Senior Inclusive Education Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 March 2019
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Job Description

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 Consulting Group is recruiting for a Senior Inclusive Education Advisor that will be embedded within USAID’s Office of Education (ED), which is a unit of USAID’s Bureau for Education, Environment, and Economic Growth (E3). The USAID Office of Education is responsible for advancing the vision, priority areas and key issues of the USAID Education Policy. The vision is “that partner country education systems enable all children and youth to acquire the education and skills need to be productive members of society” by (1) Prioritizing country-focus and ownership; (2) Focusing and concentrating investments; (3) Strengthening systems and developing capacity; (4) Working in partnership and leveraging resources; (5) Driving decision-making and investments using evidence and data; and (6) Ensuring equity and inclusion. The priority areas are: (a) Children and youth, particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable, have increased access to quality education that is safe, relevant, and promotes social well-being; (b) Children and youth gain literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional skills that are foundational to future learning and success; (c) Youth gain the skills they need to lead productive lives, gain employment, and positively contribute to society; and (d) Higher education institutions have the capacity to be central actors in development by conducting and applying research, delivering quality instruction, and engaging with communities. The key issues are: (i) children and youth facing adversity, conflict, and crisis, particularly girls and those who are displaced, (ii) engagement with non-state actors and promotion of finance and delivery innovations to expand access to quality education; strengthening country capacity to generate and use education data to drive transparency, accountability, and informed decision-making; and transformation of teacher policies and professional development systems to increase the availability of qualified teachers and improve instruction.

USAID’s Quality, Equity and Sustainability Team (QUEST) aims to advance the strategic areas of:(i) gender, (ii) disability, (iii) finance and (iv) technology. Work is performed primarily in E3/ED, (located at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC), but the Senior Inclusive Education Advisor is expected to participate in assignments that will cross organizational lines, including working with other relevant USAID offices, such as DCHA/DRG, Global Health, and USAID’s Inclusive Development Working Group, led by PPL. Moreover, there will be assignments coordinating with USAID’s Regional Bureaus and traveling to support USAID Missions’ disability inclusive education activities.

This position will sit on USAID’s QUEST team and be supervised by the QUEST Team Lead. The Advisor will be responsible for collaborating with his/her QUEST team colleagues, with the Reading team, Education in Conflict and Crisis team, Workforce Development and Higher Education team, Evidence team, and with the staff across other relevant sectoral teams (as mentioned in the above paragraph), as well as the agency’s regional bureaus to ensure that individual country programs, as well as many global partners engage in efficient and effective measurement of the Agency’s progress in helping countries to move forward on their journey to self-reliance. The Advisor will be expected to support building the disability inclusive education portfolio primarily through supporting advisory working groups, developing a research and learning agenda that is aligned with the key education priorities in this area, developing a logical framework, and servicing regional bureaus and missions in training, strategy and program design considerations. The Advisor will also be responsible to support the Disability Inclusive Education Specialist on key global priorities. This will specifically include:

  • Supporting our engagement in existing USAID agency and global working groups where USAID already has a leadership role, including more intentional USG coordination and leveraging.
  • Providing more timely and detailed responses to the 20 plus Missions requesting technical guidance and TDY support.
  • Providing more strategic and practical Integration of disability inclusion principles into Workforce Development, Higher Education, and Education in Crisis and Conflict efforts overall.
  • Creating stronger linkages between Global Health, Social Protection and Education in areas such as Early Screening, Identification and Intervention, as critical precursors to ensuring quality learning outcomes.

Finally, the Advisor will collaborate with the evidence team to inform programmatic performance monitoring plans, to analyze indicators proposed for measuring education achievement, and to conduct technical reviews of research designs and evaluation methodologies applied specifically to disability inclusive education, to ensure that the activities in the portfolio align with best practices in education evaluation and research, and with Agency Guidance and Office of Education Global Initiatives.

Responsibilities

Technical Support to Team Activities, Projects, and Field Programs

  • Provide technical leadership, in conjunction with multi-sectoral advisory teams and the E3/Education’s evidence team, to USAID education programs on design, implementation, and analytical considerations of disability inclusive education-related programs.
  • Facilitate the inclusion of good practices and global lessons learned in the execution of USAID-funded disability inclusive education activities.
  • Provide ‘just-in-time’ support to USAID regional bureau colleagues and field mission officers on the analysis, design, implementation, and promulgation of disability inclusive education-related research, training and program design considerations.
  • Build professional development, training, tool development, and technical assistance on evidence-based approaches in disability inclusive education, particularly application of past documents and training.
  • Contribute to the design, management and technical oversight of education finance-related sector assessments, situational analyses, and research studies, particularly those designed to increase the agency’s understanding of how to better implement disability inclusive education and how doing so increases the quality of learning.
  • Participate in discussions and technical fora related to disability inclusive education.

Education Policy, Portfolio Management and Reporting

  • Serve as a backstop to the Disability Inclusive Education Specialist, particularly when they are away – limited to functions that are not inherently governmental.
  • Assist Disability Inclusive Education Specialist in standing up key global education finance initiatives of the private sector partnership, IFFEd and EOF.
  • Prepare ‘Good Practice Documents’; including those related to early screening and intervention, cost capture guidance for inclusive education, adaptation guidance for disability data collection of children 0-7 years, financing equity and inclusive education, among others.
  • Review and summarize professional literature on key disability inclusive education issues to identify and promote in agency policies, in research and learning agenda, and in pilot activities.
  • Assist colleagues in the Washington and mission offices to establish disability inclusive education-specific research priorities and schedules.
  • Provide, in close collaboration with the Evidence team, the development of a set of diagnostic tools and key metrics for disability inclusive education.
  • Contribute to the development of reports, presentations, and products that capture the evolution of the Agency’s impact of disability inclusive education results worldwide.
  • Provide support with taskers and briefers as related to disability inclusive education activities.

Knowledge Management, Communication and External Engagement:

  • Support the Disability Inclusive Education portfolio’s learning and research agenda and the ongoing expansion of disability inclusive education-related research and knowledge products.
  • Collaborate with QUEST team colleagues, the Evidence Team, the E3/ED KM Specialist, and a range of external partners to develop, compile/stage, and promote disability inclusive. education-related knowledge products and events that will increase the use of research and evidence in the design and implementation of USAID’s education programs.
  • Liaise with the E3/Education and Agency communications specialists to expand internal and external collaborators’ knowledge of noteworthy tools, knowledge products, dialogues, exchanges, professional development opportunities, and policy developments that can enhance and inform the successful implementation of disability inclusive education in education programs.
  • Support the development, with the relevant office team leads, of strategic partnerships and alliances that will contribute to the accomplishment of the disability inclusive education learning and research agenda, the E3/Education office’s learning agenda, and to the exchange of evidence for collaboration and peer learning.
  • Liaise via USAID’s engagement team with international partners (including the GLAD network, bilateral agencies, foundations, the private sector, researchers, and implementing partners) to provide significant contributions to global or regional flagship studies or initiatives on the implementation of disability inclusive education.
  • Participate in international conferences and deliver public technical presentations on variety of topics related to disability inclusive education.

Other Duties As Assigned

  • Support priorities tasks and work streams within the team and office.
Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in a International Development, International Education, or other Disability related field required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in international development required.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in research, writing and analysis.
  • Prior experience with Disability Inclusive Education related activities.
  • Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, Google Apps and other products and applications intended for the sharing of documents and information among multiple team members required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and the demonstrated ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people within and across departments in a diverse and inclusive environment required.

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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