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Dexis Consulting Group is recruiting for an Education Finance Associate 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. The two key objectives of finance are to:(1) to mobilize additional financial and non-financial resources for education; and (2) to assist partner countries and international partners in integrating key issues of resource allocation, use, and accountability into the design, planning, execution, and learning on education programs and reforms. Work is performed primarily in E3/ED, (located at USAID headquarters in Washington, DC), but the Education Finance Associate is expected to participate in assignments that will cross organizational lines, including working with other relevant USAID offices, such as the Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, Economic Policy (on the issue of public financial management) and Private Capital Management, Office of Development Credit, Digital Finance and Partnership Engagement Team. Moreover, there will be assignments coordinating with USAID’s Regional Bureaus and traveling to support USAID Missions’ education financing activities.
This position will sit on USAID’s QUEST team and be supervised by the QUEST Team Lead. The Associate 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 (e.g., Development Finance Institutions, Global Schools Forum, Education Commission), engage in efficient and effective measurement of the Agency’s progress in helping countries to move forward on their journey to self-reliance. The associate will be expected to support building the education finance portfolio primarily through establishing advisory groups, developing a research and learning agenda that is aligned with the key education finance priorities, developing a logical framework based on the education finance framework, and servicing regional bureaus and missions in training, strategy and program design considerations. The associate will be responsible also supporting the Senior Education Finance Specialist as key global initiatives, such as the Partnership with Private Investors in Education, International Financing Facility for Education and Education Outcome Fund are being established. Finally, the associate will collaborate with the evidence team to inform programmatic performance monitoring plans, to analyze indicators proposed for measuring education finance achievement, and to conduct technical reviews of research designs and evaluation methodologies applied specifically to education finance, to ensure that the activities in the portfolio align with best practices in education finance evaluation and research, and with Agency Guidance and Office of Education Global Initiatives.
Technical Support to Team Activities, Projects, and Field Programs
Education Policy, Portfolio Management and Reporting
Knowledge Management, Communication and External Engagement:
Other Duties As Assigned
Support priorities tasks and work streams within the team and office.
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