Program Associate - LEARN / FFP

Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 14 June 2018
Entry-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 15 May 2018

Job Description

The purpose of LEARN is to integrate collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) practices and approaches throughout the Program Cycle to improve the effectiveness of USAID programs in achieving significant development results and influence interventions pursued by implementing partners (IPs) and other development actors. This goal will be achieved by building the capacity of the Agency to incorporate the principles of CLA throughout the Program Cycle with products and services that support intentional collaboration, strategic learning, and adaptive management.

The Project Associate will provide communications, event logistics and other support to the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) Collaborating Learning and Adapting (CLA) Team and their work to strengthen CLA capacities both in Washington, DC, as well as with FFP Officers in regional and country Missions. FFP works in more than 50 countries to improve the food security of vulnerable populations. FFP’s emergency food security program meets life-saving needs of populations in crisis. FFP’s large-scale multi-sectoral development food security activities target the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition among the extreme poor while strengthening the resilience of individuals, households, and the local systems where they live.

The FFP CLA Team engages with a diverse set of internal audiences and external stakeholders through learning events, and produces a newsletter, webinars, program reviews, CLA guidance and tools. This position will support the FFP CLA Team’s efforts to strengthen internal capacity for CLA and the ongoing provision of assistance to Missions by helping to capture and communicate learning for FFP staff worldwide. This is a Washington-based position with up to 20% travel.

Responsibilities
  • Support Senior Learning Specialists and FFP Senior Learning Advisor to provide logistical support for learning events in Washington and the field
  • Conduct background research, online surveys and informal interviews with learning event participants and other stakeholders to distill priorities and key issues
  • Support CLA Team by taking high-quality notes and providing other capture services at FFP learning events and consultations in Washington and in the field
  • Contribute to writing, formatting, designing, and packaging learning event materials (handouts, slide decks) and deliverables, including learning event reports, meeting summaries, syntheses of key findings and takeaways, and CLA guidance and tools
  • Contribute content related to organizational learning to the FFP CLA Team’s Evidence and Learning Newsletter and other communications vehicles
  • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree and at least three (3) years of relevant experience or a master’s degree and at least one (1) year of relevant experience in international relations, communications, or other relevant subjects and at least one (1) year of project management experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; superior attention to detail
  • Familiarity with international development; experience with USAID preferred
  • Superior skills in knowledge capture
  • Excellent skills working with MS Office and Google suite of products as well as Adobe Pro; experience with other design and multimedia software a plus
  • Ability to convey the importance of strategic learning, knowledge management, organizational development
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative environment
  • Writing sample required
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of time
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required

About the Organization

Since 2001, Dexis has provided innovative management solutions for a secure and prosperous world. In the last three years alone, Dexis has worked in 90 countries supporting critical missions of agencies in the global development and security assistance space. With triple digit growth in recent years, Dexis was ranked in the top 10 consulting firms by funding at the US Agency for International Development in FY16 and FY17. Dexis was also among the highest rated employers on Glassdoor, where many of its 250-plus employees cited a people-centered leadership and culture as the main drivers to its success.

Dexis is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the US Armed Forces.

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