Dexis Consulting Group is recruiting for a Senior Research Advisor that will be embedded within USAID's Office of Education (ED) within the Bureau for Education, Environment, and Economic Growth (E3). The position will sit on the Office’s Education in Crisis and Conflict (EiCC) team and be supervised by the Education in Crisis and Conflict Team Lead and work collaboratively with the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation advisors on the Evidence Team. S/He will provide leadership, technical guidance and support for EiCC evaluation and knowledge activities, support USAID Missions with technical assistance for monitoring and internal evaluation activities, provide inputs and technical guidance on external evaluations overseen by the evidence team, and engage with USAID partners, including implementing and donor partners, to advance the quality of evaluation and knowledge activities in USAID EiCC activities and programs.
The USAID Office of Education is responsible for advancing the goals of the USAID Education Strategy; Improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades; Improved ability of tertiary and workforce development programs to generate workforce skills relevant to a country’s development goals; and Increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners.
The Senior Research Advisor will be a member of the EiCC team, responsible for providing technical assistance and support to EiCC programs’ research, complexity aware monitoring and risk assessments related to education in crisis and conflict. The Senior Research Advisor will develop and roll-out strategies, guidance and tools for conflict-sensitive and complexity-aware research, monitoring, and assessments of USAID EiCC activities and the USAID EiCC portfolio globally. The Senior Research Advisor will lead the EiCC Team’s oversight of activity and portfolio performance monitoring plans; support the analysis of proposed indicators and the development of new ones. The Senior Research Advisor will further existing approaches to monitoring, such as Developmental Evaluation, and Rapid Feedback, develop innovative approaches for USAID activity monitoring progress and contribute to the advancement of USAID’s EiCC research and learning agenda. The Senior Research Advisor will also work closely with representatives from the Evidence Team to assist with the technical review of research design and evaluation methodology to ensure that work aligns with Agency Guidance and Office of Education Global Initiatives.
A key aspect of this role will include systematically integrating conflict sensitivity into USAID activities, and building partnerships to leverage technical expertise and evidence for improved results. The Senior Research Advisor will act as Activity Manager for assessments, research, monitoring and evaluation under the ECCN contract, providing technical leadership, project management, and quality control. In addition, the Senior Research Advisor will coordinate with the Evidence team within the USAID Office of Education, USAID Mission teams, and USAID Bureau teams to leverage and create synergies between the research activities implemented through various other contracts managed out of the Education Office or other USAID offices.
Technical Support to Programs, Projects and Activities
Education Policy, Portfolio Management and Reporting
Knowledge Management, Communication and External Engagement