Dexis Consulting Group

  • Education Finance Specialist - Education Support Initiative

    Job Locations US-DC-District of Columbia
    Posted Date 1 month ago(12/19/2018 3:51 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-1692
    # of Openings
    1
    Job Area
    Stabilization and Management Solutions (SMS)
    Clearance Level
    Not applicable
    Type
    Full-Time
  • About Us

    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 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.

     

    Responsibilities

    Technical Support to Team Activities, Projects, and Field Programs

    • Build an Education Finance Advisory Team receive feedback and vet key documents.
    • Develop a logical framework based on the Education Finance Strategic Framework.
    • Provide technical leadership, in conjunction with multi-sectoral advisory teams and the E3/Education’s evidence team, to USAID education programs on design, implementation, and analytical considerations of education finance-related programs.
    • Facilitate the inclusion of good practices and global lessons learned in the execution of USAID-funded education finance activities.
    • Provide ‘just-in-time’ support to USAID regional bureau colleagues and field mission officers on the analysis, design, implementation, and promulgation of education finance-related research, training and program design considerations.
    • Build professional development, training, tool development, and technical assistance on evidence-based approaches in education finance.
    • Contribute to the design, management and technical oversight of education finance-related sector assessments, situational analyses, and research studies, particularly those designed to increase the agency’s understanding of how to better mobilize financing for education and how to use finances effectively in education.
    • Participate in discussions and technical fora related to education finance.

     

    Education Policy, Portfolio Management and Reporting

    • Serve as a backstop to the Senior Education Finance Specialist, particularly when she is away -- limited to functions that are not inherently governmental.
    • Assist Senior Education Finance Specialist in standing up key global education finance initiatives of the private sector partnership, IFFEd and EOF.
    • Prepare education finance-related policy briefs that include recommendations on using evidence on how to better mobilize and use finance in education to see better education outcomes.
    • Review and summarize professional literature on key education finance issues to identify and promote in agency policies, in research and learning agenda, and in pilot activities.
    • Assist colleagues in the Washington and mission offices to establish education finance-specific research priorities and schedules.
    • Provide, in close collaboration with the advisory team and Evidence team, development of a set of diagnostic tools and key metrics in education finance.
    • Contribute to the development of reports, presentations, and products that capture the evolution of the Agency’s impact on education finance results worldwide.
    • Provide support with taskers and briefers as related to education finance activities.

     

    Knowledge Management, Communication and External Engagement:

    • Lead the development of the Education Finance team’s learning and research agenda and toolkit of education finance-related research and knowledge products.
    • Collaborate with PCM, DCA, Economic Growth, QUEST team colleagues, the Evidence Team, the E3/Ed KM Specialist, and a range of external partners to develop, compile/stage, and promote education finance-related knowledge products and events that will increase the use of research and evidence in the design and implementation of USAID’s education programs.
    • Liaise with the E3/Education communications specialists to expand internal and external collaborators’ knowledge of noteworthy tools, knowledge products, dialogues, exchanges, professional development opportunities, and policy developments that can enhance and inform the successful implementation of financial sustainability in education programs.
    • Support the development, with the relevant office team leads, of strategic partnerships and alliances that will contribute to the accomplishment of the education finance learning and research agenda, the E3/Education office’s learning agenda, and to the exchange of evidence for collaboration and peer learning.
    • Liaise via USAID’s engagement team with international partners (including UIS, GPE, ECW, academic institutions, bilateral agencies, foundations, the private sector, researchers, and implementing partners) to provide significant contributions to global or regional flagship studies or initiatives on the implementation of key education finance studies and initiatives.
    • Participate in international conferences and deliver public technical presentations on variety of topics related to education finance.

     

    Other Duties As Assigned

    Support priorities tasks and work streams within the team and office.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in Finance, Economics, International Education, or other related field required.
    • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in international development required.
    • Demonstrated skills and experience in research, writing and analysis.
    • Prior experience in public or private finance activities, with a preference in education.
    • Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, Google Apps and other products and applications intended for the sharing of documents and information among multiple team members required.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and the demonstrated ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people within and across departments in a diverse and inclusive environment required.

     

    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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