Learning Specialist

United States
Apply by 20 December 2018
Posted on 20 November 2018

Job Description

RTI International has a great opportunity for a Learning Specialist (CLA) to work with the recently USAID awarded Act to END NTDS- East Program.

This position will report to the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for the Control and Elimination Program, Neglected Tropical Diseases (Act to END NTDS- East Program), within the Global Health Division (GHD) (part of the International Development Group [IDG]). Location can be flexible but preference is for the position to be based in RTI’s Washington, D.C., office or at RTI’s headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.


  • Lead the design and implementation of CEP-2’s Learning Agenda, aimed at framing the quantitative and qualitative learning of the project to inform programmatic adaptation (learning around what results the project is achieving, and how and why those results are being – or not being – achieved on an ongoing basis)
  • Lead the design, implementation and documentation of concrete Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) tools and approaches (such as Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting, Pause and Reflect, Data to Action frameworks, Most Significant Change approach, convening Community of Practice events such as Roundtable Discussions, etc.)
  • Collaborate closely with CEP-2 MEL, technical and implementation staff to identify opportunities for learning and programmatic adaptation at both country and project levels.
  • Oversee learning activities such as webinars and updating of existing NTD Toolbox.
  • Support the successful design, protocol development, start-up and implementation of programmatic evaluation and research studies, ensuring that operations/implementation research complements M&E and contributes to learning and adapting at a project as well as global level.
  • Work with CEP-2 and GHD MEL and communications teams to ensure that project results are captured as learning products (such as technical briefs, reports, conference abstracts, journal manuscripts, job aids and other documentation).
  • Support capacity building of headquarters and in-country staff to implement CLA tools, approaches and best practices.
  • Develop and operationalize strategy for in-country staff to provide on-the-job training for national NTD programs to institutionalize CLA practices.
  • Collaborate with partners across IDG, RTI and externally to identify areas for CLA support and engagement.
  • Contribute to the development of technical publications and ensure tracking, documentation and publication (where appropriate) of project lessons learned, findings, best practices.


Education and Experience:

  • At least Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, International Development or related field and a minimum of 6 years of specialized experience carrying out CLA activities in global health.
  • Strong expertise implementing CLA tools, approaches and best practices (such as Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting, Pause and Reflect, Most Significant Change, Data to Action frameworks, etc.), preferably in large/global USAID awards.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Understanding of/experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, visualization, use and reporting.
  • Experience using quantitative (STATA, SAS, R, etc.) and qualitative (ATLAS.ti, NVivo, etc.) software highly preferred.
  • Ability to translate complex data into easily understandable learning job aids, reports, abstracts, presentations and narratives.
  • Ability to analyze M&E and other programmatic data and synthesize findings as learning for programmatic use.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to use GoToWebinar and/or other tools to host large-scale online events.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team-oriented setting while also taking initiative to complete assigned tasks with high quality and within tight timelines.
  • An understanding of development issues and potential challenges when operating in developing country contexts.
  • Ability to navigate complex global, multi-cultural interactions diplomatically.
  • Experience in/understanding of NTDs preferred.
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills (native speaker or professional-level fluency).
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of time, if required.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

About the Organization

IDG Global Health

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