Senior Program Associate - EAL & ACE

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 October 2020

Job Description

The Practices

Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other to continuously build a better R4D. This position will work across two different practices at R4D – EAL and ACE.

The EAL practice conducts targeted research using methods such as formative research and rapid experimentation to answer questions relevant to donor and practitioner strategies. By using proven evaluation methods for adaptive management purposes, we work with partners to design, experiment with, and evaluate solutions to accelerate their impact.

The ACE practice empowers citizens and civil society to hold governments, institutions, and service delivery providers accountable. R4D’s Accountability and Citizen Engagement practice is built to strengthen the essential components of good governance for better health, education, and nutrition.

As an integral member of the EAL and ACE teams, the SPA will work closely with team leads to devise and execute strategies and systems that support operational excellence across their portfolios.

Opportunity

This cross-team role provides a unique opportunity to advance internal partnerships and collaboration. The SPA will be able to balance competing deadlines and priorities across a range of programmatic, operational, and research-related activities. The SPA will be proactive, strategic, and creative.

Previous experience developing and managing budgets as well as strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Prior experience working on USAID projects is also desired. Experience carrying out qualitative research, especially in French, would strengthen a candidate’s application.

The SPA will have the opportunity to work on different projects across the organization, but will initially focus their efforts on two USAID-funded projects:

  • Illuminating New Solutions and Programmatic Innovations for REsilient Spaces (INSPIRES) project, which is designed to better understand drivers of closing civic and political space, and to support USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance to strategically respond to this growing trend.
  • Rapid Feedback Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (RF MERL), which takes a collaborative approach to learning by using timely evidence and feedback to guide decision-making and adaptation during the program cycle. RF MERL partners with USAID Operating Units and implementing partners across geographies and sectors to inform adaptive management, data-driven decision making, and/or scale-up.

This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to a Senior Program Officer within the Evaluation and Adaptive Learning practice. Travel may be required once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Responsibilities:

As the Senior Program Associate, your role will be a mix of programmatic and operational responsibilities.

Project Management and Operational Support

  • You will support financial management, including budget development and tracking, reviewing and processing invoices, and tracking contractor and partner expenditures
  • Liaise with other team members and across consortium to prepare funder reports, such as quarterly reports, and track donor-required monitoring and evaluation data
  • Participate in and assist with donor and consortium meetings
  • Support the development, negotiation, and oversight of contracts and other agreements
  • Other operational and programmatic needs, as required

Research Support

  • You will support interview scheduling and coordination with interviewees
  • Carry out qualitative research activities (e.g. key informant interviews) following a standard protocol, with supervision and support from other program staff
  • Assist with data analysis and presentation

Business Development and Communications

  • You will collaborate with team members to develop consistent, well-branded, outward facing materials
  • Coordinate with various project teams to identify and spearhead internal and external communications opportunities (written communications, video communications, webinars, conferences, etc.)
  • Serve as liaison between the R4D Communications team and the EAL/ACE teams
  • Organize activities aimed at building our business development pipeline, including reviewing new business opportunities, coordinating outreach, supporting proposal development, etc.

Qualifications:

  • BA +3 years of experience or MA in public health/administration, business/management, or relevant field with 1 year of experience
  • Enthusiastic about joining a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Ability to function flexibly and independently and have a strong commitment to excellence and attention to detail
  • Strategic and creative problem solver who is adept at developing efficient systems and decision-making processes
  • Experience developing budgets, tracking and managing resources, and supporting program management efforts
  • Highly collaborative and approachable team member who is enthusiastic about supporting EAL and ACE teams, and working closely with others at R4D
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including patience and persistence in outreach
  • High level of organization, follow-through, attention to detail, professionalism, and reliability
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work in a fast-paced environment across multiple projects and work streams with competing time/resource demands
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Energy, good judgement, and humor
  • French language skills preferred

About the Organization

Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too.

We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them. Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously building a better R4D.

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