Learning Specialist

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 June 2020

Job Description

Job Title: Learning Specialist

Department/Location: Kinshasa, DRC

Reports To: Chief of Party

Type: Regular Full-Time

Classification: Exempt level position


IBTCI is pursuing a United States Agency for International Development-funded opportunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The opportunity, Monitoring, Evaluation and Coordination Contract II (MECC II) will provide support to the USAID Regional Mission based in DRC, encompassing the DRC, the Republic of Congo (RoC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). The contract will support, among other programs, the Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), which covers six countries (RoC, DRC, CAR, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea). The support will include technical and advisory services in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating, and learning from monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the Mission’s portfolios in order to measure progress towards its development objectives and improve the achievement and sustainability of the Mission’s development outcomes. MECC II will provide services to strengthen the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) capabilities of USAID/DRC staff, targeted local partners, and the Government of DRC. The Mission is developing this contract to improve upon and provide additional implementation support to the Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and USAID’s regional strategic frameworks through an enhanced MEL system.

To support this opportunity, IBTCI is seeking a full-time Learning Specialist to help facilitate planning, designing and/or managing of collocation, learning, and adaptation (CLA) strategies and activities. The Learning Specialist will report to the Chief of Party and will be based in Kinshasa.

This position is contingent upon award


Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Support incorporation of technical, contextual, and experiential learning into the Mission’s program cycle processes.
  • Provide expert advice to USAID staff and partners on CLA.
  • Develop and deliver written materials and briefings on CLA-related findings, recommendations, methods, tools and approaches during learning activities in the Mission.
  • Work closely with the Mission to identify key CLA priorities and plan and develop relevant CLA activities.
  • Develop and conduct trainings, workshops, facilitated learning conversations and other capacity building opportunities around CLA.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 10 years of experience in international development.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic learning, knowledge management, organizational development, communications, and/or M&E.
  • Experience advising clients on knowledge management, organizational development, and strategic communications in an international development context required.
  • Oral and written fluency in English and French skills are required.

Education: Post graduate degree in international relations, knowledge management, organizational development or another related field required.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, review, monitor, and improve as necessary training curricula and associated materials for a professional audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and harness strategic learning to improve organizational operations and/or performance in an international development context.
  • Familiarity with USAID M&E principles and processes.
  • Skilled facilitation of groups, meetings, and events both online and in-person.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment. Please note that the DRC has a security threat level of 5. The incumbent will need to follow the advice of his/her security advisors(s) and must have added awareness of his/her surroundings.

Physical Requirements: This position requires the incumbent to be mobile and agile at a moment’s notice in case of emergency. 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 not have 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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