Psychometrician Consultant (Remote)

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 11 October 2019

Job Description

World Learning is implementing the Algeria Entrepreneurship and Employment Project, funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State. World Learning has worked in Algeria since 2005, leveraging our unique ability to operate in a country where few foreign NGOs are allowed, to help young people develop their talents and contribute to the economic and social fabric of their communities. Today, World Learning is active in 23 of Algeria’s 48 wilayas, and under recent MEPI-funded workforce development programs (since 2012), we have trained nearly 20,000 unemployed or underemployed young women and men and documented a 79.7% post-training employment rate—far surpassing our project targets. Along the way, we are also meeting labor market demand and developing tools and methodologies, lessons learned, and best practices.

Based on our extensive experience in Algeria, World Learning and our local partner, the Algerian Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSE), propose to promote economic diversification and opportunities for Algerian youth in high-potential knowledge- and technology-based fields, according to the following theory of change:

IF 25 promising SMEs in targeted non-hydrocarbon knowledge- and technology-based sectors receive business acceleration support that enables them to better identify and address their recruitment, supply chain, and core growth needs,

AND IF 1,300 young women and men aged 20-35 receive high-quality demand-driven training to fulfill targeted SME and larger firms’ growth needs in non-hydrocarbon sectors,

AND IF youth incubate 30 small businesses that respond directly to known business demand in Innovation Hubs that also build a foundation for developing future entrepreneurial talent,

THEN more youth will be employed in higher-earning jobs and businesses, and the country’s path to economic growth through diversification will be supported,

ASSUMING that the current political instability remains within manageable levels and the government remains supportive of economic diversification.

Our approach is strategically focused on the start-up of new youth-led enterprises, alongside increasing the market for youth skills and products through support for existing non-hydrocarbon SMEs. This dual strategy is the key to Algeria’s ability to diversify its economy with knowledge- and technology-based sectors, to improve economic stability and employ more young Algerians.

Responsibilities

Support from a Psychometrician Consultant is needed for Activity 2.4 of the project. The Consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Providing feedback on World Learning’s existing soft skills assessment items and tools developed through an international literature review and aligned with current curriculum.
  2. Advising on the design of assessment pilot in Algeria, including sampling methodology and training for field staff who will conduct the pilot, as well as translation and back-translation procedures.
  3. Using appropriate statistical tests to evaluate the validity and reliability of the assessment tool, based on pilot data.
  4. Recommending and incorporate needed revisions to the assessment.
  5. Advising on an additional pilot and round of revisions, if necessary.

Schedule of Deliverables and Level of Effort

The planned work is to be conducted remotely for a total equivalent of 10-15 days of work, billed on an hourly basis. Activities will begin in early November 2019, and should be concluded by January 2020.

Required Qualifications

  • MA degree in psychometrics, assessment design, statistics or psychology with an assessment focus, or related fields required; PhD preferred
  • Prior expertise in soft skills, employability, and/or entrepreneurial skills assessment strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in English required. Candidates who are also proficient in French or Arabic will receive preferential consideration; however, this is not a requirement.
  • Assessment design, piloting, and implementation experience in international contexts required. Experience in the MENA region, particularly North Africa, preferred but not required.

Why World Learning

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce development programs help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

About the Organization

Why World Learning

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce developmentprograms help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc.Opens a New Window. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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