Research Assistant (Consultant), Independent Evaluation of the Georgia II STEM Higher Education Project, Georgia

Georgia
Apply by 23 June 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 24 May 2018

Job Description

Research Assistant (Consultant), Independent Evaluation of the Georgia II STEM Higher Education Project, Georgia

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

Proposal Objective:

This Evaluation will provide a rich analysis of project implementation, and provides lessons that can be valuable to the Georgian government in its objectives to improve STEM higher education quality, to MCC in future investments in tertiary education partnerships, to U.S. higher education institutions and associations, and to the international donor community more broadly. The evaluation will be outcome/impact oriented and focus on uncovering concrete evidence on what worked, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.

Period of Performance:

The consultancy will be intermittent over an estimated 60-month activity duration.

**Please note: This is a local consultancy. Only Georgian citizens will be considered. **

Responsibilities:

Social Impact is seeking a local Research Assistant to provide technical support to the Georgia II STEM Higher Education Project Evaluation. This position will support the Senior Analysts and Statistician as needed including but not limited to:

  • Conduct Surveys
  • Perform Statistic Analysis
  • Conduct key informant interviews and focus groups.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience conducting research including qualitative data collection and analysis.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience conducting assessments, program design, and/or evaluation of development programs.
  • Familiarity with rapid appraisal methodologies is required.
  • Prior experience with mixed-methods evaluations/assessments, design, and tool development.
  • Experience carrying out evaluations in the Higher Education sector, particularly with a strong understanding of Tertiary Education in Post-Soviet Countries.
  • Strong economic, statistics and econometrics skills, including experience with detailed, high-level data analysis and sampling.
  • Experience designing and carrying out tracer studies.
  • Experience with qualitative research methods, including focus groups and Key Informant Interviews.
  • Fluency in English and Advanced Proficiency in Georgian.

​Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with social and gender research, particularly in Georgia or Eastern Europe more broadly.
  • Experience coordinating with developing country governments, ministries and/or local NGOs/CBOs for the design and implementation of impact evaluations, including addressing weaknesses as needed.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting cost benefit analysis (CBA) in the Education sector particularly tertiary education, including expertise in methodology and estimation of the benefit and cost streams.

Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls

About the Organization

SI was founded upon the growing global desire-and pressure—to make international development more effective in improving people's lives. The world's most pressing challenges-widespread poverty, HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, civil war and conflict-call for new ways to manage societies and social and economic change. Foreign aid is increasingly a catalyst for development, and is helping to create conditions to remove people from poverty. Better policies in developing countries, improvements in aid allocation with the end of the Cold War, and learning about aid effectiveness and participation, make aid more effective today at reducing poverty than ever before. Social Impact's mission is to create dramatic improvements in the performance of organizations and programs working to enhance the social and economic wellbeing of people around the world. SI's unique approach-drawn from global "best practices" in managing positive social change—harnesses the participation, collective knowledge and commitment of diverse groups to accomplish measurable and enduring development results. SI provides a full range of innovative management consulting, technical assistance and training services to strengthen international development programs, organizations and policies. SI works across sectors to reduce poverty; improve health, education and the lives of women and children; promote peace and democratic governance; strengthen civil society; foster economic growth; and protect the environment. SI's clients include public and private aid agencies, civil society organizations and governments at various levels.

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