Senior Advisor, Global Book Alliance

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Job Description

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An estimated 617 million children and adolescents around the world are not learning basic reading and foundational skills, despite the majority having attended school for many years. Appropriate reading materials are key to achieving the sustainable development goals in literacy, but the global “book gap” means that millions of children lack access to these essential tools. [1]

USAID has initiated an ambitious plan with other development partners to address the global book gap by transforming the development, procurement, and distribution of books within countries and at a global level; this initiative is called the Global Book Alliance (GBA). The GBA originated as a joint idea between the Global Partnership for Education and USAID and has evolved over the past few years to include more than thirty organizations, including bilaterals, multilaterals, private sector organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others. [2}

The Alliance’s goal is that by 2030 all children have access to high-quality, local-language books at the right reading level, as well as the support they need to use them effectively. The GBA currently consists of six workstreams: (a) Planning and Forecasting (2) title development; (3) Publishing and Printing; (4) Procurement and Purchasing; (5) Distribution Management; and (6) Active use. Country-level pilot activities began in early 2019. Additionally, work is ongoing on the structure, hosting, governance and financing structures of the GBA. The GBA engages actors across the education sector to support coordinated action worldwide. GBA participants:

  • identify, curate, share, and scale up best practices from around the world, and
  • develop flagship initiatives to catalyze change and demonstrate the potential of coordinated action at scale.

USAID plays two roles in the GBA:

1) leading the GBA Secretariat and overall management of the Alliance, and;

2) working with USAID Missions to implement the USAID Education Policy with regards to addressing the book gap in countries.

The GBA Advisor:

  • Manages the GBA Strategy and Operational Plan in close cooperation with the GBA Steering Committee Chair;
  • Works with USAID Regional Bureaus and Missions to ensure implementation of evidence-based practice to address gaps in the local book market, and
  • Assists Alliance members to analyze and act upon supply chain analysis data to improve their commodity investment strategies in book markets.

The GBA Advisor will report to the USAID Education Office’s Reading and Literacy Team Lead. The incumbent will collaborate with other Education Office teams, particularly the Engagement, Evidence, Cross Cutting, Education in Crisis and Conflict teams, as well as other USAID operating units including the E3 Bureau Economic Policy and Private Capital and Microenterprise offices, the U.S. Global Development Lab, the Global Health Bureau, and USAID overseas field offices.

[1] UNESCO. 2017. More Than One-Half of Children and Adolescents Are Not Learning Worldwide. Accessed at http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/fs46-more-than-half-children-not-learning-en-2017.pdf

[2] The founding members of the Alliance are The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), UNICEF, UNESCO, Save the Children and World Vision.

Responsibilities

Core Technical

  • Leads the development of a viable, sustainable and scalable GBA response to transform book development, procurement and financing.
  • Leads the development of the GBA’s structure, governance and financing mechanism(s) as well as the technical workstreams in collaboration with the GBA Steering Committee, the USAID Reading and Literacy team, and others to ensure concrete deliverables, appropriate monitoring, research and evaluation and engagement of a wide range of partners.
  • Works closely with the Chair and members of the GBA Steering Committee to develop the strategy and operational plan.
  • Works with World Bank management and partner funders of the Results in Education for All Children (REACH) Trust Fund to ensure REACH for Reading grants are well-designed, awarded appropriately, monitored and evaluated and contribute to the overall development of the GBA.
  • Leads, with the support of the GBA Steering Committee Chair and USAID Education Engagement team, the development of speeches, talking points, statements, and other related documents designed to address issues related to GBA and the Global Digital Library (GDL) to internal and external audiences.
  • Provides technical advice to USAID Missions regarding engagement with the GBA.

Portfolio Management and Reporting

  • Prepares and reviews reports, documents, correspondence, memoranda, and other material submitted by education sector and other E3 staff to support the GBA.
  • Works closely with the GBA Steering Committee Chair to implement the strategy and operational plan.
  • Works with all USAID education-related workstreams, particularly the E3/ED Reading and Literacy team, Evidence team, Engagement team, and other key education staff and leadership to present findings and recommendations on the GBA.
  • Responds to requests for information on the GBA from a range of sources.

Communications

  • Oversees the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement and communication strategies related to the GBA at the Agency, external, USAID Mission, and host country levels.

Qualifications

  • Committed to the goals and vision of the Global Book Alliance: Books for Every Child.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent with at least 8 years of experience in international development, preferably with a focus on education and/or commodity reform in the social sectors.
  • Experience in managing multi-year large-scale education, supply chain, or related programs
  • Experience leveraging private sector engagement to support improved book provision.
  • An interest in global commodity reform for public social sectors, international markets and supply chains, procurement, and education technologies.
  • Solutions-oriented team player.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks and work efficiently under pressure.
  • Strong writing and editing skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to collaborate among various teams within E3/ED and in the Agency at large (other E3 Teams, Regional Bureaus, and USAID overseas field offices).
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Additional experience in reading programs (especially materials development, procurement and/or distribution) and/or social sector commodity reform.
  • Experience established reputation working with bilateral donors, multilaterals, and/or host country governments on commodity reform, education or related topics.
  • MA, MBA, Ph.D. and/or experience in finance, strategic planning, organizational design, and/or start-ups.

About the Organization

Are you looking for a company that offers meaningful program assignments and opportunities to develop professional skills and expertise? At Dexis, staff are empowered to be part of the decision-making process and collaborate with colleagues and management across the company to satisfy our clients. We create transparency in our operations with our clients and employees; and we offer our people opportunities to grow and challenge themselves in meaningful ways. Dexis follows a "find a way or make a way" business directive, and we’re paving the way for innovative management solutions in the global development and security assistance arenas worldwide. As a Dexis employee you will be challenged, empowered, and mentored. That’s how Dexis goes "all in.” How will you?

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