Strategic Business Advisor

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 19 July 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 19 June 2018

Job Description

Project Background

The Education Performance Improvement, Communications, and Knowledge (EPIC) project is a five-year program of support services managed by the Education Policy and Planning Division (EPP) in the E3 Office of Education (E3/ED). The project was designed to improve education sector impact, programming, measurement, management and performance by strengthening 1) organizational effectiveness; 2) professional development and training; 3) internal and external communications and outreach; and 4) knowledge management uptake and brokering. The project is framed within the overall goals of the USAID Education Strategy.

EPIC consists of support services in four key areas that will be implemented simultaneously:

  • Performance improvement through organizational effectiveness
  • Professional development and learning
  • Knowledge management
  • Engagement, communications, and partnership

Activity Overview

USAID currently plays a lead role in coordinating the Mobiles for Education (mEd) Alliance. Over time, USAID will transition out of this role and shepherd the Alliance into either an independent entity or a dedicated initiative under an existing organization.

Through a review of existing documentation, staff interviews, and a broader market analysis, the consultant will make recommendations to USAID and the Alliance on how this can be best achieved. Key considerations include future Alliance funding, the business case and core competencies of the Alliance, ongoing commitments from current and future Alliance members, and how USAID ICT4E would continue to engage with Alliance activities.

This fall, the mEd Alliance Steering Committee will meet in Washington, D.C. ahead of the annual mEd Symposium. A key portion of this day-long meeting will be spent discussing sustainability planning for the Alliance. To support this, the consultant will work with the USAID Senior Education Technology Specialist to develop the agenda for this day. He/she will also co-facilitate the day. Following the meeting, the consultant will draft a sustainability plan for input from E3/ED leadership and the mEd Alliance members.

Illustrative Activities:

  • Develop a detailed workplan within two weeks of the contract being instituted
  • Review existing mEd sustainability planning docs
  • Review existing USAID ICT4E strategic documents
  • Develop a set of options and recommendations for potential governance structures and funding mechanisms to support a future mEd Alliance based on successful alliance models
  • Coordinate with E3/ED staff to incorporate their input into the sustainability plan
  • Coordinate with an mEd KM Specialist to understand plans for future mEd KM products
  • Identify options for strategic activities for Alliance members
  • Develop an agenda for the fall mEd Steering Committee meeting, including key reference documents
  • Co-facilitate the mEd Steering Committee meeting
  • Draft the sustainability plan and incorporate edits from stakeholders
  • Identify options for how USAID engages with mEd activities

Additional activities may be assigned as the project proceeds through implementation and as activities are further clarified and defined with USAID E3/ED and the mEd Alliance.

Deliverables

  • Workplan
  • mEd Alliance Steering Committee Meeting Agenda
  • mEd Alliance Steering Committee presentation materials adn reference documents
  • Sustainability Plan

Specific deliverables will be determined as tasks are scoped and agreed on between TRG and the consultant.

About the Organization

Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG) is an employee-owned management consulting and training firm located in Arlington, Virginia. Since its founding in 1973, TRG has grown steadily in size and in our professional capabilities. TRG has worked in over one hundred countries providing training and organizational development services to clients in large and small corporations, international organizations, federal and state government agencies and non-profit organizations. As an employee-owned firm, we are each personally committed to the work we do. We value our company's close-knit community and participatory culture. There is no "majority" shareholder, and in fact, no TRGer owns more than 10% of the company. We manage ourselves through an employee board of directors, committees and client service teams. We pride ourselves on our involvement in running and managing our own business. The clients we work with benefit from the over thirty years of self-management. As a result of the working environment we have created, the vast majority of the consultants who have joined TRG in its thirty year history are working at TRG today. When a firm is able to retain its staff, the result is high quality work for its clients. Like our clients, we constantly revise how we do our own work, developing and testing new approaches to leadership, employee involvement, and communications. We use our firm as a learning lab to test out ideas and learn new ways of managing that might prove useful to clients. We strive to remain on the cutting edge of our field by applying state-of-the-art methods to support clients in their own improvement efforts.

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