth graduates have acquired that they cite as transformative, and/or key to positive outcomes in their personal, professional, or civic life, such as self-efficacy, self-esteem, leadership, community engagement, and civic participation.

The findings will improve USAID’s understanding of effective youth development practices with regard to specific sub-populations, such as lower-income young women living in urban areas or young men with lower education attainment living in camps, dropouts, etc. The positive youth development (PYD) model will be used as a framework for defining effective youth development activities, and a framework for identifying the developmental competencies examined in this study will be developed during the scoping mission phase in coordination the Jordan Mission staff. Existing models such as the 21st Century Skills Competencies and other PYD models will be used as starting points.

Most importantly, the retrospective youth study will shed light on the sources of resilience and positive choices made by vulnerable and at-risk youth, sources of motivation toward productive engagement in their communities, and also effective ways of harnessing support of their families and communities over time. An improved understanding of what works in ensuring sustained positive engagement of vulnerable and at-risk young people in Jordan will result in more effective programming and sustained intervention results.

The proposed objectives of this study are as follows:

  1. Collect data and stories of “developmental transformations” (positive change) from participants of USAID-supported youth activities over the last 10 years in multiple sectors. The stories will focus on education and employment outcomes, developmental competency acquisition and utilization, leadership, community and civic engagement, and other outcomes related to USAID development objectives. The cohort from whom the stories and data will be collected will be made up of former and current youth participants of USAID-supported activities with a minimum rate of participation to be established during the scoping phase.
  2. With direct participation by youth and other stakeholders, analyze the data and stories collected to determine the most significant developmental transformations that produced positive outcomes in education and training, employment, leadership, or civic and community engagement, and catalogue the perceived barriers to youth achieving their personal, educational, and professional goals.
  3. Produce conclusions and recommendations that guide USAID in designing and supporting future youth development activities in Jordan.

**Please note: This is a local position. Only candidates with Jordanian citizenship will be considered.**

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise a team of four assistant research coordinators and sixteen youth researchers.
  • Prepare the assistant research coordinators and youth researchers for fieldwork and serve as their main point of contact as issues arise.
  • Oversee quantitative and qualitative data collection, provide quality assurance, and conduct random back checks of data collected.
  • Participate in qualitative data collection activities.
  • Assist in obtaining secondary data, sampling frames, and other information required by the evaluation.
  • Make, coordinate and confirm appointments for meetings, interviews, focus groups, etc. and serve as a liaison with relevant stakeholders.
  • Secure appropriate local permissions necessary to conduct the evaluation.
  • Maintain regular communication with the SI HQ management team.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a social science required.
  • A minimum of six to eight years of experience coordinating qualitative and/or quantitative field research.
  • Strong supervisory and people management skills.
  • Prior experience interfacing with respondents and partners – including youth, developing country governments, ministries, universities, and/or local NGOs on behalf of implementation or evaluation teams.
  • Experience handling logistics of data collection (setting up interviews, tracking completions, locating participants, identifying and setting up locations for interviews and focus groups, etc.).
  • Prior experience with qualitative data collection desirable.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, within the context of a larger team.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English required.

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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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