Senior Workforce Development/Positive Youth Development Specialist - REEP

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 2 September 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 3 August 2018

Job Description

Dexis is seeking a Senior Workforce Development/Positive Youth Development Specialist to support work on the Research for Effective Education Programming (REEP) – Africa contract. This project aims to generate Africa regional and country specific education data, analysis, and research, and to disseminate this knowledge through trainings and other appropriate forums. The primary objective of REEP-Africa is to provide the USAID Africa Bureau and Mission offices, as well as partner organizations, with evidence to assist in the prioritization of needs and inform sound education investments. In addition, REEP- Africa contributes to the capacity development of education personnel and partners by enhancing the use of research in decision-making, mainstreaming the application of feedback-loops and lessons learned into project design and implementation, and expanding the evidence and knowledge base on education initiatives.

As part of the REEP-Africa project, the USAID Rwanda Mission requested a performance evaluation of Huguka Dukore, its flagship workforce development and youth activity. The activity’s primary goals are to increase stable employment opportunities, including self-employment, for vulnerable youth; to improve youth training and employment systems; and to increase investment in skills for vulnerable youth. The program employs a Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach, with a focus on work readiness and the creation of, or linkage to, employment opportunities. The evaluation aims to determine the effectiveness of the activity and its implementation thus far. Specifically, the performance evaluation will examine the effectiveness of the project approach and implementation, assess the performance of the implementing partner, and identify areas for improvement or adjustment. The evaluation may explore how this activity relates to and feeds into the larger effort of USAID, the Government of Rwanda, and other partners, in furthering the country’s emphasis on human capital development.

The Senior Workforce Development/PYD Specialist will be responsible for providing technical expertise on positive youth development (PYD) to the evaluation of USAID Rwanda’s flagship workforce development activity, Huguka Dukore. The Senior Workforce Development Specialist will ensure youth sensitivity in the design of the evaluation, data collection instruments, and data collection.

S/he will contribute to the design of data collection instruments, conduct youth-sensitive data analysis, and contribute subject-matter specific inputs to report writing.

Responsibilities

Provide technical expertise on issues related to workforce development and PYD for a performance evaluation of Huguka Dukore, including:

  • Provide technical guidance on all issues related to PYD throughout the evaluation design and implementation.
  • Provide technical assistance in evaluation design, data collection methodologies, and sampling strategy.
  • Contribute input to design of data collection instruments and conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews.
  • Conduct data analysis.
    Contribute to the final evaluation report, including drafting sections as needed.
  • Participate in presentations on evaluation findings as needed

Qualifications

  • A master’s degree or PhD in international development, economics, or another relevant field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of proven experience in youth and workforce development, particularly the PYD approach.
  • Prior experience participating in or conducting evaluations of youth activities.
  • Familiarity with USAID and USAID-funded programs.
  • Strong organizational, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required; French or Kinyarwanda a plus.
  • Experience working in Rwanda preferred.

About the Organization

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 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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