Learning Specialist

  • Posted on 5 June 2020

Job Description

Job Title: Learning Specialist

Department/Location: Bogota, Colombia

Reports To: Chief of Party

Type: Regular Full-Time

Classification: This is a mid-senior, exempt level position and is not eligible for overtime

Overview: IBTCI is seeking an experienced Learning Specialist for an upcoming USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA), formerly OFDA/FFP, third-party monitoring (TPM) and verification contract based in Bogota, Colombia for a regional project monitoring humanitarian assistance. The purpose of this contract is to verify and provide independent confirmation of humanitarian aid programs in the region. The Learning Specialist will be responsible for the learning component of the program, and will serve as a primary point of contact between the project, USAID and the Implementing Partners (IP) it monitors as it relates to a Learning Agenda.

*This position is contingent upon award*

Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development, design, and implementation of the program’s Learning Agenda leveraging USAID collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) best practices.
  • Lead the development of an annual Lessons Learned Report.
  • Lead the development and execution of annual Learning Events, IP Workshops, and Interim/Final Presentations.
  • Support incorporation of technical, contextual, and experiential CLA learning into the program cycle processes.
  • Provide expert advice to USAID staff and partners on CLA.
  • Provide overarching technical guidance on all aspects related to learning across various humanitarian sectors.
  • Lead the development of IP and TPM best practices and lessons learned for inclusion in the Monitoring Reports and in the Lessons Learned Report.
  • Lead relationship management and data sharing between the project and IP Program Managers and Technical Teams.
  • Oversee the deployment of the program’s Information Management System (IMS) to meet the evolving needs of the program.
  • Provide supervisory duties and oversite of Knowledge and Information Management Team
  • Develop and conduct trainings, workshops, facilitated learning conversations and other capacity building opportunities around CLA.
  • Support the writing and qualitative coding of individual Site Visit Reports.
  • Support the development of training curricula for staff, data collectors and IPs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least five (5) years of work experience in strategic learning, knowledge management, organizational development, communications, and/or M&E, with the five years of experience being in an international development context required
  • At least two (2) years of experience on USAID-funded projects.
  • Experience advising clients on knowledge management, organizational development, and strategic communications in an international development context required.
  • Oral and written fluency in Spanish is required.

Education: Master’s Degree from an accredited university/college in a relevant subject required.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional research, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with high-level donor representatives and International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) representatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and harness strategic learning to improve organizational operations and/or performance in an international development context
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited direction as well as within a team as a team member.

Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment.

Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position does has supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: International travel may be required and may include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws. We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Human Resources at 703-749-0100.

About the Organization

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

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